IBM and Apple want to share how you are with others

by jeeg 15. April 2015 22:46
  IBM has launched a health unit to make sense of the wealth of data created by the boom in fitness trackers and apps. Watson Health aims to create "a secure, cloud-based data sharing hub" that can feed analytic technologies, it said. It could provide diagnoses or health alerts which could... [More]

Australia's NHMRC releases guidelines after concerns online genetic tests may not meet quality standards

by jeeg 10. December 2014 00:11
  Experts are warning Australians to be extremely careful when ordering genetic tests online, saying the tests may not meet Australian quality and reliability standards. The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has released new advice for consumers, after genetic tests have ... [More]

CDC: Lifespan more to do with geography than genetics

by jeeg 6. May 2014 21:16
  Living in the Southeast is bad for your health. There is a huge range in the death rates across American states, driven by public policy, regional habits and socioeconomics, Tom Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Thursday. "Your longevity and he... [More]

Genetics’ Rite of Passage

by jeeg 29. October 2013 01:03
If you want a look at a high-profile field dealing with a lot of humbling snags, peer into #ASHG2013, the Twitter hashtag for last week’s meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics, held in Boston. You will see successes, to be sure: Geneticists are sequencing and analyzing genomes ... [More]

No scientific consensus on GMO safety-Public Being Misled Says Scientists

by jeeg 21. October 2013 23:12
There is no scientific consensus that genetically modified foods and crops are safe, according to a statement released today by an international group of over 85 scientists, academics and physicians. The statement comes in response to recent claims from the GM industry and some scientists an... [More]

‘I thought I just had to sleep it off’: Egg donor sues Toronto fertility doctor after suffering stroke

by jeeg 19. April 2013 21:06
A young Florida woman who suffered a stroke after donating her eggs to a Canadian couple is suing a Toronto fertility doctor and a U.S. egg donor agency for alleged negligence. Kylee Gilman, 24, says that within hours of having 45 eggs removed from her ovaries at the CReATe clinic, in Toronto, ... [More]

Appeals court backs scientist in Pfizer retaliation case

by jeeg 17. December 2012 18:17
Pfizer Inc. whistleblower Becky McClain’s legal battle to draw public attention to worker-safety issues came to an end Friday as an appeals court refused to overturn a $2.3 million verdict in favor of the former Groton-based scientist.   Pfizer said it is “evaluating its opt... [More]

Researcher death highlights dangers of pathogen work

by jeeg 10. May 2012 22:35
  A researcher in the US has died of a disease caused by the bacteria he was studying. The tragedy highlights the dangers of research on human respiratory germs. Research on airborne mutants of H5N1 bird flu is currently under an indefinite moratorium, partly over fears of just such laborato... [More]

Tiers of safety at the Biolab

by jeeg 10. November 2011 21:50
Ominously referred to as "The Needle", the 192,000 square-foot National Emerging Infectious Disease Laboratory (NEIDL) on the Boston University Medical Center (BUMC) campus stands inactive and empty, as it has since its completion in 2008. Research there cannot commence until a protracted ri... [More]

Panel Discussion: The Human Genome and Human Health - Will the Promise Be Fulfilled?

by jeeg 4. November 2011 22:55
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the completion of The Human Genome Project, an achievement that promised to revolutionize the way we understand and treat human disease. But has that promise been fulfilled? How much has the genome added to our knowledge of the human condition and helped u... [More]
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