The ethics of split liver transplantation: Analyzing case studies to make the right decision

Split liver transplantation (SLT) provides an opportunity to divide a donor liver and offer transplants to two small patients, one or both of whom could be a child. SLT, which is underused in the United States, could be used more…

Pandemic planning: Government should embrace uncertainty rather than confront it or shy away from it

New research shows the UK’s COVID-19 management decisions were based on an outdated pandemic modelling structure and suggests a more resilient approach would have been more effective. In the initial months of the pandemic, regular updates using graphs showing how…

A push for a shift in the value system that defines “impact” and “success”

Discussions of a broken value system are ubiquitous in science, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic served to expose inequality globally. However, according to the authors of an article publishing 15th June 2021 in the open access journal PLOS Biology ,…

Study reveals COVID-19 risk factors for those with IDD

Syracuse, N.Y. – A study of nearly 550 adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities receiving residential services in New York City found that age, larger residential settings, Down syndrome and chronic kidney disease were the most common risk factors for…

Vilcek-Gold Award for Humanism in Healthcare awarded to immigrant cofounders of pre-health dreamers

The Vilcek Foundation and The Arnold P. Gold Foundation have announced Dr. Jirayut ‘New’ Latthivongskorn and Dr. Denisse Rojas Marquez as joint recipients of the 2021 Vilcek-Gold Award for Humanism in Healthcare

Marking the 40th anniversary of the AIDS epidemic: A paper in the New England Journal of Medicine

June 5, 2021 marks the 40th anniversary of the first report of AIDS cases and the onset of the American AIDS epidemic. In a new, thought-provoking paper in the New England Journal of Medicine , Professor Ronald Bayer and co-author…

The ISSCR releases updated guidelines for stem cell research and clinical translation

Skokie, IL – The International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR), today released updated guidelines for stem cell research and its translation to medicine. The update reflects emerging advances including, stem cell-based embryo models, human embryo research, chimeras, organoids, and…

Study finds physicians support pharmacy dispensing to expand access to medication abortion

In a new study published online in spring 2021 and in the July issue of the journal Contraception , University of Chicago Medicine investigators and colleagues interviewed primary care providers in Illinois about their interest in providing medication abortion care…

Decolonising ecology? How to adopt practices that make science more equitable

Knowledge systems outside of those sanctioned by Western universities have often been marginalised or simply not engaged with in many science disciplines, but there are multiple examples where Western scientists have claimed discoveries for knowledge that resident experts already knew…

Across US, COVID-19 death rate higher for those with IDD

Syracuse, N.Y. – The COVID-19 death rate for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) is higher than the general population in several states across the U.S., according to a new study published in Disability and Health Journal . The…

Fertility apps with hundreds of millions of users collect and share excessive information

The majority of top-rated fertility apps collect and even share intimate data without the users’ knowledge or permission, a collaborative study by Newcastle University and Umea University has found. Researchers are now calling for a tightening of the categorisation of…

Science and need — not wealth or nationality — should guide vaccine allocation and prioritization

April 19, 2021 — Ensuring COVID-19 vaccine access for refugee and displaced populations, and addressing health inequities, is vital for an effective pandemic response. Yet, vaccine allocation and distribution has been neither equitable nor inclusive, despite that global leaders have…

Prioritise opportunities to say final goodbye during COVID-19 pandemic, study finds

First study in bereaved relatives’ experience during Covid-19 pandemic lockdown published today The study makes important recommendations for health and social care professionals providing end-of-life-care Bereaved families highlighted their need for practical and emotional support when a family member was…

Food industry lobbying was intense on failed bill to limit marketing to Canadian children

Researchers at the University of Toronto have found that food industry interactions with government heavily outnumbered non-industry interactions on Bill S-228, also known as the Child Health Protection Act, which died in the Senate of Canada in 2019. The researchers…