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...
Posted On 13 Jun 2013
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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...
Posted On 13 Jun 2013
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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...
Posted On 13 Jun 2013
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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...
Posted On 13 Jun 2013
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Neurological disorders in preterm children.

One major ethical issue is to determine whether babies born very prematurely should be kept alive using life support techniques when there is a possibility that, if they survive, they could have significant neurological problems. In order to evaluate this, the clinical outcome of...
Posted On 13 Jun 2013
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Transform embryonic stem cell into neurons

According to an article published in Nature Biotechnology (doi:10.1038/nbt.2565.published online 21 April 2013), a group of researchers from the University of Wisconsin in Madison have managed for the first time to transform human embryonic stem cells into neurons, which after...
Posted On 12 May 2013
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A recent study of assisted procreation

An issue frequently discussed in relation to the world of assisted procreation is to try to correctly determine the incidence of infertile couples, understanding as such couples who do not become pregnant after one year of normal sexual relations. A recent study (Fertil Steril...
Posted On 12 May 2013
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USA: Suicides

As discussed in JAMA (309; 973, 2013), a report from the “Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)” in the United States, which collected data from 21 states in the Union, found that of 147,763 suicides that took place between 2009 and 2012, 27,062 (18.3%) corresponded to war...
Posted On 12 May 2013
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Effects of free contraceptive methods

The debate generated in the United States about whether religious institutions who employ women of reproductive age have an obligation or not to provide free contraceptive methods if requested is well known (New England Journal of Medicine 368; 4-6, 2013). Two legal provisions...
Posted On 12 May 2013
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USA HIV stadistics

It is estimated that there were around 48,100 new HIV infections in the United States in 2009. Of these, 27% occurred in heterosexual men and women who did not inject drugs and 64% occurred in homosexual males, of whom only 3% injected drugs (JAMA 308; 1516-1519, 012).
Posted On 12 May 2013
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