Mind and machine. The ethics of brain-computer technologies

Last September, the Royal Society launched a report entitled iHuman: Blurring lines between mind and machine addressing neural interface technologies, the life-changing opportunities, and challenges, of brain-computer devices. Neural interfaces are defined in this study as the...

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...

The New England Journal contents could be influenced by the particular ideological bent of the editorial board

The New England Journal of Medicine, which is among the most prestigious medical journals, is apparently not exempt from ideological biases in what it publishes. According to a study in the latest issue of Linacre Quarterly, from 2000 to 2017, the journal published more than 20...

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...

Is there room for God in the Universe? Scientific review

On last 8 October, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced the winners of the Nobel Prize in Physics “for contributions to our understanding of the evolution of the universe and Earth’s place in the cosmos” (see HERE). It was awarded to James Peebles “for theoretical...

Opiod treatment. Controversy surrounding its abuse in the U.S.

Introduction A recent article published in The Washington Post discusses the conflict that has emerged in the US with the advertising and prescription of opioid analgesics, as a result of the manipulation of information detected in their promotion and bias regarding the...

Biggest one-year drop-in from all cancers in the U.S.

Last Tuesday, the American Cancer Society reported that for the 28th consecutive year the number of deaths due to cancer has decreased, but the really exciting news is the number of deaths, year to year, decreased by record levels (see HERE). Now, this latest report shows that...