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...
Posted On 01 Apr 2014
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Kidney tissue created for the first time

According to an article in Nature Cell Biology (15; 1507-1515, 2013), Izpizua’s team has, for the first time, created pieces of functioning renal tissue (primordial cells). This finding represents a new opportunity to build upon our knowledge of the human embryo, determine the...
Posted On 31 Mar 2014
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Legalization of euthanasia is not up for consideration in India

Indian Minister of Health Ghulam Nabi Azad has recently stated that the Indian parliament has no plans to legalize any form of euthanasia or assisted suicide, including bringing about the death of a patient by withdrawing life-support treatments. According to the minister, Indian...
Posted On 31 Mar 2014
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A HIV carrier cured using adult stem cells

The news that a patient carrying the HIV virus was cured by way of a transplant using hematopoietic stem cell (blood cells) has given rise to a renewed hope in the treatment of HIV patients. Stem cells coming from the patient can be used (autotransplantation) or from another...
Posted On 31 Mar 2014
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Canada votes on euthanasia

In 2010, Canada voted against decriminalizing euthanasia and assisted suicide; the Canadian ministry of health has confirmed that it has no intention of changing this law for the time being (British Medical Journal, doi:10.1136/bmj.f5280. Published 27-8-2013).
Posted On 31 Mar 2014
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Scientists create a “mini-brain”

According to an article published in Nature (501; 373-379, 2013), a group of Austrian researchers has managed to create a cerebral organ derived from human pluripotent stem cells whose function resembles that of a primitive brain. This brain organ could be used to further our...
Posted On 07 Mar 2014
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Miss World 2013 supports life

Megan Young, crowned Miss World 2013, has spoken out in favour of the life of the unborn child.
Posted On 07 Mar 2014
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Why monozygotic twins, birth with identical DNA, are different. Do epigenetic mechanisms influence gene expression?

Epigenetic mechanisms have a real influence on the expression of the genome Why monozygotic twins with identical DNA are different. Gene expression can be conditioned by epigenetic mechanisms arising from the genome’s interaction with the environment. These mechanisms influence...
Posted On 07 Mar 2014
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Psychiatrists’ and general physicians’ attitudes towards euthanasia and assisted suicide

In a survey comparing attitudes of psychiatrists and general physicians concerning euthanasia and assisted suicide, it was found that when controlled for religious practice, the views of psychiatrists are more conservative than general physicians and other specialists. It was...
Posted On 07 Mar 2014
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Half of American pregnancies are unplanned

The Center of Disease Control and Prevention states that half of the pregnancies in the United States are unplanned (American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 2013; 209:103.e 1-11).
Posted On 07 Mar 2014
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