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'Mad Scientist' Army Trainer Suspended

He had medics carry out procedures on each other

(Newser) - A US Army trainer criticized for using live pigs to train combat medics also carried out some shocking training procedures on live US troops, authorities in Virginia say. Dr. John Henry Hagmann has had his medical license suspended by the Virginia Board of Medicine, which accuses him of providing trainees... More »

Woman: I Added 3rd Breast to Be Unattractive

And also to get an MTV reality show

(Newser) - There are people who have plastic surgery to correct birth defects , those who go under the knife to look more like their favorite celebrities , and then there's a Florida woman who goes by the name Jasmine Tridevil. The 21-year-old massage therapist—who's now being compared to the three-breasted... More »

WHO: Untested Ebola Drugs Are 'Ethical'

Says such meds are needed to fight virus in hard-hit areas

(Newser) - To combat "the largest, most severe, and most complex outbreak of [the] Ebola virus disease in history," the World Health Organization today gave the green light to use untested drugs. Despite questions about skipping the standard approval process, "it is ethical to offer unproven interventions with as... More »

Blood Test Can Spot Alzheimer's Years Early

'Game changer' raises ethical dilemmas

(Newser) - A simple blood test can spot Alzheimer's disease years before symptoms develop, researchers say—though it's a breakthrough some may choose to ignore. A Georgetown University team says its "highly sensitive and specific test" can identify people in their 70s who are likely to develop Alzheimer's... More »

Senate Hopeful's Photos Feature Corpses, Jokes

Dr. Milton Wolf of Kansas mocks x-rays of gunshot victims

(Newser) - A Kansas candidate for US Senate is acknowledging a "mistake" following reports he posted grisly X-rays on Facebook and joked about them. The now-removed images allegedly posted by radiologist Milton Wolf featured gun victims, one of whom suffered decapitation, the Topeka Capital-Journal reports. "One of my all-time favorites,... More »

Man Chooses to Die Day After Accident

Tim Bowers was paralyzed from shoulders down while deer hunting

(Newser) - An Indiana man who loved the outdoors chose not to continue life support after learning that he would never walk again and might be on a ventilator for the rest of his life. Tim Bowers, 32, was left paralyzed from the shoulders down after falling 16 feet from a tree... More »

Breakthrough in Fetus Genome Mapping Raises Abortion Fears

Parents will be able to test for wide range of traits

(Newser) - Genetic testing on fetuses has long been dangerous, difficult, and useful only for a small number of disorders, but a new technique allows scientists to sequence an unborn child's complete genome using only a blood sample from the mother and saliva from the father, reports the New York Times... More »

Octomom Doc Loses License

Calif. decides Michael Kamrava presents danger to the public

(Newser) - If Nadya Suleman ever decides that 14 kids isn't enough, she won't be able to turn to Beverly Hills fertility doctor Michael Kamrava for help. Kamrava, who helped Suleman conceive octuplets when she already had six children, and implanted seven embryos in a 49-year-old woman who only wanted... More »

Doctor Group Blasts Manning's Shrinks

Military psychiatrists not doing their duty, group charges

(Newser) - The military psychiatrists treating Bradley Manning are violating their ethical duties, according to a leading group of doctors. The advocacy group Physicians for Human Rights says that by allowing the accused WikiLeaker to be kept in solitary confinement in a military brig, the psychiatrists are not doing their duty as... More »

Coma Tot Moved to Catholic Hospital to Extend Life

Catholic group 'rescues' boy at center of Canada right-to-life debate

(Newser) - A Canadian baby at the center of a right-to-life debate has been moved to an American hospital with the help of an activist Catholic priest. Tiny 1-year-old Joseph Maraachli is in a vegetative state and doctors say he has no hope of recovery. A Canada court ruled that doctors could... More »

Court Forces Cancer Patient To Have Surgery

Woman has phobia of hospitals, needles

(Newser) - A court's decision to force a woman to have life-saving cancer surgery against her will has triggered a fierce debate on medical ethics in Britain. Doctors will be allowed to forcibly sedate the 55-year-old, who has learning difficulties and a phobia of hospitals and needles, in order to bring her... More »

Pig Lung Transplants for Humans Move Closer

Ethicists object to creating human-animal hybrid

(Newser) - Animal organ transplants in humans are now a step closer to reality: Scientists have successfully combined animal lungs with human blood, keeping a pig lung alive and functioning as the blood flowed through it. “The blood went into the lungs without oxygen and came out with oxygen, which is... More »

CIA Docs Accused of 'Human Experimentation'

Report from ethics groups says docs in interrogation program guilty of war crimes

(Newser) - CIA doctors who monitored the agency's "enhanced interrogation" of terror suspects may be guilty of war crimes linked to human experimentation, according to a new report from a medical ethics group. The report from Physicians for Human Rights accuses the doctors and psychologists of being involved at every stage... More »

Ezekiel Emanuel No 'Doctor Death'

Reform opponents grossly distort bioethicist's record

(Newser) - To hear conservative bloggers tell it, Ezekiel Emanuel, Rahm’s brother, is a bean-counting euthanasia enthusiast who wants to deny care for the disabled. The New York Post dubbed him a “deadly doctor,” and Sarah Palin warned supporters to fear his “Orwellian thinking.” It’s pretty... More »

Psychologists, Doctors Helped With Interrogations

Role of medical professionals in CIA program angers peers

(Newser) - Psychologists and physicians who assisted the CIA's harsh interrogation program are being accused of violating the most basic principles of their professions, the Washington Post reports. The newly released CIA memos confirm that on-site psychologists—generally contract workers with the agency—took an active role in the program, offering ideas... More »

Cheap, Deadly Beauty Fix On the Rise

Doctors report spike in illegal injections of silicone

(Newser) - Illegal and potentially fatal silicone injections—a cheaper way to plump up the body than cosmetic surgery—are on the rise, the New York Times reports. The underground treatment, usually administered at home or at "pumping parties," has spread among Latinas and transgender women attracted by the... More »

Red Cross: Med Workers Complicit in Gitmo Torture

Professionals told CIA interrogators to stop, go

(Newser) - The Red Cross is accusing medical personnel of deep involvement in CIA torture at Guantanamo, calling it “a gross breach of medical ethics,” the New York Times reports. Medical professionals monitored procedures such as waterboarding, telling interrogators to “continue, to adjust, or stop particular methods,” finds... More »

Pharma Infiltrates Harvard's Ivory Tower

Med school is in ethics crisis, say some students and profs

(Newser) - The tentacles of big pharma have made their way into the upper echelons of academia, the New York Times reports: Harvard Medical School is packed with professors with industry ties, and that has students concerned. With 149 profs connected to Pfizer and 130 to Merck, fears that the influence of... More »

Safer Down Syndrome Tests Give Birth to Ethics Fears

Procedures look safer, more accurate, but raise ethics concerns

(Newser) - New tests to detect Down syndrome early in pregnancy look highly promising to some experts—but they’re prompting new ethical and medical questions, the Washington Post reports. The procedures, to be publicly available in June, appear safer and more accurate than current options. But Down syndrome and anti-abortion activists... More »

Octuplets' Mom Offers First Look at Kids

Suleman: 'This is my choice'

(Newser) - Octuplet mom Nadya Suleman gave the Today show the first look at her babies—while maintaining that she can handle raising 14 children, MSNBC reports. “This is my choice, to be a single parent,” said Suleman. “I will do the best I possibly can. And in my... More »

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