The right to conscientious objection in UK

According to an article in The Guardian (24-IV-2013), two Scottish Catholic midwives appealed their right to conscientious objection not to collaborate in any action related with abortion. The Glasgow health service argued against their being able to object. The two midwives,...
Posted On 13 Jun 2013
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Japan promote research with iPS cells

The therapeutic possibilities offered by iPS cells seem unquestionable, and may increase with the commitment of the Japanese government to promote research using them. Indeed, according to an article in Nature Biotechnology (31; 272-273, 2013), the Japanese government are going...
Posted On 13 Jun 2013
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Surgery to restore the clitoral anatomy

From 1998 to 2009, at least 3000 women over 18 years who had suffered genital mutilation underwent surgery in France to restore the clitoral anatomy. After one year of follow-up, most showed a reduction in painful sexual intercourse and an increase in sexual pleasure, and 430 of...
Posted On 13 Jun 2013
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Suicides of American Soldiers

From 2009 until the first semester of 2012, a period that coincides with the posting of American soldiers in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, the number of suicides in this group increased significantly with respect to the years previous to these wars, to the point where deaths by...
Posted On 13 Jun 2013
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Use of IUD is low in USA

The use of the intrauterine device (IUD) is low in the United States (4.9% of women using contraception), although it has shown an increase in recent years, as only 0.7% used it in 1995. However, in France, the percentage use is 24% (JAMA 307; 2473-2474, 2012).
Posted On 13 Jun 2013
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Campaigns to detect infected individuals discussed

Actions for trying to reduce the spread of HIV are increasing, as a positive measure to reduce the prevalence of AIDS. In this respect, there are discussions on whether campaigns to detect infected individuals, both adolescents and adults, could be an effective measure for...
Posted On 13 Jun 2013
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It seems necessary for women undergoing IVF treatments to be informed of the possible negative consequences

Although often not discussed, in-vitro fertilisation can have particular medical complications. In relation to this, a recent paper published in Fertility and Sterility (98; 1470-1473, 2012) described a case of portal vein thrombosis, a serious medical problem, after in-vitro...
Posted On 13 Jun 2013
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Transform embryonic stem cell into neurons

According to an article published in Nature Biotechnology (doi:10.1038/nbt.2565.published online 21 April 2013), a group of researchers from the University of Wisconsin in Madison have managed for the first time to transform human embryonic stem cells into neurons, which after...
Posted On 12 May 2013
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A recent study of assisted procreation

An issue frequently discussed in relation to the world of assisted procreation is to try to correctly determine the incidence of infertile couples, understanding as such couples who do not become pregnant after one year of normal sexual relations. A recent study (Fertil Steril...
Posted On 12 May 2013
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USA: Suicides

As discussed in JAMA (309; 973, 2013), a report from the “Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)” in the United States, which collected data from 21 states in the Union, found that of 147,763 suicides that took place between 2009 and 2012, 27,062 (18.3%) corresponded to war...
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