Did you know that often another person helps a gestating female through the process of pregnancy and birth? Sometimes that person also gets stressed or sick and that can affect the mom-to-be. Dr. ManSoo Yu at U of Missouri explains what should have been obvious to everyone, yet was pretty much ignored:
“Too often, […]
One of the issues I struggle most with in ethics is the fact that some people are tremendously stupid. I do not have an ethical obligation to protect you from yourself, but my goodness sometimes it sure seems like it. Dr. Kevin Smith of the University of Abertay Dundee lays down the law:
Many of the debates we’re forced to have around topics like disability are the result of literally lacking the words to explain what we mean. The words “cure, treat, prevent” all imply a condition is bad. So, if I give my child HGH to ensure she isn’t too short when she grows up, am I […]
In my most recent SNF post, I argue that a lot of our concerns over enhancement come from a strange acceptance of so-so health care:
But here’s the interesting thing: neither the US nor the UK have regulations in place for prescription pharmaceuticals that are not therapeutic. Drugs that don’t cure an illness but […]
The Independent struggles to find some.
And as one enthusiastic US student user of Adderall put it, it only helps as a cognitive enhancer if you are dedicated to completing the essay you have set out to write: “The number of times I’ve taken Adderall late at night and decided that, rather than starting […]
Dementia is awful. Those who suffer from it cannot currently be cured, but how can we help them? One research team thinks Reiki, which seems to be a Japanese form therapy massage plus placebo effect, might help. NYT has the deets for the skeptical.
Most studies of reiki have obvious flaws: the numbers […]
If anyone can take the Human Genome Project and the progress science has made over the last three decades and turn it into something the medical field can actually use to benefit real people, it’s Eric Schadt. Esquire writer Tom Junod tantalizes:
Okay, so focusing on one gene at a time doesn’t work, […]
Alex Tabarrok argues we need to admit that doctors aren’t superhuman:
A typical physician spends most of the day playing twenty questions. Where does it hurt? Do you have a cough? How high is the patient’s blood pressure? But an expert system can play twenty questions better than most people. An expert system can […]
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