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46% of Doctors believe in euthanasia

But 53.5% would not perform an abortion. Medscape, an online medical news and opinion site, polled 10,000 doctors about their opinion on end of life care. The questions and percentages of answers are here. The Wall Street Journal’s coverage is here. (let me know if you can’t access these articles.) * A plurality of respondents … Continue reading

Feds Want to Count Your Pills

This week’s New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) in the histrionically titled article, “A Flood of Opioids, a Rising Tide of Deaths”, very roughly outlines a reported increase in deaths and injuries due to prescription medicines like opiates (Fentanyl, hydrocodone, morphine, Oxycontin, Vicodin, etc.) and benzodiapines (Valium, Klonipine, Ativan, Xanax etc.). The article references a … Continue reading

Get ready for the assault from "Stem Cell Action"

Even as we learn that the journal, Stem Cell, has given its annual award to a researcher who showed that umbilical cord blood cells can help repair kidneys after trauma, that scientists have induced adult stem cells to go from the skin cell line to the line producing blood cells, a group of fanatics join … Continue reading

Scientists and Budget Cuts (spend more, but not as much as we thought?)

Science, is a weekly journal published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.The journal only allows non-subscribers to read an excerpt, but the AAAS report is available without subscription. In addition, the AAAS report has links to  a memorandum from President Obama’s Science adviser, Peter Orzag (a pdf), advising “non-security agencies” within the … Continue reading

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