Effects of free contraceptive methods

The debate generated in the United States about whether religious institutions who employ women of reproductive age have an obligation or not to provide free contraceptive methods if requested is well known (New England Journal of Medicine 368; 4-6, 2013). Two legal provisions...
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USA HIV stadistics

It is estimated that there were around 48,100 new HIV infections in the United States in 2009. Of these, 27% occurred in heterosexual men and women who did not inject drugs and 64% occurred in homosexual males, of whom only 3% injected drugs (JAMA 308; 1516-1519, 012).
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South Africa combat HIV

The huge effort made by South Africa to combat HIV infection has ensured that around 1.9 million people received anti-retroviral therapy in 2012 (The Lancet 381; 424,2013).
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Spain is cutting investment in biomedical research

As an immediate consequence of the current economic difficulties, the Spanish pharmaceutical industry has reduced its financial donations to biomedical research for the first time in 10 years, cutting their investment from 1003 million Euros in 2010 to 974 Euros in 2011 (Nature...
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New prenatal test

The development of new prenatal tests to detect aneuploidy, by studying foetal DNA, could mean a real revolution in this medical field. However, due to the crossover between commercial and medical interests, we will have to be very cautious in its widespread application....
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Fertility and treatment of cancer

Conserving fertility in women who are to be treated for cancer is a major medical and ethical problem. Three possibilities have been proposed to achieve this:  preserve the oocytes (eggs), conserve frozen ovarian tissue and transplant ovaries. In an excellent review (Am J Obstet...
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Stem cell experiments

Stem cell experiments, possibly fraudulent, continue. A North American company in Broomfield, Colorado (United States), is offering stem cell treatments that have not been duly verified. In order to try to resolve the issue, on 23 July 2012, a lawsuit was filed against the...
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Production of neuronal structures from iPS cells

It has been amply confirmed that iPS cells can be used to obtain various disease cell lines that can be used to further the study of these conditions. The production of neuronal structures from iPS cells has now been achieved (PNAS, DOI: 10.1073/pnas-1202944109; 3-VII-2012),...
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Reproductive hormones

It has been known for some time that reproductive hormones, especially oestrogens, may favour the development of breast cancer. Given this premise, a recent study (Fertility and Sterility 98; 334-340, 2012) evaluated to what extent the oestrogens used in in-vitro fertilisation...
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Major N.Y. abortion clinic

According to an article published in the New York Daily News on 1st October 2012, a major New York abortion clinic, Sunset Park, has decided to stop performing these procedures after protests from Catholics. The Ambulatory Speciality Surgery Center of Brooklyn, on New York’s 43rd...
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