Extremely premature babies. Evaluation of their survival

The survival outcomes of extremely premature babies varies greatly between different hospitals, possibly due to the different medical treatment that they receive. In relation to this, an article has just been published (New England  Journal of Medicine 372, 1801-1811, 2015) which...

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...

Fraudulent cell therapy. South Korea, trying to restore its tarnished image in the field, increases safety regulations

South Korea has been trying to restore its tarnished image in the field after the fall of one of its stellar stem-cell scientists, Woo Suk Hwang, who was convicted in 2009 for embezzlement and bioethics violations after falsifying results. The country has begun to regain...

Mother to child transmission of HIV? Now affected couples could conceive a healthy child naturally

Mother to child transmission of HIV is almost resolved. When the existence of people infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) was described in 1980, it was thought that this could directly affect their chances of conceiving a child. However, with the therapeutic advances...

Comprehensive and thorough study of the relationship between attendance at religious services and reduction in mortality

The authors concluded consider that religiousness and spirituality are undervalued in relation to morbidity and mortality, so physicians should take this into account in their patients The World Health Organization defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and...

Mitochondrial transfer. Researchers extend the procedure to treat infertility problems

So-called mitochondrial transfer has recently been legalised in the United Kingdom. It aims to replace “sick” mitochondria with healthy ones, in an attempt to prevent mitochondrial diseases. Now, researchers hope to extend this technique to replace aging or faulty...

Does human papilloma virus vaccination encourage sexual promiscuity?

An ethical issue that often arises is to determine whether human papilloma virus, HPV vaccination could encourage sexual relations between adolescents who have been vaccinated. This was tackled in an extensive study published in JAMA (175; 617-623,2015), which concluded that...

Surrogate motherhood opposed by various feminist associations

Various feminist associations have spoken out against surrogate motherhood. In this respect, a contribution of a grouping of feminist and human rights organisations to the Hague Conference, an inter-governmental organisation that defends the rights of the family, stated that:...

Essure. Negative side effects of this contraceptive

The contraceptive Essure appears to have objective side effects. The North American FDA has received 5,093 complaints of such effects, although complainant groups state that more than 25,000 women have suffered some effect, such as persistent pain, perforation of the uterus or...

Animal cloning. Large factory set up in China

At the beginning of 2016, an animal cloning centre – company BoyaLife – began operation in China, with an investment of 31.3 million US dollars. The aim is to clone cows, dogs and racehorses. The aim is to produce a million cow embryos annually to facilitate the...