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Dutch government wants to expand mercy-killing law

The Dutch government plans to draft a new law that would allow people who consider their lives to be "completed" to get help to die "in a dignified way," a move welcomed Thursday by the country's leading right-to-die organization ...

Oct 13, 2016
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Video: The 'end of pain': How anesthesia works

October 16 is World Anesthesia Day, celebrating the 170th anniversary of the first successful demonstration of surgical anesthesia. Prior to then, surgery was very unpleasant, to put it mildly—surgeons turned to alcohol, ...

Oct 11, 2016
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Intersex—seeking the beauty in difference

At 13 years old, Sean Saifa Wall was admitted to hospital with pain in his groin. He says that he was given very little information about what might be causing it, and doctors didn't discuss different options for treatment ...

Oct 04, 2016
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List of recent winners of the Nobel medicine

Nobel judges at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm will announce the Nobel Prize in medicine on Monday on the heels of a scandal over a disgraced stem cell scientist that has rocked the prestigious institution.

Oct 02, 2016
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Can Hippocrates prevent overdiagnosis?

Hippocrates' famous oath echoed around Barcelona's International Convention Centre throughout the fourth Preventing Overdiagnosis conference, held this past week. For three days, this eclectic and passionate mix of policy ...

Sep 28, 2016
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India's poor fear 'rent-a-womb' industry shut down

At a hostel for dozens of pregnant women, impoverished widow Sharmila Mackwan weighs up her decision to carry twins for another couple—her only ticket out of poverty—as the government moves to close India's multi-million ...

Sep 19, 2016
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Biobank storage time as important as age

The amount of time a blood sample used for medical research has been stored at a biobank may affect the test results as much as the blood sample provider's age. These are the findings of a new study from Uppsala University, ...

Sep 05, 2016
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