Academy of Medical Royal Colleges to draw up list of 100 interventions to advise against in attempt to curb ‘unnecessary’ care, rousing fears of NHS rationing

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The use of genome-modification tools in wild species must be properly governed to avoid irreversible damage to ecosystems, says Jeantine Lunshof

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A small benefits consulting firm called ELAP Services is causing commotion by suggesting an alternative: Refuse to pay. When hospitals send invoices with charges that seem to bear no relationship to their costs, the Pennsylvania firm tells its clients (generally medium-sized employers) to just say no

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The Wisdom of CrowdMed

May 12, 2015

How one website is trying to solve medical mysteries

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The Male Suicides

May 12, 2015

How social perfectionism kills. In every country in the world, male suicides outnumber female. Will Storr asks why | Mosaic

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“There are babies, there are young children, there are teenagers, there are adults, men, women, elderly people,” Ms. Abadie said on a recent afternoon at an Inrap warehouse in La Courneuve, a suburb on the northern outskirts of Paris, where the skeletal remains are now housed. “This was a mortality crisis, that much is clear,”

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“We were under intense scrutiny,” said Dr. Allyson Brooks, executive medical director of Hoag’s women’s health institute. The C-section rate at the time, in early 2012, was about 38 percent. That was higher than the state average of 33 percent and above most others in the area, according to the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative, which seeks to use data to improve birth outcomes

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Desperately, the country is trying to rebuild just about everything, from its health and education systems to its economy and international image. But in the dim hall of the United God Is Our Light Church, its generator turned off to shave costs, the congregation has been trying to repair something more fundamental: its spirit

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