A panel of government-appointed experts in Germany agreed unanimously that the human germline “is not inviolable,” rejecting one objection to using genome editing technologies such as CRISPR to make heritable changes in the DNA of human embryos, sperm, or eggs

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Digital health apps, which let patients chat with doctors or health coaches or even receive likely medical diagnoses from a bot, are transforming modern health care. They are also — in practice — being used as suicide crisis hotlines

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The latest and largest ever study presented last week at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections did show a modest benefit. But confusingly, there was almost no decline in infections in the study group where it was most expected

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Do Jails Kill People?

February 25, 2019

There may be no worse place to live in New York City than on Rikers Island…Most people whose lives end on Rikers die of natural causes, but there is no doubt that some deaths there have been caused by the culture and conditions of Rikers itself

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James Toomey writes that the core argument—that unless Facebook’s suicide prediction algorithm is subject to the regulatory regime of medicine and operated on an opt-in basis it is morally problematic—is misguided and alarmist

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Distrust of vaccines may be almost as contagious as measles, according to medical anthropologist Elisa Sobo

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Strep A is among the deadliest pathogens in the world – yet we’ve never prioritised making a vaccine. Emily Sohn uncovers the cost of ignoring this problem, and meets those taking the fight to this silent killer

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A version of the club drug is expected to be approved for depression in March. Researchers think it could help treat suicidal thinking

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