Should Genetic Information About Mental Health Affect Civil Court Cases?

Should Genetic Information About Mental Health Affect Civil Court Cases?

A rendering of DNA with a judge's gavel.

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Maya Sabatello
Maya Sabatello, LLB, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Bioethics and the co-director of the Precision Medicine: Ethics, Politics, and Culture Project at Columbia University. She is a former litigator with trans-disciplinary background and has extensive experience in national and international policy-making relating to human and disability rights. She works on the ethical, legal, and social implications of biomedical technologies, especially as used in genomics, disability, psychiatry, and human reproduction. In addition to authoring a book, Children’s Bioethics (2009), and co-editing a book, Human Rights and Disability Advocacy (2014), Sabatello has published in law, policy, medical and bioethics journals, including Genetics in Medicine, the Hastings Center Report, the Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, and the American Journal of Bioethics. She serves on various genomic-related ethics committees, including the national IRB of the All of Us Research Program.
A new oral vaccine could prevent urinary tract infections for years

Urinary tract infections account for more than 8 million trips to the doctor each year.

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Few things are more painful than a urinary tract infection (UTI). Common in men and women, these infections account for more than 8 million trips to the doctor each year and can cause an array of uncomfortable symptoms, from a burning feeling during urination to fever, vomiting, and chills. For an unlucky few, UTIs can be chronic—meaning that, despite treatment, they just keep coming back.

But new research, presented at the European Association of Urology (EAU) Congress in Paris this week, brings some hope to people who suffer from UTIs.

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Sarah Watts

Sarah Watts is a health and science writer based in Chicago.

MILESTONE: Doctors have transplanted a pig organ into a human for the first time in history

A surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital prepares a pig organ for transplant.

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Surgeons at Massachusetts General Hospital made history last week when they successfully transplanted a pig kidney into a human patient for the first time ever.

The recipient was a 62-year-old man named Richard Slayman who had been living with end-stage kidney disease caused by diabetes. While Slayman had received a kidney transplant in 2018 from a human donor, his diabetes ultimately caused the kidney to fail less than five years after the transplant. Slayman had undergone dialysis ever since—a procedure that uses an artificial kidney to remove waste products from a person’s blood when the kidneys are unable to—but the dialysis frequently caused blood clots and other complications that landed him in the hospital multiple times.

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Sarah Watts

Sarah Watts is a health and science writer based in Chicago.