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...

Another step forward in the field of synthetic biology

DNA is the organic support for genetic information. It is arranged in two parallel columns within the chromosomes. It is made up of base pairs of nucleotides (adenine, cytosine, thymine and guanine), which form the main structural element of DNA. They are molecules composed of a...

Euthanasia. Euroupe countries social acceptance is very low

A recent survey carried out in 47 European countries (Int J Public Health, DOI: 10. 1007/s00038-013-0461-6) found that euthanasia is legalized in only six countries: Belgium, Holland, Luxemburg, France, Denmark and Switzerland; its social  acceptance is very low in the remaining.

iPS cells : have them the same characteristics of embryonic stem cells?

A concern raised some time ago is to determine whether the iPS cells produced from adult somatic cells have the specific characteristics of embryonic stem cells. If so, iPS cells could advantageously replace embryonic stem cells for experimental and clinical purposes, without the...