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Submissions received: Regulation of autologous stem cell therapies The TGA sought comments from interested parties on Regulation of autologous stem cell therapies, regarding whether the regulation applied to some autologous cells is appropriate, in a consultation that closed on 3 March 2015. A total of 80 submissions were received. Of the submissions 14 from professional bodies, 12 from researchers, institutions or hospitals, 4 from industry groups, 4 from consumer groups, 20 from manufacturers, suppliers or health practitioners providing autologous stem cell therapies (businesses), 21 from patients and 5 from government bodies or other stakeholders. All submissions that were not marked as confidential are now available below in PDF format. Consultation feedback

epic / Homepage - Te Kete Ipurangi (TKI) Kia ora and welcome to EPIC. EPIC is a venture between New Zealand libraries and the Ministry of Education, giving schools free access to a worldwide range of electronic resources. Through EPIC schools can access databases containing thousands of international and New Zealand magazines, newspapers, biographies, substantial reference works, and images. EPIC lets you access up-to-date full text articles covering a huge range of subjects. What is available? EPIC resources are purchased on a subscription basis on behalf of all New Zealand schools.

Embryo editing sparks epic debate Yorgos Nikas/SPL Human embryos are at the centre of a debate over the ethics of gene editing. In a world first, Chinese scientists have reported that they have used powerful gene-editing techniques to modify human embryos. Their paper1, published in the Beijing-based journal Protein & Cell on 18 April, came as no surprise to the scientific community, but it has ignited a wide-ranging debate about what types of gene-editing research are ethical. The publication also raises questions about the appropriate way to publish such work. Complementary and alternative medicine glossary Here are some of the more popular alternative medicine terms. For more information about these treatments try the The Gale encyclopedia of alternative medicine , Jacqueline L. Longe, project editor.

Gene-editing summit supports some research in human embryos Feng Zhang, a synthetic biologist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who develops gene-editing technology, speaks at the summit. Gene-editing technology should not be used to modify human embryos that are intended for use in establishing a pregnancy, an international summit declared in a statement issued on 3 December. The International Summit on Human Gene Editing also called for cautious development of medical applications that cannot be passed on to offspring — such as correction of the mutations that cause sickle-cell disease or modification of immune cells to target cancer. But the summit statement, authored by a 12-member organizing committee, cautioned that many technical and ethical issues should be settled before anyone attempts ‘germline’ editing — the deletion of a gene prenatally in an effort to erase an inherited disease from an embryo and prevent it from being passed on to future generations.

Understanding Differences Between Holistic, Alternative, and Complementary Medicine The terms holistic medicine, alternative medicine and complementary medicine have often been used interchangeably. In fact, alternative medicine and complementary medicine are different and holistic medicine is a term which tends to embrace the larger definition of a system of treatment and practitioners who do not work within the system of conventional medicine. A more precise definition of the term is that holism is a philosophy that believes in treating the whole person and in the integration of mind, body and spirit. Holism promotes the belief that these three elements of a human being must be treated together in order to achieve any notion of ‘healing,’ rather than simply treating a person for a specific illness or injury.

Where in the world could the first CRISPR baby be born? They are meeting in China; they are meeting in the United Kingdom; and they met in the United States last week. Around the world, scientists are gathering to discuss the promise and perils of editing the genome of a human embryo. Should it be allowed — and if so, under what circumstances? The meetings have been prompted by an explosion of interest in the powerful technology known as CRISPR/Cas9, which has brought unprecedented ease and precision to genetic engineering. This tool, and others like it, could be used to manipulate the DNA of embryos in a dish to learn about the earliest stages of human development. In theory, genome editing could also be used to 'fix' the mutations responsible for heritable human diseases.

– Alternative health therapies Alternative health therapies encompass a range of health and wellbeing-related treatments and products, which contrast with conventional medicine in their philosophy and practice. Rather than alleviating or eliminating symptoms with drugs and surgery, treatments are intended to help the body heal itself or improve and maintain wellbeing. Alternative health therapies are also known as complementary or natural-health practices. Alternatives are typically not incorporated into the mainstream health-care system, though there are some exceptions.

Statement of Task, International Summit on Human Gene Editing, Dec. 1-3, 2015 International Summit on Human Gene Editing Statement of Task and Planning Committee The National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Medicine, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the Royal Society of the UK will organize an International Summit in Washington, D.C., in December 2015 on recent scientific developments in human gene editing and the range of ethical and governance issues associated with these advances.

Public health A quick, easy summary Read the Full Story Public health professionals work to prevent disease and promote good health in the community. Much of the improvement in health since the 1800s has been because of public health work. Text - S.2388 - 114th Congress (2015-2016): Reciprocity Ensures Streamlined Use of Lifesaving Treatments Act of 2015 To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to provide for reciprocal marketing approval of certain drugs, biological products, and devices that are authorized to be lawfully marketed abroad, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the “Reciprocity Ensures Streamlined Use of Lifesaving Treatments Act of 2015”.

Health and society A quick, easy summary Read the Full Story People’s health is influenced by social factors, including income, housing, education, diet and lifestyle – as well as age, gender and heredity. From the late 19th century Pākehā became less likely to die from infectious diseases. They lived longer and died from illnesses such as cancer and heart disease.

Could The RESULT Act End The FDAs Monopoly On Drug Approval By Ed Miseta, Chief Editor, Clinical LeaderFollow Me On Twitter @EdClinical If a pharmaceutical company would like to get a drug approval in the U.S., there is but one agency that can do it: the FDA. This set-up is what economists would refer to as a state-sponsored monopoly, where one entity in granted the sole authority to provide a good or service.