Does race affect complications arising from in vitro fertilisation?

Does race affect complications seen in premature infants conceived via in vitro fertilisation? This paper concludes that there are notable racial and ethnic disparities, which suggests that there may be other reasons behind this outcome which are unrelated to socio-economic...
Posted On 05 Mar 2014
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Call for legalisation of abortion of foetuses in Britain whose sex is unwanted

According to the Daily Telegraph (18/10/2013), the chief executive of one of Britain’s leading abortion charities Anne Furedi, believes that women should be allowed to choose termination of their pregnancy on the grounds of gender. This emerged after British authorities refused...
Posted On 05 Mar 2014
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European Members of European Parliament fail to approve Reproductive Sexual Health Report

European MPs fail to approve the Report on Sexual and Reproductive Health. With 351 in favour, 319 against and 18 abstentions, European MPs have referred the Report on Sexual and Reproductive Health report, which was written by Portuguese socialist Edite Estrella, back to the...
Posted On 05 Mar 2014
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Is it ethical to universally administer the human papilloma virus vaccine to adolescents?

Universal human papilloma vaccination in adolescents has given rise to a major bioethical controversy. On the one hand, this practice may have positive medical effects for those vaccinated, but on the other, widespread promotion of this vaccine on the part of healthcare...
Posted On 05 Mar 2014
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Opposition to abortion grows more in the Southern and Mid-Western United States

40% of Americans think that abortion should be declared illegal. Nevertheless, significant differences have been noted from state to state. The opinion of Americans regarding abortion varies widely from state to state: citizens of northern and western states generally show a more...
Posted On 05 Mar 2014
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Significant step forward in the use of iPS cells in human clinical applications

As our readers are well aware, in 2006 Jun Takahashi and Shinya Yamanaka perfected a technique known as cellular reprogramming, which produces undifferentiated cells (iPS cells) from differentiated adult cells. These cells are similar to the embryonic cells. From these iPS cells...
Posted On 05 Mar 2014
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Is it ethical to conceive a child from three genetic parents?

Within the ample sphere of human cloning, a new and controversial option has emerged: producing children from three genetic parents. This has been made possible through the use of a mitochondrial replacement technique, which basically consists of removing the nucleus from an egg,...
Posted On 05 Mar 2014
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Risk of cardiovascular disease among children born using in vitro fertilization

Approximately half (between 40% and 60%) of all children conceived using Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) are at risk of developing cardiovascular illnesses in the future, as opposed to 5% of children conceived via natural conception. This claim is the result of a study...
Posted On 26 Feb 2014
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Surgical abortions are safer than pharmacological abortions

According to a study published on 3 July 2013 in BMJ (2013; 347: doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f4165), surgical abortions performed during the second trimester are safer than those performed using pharmacological means. The article provides an abundance of data to support...
Posted On 26 Feb 2014
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Human-pig hybrids used to grow body tissue

A news item published recently describes a scientific experiment which may permit human organs to be cultivated in live animals in the coming years. This technique could facilitate access to organs for transplants and address the current shortage in transplantable organs. In the...
Posted On 26 Feb 2014
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