Organ trafficking is continuing to rise

Organ trafficking is a problem that is continuing to rise. More than 114,000 organs are transplanted annually worldwide. However, not all are altruistic. Thus, it is estimated that 5% to 10% of kidney transplants are the result of commercial transactions. To that end, a...

A call to action. Women sexual violence a review in 56 countries

Women sexual violence – 7.2% had suffered it! Women sexual violence is a serious problem that does not seem to be lessening. A systematic review (The Lancet 383; 1648-1654, 2014) evaluated the problem and provided extensive data on it. The review included 7231 studies, from...

Stem cell research – a tragedy!

Tragedy in stem cell research. Two studies (Nature 505; 641-647, 2014; Nature 505, 676-680, 2014) caused a great stir in the scientific world when it was reported that adult cells could be reprogrammed by simply incubating them in an acid medium. However, it was later shown that...

Parkinson disease effects in Europe

Parkinson disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder. Its annual cost in Europe in 2010 was around 14,000 million Euros, and its effect on the quality of life of patients and their families is incalculable (The Lancet 383; 1107-1109, 2014).

Eye disease gene therapy its usefulness

Some eye desease can be treated nowadays by  cell therapy, although the results have yet to be confirmed (The Lancet, 15 October 2014). However, there is no effective treatment for inherited retinal degeneration at present. Proposed eye disease gene therapy It has now been...

Birth control and alarmist demographics predictions

Could alarmist demographic predictions, explain hard birth control measures, especially in developing countries? It is generally agreed that it is difficult to make demographic projections. The United Nations makes projections of this type for the world as a whole and for...

Infertility treatments or an attempt to delay having children?

Suppsosed suuport for infertility tratements featured by Apple and Facebook  is really an interest in employers “care for loved ones and raise their families”? Introduction. Last 15th October, NBC News featured a news story that was then picked up by a national...

Fraudulent cell therapies. They must be subject to medical evidence

Fraudulent cell therapy an objective ethics problem in biomedicine One major ethical problem in the field of cell therapy is the fraud that can be committed by proposing the use of treatments that have not been proven to be clinically effective. This fraud can be especially...

Gay activists disappointed. Only 2,3% of the USA population!

For years they have asked that this question be included in the Government report but the results have been discouraging                                  Only 2.3% of the United States population say that they are gay, lesbian or bisexual, according to the National Health...

Uterus transplant, birth of the first child. Ethical approach

Last 5th October, the birth of the first child born to a woman who had received a uterus transplant was published in medical journal The Lancet (doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(14)61728-1). The birth occurred on 4th September. From a medical point of view, this is clearly an important...