The incidence of suicidal behaviour in Spain is very high

The national prevention plan has proven to be ineffective The incidence of suicidal behaviour has risen in Spain from barely 6 cases per 100,000 population at the end of the last century, to over 11 per 100,000 at present, while other regions, such as the Nordic countries, have...

Functional artificial eggs obtained for the first time from mouse skin

Scientists in Japan have transformed mouse skin cells into eggs and have managed to obtain fertile offspring after their fertilisation (See Nature article HERE). This study represents the first production of eggs completely in vitro. In 2012, mouse skin cells were reprogrammed...

Human papilloma virus vaccination. Should it be made more widely available?

Respect the will of the parents if the child is a minor A medical issue with an important ethical component attached is whether papilloma vaccination virus (HPV) should be made more widely available or not (read more about this bioethical controversy HERE). , starting from the...

Nepal, the Mecca for assisted reproduction techniques also bans surrogacy industry

The supreme court of justice in Nepal has decided to suspend all surrogacy programmes in the country. After surrogacy was banned in Thailand, Nepal became the new Mecca for assisted reproduction techniques for the women of those countries. Due to the urgent need for foreign...

Organoids. Mini-kidneys produced with iPS cells

Regenerating or producing a kidney is very complex — if not impossible right now — since more than 20 different types of cells need to be produced. However, the production of organoids mini kidneys (mini-organs) could be a preliminary step towards generating functioning kidneys....

Bone marrow stem cells for the treatment of multiple sclerosis. Surprising results

A recent study published in the The Lancet has shown surprising results as regards the use of autologous bone marrow stem cells for the treatment of multiple sclerosis. The study included 24 patients, 1 of whom died, while the remaining 23 had an objective improvement, with 69.6%...

How many in vitro fertilisation children have been born?

The latest official figures are from 2013. The reports spanned the years from 1989 to 2007, with a few years missing in between. They relied on available data, which is far from complete, meaning that 5 million births are really a “best guess,” says Adamson. Researchers are...
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Assisted reproduction: Do pregnancies achieved following assisted reproduction techniques have more risks?

One medical and ethical aspect of assisted reproduction that should be considered is to what extent singleton pregnancies achieved following these procedures have (or ave not) more risks than those conceived naturally. In an extensive meta-analysis that included 161,370 births...

Contraceptives. Latest findings on their efficacy

Aside from the ethical and moral issues that accompany the use of contraceptives, one biomedical and social aspect of interest is to determine their efficacy, particularly when this is compared with natural fertility regulation methods, and most especially when it involves...

More boys than girls are apparently born after IVF

 A recent study in Fertility and Sterility (Fertil Steril, 101; 1321-1325, 2014) that included 106,666 children born through in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) or intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) between 2000 and 2010 in the United Kingdom found a tendency for more boys to be...