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Return on Investment Slipping in Biomedical Research

As more money has been spent on biomedical research in the United States over the past 50 years, there has been diminished return on investment in terms of life expectancy gains and new drug approvals, two Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researchers say.

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Genetic Testing in Kids is Fraught with Complications

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Despite an increasing ease in acquiring genetic information, the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) points out that doing so has consequences, particularly when it comes to children. It is this population, they say, that is the most vulnerable. With this precaution in mind, the ASHG Workgroup on Pediatric Genetic and Genomic Testing has issued guidelines for genetic testing in children and adolescents that are based on a thorough review of studies on ethical, legal, and social implications (ELSI). The recommendations were published in The American Journal of Human Genetics.

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Steps to Combat Scientific Publishing Fraud

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Will Your Self-Driving Car Be Programmed to Kill You?

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The computer brains inside autonomous vehicles will be fast enough to make life-or-death decisions. But should they? A member of UAB's national championship-winning Bioethics Bowl team — and the team's coach, a renowned bioethicist — weigh in on a thorny problem of the dawning robot age.

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Johns Hopkins Bioethicist To Give Congressional Testimony on Human Gene Editing

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Some Hospitals Marking Up Prices More Than 1,000 Percent

The 50 hospitals in the United States with the highest markup of prices over their actual costs are charging out-of-network patients and the uninsured, as well as auto and workers’ compensation insurers, more than 10 times the costs allowed by Medicare, new research suggests. It’s a markup of more than 1,000 percent for the same medical services.

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Like Sleeping Beauty, Some Research Lies Dormant for Decades

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a new study from the Indiana University Bloomington explores "sleeping beauties," research papers whose citations don't peak until years -- or decades -- after publication.

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Ethicists from NYU Langone Medical Center Propose Solution for U.S. Organ Shortage Crisis in JAMA Piece

A fairly simple and ethical change in policy would greatly expand the nation’s organ pool while respecting autonomy, choice, and vulnerability of a deceased’s family or authorized caregiver, according to ethicists at NYU Langone Medical Center.

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Trending Stories Report for 7 May 2015

Trending news releases with the most views in a single day. Topics include: WWII and PTSD, stem cells, cancer, racial segregation, supplements and glaucoma, medical research, cybersecurity, vision research, and physics.