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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Prospects for HIV/AIDS patients

In relation to the possibility of ending HIV infection or AIDS, there are lights and shadows, but certainly more lights than shadows. Although there is still no effective vaccine against AIDS, one reason for optimism is the effectiveness of anti-retroviral therapy in preventing...
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Swedish surgeons perform the first mother-to-daughter uterus transplant.

A team of Swedish surgeons from Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg have performed a mother-to-daughter uterus transplant for the first time. The operation was carried out over the weekend of 14-15 September 2012. The uteruses of two mothers were transplanted into their...
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