Medical Search

Medical News from Scientific American: Health

Molecules to Medicine: "Conscience" Clauses versus Refusal: An Historical Perspective

March 20, 2012, 9:09 am by Scientific American: Health

The struggle between conscience and refusal, or individual rights vs. that of the community good, goes far back, and is not limited to reproductive choices. It also forms the foundation of civil rights rulings prohibiting discrimination and segregation, and discrimination based on race or religion. Unfortunately, there are still ongoing battles regarding discrimination based on sexual orientation.In Benitez, Doctors at the North Coast Women s Care Medical Group denied Ms Benitez infertility treatment because she is a lesbian, claiming that their personal conservative Christian beliefs gave them a right to withhold care that they routinely provide to heterosexual patients. The California Supreme Court issued a unanimous, landmark decision that lesbians are entitled to the same treatment as other patients and that constitutional protections for religious liberty do not excuse unlawful discrimination. [More]

Featured Medical Stories

Fitbit Flex Sleep Sensor Tracker

Will health sensors make humans immortal?

Not so fast! We need to get from here to there. Today, health/behavior monitoring and quantification sensors are all the rage. The Fitbit, a wearable sensor, is one of the more popular wearable tech devices for tracking your health. Fitbit tracks your activity (steps), diet, and even your sleep patterns. You can interact with the Fitbit using a series of tapping sequences and the Fitbit syncs all your data with your phone and computer. Then the process is to quantify, analyze, and optimize your wake and sleep life. Doing all this will not help you avoid your ultimate demise, but it could contribute to a longer life and better yet, one where you're in better health along your life's time-line. The concept is that if you are monitoring your activity, food, and sleep, you can make adjustments to improve these areas; thus better health. The Fitbit Flex is only $99! Get started Buy directly from Fitbit

Learn more at Fitbit's Official Website HOT! Fitbit Accessories & New Products Google Fitbit
Home DNA Testing Kit

Simple as Spit! Home DNA Testing Kit Maps Your DNA

Simple home DNA kit allows you to find out what your DNA says about you and your family. Find out what percent of your DNA comes from populations around the world, ranging from East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe, and more. Break European ancestry down into distinct regions such as the British Isles, Scandinavia and Italy. People with mixed ancestry, African Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans will also get a detailed breakdown.

Read More About DNA Testing Buy Your Home DNA Testing Kit Google DNA Testing

More medical news from Scientific American: Health

Opossum Compounds Isolated to Help Make Antivenom
Scientific American: Health : March 30, 2015, 8:30 am
And researchers have engineered a common bacteria to inexpensively create the snakebite treatment -- Read more on

Air Quality in Bed Is a Nightmare
Scientific American: Health : March 30, 2015, 7:30 am
Pillows, bedding and tossing and turning all influence what you inhale while fast asleep -- Read more on

Exercises Improve Memory in Older Adults
Scientific American: Health : March 30, 2015, 7:00 am
Researchers have found ways to lessen age-related forgetfulness -- Read more on

Memories May Not Live in Neurons’ Synapses
Scientific American: Health : March 28, 2015, 6:00 am
The finding could mean recollections are more enduring than expected and disrupt plans for PTSD treatments -- Read more on

How Grandparents Shaped Human Evolution
Scientific American: Health : March 27, 2015, 10:00 am
The rise of senior citizens may have played a big role in the success of our species -- Read more on