Human sexual dimorphism. Do men and women also have different brain structures?

There are differences in the brain structure between men and women. The brains of adult males are 14% larger than female brains, with larger...

Global maternal mortality: significantly reduced in the last 15 years

A study that included data from 171 countries showed a reduction in maternal mortality, with 385 deaths per 100,000 births in 1990 compared to...

Induced abortions extinguish 50 million human lives each year

In 2008, there were around 43,800,000 induced abortions worldwide (Lancet, January 2012), i.e. 120,000 per day and 5,000 per hour. This number of...

Surrogate mother defied contracting parents by refusing to abort one of the triplets she is expecting

A Californian woman, Brittney Rose Torres, a surrogate mother pregnant with triplets, has received a request from the contracting parents to...

Can human iPS cells replace the use of human embryonic stem cells?

A hotly debated topic within the specialised scientific world is whether or not human iPS cells are similar to human embryonic cells, which raise...

Gene editing in human embryos. England opened the gates with a scientific community deeply divided in this respect

The United Kingdom Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has approved a request from the Francis Crick Institute to use new gene...

iPS cells an ethical end effective technique for medical purposes

Now, for the first time, skeletal muscle cells have been derived from iPS successfully A concern raised some time ago is to determine whether the...

Sperm and egg donation anonymity does not appear to be justified

Sperm and egg donation – the donors and their children  will require re-evaluation of eachother relationships throughout the lifetime of...

Delayed motherhood also in England. Twice 40-year-old first time mothers

New mothers in their forties? Motherhood is also being postponed in the United Kingdom (see negative effects on delayed motherhood for mother and...

Maternal foetal dialogue. Cross to the mother via the placenta and affect her physiological functions

 This physiological mechanism is only just beginning to be understood In a previous article, we referred to the maternal foetal dialogue in the...

In vitro fertilization negative medical effects

Increase in premature births, low birth weight, congenital abnormalities and perinatal complications… There is growing medical evidence of...

World hunger. FAO report announces the largest drop recorded to date

FAO report  published on 27th May, shows a decrease of around 200 million hungry people in the world compared to the 1990 Report, which listed...

Homosexual relationships. The legal situation in Africa

Homosexual relationships are illegal in 33 out of 54 African countries, and punishable by death in four of them. Anti-gay views have risen in...

Ovarian stimulation for ovulation or IVF treatment. Does it increase the risk of gynaecological cancers?

The ovarian stimulation used in in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) is a medical issue with extensive bioethical repercussions,  since it may increase...

Dignity of the human embryo from fecundation is recognised by the European Court of Human Rights

On 27 August, 2015, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) issued its judgement in the case of Parrillo vs. Italy...

Genome editing. Medical and ethical lively debate

Genetic modification of the human germ line that will pass to children, and to future generations,has sparked a lively debate in the...
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Teenage pregnancy rates in South and North America

Different teenage pregnancy rates studies. The birth rate for teenage mothers (15 to 19 years) in Colombia is 69 per 1000 women of this age. In...

Galileo’s sentence. Where is the truth?

Has the suffering endured by Galileo at the hands of Churchmen and institutions been acknowledged? John Paul II recognised the greatness of...

Pregnant women declared brain dead. Should life support be maintained?

Maintaining life support in pregnant women declared brain death is a question that arises quite often in gynaecology practice and has now been...

Physicians’ bioethics positions in USA and Europe

They change for the worst. A recent survey about physicians’ bioethics position held by doctors in partocualr cases (Medscape Ethics Report...
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