During a recent physical, Jeff Gordon’s doctor told him he may be pre-diabetic. It was a quick mention, mixed in with a review of blood pressure numbers, other vital statistics like his heart rate, height and weight, and details about his prescription for cholesterol medication. Normally, Gordon, 70, a food broker who lives in Washington, D.C., would have paid it little attention

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Doctors call it defensive medicine. They order extra tests, perform extra procedures or push for more office visits because they think that without them, they’re at greater risk of being sued. But studies don’t support the notion that this reduces their risk. What might help physicians avoid being sued is getting along better with their patients. Or at least, they could become better communicators

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Most hiring committees and tenure review boards in the social sciences continue to give more weight to publications or the potential to publish in top technical journals above other factors when making decisions that affect the careers of young academics. But popular media attention increasingly works in a candidate’s favor as well. For tenure decisions

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A company’s use of DNA tests to investigate employee wrongdoing ran afoul of a genetic nondiscrimination act

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In a new study, people associated “science” with “men” even in nations where women are approximately half of science majors and researchers

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We’re all going to die and we all know it. This can be both a burden and a blessing

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Some scientists are hoping to overcome objections to genetically modified organisms by reintroducing into plants genes that had long ago been bred out of them

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The inventor of a genome-editing technique wants a moratorium on its use in research on humans. But Chinese scientists have already tried it, albeit unsuccessfully, on human embryos to cure a blood disorder. Can a discovery be reined in once the basic science has been published? Can researchers control the ethical use or ramifications of their breakthroughs?

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