Digital chemotherapy pills are launched in U.S. It open an avenue to digital medicines

A Silicon Valley company on Thursday announced a new category of pharmaceuticals described as the first “digital pill” program of its kind, one in which the chemotherapy pills taken by cancer patients are packaged with a sensor that can alert a physician, pharmacist, or caregiver...

Light and shadows of the irruption of AI in the medical care of patients

At the moment, most health-related applications of AI are at the research or early trial stage and it is not yet clear how successful they will be in wider healthcare systems. Several areas of clinical care where AI is thought to have strong potentials, such as the analysis of...

Controversy on transsexuals’ medical treatment. “I believe I’m proof no man can truly become a woman” warns Leanne.

Leanne is a transsexual who, at 34, had sex reassignment surgery — as it was then called — on the NHS at a clinic in Hove, East Sussex, after years of dressing sometimes as a man and sometimes as a woman. She is now 57 and says that, since then, she has lived in a twilight world...

Transsexuals suffer “chronic stress associated with higher prevalence of HIV infection, substance use disorders and suicidal tendencies”

Transsexual people assume a gender identity that differs from the biological sex. Which medical problems have these people? Are they informed about the consequences of their decision to don’t-assume their biological sex? Transsexuals’ serious health problems...

Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Gene therapy achieves restoring the production of dystrophin in affected mouse

Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD)  is a hereditary potentially fatal disease as it severely affects the muscles. It occurs in 1 in every 5000 newborn males and is due to a genetic defect in the production of dystrophin, a protein found in skeletal and cardiac muscle. See our post...

Will be anonymous’ sperm donation a thing of the past? IVF people claims for their right to know

Thanks to DNA tests and the internet but mainly to the mobilization of IVF people to defend their right to know the identity of their biological parents, many persons could find their biological parents despite the fact that the law that protects the anonymity of gamete donor is...

CRISPR-mediated therapeutic editing corrects a genetic disease in mice’s fetuses. May it pave way in humans?

Researchers at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Institute (CHOP) and the University of Pennsylvania have published the first proof-of-concept demonstrating the possibility of using CRISPR gene editing to cure diseases in utero (Nature Medicine). Using this strategy, they...

Parents advised to be attentive to children’s relationships to prevent rapid-onset gender dysphoria

“The influence of transgender friends or adults, directly or through social networks, could be an important factor for the onset of gender dysphoria in these young people” In a recent study published in PLOSONE , Dr. Lisa Littman of Brown University School of Public...

Premature vascular aging and high blood pressure in children born by IVF

IVF children risks in the rise The possible negative effects of assisted reproduction techniques (see HERE), for mother and child, must be informed by Clinics to their eventual clients. According to an article, supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation, the Placide Nicod...

Catholic University of Korea (CUK) College of Medicine received a 9 millions dollars donation to put life at the centre of every research activity

The pro-life movement cannot be progressed without the support of science, said Korean Cardinal Seoul (AsiaNews) – A renowned Korean life-scientist, Prof Young-chul Sung (pictured), donated 10 billion KRW (about US$ 9 million) to the Catholic University of Korea (CUK) College of...