Is the diagnosis of Down Syndrome via blood tests useful?

“This test gives rise to false positives” The detection of foetal aneuploidies (the most common being Down syndrome) using a sample of the mother’s plasma (Clim Chem Lab Medical 51; 197-200, 2013), is no doubt an advance in the diagnosis of this type of disorder....
Posted On 01 Apr 2014
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Death rate from abortion in the United States

In 2005, the number of abortion-related deaths was very low; of a total of 820,151 legal abortions performed that year, only 7 deaths were reported –all of these being secondary to the abortion itself (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention : 2006 b. Pregnancy Mortality...
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Embryo reduction, common practice in HIV techniques. Healthy fetuses elimination to “solve” the problem of multiple pregnancies

“We believe that even a single fetal reduction is ethically questionable and that the practice should not be in use at all” One of the main consequences of the use of In Vitro Fertilization is the significant increase in multiple pregnancies; however, this can also be...
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Has the economic crisis affected the rate of suicide?

In an interesting article published in the British Medical Journal (2013; 347: f5239 doi:10.1136/bmj. F5239. Published 17-9-2013) the impact of the economic crisis in 2008, its effect on the suicide rate and the extent to which it had affected men and women was studied. In...
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