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  • U.K. judge approves plan for Charlie Gard to be sent to a hospice

    July 27, 2017 4:37 PM

    The judge said that meant 11-month-old Charlie should now be transferred to a hospice and have the ventilator that keeps him alive removed. LONDON—A British judge ordered Thursday that critically ill infant Charlie Gard should be moved from a hospital to a hospice, where he will “inevitably” die within a short time. Judge Nicholas Francis made the order

  • First Editing of Human Embryos Performed in United States

    July 27, 2017 2:42 PM 1

    Technology that allows alteration of genes in a human embryo has been used for the first time in the United States, according to Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) in Portland, which carried out the research. The OHSU research is believed to have broken new ground both in the number of embryos experimented upon and by demonstrating it is possible

  • Charlie Gard will die in hospice — but still no word on how much longer he may have to live

    July 27, 2017 2:10 PM 1

    LONDON — The deadline has passed for Charlie Gard's parents and doctors to reach an agreement over his hospice care plans. It was agreed that Charlie — a terminally ill 11-month-old boy who has become the face of a worldwide debate over end-of-life rights — will die in hospice. But his parents and Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) had not agreed on how much time the child

  • Deadline passes for agreement on Charlie Gard's final hours

    July 27, 2017 11:54 AM 1

    The deadline for Charlie Gard's parents to reach an agreement with Great Ormond Street Hospital on arrangements for his death has passed. Both sides have agreed he should move to a hospice, but have been at odds over the details of his care. A High Court judge previously said if they could not agree by noon on Thursday, Charlie would be moved to a hospice

  • Human embryo gene editing has taken place in US, claims report

    July 27, 2017 11:18 AM 1

    A fourth paper describing attempts to correct defective genes in human embryos using CRISPR is about to be published. A report in MIT Tech Review says the results are the most promising so far but the lack of detail means it is not possible to judge whether this really is the case. Several groups around the world are working on gene editing in human

  • First ever alteration of genes in human embryos successfully done in US

    July 27, 2017 11:04 AM 1

    Technology that allows alteration of genes in a human embryo has been used for the first time in the United States, according to Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) in Portland, which carried out the research. The OHSU research is believed to have broken new ground both in the number of embryos experimented upon and by demonstrating it is possible

  • The Myth of Antibiotics: ‘Complete the Course’ Won’t Stop Resistance, Researchers Say

    July 26, 2017 10:30 PM 1

    Doctors have long urged patients to adhere strictly to antibiotic prescriptions, asserting that the entire course should be completed regardless of whether their symptoms have been resolved. Not doing so, conventional wisdom has held, brings the risk of increasing bacterial resistance to antibiotics. Antibiotic resistance is one of the most serious global

  • Should you finish a course of antibiotics?

    July 26, 2017 10:30 PM 2

    It is time to reconsider the widespread advice that people should always complete an entire course of antibiotics, experts in the BMJ say. They argue there is not enough evidence to back the idea that stopping pills early encourages antibiotic resistance. Instead, they suggest, more studies need to be done to see if other strategies - such as stopping

  • You shouldn't always take full course of antibiotics: Experts say taking drugs after you feel well may encourage rise of superbugs

    July 26, 2017 10:30 PM

    Doctors should stop telling patients to complete their courses of antibiotics, say experts. They fear that continuing with a course of treatment after a patient feels better could increase antibiotic resistance – where superbugs evolve that are immune to drugs. Their advice flies in the face of World Health Organisation guidelines, which tell patients

  • Charlie Gard: Court hears hospice best option for baby

    July 25, 2017 5:39 PM 5

    Moving Charlie Gard to a hospice to die would be the best option for the terminally-ill baby, a court has heard. The 11-month-old's parents had returned to the High Court to seek permission to take him home for "a few days of tranquillity outside the hospital". But Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) said there were practical problems with that proposal