Non-human rights battle continues

Xavier Symons | 25 April 2015 | Comments
tags: animal rights, human exceptionalism, law, personhood, US
A New York State judge has ordered Stony Brook University to justify its detention of two chimpanzees.

Most American doctors oppose physician-assisted suicide, according to NEJM poll

Xavier Symons | 14 September 2013 | Comments
tags: assisted suicide, NEJM, US
An on-line poll of readers of the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that the majority of American doctors are against physician-assisted suicide (PAS)

Single dad and surrogate mother: a growing combination in US

Michael Cook | 31 August 2013 | Comments
tags: surrogacy, US
With legal surrogate mothers in short supply, gay and single men in the US are paying as much as US$175,000 for the privilege of raising their own child.

Outcry in America over prohibitive cost of birth

Xavier Symons | 06 July 2013 | Comments
tags: childbirth, healthcare, US
The cost of giving birth in the US is the highest of any industrialized nation

Prescribe morning-after pills to young teenagers, say US pediatric group

Jared Yee | 30 November 2012 | Comments
tags: contraception, contraceptive pill, US
On Monday, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) called on pediatricians in the US to provide advice to all adolescent patients about emergency contraception, and to prescribe it to girls under 17 in advance.

American suicide networks for the elderly exposed in US TV doco

Michael Cook | 15 November 2012 | Comments
tags: assisted suicide, Compassion & Choices, Final Exit Network, US
The “surprisingly coordinated underground world of assisted suicide”

Paying the bills with surrogacy fees

Michael Cook | 05 November 2012 | Comments
tags: surrogacy, US
The dark side of American surrogacy.

“The Waiting Room”

Michael Cook | 26 September 2012 | Comments
tags: films, public health, US
The Waiting Room is a wrenching documentary made in 2010 about the crowded emergency room of Highland Hospital in Oakland, California. Unlike other depictions of the American healthcare system, this is detached and dispassionate. But what emerges is the impression that at least some parts of it are in crisis. Filmed over five months, it creates a composite picture of a single day in the hospital. This seems well worth watching!

US egg donation industry often ignores ethical standards, report claims

Michael Cook | 11 August 2012 | Comments
tags: egg donation, IVF, US
Many on-line human egg brokers do not adhere to ethical guidelines drawn up by the peak IVF body in the US, a survey published in the journal Fertility & Sterility has found.

CIA vaccine tactic may have hindered war on polio

Jared Yee | 14 July 2012 | Comments
tags: Osama bin Laden, US, vaccination
Did the assassination of Osama bin Laden have an unintended victim: the global campaign to eliminate polio?

A community’s take on genetic tests

Jared Yee | 13 July 2012 | Comments
tags: genetic diseases, genetic screening, genetic testing, Judaism, US
Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn are wrestling with the question of genetic testing -- and what should and should not be revealed to people who use it.

US appeals court makes it legal to pay donors for their bone marrow tissue

Jared Yee | 07 July 2012 | Comments
tags: organ donation, organ market, US
A US appeals court has put the price of bone marrow at about US$3,000 in a ruling that now makes it legal to purchase bone marrow.

Man donates kidney, gets no insurance

Jared Yee | 16 June 2012 | Comments
tags: organ donation, organ transplants, US
Radburn Royer, of Minnesota, donated his kidney to his daughter Erika after her lupus caused kidney failure. Now 31, Erika is fine, but her physically active 53-year-old father has been unable to obtain private health insurance.

New Jersey surrogacy bill could allow paid surrogate “carriers”

Jared Yee | 09 June 2012 | Comments
tags: law, surrogacy, US
The landmark Baby M case -- a messy affair in which a surrogate refused to give away her parental rights to the child she carried -- swung an international spotlight on surrogate mothers' rights in New Jersey.

High Court denies benefits to parent of twins born through IVF

Jared Yee | 26 May 2012 | Comments
tags: IVF, law, US
Following up on a BioEdge story from last year, a woman whose child was born through posthumous conception was denied survivor benefits, in a US Supreme Court decision on Monday.

Brain scans could replace SATs in 20 years

Jared Yee | 26 May 2012 | Comments
tags: brain scans, research, US
By 2032, students' brain characteristics could be the deciding factor in whether they get into the college of their dreams, researcher Prof Richard Heier, of the University of California Irvine, says.

Would-be grandparents pay for their daughters’ egg freezing

Jared Yee | 19 May 2012 | Comments
tags: egg freezing, fertility, US
More and more baby-boomers, desperate to have grandchildren, are pushing daughters to freeze their eggs, the New York Times reports.

After surrogacy, an unexpected pregnancy

Jared Yee | 19 May 2012 | Comments
tags: surrogacy, US
Misty Baker turned to a surrogate after ten years of fighting with infertility - and now Baker and her surrogate are both pregnant with twins.

Sperm donation is a roll of the genetic dice

Jared Yee | 18 May 2012 | Comments
tags: genetic diseases, human drama, sperm donation, US
After many failed attempts at conceiving a second child, using many medical treatments, a doctor told Sharine and Brian Kretchmar to find a sperm donor.

Facebook encourages organ donation

Jared Yee | 05 May 2012 | Comments
tags: Facebook, organ donation, organ transplantation, US
The organ donation community applauded Facebook's announcement this week that it will allow its 900 million members to share their donor status with friends and family, and to link to state databases where Americans can sign up online to become donors.

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