Organ transplant system scrutinized as disabled girl is denied kidney


The heartbreaking story of a mentally disabled 3-year-old denied a kidney transplant has prompted outrage. The affair highlights the complicated nature of waiting for organ donation. Children’s hospital cruelly denies transplant A 3-year-old girl afflicted with Wolf-Hirschorn Syndrome, a genetic disease that causes deformity and mental retardation, has been denied a kidney transplant, according to […]

Animal antibiotic use partially banned by FDA


The practice of using antibiotics in farm animals has been around for decades. With a growing amount of antibiotic resistance in humans, however, the FDA has ordered farmers to severely limit antibiotic use. Growing antibiotic resistance in humans Antibiotics and bacteria are in a constant tug-of-war. When bacteria are exposed to a particular antibiotic often […]

Adderall among prescription drug shortages


Drug makers are facing crippling shortages of raw materials, causing drug shortages nationwide. Adderall, a popular Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder medication, is in dangerously short supply. Number of shortages increasing According to USA Today, the Food and Drug Administration had reported 180 drug shortages as of mid-August of 2011. The American Hospital Association reported in […]

Sebelius overrules FDA recommendations on Plan B


Plan B, also known as the “morning after pill,” has been available for several years without a prescription to women 17 or older. Despite an FDA recommendation that the drug be moved from behind the pharmacy counter and be more widely available, it will still be strictly limited. Recommendation for Plan B After extensive safety […]

PG&E to pay $70 million for pipeline tragedy

PG&E to pay $70 million for pipeline tragedy

Pacific Gas and Electric Co., a northern California utility, has agreed to pay $70 million to the California town of San Bruno for a pipeline explosion that killed eight people in 2010. Company says it’s remorseful The San Francisco-based power company’s president, Chris Johns, released a statement Monday, saying PG&E is sorry and eager to […]


Bioethicists argue infanticide same as abortion, should be legal

In his 1729 satirical essay “A Modest Proposal,” Jonathan Swift suggests satirically that the impoverished Irish allay their financial burdens by selling their young children as food to rich English gentlemen and ladies. Swift was mocking heartless attitudes toward the poor, but modern-day bioethicists linked to Oxford University have proposed something entirely serious. In an […]


An infant boy lies in a crib.
A parent may have difficulty arguing this is not a person. (Public Domain/Carin Araujo /Wikipedia)