Cord blood use in regenerative medicine

Everyone is aware of the importance of umbilical cord blood cells  , and especially the importance that they could have in the future in regenerative and reparatory medicine. Cells from cord blood use in regenerative medicine is very useful but, one problem at present it that...

Child euthanasia: opinions among the Austrian population

In 2005, the Groningen Protocol was published, a guide for promoting child euthanasia in newborns. An article has now been published (BMC Medical Ethics 2014; 15:74) evaluating the opinion of the Austrian population on this issue. Of those surveyed, 63.6% were against euthanasia...

In vitro fertilization evaluation – who lies?

In vitro fertilization evaluation – A new system for stimulating ovulation in women undergoing in vitro fertilization has been evaluated. Experts say that the results are promising, since 12 children were born after 53 women were given a single injection of a natural...

Organ trafficking is continuing to rise

Organ trafficking is a problem that is continuing to rise. More than 114,000 organs are transplanted annually worldwide. However, not all are altruistic. Thus, it is estimated that 5% to 10% of kidney transplants are the result of commercial transactions. To that end, a...

A call to action. Women sexual violence a review in 56 countries

Women sexual violence – 7.2% had suffered it! Women sexual violence is a serious problem that does not seem to be lessening. A systematic review (The Lancet 383; 1648-1654, 2014) evaluated the problem and provided extensive data on it. The review included 7231 studies, from...

Stem cell research – a tragedy!

Tragedy in stem cell research. Two studies (Nature 505; 641-647, 2014; Nature 505, 676-680, 2014) caused a great stir in the scientific world when it was reported that adult cells could be reprogrammed by simply incubating them in an acid medium. However, it was later shown that...

Parkinson disease effects in Europe

Parkinson disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder. Its annual cost in Europe in 2010 was around 14,000 million Euros, and its effect on the quality of life of patients and their families is incalculable (The Lancet 383; 1107-1109, 2014).

Gay activists disappointed. Only 2,3% of the USA population!

For years they have asked that this question be included in the Government report but the results have been discouraging                                  Only 2.3% of the United States population say that they are gay, lesbian or bisexual, according to the National Health...

Are there HIV resistant people?

HIV resistant. Three strange cases have been described of patients infected with HIV in whom the virus has not continued to replicate after stopping treatment. The first was described in 1999, and is known as the “Berlin patient”. Now, a further two cases have been reported, t...

Opinion of American and Dutch doctors on sedation in terminally-ill patients.

Sedation can be defined as the pharmacological induction of a state of impaired consciousness in which the patient is not fully unconscious, and can be aroused verbally or by applying a mild painful stimulus. In both the United States and the Netherlands, sedation is described in...