Changes occur in the maternal brain that enhance communication with the unborn child

Changes occur in the brain of pregnant women as a result of the new hormone levels and biological adaptation to them. According to an article...

Donor organ shortage. Supporting donation based on trust is an unavoidable social necessity

Donor organ shortage actual figures. Promoting organ donation based on trust is an unavoidable health policy to be able to provide organs to...

Cerebral organoids produced from embryonic stem cells

A group of researchers in La Jolla, California, have produced three-dimensional  cerebral organoids (“mini-brains”) from human...

Every Dutch citizen will find themselves forming part of a national list of organ donors by law

Very soon, each and every Dutch citizen will find themselves forming part of a national list of organ donors. They will be automatically included...

European fertility rates and the age at which women were having children worsen

According to a Eurostat report, the European fertility rates in 2008 was 1.61 children per woman. Later, with the eruption of the economic...

Human genome. Its “grammar” is more complex than thought

Human genome sequencing revealed the order of the 3 billion letters of A, C, G and T, but not what they mean, much less the grammar that gives...

Assisted suicide in patients with “treatment-resistant depression”

Some authors have proposed accepting assisted suicide in patients with treatment-resistant depression (Journal Medicine Ethics 41; 577-83,2015)....

Even treated, AIDS is a chronical disease because HIV is stored in certain human cells

The disease cannot be cured, as the HIV remains inactive in the patients’ body It is known that AIDS can be treated with new antiretroviral...

Embryonic stem cells treatment is used to treat spinal cord injury with apparent success

Doctors are careful not to predict Boesen’s future progress Keck Medical Centre of the University of Southern California (USC, United...

The incidence of suicidal behaviour in Spain is very high

The national prevention plan has proven to be ineffective The incidence of suicidal behaviour has risen in Spain from barely 6 cases per 100,000...

Functional artificial eggs obtained for the first time from mouse skin

Scientists in Japan have transformed mouse skin cells into eggs and have managed to obtain fertile offspring after their fertilisation (See...

Human papilloma virus vaccination. Should it be made more widely available?

Respect the will of the parents if the child is a minor A medical issue with an important ethical component attached is whether papilloma...

Nepal, the Mecca for assisted reproduction techniques also bans surrogacy industry

The supreme court of justice in Nepal has decided to suspend all surrogacy programmes in the country. After surrogacy was banned in Thailand,...

Organoids. Mini-kidneys produced with iPS cells

Regenerating or producing a kidney is very complex — if not impossible right now — since more than 20 different types of cells need to be...

Bone marrow stem cells for the treatment of multiple sclerosis. Surprising results

A recent study published in the The Lancet has shown surprising results as regards the use of autologous bone marrow stem cells for the treatment...

Assisted reproduction: Do pregnancies achieved following assisted reproduction techniques have more risks?

One medical and ethical aspect of assisted reproduction that should be considered is to what extent singleton pregnancies achieved following...

Contraceptives. Latest findings on their efficacy

Aside from the ethical and moral issues that accompany the use of contraceptives, one biomedical and social aspect of interest is to determine...

More boys than girls are apparently born after IVF

 A recent study in Fertility and Sterility (Fertil Steril, 101; 1321-1325, 2014) that included 106,666 children born through in-vitro...

Anti retroviral treatments. Advantages of starting them as soon as possible

Initiating anti retroviral treatments as soon as an individual has been identified as HIV-positive is better than doing so at a later stage. In...

Genome editing. First clinical trial using the CRISPR technique authorised in humans

If there is one technique on which biomedicine has pinned its hopes, it is CRISPR, a genome editing technology that simplifies and facilitates...