Clinical trials using embryonic stem cells authorised in the United States

Clinical trials using embryonic stem cells which, as we know, requires the destruction of human embryos, is approved The North American FDA has given its approval to the Californian company Asterias Biotherapeutics to begin a clinical trial at the beginning of 2015. The aim of...

Damaged hearts could self-repair

Heart attacks that lead to blockage of the coronary arteries cause major damaged hearts cells.  This damage needs to be repaired by initiating a response in the heart which stimulates the removal of dead cells and cell remains, activation of cellular immunity and the formation of...

Latest outcomes of artificial hearts for transplant

Artificial hearts for trasplant results. The first total artificial heart transplant in a human took place in Paris in December 2013, and was received with great medical and media interest, because it opened the door to a cure for thousands of heart patients who do not have...

IVF clinic success rates. Live birth rates are much lower than those claimed in their advertising brochures.

An important medical and ethical issue is to determine the efficacy of in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) following one or several fertilisation cycles. In other words, the likelihood of a woman giving birth to a live child after three or more fertilisation cycles in a IVF clinic, i.e....

Homosexuality gene: does it really exist?

The association of homosexuality with a genetic alteration is not scientifically confirmed  Is homosexuality associated with a genetic alteration – an homosexuality gene? This is an issue that is often debated, and is of unquestionable ethical interest. Now, the question...

The European Court of Human Rights declared inadmissible an assisted suicide law in UK

In both cases the decision of the European Court of Human Rights cannot be appealed, so the cases can be considered settled In July 2015, the European Court of Human Rights declared that two Articles of a  promoting assisted suicide law in the United Kingdom were inadmissible....

Producing human organs in animal chimeras raises objective medical and ethical problems

The major medical and social problems in organ transplantation owing to the increasing shortage of donor organs is well known. Solutions must therefore be sought in the fairly near future that can resolve these issues. One of these is the production of animal chimeras in which...

Defenders of the right to life continues to grow in the United States public opinion

Defenders of the right to life continues to grow in USA. A study has noted that “for the better part of almost three decades, public opinion polling has consistently shown a solid majority of Americans are opposed to the vast majority of elective abortions performed annually in...

Can an ovary be artificially produced ?

Woman fertility treatment a promising possibility. The possibility of creating an artificial ovary is a new treatment possibility for restoring fertility in women who cannot benefit from transplanting cryopreserved ovarian tissue, as they have a tumour and there is a chance that...

Spinal cord regeneration – a step forward

Spinal cord regeneration. There is a casuistry in each patient who suffers a spinal cord injury, because a combined therapy that is successful in one patient is not transferrable to the rest. This week, both the national and international press have reported on an article in...