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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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Reanimatologas T.Tamošuitis: „Kartais valstybė nesuteikia galimybės išgelbėti gyvybę“

Pokyčiai donorystės srityje valstybei būtų net ekonomiškai naudingi, tačiau nėra už tai atsakingų ir tuo besidominčių, įsitikinęs Kauno klinikose dirbantis reanimatologas Tomas Tamošuitis. Medikas donorystės padėtį šalyje vertina dvejopai. Viena vertus, visuomenė po truputį bręsta, tačiau statistiniai rodikliai rodo tą patį, ką ir prieš dešimt metų. O tai paaiškinti, pasak T.Tamošuičio, paprasta – valstybė neturi tikslų ir strategijos šiuo klausimu. Kartais išgelbėti gyvybės, paaukoti organus tiesiog nesuteikiama galimybė.

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Officials remove special rules for gene therapy experiments

U.S. health officials are eliminating special regulations for gene therapy experiments, saying that what was once exotic science is quickly becoming an established form of medical care with no extraordinary risks.

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These Companies Really, Really, Really Want to Freeze Your Eggs

Egg-freezing clinics are aggressively courting a new generation. Younger millennials are heeding the call.

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Cancer: one in four too scared to seek medical help over symptom

People with signs of the disease are failing to act, with many worrying they will waste a doctor’s time, a new survey reveals. Despite discovering a potential symptom of cancer, half the UK population would not seek medical help with many too afraid that they may be wasting a doctor’s time by raising it.

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Pet cloning is bringing human cloning a little bit closer

When Barbra Streisand revealed to Variety magazine that she’d had her dog cloned for $50,000, many people learned for the first time that copying pets and other animals is a real business.

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The troubled 29-year-old helped to die by Dutch doctors

In January a young Dutch woman drank poison supplied by a doctor and lay down to die. Euthanasia is legal in Holland, so hers was a death sanctioned by the state. But Aurelia Brouwers was not terminally ill – she was allowed to end her life on account of her psychiatric illness.

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NHS told ‘offer transgender fertility treatment’ or face legal action

A watchdog is threatening NHS England with legal action if it does not begin offering fertility treatments to transgender patients as standard.

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