Tissues and organs production using 3D printing: a hopeful but distant possibility

A topic that has major ethical connotations is tissues and organs production using the innovative 3D printing technique. A recent article in The Lancet discusses some of its possibilities, such as in maxillo-facial surgery, production of vascularised tissues, especially tubal...

Embryonic stem cells treatment is used to treat spinal cord injury with apparent success

Doctors are careful not to predict Boesen’s future progress Keck Medical Centre of the University of Southern California (USC, United States) announced that a team of doctors from the Center became the first in California to inject an experimental treatment made from stem...

The incidence of suicidal behaviour in Spain is very high

The national prevention plan has proven to be ineffective The incidence of suicidal behaviour has risen in Spain from barely 6 cases per 100,000 population at the end of the last century, to over 11 per 100,000 at present, while other regions, such as the Nordic countries, have...

Euthanasia applied to a minor in Belgium for the first time

Last September, news spread that euthanasia had been applied to a minor in Belgium for the first time.  In 2014, Belgium became the second country — after the Netherlands — to decriminalise this practice for minors (pediatric euthanasia), and the first to do so with no age limit...