The distinction between male and female is deeply rooted in the human brain

Recent studies of sex-determination systems and sex chromosomes has already increase our knowledge of human sexuality. Sex-determination systems occupie a central place in the human conception of the living world. In fact, the sexual distinction between male and female is deeply...

World birth rate. Highest in Africa and lowest in Germany and Japan

The current birth rate in Germany means that it is the country with fewest births, even lower than Japan. Germany has a birth rate of 8.2 per 1,000 inhabitants, despite Government efforts to support childcare in Germany. Japan, Portugal and Italy have rates of 8.4,  9.0 and 9.3,...

Male fertility also falls with age

What about male fertility? It is widely accepted that the likelihood of becoming a mother decreases with age in women. However, there are few studies on male fertility. This has now been evaluated however, and has shown that, like in women, the possibility of becoming a father...

Mother to child transmission. A novel prevention technique of hereditary mitochondrial disease

‘The technique remains nevertheless an intervention on the germ line’ This possible new technique to prevent mitochondrial disease transmission , while it has major advantages, remains nevertheless an intervention on the germ line, and therefore should be carefully...

Bioartificial organs. Promissing new technique

Several possibilities have been proposed to resolve this medical emergency, including: the use of xenotransplants (animal organs); the production of true bioartificial organs – most often using a natural or artificial biological structure, which is then filled with the...
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Surrogate motherhood. A comprehensive report from european bishops

An extensive surrogacy report has been published by COMECE (Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community) entitled SURROGACY and HUMAN DIGNITY (February 2015), which concludes that “all forms of gestational surrogacy represent a violent assault on...

Umbilical cord blood stem cell transplant successfully applied in a child with cerebral palsy

The boy had developed cerebral palsy following a cardiac arrest. When he was a normally developed two-and-a-half-year-old, he suffered global cerebral anoxia that led to a vegetative state. Nine weeks later, he received a transfusion of stem cells from his own umbilical cord...

Palliative care in Great Britain. A report shows lights and shadows

Palliative care is well established in the United Kingdom, where its practice began in 1967 by Cicely Saunders in St. Christopher’s Hospital.  However, despite its intrinsic goodness, a report on April this year highlighted several limitations in its use, namely that: it...

Penis transplant and its future possibilities. Medical and ethical assessment

According to an article published in JAMA (see HERE) in April 2016, between 2001 and 2013, more than 1300 men in the United States army who had been posted to Afghanistan or Iraq experienced urogenital trauma; 86 of these suffered severe penile injuries. According to the US...

Medical research ethics and “Laudato Si”

With the publication of Pope Francis’s encyclical “Laudato si”, it has been suggested that a change in position has been taking place in the Catholic church, especially in Italy, as regards its assessment of medical research ethics. However, as postulated in a...