Obama’s Gun Action Would Allow Doctors to Report Patients to FBI

President Obama’s new executive action on gun control relaxes measures intended to keep medical and mental health records private, according to multiple reports. Obama’s action would allow doctors to give the names of patients they consider mentally unstable to the FBI, according to Politico. Federal law already prohibits Americans who have been committed to a […]

ISIS Calling for Doctors to Join Effort

The Islamic State (ISIS) is begging for doctors and other medical professionals to return to areas they control, saying there aren’t enough there now to adequately treat their wounded. According to the website Vocativ, a plea originally shared in April is being recirculated in English and Arabic on one of ISIS’ main online forums. “This […]

New Cell Therapy Clears Leukemia in Dying Baby

A baby whom doctors thought almost certain to die has been cleared of a previously incurable leukemia in the first human use of an “off-the-shelf” cell therapy from Cellectis that creates designer immune cells. One-year-old Layla had run out of all other treatment options when doctors at Britain’s Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) gave her […]

Feds Push Forward With Controversial Health Rule

The Obama administration is moving ahead with controversial new rules that require doctors to switch to electronic health records or face fees, resisting calls from both parties to delay implementation. Federal health officials said the final rules released Tuesday will make “significant changes” in the “meaningful use” electronic health records program, such as lowering the number […]

California Becomes Fifth State to Allow Physician-Assisted Suicide

California’s wrenching yearlong legislative debate over the right to die culminated Monday with Gov. Jerry Brown signing into law a bill making California the fifth state to permit physician-assisted suicide for the terminally ill. As a Democrat and former Catholic seminarian, Mr. Brown was caught between two opposing sides of the right-to-die debate, and had […]

‘Exercise in a Bottle,’ Scientists Working on Pill That Mimics Effects of Working Out

A couch potato’s dream — a magic pill that could mimic the benefits of exercising without ever having to leave the couch could soon be a reality. Australian scientists have carried out “breakthrough” research, mapping out the 1,000 molecular changes in the body induced by exercise, and could soon use that research to create such […]