Risks of suicide are higher in medical students

Suicide is the most common, but avoidable, cause of death among young people. Although there is no scientific evidence showing that suicide rates are higher in medical students than in the general population, there are data confirming that perfectionism and intense anxiety and...

Regenerative medicine. Rats’ heart muscle regenerated

Heart failure is caused by injury to the myocardium (the heart muscle), resulting in irreversible loss because this tissue cannot regenerate itself. Now, Bargehr and collaborators have managed to derive epicardial cells and growth factors from human embryonic stem cells that can...

Free contraceptives for French children at age 12

Access to free birth control pills from age 12 is becoming ever closer in France. Emmanuel Macron’s government wants to extend the free provision of contraceptive methods to children under the age of 15 years, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP). If the draft bill on French...

Cell therapy advances. Significant improvements in infarcted mouse hearts

If mouse placental cells are administered to mice with myocardial infarction, they can act on the damaged area of the heart, differentiating into cardiomyocytes and vascular cells, consequently improving cardiac function. It has previously been shown that cells from the placenta...

The Netherlands wants to open a children’s euthanasia center

The Netherlands wants to open a euthanasia center for children under the age of 12 years. Professor of pediatrics Eduard Verhagen has proposed the creation of a special center to be able to apply euthanasia to children, and hopes that its opening will take place imminently;...

Assisted reproduction does not show negative side effects in adulthood

Assessing whether those born by assisted reproduction show more negative side effects than those conceived naturally has been extensively studied (see HERE and HERE ), but knowing whether these effects exist in the long term is not well determined. A recent study that looked at...

Three-dimensional models of human embryos generated using human stem cells

The development of anterior-posterior symmetry of the human embryo occurs during pregnancy. Many of the signals that regulate this process have been described in experiments using mice. However, there is no direct molecular evidence of how anterior-posterior symmetry is achieved...

Fetal gene therapy technique to prevent neurological damages in mice has opened a new possibility for treating humans

In hereditary genetic diseases, the possibility of using gene therapy before birth has opened a new possibility for treating these serious diseases. Now, a study conducted in mice has just been published in Nature Medicine (read HERE), in which treatment was applied to mice with...

International Congress in Madrid debates about “Transhumanism and genetically altering people”

Genetic manipulation, which until now only took place with food, is now possible in humans. Additionally, there are electronic devices that can improve intellectual capacities and put an intense ethical debate on the table. Scientists, specialist in bioethics, jurists,...

Males with HIV have a higher risk of cancer

Experts in the study of HIV at Valle de Hebrón Hospital in Barcelona have published a report saying that men with HIV have a significantly higher incidence of malignant neoplasms (cancerous tumors) than in the healthy male population, something that does not occur in women. New...