December 12, 2013
A New Edition of Christian Bioethics is Available
Christian Bioethics (Volume 19, No. 3, December 2013) is now available online by subscription only.
- “Assessing the Spirit” by Jeffrey P. Bishop and Emily K. Trancik
- “Spiritual Assessment and Health Care Chaplaincy” by Bruce Rumbold
- “Making Windows into Men’s Souls: Ethical Perspectives on Spiritual Assessment in Nursing” by Peter Draper and Wilfred McSherry
- “On Poor Religious Coping: Spiritually Assessing Christianity’s Great Theologians” by Devan Stahl
- “Of Idolatries and Ersatz Liturgies: The False Gods of Spiritual Assessment” by Jeffrey P. Bishop
A New Edition of New Genetics and Society is Available
New Genetics and Society (Volume 32, No. 4, December 2013) is now available online by subscription only.
- “Bioprophecy and the politics of the present: notes on the establishment of Mexico’s national genomics institute (INMEGEN)” by Samuel Taylor-Alexander and Ernesto Schwartz-Marín
- “Data sharing across biobanks: epistemic values, data mutability and data incommensurability” by Ipek Demir and Madeleine J. Murtagh
- “A new genetics or an epiphenomenon? Variations in the discourse of epigenetics researchers” by Kasia Tolwinski
- “Disputing the boundary of pluripotency. The Italian public debate on amniotic fluid-derived stem cells” by Lorenzo Beltrame
- “On being “actionable”: clinical sequencing and the emerging contours of a regime of genomic medicine in oncology” by Nicole C. Nelson, Peter Keating and Alberto Cambrosio
- “Mapping the new molecular landscape: social dimensions of epigenetics” by Martyn Pickersgill, et al.
A New Edition of Health & Social Work is Available
Health & Social Work (Volume 38, No. 4, November 2013) is now available online by subscription only.
- “Why Dismantling the Safety Net for Children with Disabilities and Their Families Is a Poor Idea” by Susan L. Parish
- “Racial Disparities in the Use of Physical Restraints in U.S. Nursing Homes” by Kimberly M. Cassie and William Cassie
- “The Caregiver Well-Being Scale: Developing a Short-Form Rapid Assessment Instrument” by Susan S. Tebb, et al.
- “Intimate Partner Violence Exposure in Early Childhood: An Ecobiodevelopmental Perspective” by Robert Herman-Smith
A New Edition of The New England Journal of Medicine is Available
The New England Journal of Medicine (Volume 369, No. 23, December 5, 2013) is now available online by subscription only.
- “The Road toward Fully Transparent Medical Records” by J. Walker, et al.
- “How Early Should Obesity Prevention Start?” by M.W. Gillman and D.S. Ludwig
- “Adding Value to Relative-Value Units” by E.C. Stecker and S.A. Schroeder
- “Assessing Participant-Centered Outcomes to Improve Clinical Research” by R.G. Kost, et al.
- “Global Health: Global Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health — So Near and Yet So Far” by Z.A. Bhutta and R.E. Black
Drug halves breast cancer occurrence in women at high risk
Older women with a strong family history of breast cancer might soon have a new, safer option to help them avoid developing the disease. New research led by Dr. Jack Cuzick, head of the Cancer Research the U.K.’s Center for Cancer Prevention, looked at a drug called anastrozole, a therapy already used to stave off breast cancer recurrence in postmenopausal women who have experienced the disease. (ABC News)
Global cancer cases reach 14 million, World Health Organization says
The number of people being diagnosed with cancer in the world each year has leaped to more than 14 million, the World Health Organization says. The data for 2012 shows a marked rise on the 12.7 million cases in 2008. In that time the number of deaths has also increased, from 7.6 million to 8.2 million. (BBC)
Hospital coma guidelines require care for all patients
All patients in a coma or vegetative state should have access to specialist care, according to new guidelines. The Royal College of Physicians is keen to address inconsistencies in the level of resources in hospitals around England and Wales. Experts also want a patient register to help gauge numbers of patients with prolonged disorders of consciousness, which include coma, vegetative state and minimally conscious state. There are no official figures on cases. (BBC)
Millions for increased mental illness therapy, substance abuse
The U.S. government is allocating $50 million to help Community Health Centers establish or expand therapy for mental illness and drug and alcohol problems. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said it plans to issue $50 million from the Affordable Care Act to expand mental health and substance use disorder services in approximately 200 Community Health Centers nationwide. (UPI)
A New Edition of Clinical Pediatrics is Available
Clinical Pediatrics (Volume 53, No. 1, January 2014) is now available online by subscription only.
- “Shifting Parental Mind-Sets From Viewing Children With Special Needs to Children Who Are Special” by Jay M. Milstein
- “The Correct Genetic Diagnosis Has Already Been Determined More Often Than We Think, Let’s Report It to the Parents!” by Stefanie Bug, et al.
- “Meeting the Challenge: Responding to Health Care Needs of Homeless Youth” by Inger Anthony
- “Pediatricians and Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment: An Opportunity to Assist Families in Navigating Health Insurance” by Aimee Grace and Richard Bucciarelli
Fewer psychiatrists seen taking health insurance
Psychiatrists are significantly less likely than doctors in other specialties to accept insurance, researchers say in a new study, complicating the push to increase access to mental health care. The study, published Wednesday in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, found that 55 percent of psychiatrists accepted private insurance, compared with 89 percent of other doctors. (New York Times)
New York City to require child flue shots
New York City will soon require young children who go to preschool or day care to receive flu shots. The Board of Health voted on Wednesday in favor of the mandatory vaccine for children under age 6. (New York Times)
3-D printed brain lets students take a stab at nuerosurgery
If you and your brain were going under the knife, wouldn’t it be comforting to know that your surgeon had practiced the exact operation, location, procedure and all, just a few hours earlier? Researchers have created a 3-D printed brain that lets doctors and students do just that — and it’s disturbingly realistic. (ABC News)
Developmental biology: Support mothers to secure future public health
Worldwide, chronic diseases are on the rise. Globally, the prevalence of adult-onset diabetes is expectedto approximately double by 2030, and that of cardiovascular disease to increase by about 35%. Current approaches to curbing this situation are failing. More than 30 years of epidemiological studies using data from several hundred thousand people around the world point to factors during prenatal and early childhood development that contribute to these statistics. (Nature)
California’s stem-cell quest races time as money dwindles
California’s government-run stem-cell research agency, on course to spend $3 billion in taxpayer money to find treatments for some of the world’s most intractable diseases, is pushing to accelerate human testing before its financing runs out. For the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, time is growing short to fund research that demonstrates the potential of stem cells to help treat everything from cancer to heart disease to spinal cord injuries. (Bloomberg)
A New Edition of Health Policy and Planning is Available
Health Policy and Planning (Volume 28, No. 8, December 2013) is now available online by subscription only.
- “Engaging sub-national governments in addressing health equities: challenges and opportunities in China’s health system reform” by Hana Brixi, et al.
- “An equity analysis of performance-based financing in Rwanda: are services reaching the poorest women?” by Martha Priedeman Skiles, et al.
- “Lessons learned in shaping vaccine markets in low-income countries: a review of the vaccine market segment supported by the GAVI Alliance” by Shawn A.N. Gilchrist and Angeline Nanni
- “Studying the link between institutions and health system performance: a framework and an illustration with the analysis of two performance-based financing schemes in Burundi” by Maria Paola Bertone and Bruno Meessen
- “Six concerns about the data in aid debates: applying an epidemiological perspective to the analysis of aid effectiveness in health and development” by David Stuckler, et al.
NuvaRing, Yaz, and third-generation contraception: Is the medical establishment failing to protect women?
Monday, Vanity Fair published an article questioning why a potentially lethal product, NuvaRing contraception, remains available for sale. Yet the real question is: Why do so many doctors, who fully understand the potential health risks, continue to prescribe life-threatening contraceptives to women? (Medical Daily)
New gene therapy targets hemophilia
Researchers at the UNC School of Medicine and the Medical College of Wisconsin found that a new kind of gene therapy led to a dramatic decline in bleeding events in dogs with naturally occurring hemophilia A, a serious and costly bleeding condition that affects about 50,000 people in the United States and millions more around the world. (Medical Xpress)
Judges deny chimpanzees ‘personhood’
Three lawsuits filed last week that attempted to achieve “legal personhood” for four chimpanzees living in New York have been struck down. The suits, brought by the animal rights group the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP), targeted two chimps on private property and two in a research lab at Stony Brook University in New York. They were the first step in a nationwide campaign to grant legal rights to a variety of animals. (Science)
Why is cosmetic medical tourism rising to never-before-seen heights?
The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) published its unbelievable numbers in its ‘International Survey on Aesthetic/Cosmetic Procedures Performed in 2011′. According to ISAPS, when it comes to plastic surgeons and cosmetic procedures by countries and continents the numbers are mind-blowing. Although the US is the leader – with 1,094,146 cosmetic procedures performed in 2011 alone, countries such as Brazil (905,124), China (415,140) and Japan (372,773) are quickly picking up the pace, offering the same procedures available in the US, at the same quality, but at much lower prices. (SBwire)
Health minister endorses reform to allow surrogacy for singles, homosexuals
Health Minister Yael German on Wednesday accepted most of the far-reaching recommendations of the Mor- Yosef Committee to reform the process of surrogacy. If the proposal becomes law, despite expected opposition from religious and other MKs, single women and single men will be entitled to sign surrogacy arrangements to produce a child using their ova or sperm, whether they are heterosexual or homosexual. (The Jerusalem Post)
Nanotechnology in life sciences
The fusion of nanotechnology and medicine is changing healthcare as we know it. Organizations and government entities are investing huge amounts in nanotech R&D; life science technology innovators across the world are delivering new products and technologies that almost seem straight from a sci-fi movie. (A to Z Nanotechnology)