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  • New fertility microscope boosts rates of successful birth
    Doctors say the microscope has led to 1 in 2 couples having a successful pregnancy At present clinicians have to remove the growing embryos from their incubators which can only be done once each day This may lead to crucial problems and abnormal developmental changes being overlooked thereby jeopardising chances of successful pregnancy Care the UK s largest private provider of fertility services installed the Embryoscope at its Manchester clinic To date over 1 500 embryos from 200 patients have been screened using the device and it has increased pregnancy rates Embryoscope monitoring is currently priced at 750 per cycle A standard cycle of IVF costs about 5 000 London Telegraph Apr 20 This article is published by Jared Yee and BioEdge org under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it free of charge with attribution for non commercial purposes following these guidelines If you teach at a university we ask that your department make a donation Commercial media must contact us for permission and fees Some articles on this site are published under different terms Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus comments powered by Disqus Search BioEdge Subscribe to BioEdge newsletter

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/bioethics_article/new_fertility_microscope_boosts_rates_of_successful_birth (2016-02-18)
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  • Brain dead American woman gives birth to twins
    a respirator Christine Bolden had an aneurysm on March 1 and was pronounced brain dead five days later However she was kept on life support in order to save her unborn twins The boys Nicholas and Alexander were born on April 5 after just 25 weeks pregnancy Medical staff turned off her life support shortly thereafter The children are premature and are being kept in isolation They weigh less than 2 pounds and are less than 6 inches long Gestation after brain death has happened before a fact which has led some experts to question whether brain dead people are truly dead In 2007 34 year old Stacy Rojas of Texas gave birth to a healthy baby girl after falling into a coma following a brain aneurysm Her life support machine was switched off two days after the birth having kept her alive for a month London Telegraph Apr 24 Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus comments powered by Disqus Search BioEdge Subscribe to BioEdge newsletter Subscribe to BioEdge RSS feed Best of the web Tweets by bioedge Recent Posts Dutch psychiatric patients may get euthanasia too easily says US study 14 Feb 2016 A Dutch

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  • Role of nurses in Third Reich "overlooked": comment
    Europe what has been neglected or overlooked is the role of nurses Shields said And yet most of the killings that we are looking at occurred in hospitals where nurses made up the bulk of the workforce Nurses were very much involved in the killings and the camp experiments she said Survivor testimonies and available documents state that nurses actively and voluntarily participated in Nazi euthanasia programs killing over 10 000 people many of them children Some estimates are as high as 30 000 victims While it is impossible to find exact figures on the number of nurses involved as most of the information was destroyed after the war Shields says it was a minority of nurses but most have not been held to account for their crimes The bulk of nurses working in Nazi occupied Europe cared for their patients appropriately but there were a handful of nurses who chose and the word is chose to follow the regime that declared that some of their patients should be killed These nurses were not forced to do it The nurses who did these things did them of their own free will says Shields whose historical research into the Nazi era has earned her a place in an international nursing hall of fame which she will formally receive in August Many nurses were allowed to relocate to other hospitals because they disagreed with the objectives of the programs records state There is no record of anyone being sent to a concentration camp There is no record of anyone losing their job over refusing to participate in the sterilisation or euthanasia programs Shields says She and fellow researcher Dr Susan Benedict will publish a book of their research later this year Nursing Review Apr 3 To access the full article subscribe free

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/bioethics_article/role_of_nurses_in_third_reich_overlooked_comment (2016-02-18)
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  • Fertility drugs linked to cancer in children
    treatment leads to cancer French researchers told a conference in London they believe ovarian stimulation drugs are associated with 2 kinds of childhood leukaemia Dr Jéremié Rudant of the Centre for Research in Epidemiology and Population Health in Villejuif France who led the research said Previous studies have suggested a link between infertility treatments and acute childhood leukaemia but there haven t been many studies most of them have been small and they focused either on IVF or hormonal treatment Our study was much larger and it s the first time that a specific increased risk linked to fertility drugs has been found Strangely the study found no increased risk in children whose mothers had undergone IVF even though almost all of those women took ovarian stimulation drugs or those who were artificially inseminated Ken Campbell of the charity Leukaemia Lymphoma Research said it was plausible that the drugs could make pre natal conditions more conducive to subsequent development of leukaemia in childhood He urged caution however This research is a long way from proving that A causes B There are several alternative explanations London Telegraph Apr 24 Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus comments powered

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/bioethics_article/fertility_drugs_linked_to_cancer_in_children (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Let’s give intellectually disabled the right to euthanasia, say Belgian humanists
    to draft the current law says We can not accept that a certain group of people should be completely excluded from self determination over life and death This is an especially touchy topic in Belgium because of the euthanasia of mentally handicapped people in neighbouring Germany under the Nazis However Ms De Roeck insists that the issue has to be considered Even someone with mental retardation who is found to be mature enough by the team should be able to ask for euthanasia The HVV is also lobbying for children of any age to have the right to ask for euthanasia The HVV website states that children who are in a hopeless situation have a high degree of maturity especially compared to other healthy children Setting an age is therefore completely arbitrary She has predicted that eventually minors and people with dementia will have the right in Belgium although not in the term of the present government Humanieuws Apr 23 Nieuwsblad be Apr 21 Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus comments powered by Disqus Search BioEdge Subscribe to BioEdge newsletter Subscribe to BioEdge RSS feed Best of the web Tweets by bioedge Recent Posts Dutch psychiatric

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/bioethics_article/lets_give_intellectually_disabled_the_right_to_euthanasia_say_belgian_human (2016-02-18)
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  • Five Hawaii doctors offer assisted-suicide to terminally ill patients
    saying that doctors who write prescriptions with the intention of causing death could be charged with manslaughter However the legal situation is ambiguous enough for Dr Robert Nathanson to try to provoke a legal showdown In January he co founded the Physician Advisory Council for Aid in Dying which now has 5 physician members In February he wrote a prescription for a lethal dose of the sedative secobarbitol to help a terminally ill patient hasten his death although the man died before using it That s the thing I m retired he said I think the worst that would happen is that they d take my license away I don t think I m going to put in any jail time My livelihood doesn t depend on it so I can be very brave The council has written guidelines similar to assisted suicide regulations in Oregon and Washington They call for a confirmation of terminal illness by 2 doctors testing for depression and mental competency and referral to a psychiatrist or psychologist if necessary However unlike in Oregon there is no specified 15 day waiting period Patients are encouraged to involve family in the decision but no witnesses are required

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/bioethics_article/five_hawaii_doctors_offer_assisted_suicide_to_terminally_ill_patients (2016-02-18)
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  • Texas passes stem cell regulations
    increased use The regulations require those who seek to provide stem cells to patients to get approval from the US Food and Drug Administration FDA The FDA considers most stem cell treatments to be inside its jurisdiction and requires they be clinically verified or approved by an institutional review board IRB Leigh Turner a bioethicist at the University of Minneapolis told New Scientist They seem to have taken experimental research and swept it into the practice of medicine The regulations say IRBs can be affiliated with an academic setting or a Texas licensed hospital be accredited by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protections Programs Inc AAHRPP be register by the US Departments of Health and Human Services Office for Human Research Protection or have received national accreditation by an organization acceptable to the TMB Texas Medical Board Turner pointed out in an 8 April letter to the TMB that this broad and ill defined characterisation could include non profit boards create financial conflicts of interest and cause researchers rejected by an IRB to keep searching for an IRB until they find one that approves whatever studies they wish to conduct Nature News Apr 16 New Scientist Apr

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/bioethics_article/texas_passes_stem_cell_regulations (2016-02-18)
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  • Uzbekistan may be secretly sterilising women
    are presented with a plan Every doctor is told how many women we are expected to give contraception to how many women are to be sterilised says a gynaecologist from Tashkent the Uzbek capital There is a quota My quota is four women a month she says The push for sterilisation is strongest in rural Uzbekistan where some gynaecologists are expected to sterilise eight women per week One woman says she faced months of strange pains and severe bleeding after she gave birth to her son She then had an ultrasound check and discovered her uterus had been removed They just said to me What do you need more children for You already have two she told the BBC On paper sterilisations should be voluntary but women don t really get a choice says a senior physician from a provincial hospital It s very easy to manipulate a woman especially if she is poor You can say that her health will suffer if she has more children You can tell her that sterilisation is best for her Or you can just do the operation BBC Apr 12 Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus comments powered by

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/bioethics_article/uzbekistan_may_be_secretly_sterilising_women (2016-02-18)
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