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Should we pay people for donating blood?

Scotty Hearron says he was a “broke college student” the first time he got paid for donating some of his blood plasma. This was a few years ago when he was at university in Oregon. In countries such as the UK, where donation is entirely voluntary and unpaid, this practice might seem distasteful or exploitative.

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Call for UK ban on ‘grotesquely sugary’ freakshakes

The campaign group Action on Sugar is demanding a ban on freakshakes and all milkshakes with more than 300 calories. It surveyed milkshakes sold in restaurants and fast food shops in the UK and found they contained “grotesque levels of sugar and calories”.

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Moteris iš Lazdijų ligoninės reikalauja 150 tūkst. eurų už sterilizaciją be jos žinios

Moteris iš Lazdijų ligoninės reikalauja teisme 150 tūkst. eurų už prieš 15 metų jai atliktą sterilizaciją be jos žinios – kad tai galėjo būti padaryta tik ligoninėje, patvirtina ir teismo medicinos ekspertai.


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A Profusion of Diagnoses. That’s Good and Bad.

With millions of Americans taking risky medications for questionable diagnoses, have we medicalized everyday life?

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HIV-positive mother in South Africa donates piece of liver to critically ill child

Doctors in South Africa say they transplanted part of a liver from a mother with HIV to her critically ill but HIV-negative child, concluding that the chance to save a life outweighed the risk of virus transmission.

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Trial by Fire: Critics Demand That a Huge Sepsis Study Be Stopped

A large government trial comparing treatments for a life-threatening condition called sepsis is putting participants at risk of organ failure and even death, critics charge, and should be immediately shut down. A detailed analysis of the trial design prepared by senior investigators at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, Md., concluded that the study “places seriously ill patients at risk without the possibility of gaining information that can provide benefits either to the subjects or to future patients.”

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Parents Are Leery Of Schools Requiring ‘Mental Health’ Disclosures By Students

Children registering for school in Florida this year were asked to reveal some history about their mental health. On registration forms for new students, the state’s school districts now must ask whether a child has ever been referred for mental health services.

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Report: Pharma exec says he had ‘moral requirement’ to raise drug price 400%

A pharmaceutical company executive defended his company’s recent 400% drug price increase, telling the Financial Times that his company had a “moral requirement to sell the product at the highest price.”

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Labour calls for ban on early foetus gender test

Labour is calling for a ban on parents-to-be being told the sex of their baby after early blood tests, amid fears it may lead to abortions of girls. The Non-Invasive Prenatal Test (NIPT) is used by the NHS to test for genetic conditions, but people can pay for it privately to discover a baby’s gender. Labour MP Naz Shah said it was morally wrong for people to use the test to abort pregnancies based on the outcome.

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Doctors told to ditch Latin and use ‘plain English’

Doctors are being told to adopt a new policy of writing letters that are easier for patients to understand. The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges says too often correspondence contains complex medical jargon rather than plain and simple English.

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