Canada votes on euthanasia

In 2010, Canada voted against decriminalizing euthanasia and assisted suicide; the Canadian ministry of health has confirmed that it has no intention of changing this law for the time being (British Medical Journal, doi:10.1136/bmj.f5280. Published 27-8-2013).
Posted On 31 Mar 2014
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The use of oral contraceptives increases the risk of venous thrombosis

3,110 publications on the subject, selecting 25 of these which published 26 studies Each day more data emerges which shows that oral contraception increases the risk of venous thrombosis in women who use these drugs. Now a systematic review provides a comprehensive examination of...
Posted On 31 Mar 2014
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Those on death row left without drug used in lethal injections

In the United States, the death penalty is applied using lethal injection, the electric chair, firing squad, hanging, and gas chamber, but in the 32 states in which the death penalty is legal, the most common method is lethal injection: of all the executions conducted since 1976,...
Posted On 31 Mar 2014
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Could Living death patients with Locked-in Syndrome be abolished forever?

“It’s the first sign that completely locked-in syndrome may be abolished forever, because with all of these patients, we can now ask them the most critical questions in life,” Good news for living death paiens and their familys. Locked-in syndrome is characterised by complete...
Posted On 07 Mar 2014
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Scientists create a “mini-brain”

According to an article published in Nature (501; 373-379, 2013), a group of Austrian researchers has managed to create a cerebral organ derived from human pluripotent stem cells whose function resembles that of a primitive brain. This brain organ could be used to further our...
Posted On 07 Mar 2014
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Miss World 2013 supports life

Megan Young, crowned Miss World 2013, has spoken out in favour of the life of the unborn child.
Posted On 07 Mar 2014
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Why monozygotic twins, birth with identical DNA, are different. Do epigenetic mechanisms influence gene expression?

Epigenetic mechanisms have a real influence on the expression of the genome Why monozygotic twins with identical DNA are different. Gene expression can be conditioned by epigenetic mechanisms arising from the genome’s interaction with the environment. These mechanisms influence...
Posted On 07 Mar 2014
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Half of American pregnancies are unplanned

The Center of Disease Control and Prevention states that half of the pregnancies in the United States are unplanned (American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 2013; 209:103.e 1-11).
Posted On 07 Mar 2014
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Using preimplantational genetic diagnosis to prevent the birth of children with disorders that affect sexual identity

Each day more uses of preimplantational genetic diagnosis (PGD) are being considered. In a recent article (The American Journal of Bioethics, 13; 29-38, 2013), the ethics of PGD are discussed when the procedure is used to prevent the birth of children with illnesses that affect...
Posted On 07 Mar 2014
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American Supreme Court bans patents for human genes

On 13th June, the Supreme Court of the United States unanimously ruled that human genes could not be patented, either in their natural form, or isolated in a laboratory using genetic engineering techniques. Filed by the Association for Molecular Pathology, this appeal was...
Posted On 06 Mar 2014
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