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

In vitro fertilization risks  (IVF) and the medical complications that can be associated with it has been treated by our Observatory. Now we refer to women with heart disease are known to have an increased risk of suffering medical complications compared to healthy women...

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...

Any type of hormonal contraceptive can cause depression. A large study concluded

We have often reported the hormonal contraceptives negative effects, but now a further one has come to light, namely the frequent depression in teenagers secondary to the use of hormonal contraceptives. In a large study about hormonal contraceptive pills, with the suggestive...

Changes occur in the maternal brain that enhance communication with the unborn child

Changes occur in the brain of pregnant women as a result of the new hormone levels and biological adaptation to them. According to an article published in Nature Neuroscience (see HERE), which essentially translates into a reduction in the volume of grey matter. This appears to...

Donor organ shortage. Supporting donation based on trust is an unavoidable social necessity

Donor organ shortage actual figures. Promoting organ donation based on trust is an unavoidable health policy to be able to provide organs to patients who are awaiting transplant. Around 120,000 people only in the United States today are awaiting a kidney, liver, heart or lung...