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University of Otago psychiatrists call on colleagues to say no to euthanasia

The impact of legalizing euthanasia will be devastating on older people, the poor and disabled, according to two University of Otago psychiatrists who are calling on their colleagues both in New Zealand and internationally to oppose the move. Consultant psychogeriatrician Associate Professor Yoram Barak and Senior Lecturer Chris Gale, from the Department of Psychological Medicine, […]

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Hope for millions of Irritable Bowel Syndrome sufferers as research identifies cause of pain as ‘gut itch’

This is big news for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) patients: 11 percent of the world’s population suffers from IBS, but the fight against chronic pain has taken a major step forward with scientists identifying receptors in the nervous system which cause the condition in the hope of developing effective treatments. Flinders University researchers at SAHMRI […]

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Stress during pregnancy may affect baby’s sex, risk of preterm birth

It’s becoming well established that maternal stress during pregnancy can affect fetal and child development as well as birth outcomes, and a new study from researchers at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and NewYork-Presbyterian now identifies the types of physical and psychological stress that may matter most. The study was published online […]

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Close to 1,300 cases of vaping-linked illness now identified

(HealthDay)—The number of Americans sickened with a severe lung injury tied to vaping just keeps rising, U.S. health officials said Thursday. “As of Oct. 8, 2019, 1,299 confirmed and probable lung injury cases associated with use of electronic-cigarette, or vaping, products were reported by 49 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands,” […]

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Study targets ‘fingerprint’ of human consciousness

Western researchers have moved a step closer to identifying a ‘brain fingerprint’ for consciousness—a discovery that will unlock further understanding into why some patients, presumed to be vegetative, are still aware of the world them. In his landmark 2006 study, Western neuroscientist Adrian Owen and his collaborators showed for the first time that functional neuroimaging […]