The Senate yesterday unanimously approved legislation that would bar employers from using any genetic testing, such as screening for cancer or heart ailments, in hiring and firing decisions. The White House supports the bill, but the legislation could face opposition from pro-business entities in the House.
One of three studies published in the online version of the British Medical Journal says antidepressants, such as Prozac, Seroxat and Zoloft, are linked to suicidal thoughts in adults, not just adolescents who were the subject of previously reported concerns. The three studies did not agree on all aspects of the dangers.
Scientists yesterday revealed the first map of common human genetic variations. Created by Perlegen Sciences, the map is a useful start toward customized gene-based medicine, because identifying the tiny bits of genetic information called SNPs, or "snips," is key to moving forward, according to the study published in Science and presented to the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan says the Social Security program may not be in as dire a state as President Bush has claimed, but he warned that serious funding problems are in store for Medicare if Congress doesn't quickly take action. Greenspan said Medicare weighs heavily on the nation's long-term economic outlook as the population ages.
The jury weighing testimony in the federal criminal case against Tenet Healthcare could not reach a verdict in the case, forcing the judge to declare a mistrial. Tenet says it hopes the court will dismiss the case in which one of its hospitals and a hospital official are accused of bribing physicians for patient referrals.