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The speed of technology in neuroscience as it impacts ethical and just decisions in the legal system needs to be understood by lawyers, judges, public policy makers, and the general public. The Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Law, Brain, and Behavior is an academic and professional resource for the education, research, and understanding of neuroscience and the law. Read more

Canadian Supreme Court Rules To Allow Doctor-Assisted Suicide In Some Cases

Inquistr | February 6, 2015

The Supreme Court of Canada ruled that competent adults with intolerable and “irremediable” suffering should have the right to commit suicide with the help of doctors. The Canadian high court ruled that provincial and federal lawmakers have one year to create legislation to address its ruling. Until new legislation is made, the federal ban on doctor-assisted suicide is still in effect, but if lawmakers fail to address the new ruling by establishing proper legislation within a year, doctors will be permitted to assist with suicides of suffering Canadians. Continue reading »

Scientists Discover Off-Switch for Pain in the Brain

Inquisitr | November 30, 2014

Researchers at St. Louis University have made a promising breakthrough in the field of pain management that could help millions of patients who suffer with chronic pain.

Chronic pain is the leading cause of disability in the United States, reports Medical News Today, affecting more people than cancer, diabetes, and heart disease combined.

According to a study released in the medical journal, Brain, the research team, led by professor of pharmacological and physiological sciences Daniela Salvemini, has found a way to block a pain pathway in the brain of rodents using a receptor called A3. The discovery could mean relief from pain without the adverse side effects of opiate pain killers. Continue reading »