Italian gynaecologists refuse to participate in abortions. 7 in 10 doctors are conscientious objectors

Although abortions in Italy have fallen dramatically in recent years, the number of objectors in most hospitals is much higher than the number of doctors willing to terminate pregnancies. According to figures from the Italian Ministry of Health for the period 2013-2014, in Italy,...

Intestinal tissue produced from embryonic stem cells and iPS cells

The intestinal nervous system controls several functions of the gastrointestinal tract, and when impaired causes bowel abnormalities. Now, a group of American researchers has generated intestinal tissue from embryonic and iPS cells (this last hasn’t ethics problems), using...

Three-parent babies. Two children have been born by mitochondrial transfer technique

We recently discussed mitochondrial transfer in the United Kingdom (see HERE). On 15 December 2016, the UK Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority approved this technique to prevent the transmission of mitochondrial diseases, i.e. the technique colloquially known as the...

Higher survival of very premature babies

A recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine found a higher survival of very premature babies — those born between weeks 22 to 24 of gestation — has risen significantly. The study collected data on 4,274 children born in 11 hospitals. The percentage of premature infants...

In vitro fertilization risks in mothers with heart problems

Risks have been evaluated for the first time In vitro fertilization risks  (IVF) are the medical complications that can be associated with it. In this respect, women with heart disease are known to have an increased risk of suffering medical complications compared to healthy...

Human “Enhancement” extends its field to the genital area

Enhancement is defined as the improvement of bodily functions, appearance or behaviour using genetic or biomedical techniques. The point to which “enhancement” can be implemented raises a major bioethical debate.  Now, the field of “enhancement” has been...

Northern Ireland against expansion of the abortion law

Northern Ireland, which has only 1.8 million inhabitants, has obtained an amazing 300,000 signatures requesting that the country’s current prolife legislation be maintained (continuing abortion restrictions); the legislation prohibits abortions except in cases where the...

Retinal tissue produced from iPS cells in animals

One of the possible applications of iPS cells is in the treatment of retinal diseases. Now, a group of researchers from the Riken Institute in Kobe (Japan) see HERE has presented some interesting experiments in which they were able to produce retinal tissue from iPS cells (iPS...

More facts about the use of hormonal contraceptives. 39% of the users have objective risk factors

Hormonal contraceptives risk factors A recent report by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has stated that hormonal contraceptives should not be used in women with contradictions for their use, as they can increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases,...

Another new ethical scandal in China. Fraudulent and cahotic situation as regards clinical trials

More than 80% of data from clinical trials conducted in China are fraudulent (see BMJ report HERE), after objective technical failures were found in 1,308 out of 1,622 trials that evaluated new drugs. A report released by China’s State Food and Drug Administration on 9th...