The right to conscientious objection in UK

According to an article in The Guardian (24-IV-2013), two Scottish Catholic midwives appealed their right to conscientious objection not to collaborate in any action related with abortion. The Glasgow health service argued against their being able to object. The two midwives,...
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Japan promote research with iPS cells

The therapeutic possibilities offered by iPS cells seem unquestionable, and may increase with the commitment of the Japanese government to promote research using them. Indeed, according to an article in Nature Biotechnology (31; 272-273, 2013), the Japanese government are going...
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Surgery to restore the clitoral anatomy

From 1998 to 2009, at least 3000 women over 18 years who had suffered genital mutilation underwent surgery in France to restore the clitoral anatomy. After one year of follow-up, most showed a reduction in painful sexual intercourse and an increase in sexual pleasure, and 430 of...
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Pregnancy-related mortality among adolescents

Pregnancy-related mortality is 5 times higher among adolescents aged 12 to 14 years than in women aged between 20 and 30 years (JAMA 308; 662, 2012).
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Suicides of American Soldiers

From 2009 until the first semester of 2012, a period that coincides with the posting of American soldiers in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, the number of suicides in this group increased significantly with respect to the years previous to these wars, to the point where deaths by...
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Use of IUD is low in USA

The use of the intrauterine device (IUD) is low in the United States (4.9% of women using contraception), although it has shown an increase in recent years, as only 0.7% used it in 1995. However, in France, the percentage use is 24% (JAMA 307; 2473-2474, 2012).
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Campaigns to detect infected individuals discussed

Actions for trying to reduce the spread of HIV are increasing, as a positive measure to reduce the prevalence of AIDS. In this respect, there are discussions on whether campaigns to detect infected individuals, both adolescents and adults, could be an effective measure for...
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It seems necessary for women undergoing IVF treatments to be informed of the possible negative consequences

Although often not discussed, in-vitro fertilisation can have particular medical complications. In relation to this, a recent paper published in Fertility and Sterility (98; 1470-1473, 2012) described a case of portal vein thrombosis, a serious medical problem, after in-vitro...
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A short history of the morning-after pill in the United States

When Barack Obama was elected president of the United States at the end of 2008, many of his voters thought that they were going to change many things, among them issues related with women’s rights. One of the areas where this expectation was highest was that of emergency...
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French doctors call for restrictions in the use of third and fourth generation contraceptives.

In France, there is growing opinion that the prescription of third and fourth generation contraceptives should be stopped, as it is becoming increasingly well known that women using these types of drugs may suffer serious side effects, with the aggravating circumstance that there...
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