Doctors successfully transplanted pig kidneys into a brain-dead human for the first time. An expert discusses the future of organ transplants.
Entertainer Britney Spears claims in court that her conservator father won’t let her remove birth control. It’s merely the most celebrated recent case of something most people find surprising: forced sterilization still exists in the US, usually in cases of guardianship. Experts explain its legality, history & use.
It’s illegal for health insurers to use genetic testing to discriminate against policyholders. However, life insurers can and do discriminate on that basis if the test is in your medical file.
Advancements in genetic science are often clouded in ethical controversy. Often, scientists are accused of “playing God.” Experts discuss a new platform where scientists and public can debate it, and from which education can be disseminated.
Dr. Meredith Wadman discusses the controversial history of vaccines, and the balance of need and ethics in science and medicine.
Injured NFL players are treated by doctors employed by teams, but a Harvard study claims there is an inherent conflict of interest in that arrangement.
Hospitals have been plagued by shortages of important drugs, sometimes forcing doctors to decide who will receive them and who will die.
Scientists have developed the technology to edit single genes, which could eliminate some inherited diseases.
Measles is more widespread than it has been in years. The current measles outbreak in several states has prompted questions about the responsibility of parents to have their children immunized against vaccine-preventable diseases. Experts discuss this "social contract" cited by courts since colonial times, and why highly-contagious measles is a good test …