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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    Email Full story Substantial profits likely from embryonic stem cells Fri 16 Jul 2004 0 Email Full story Ethical quicksand surrounds therapies for spinal cord injury Fri 16 Jul 2004 0 Email Full story New penalties for Dutch euthanasia doctors who bend rules Fri 16 Jul 2004 0 Email Full story Health crisis follows staffing crisis as African nurses emigrate Fri 16 Jul 2004 0 Email Full story US doctors shunning O G Fri 16 Jul 2004 0 Email Full story Authors failing to disclose competing interests Fri 16 Jul 2004 0 Email Full story Adult stem cells can flourish without fusion Fri 16 Jul 2004 0 Email Full story Page 1 of 3 pages 1 2 3 Free weekly newsletter nbsp April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 January 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 September 2011 August 2011 July 2011 June 2011 May 2011 April 2011 March 2011 February 2011 January 2011 December 2010 November 2010 October 2010 September 2010 August 2010 July 2010 June 2010 May 2010 April 2010 March 2010 February 2010 January 2010 December 2009 November 2009 October 2009 August 2009 July 2009 June 2009 May 2009 April 2009 March 2009 February 2009 January 2009

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    activist promotes suicide pill in US Fri 18 Jun 2004 0 Email Full story UK s first legal human clones on the way Fri 18 Jun 2004 0 Email Full story Steep fee rises mooted for embryo research in UK Fri 18 Jun 2004 0 Email Full story Arab states may ban both types of cloning Fri 18 Jun 2004 0 Email Full story Democrats presidential hopeful backs embryo stem cell research Fri 18 Jun 2004 0 Email Full story Before the Holocaust some Israeli doctors supported eugenics Fri 18 Jun 2004 0 Email Full story It s payback time for lawyers says US doctor Fri 18 Jun 2004 0 Email Full story Page 1 of 3 pages 1 2 3 Free weekly newsletter nbsp April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 January 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 September 2011 August 2011 July 2011 June 2011 May 2011 April 2011 March 2011 February 2011 January 2011 December 2010 November 2010 October 2010 September 2010 August 2010 July 2010 June 2010 May 2010 April 2010 March 2010 February 2010 January 2010 December 2009 November 2009 October 2009 August 2009 July 2009 June 2009 May 2009 April 2009 March 2009 February

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/archive/archive_display/2004/06 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    Full story Let s both be beautiful say British couples Fri 28 May 2004 0 Email Full story Were Korean egg donors public spirited or press ganged Fri 14 May 2004 0 Email Full story Living wills don t work says study Fri 14 May 2004 0 Email Full story Conjoined twins have well adjusted rich lives Fri 14 May 2004 0 Email Full story Chicago IVF clinic creates five saviour siblings Fri 14 May 2004 0 Email Full story US exporting contraception to Afghanistan Fri 14 May 2004 0 Email Full story Embryos needed to cure diabetes claims Harvard scientist Fri 14 May 2004 0 Email Full story Page 1 of 2 pages 1 2 Free weekly newsletter nbsp April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 January 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 September 2011 August 2011 July 2011 June 2011 May 2011 April 2011 March 2011 February 2011 January 2011 December 2010 November 2010 October 2010 September 2010 August 2010 July 2010 June 2010 May 2010 April 2010 March 2010 February 2010 January 2010 December 2009 November 2009 October 2009 August 2009 July 2009 June 2009 May 2009 April 2009 March 2009 February 2009 January 2009 December 2008

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/archive/archive_display/2004/05 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    for Australians Fri 23 Apr 2004 0 Email Full story Virgin birth mouse rewrites textbook on reproduction Fri 23 Apr 2004 0 Email Full story Drug companies may have suppressed data about children s anti depressants Fri 23 Apr 2004 0 Email Full story Will doctors stand and fight or will they skedaddle Fri 23 Apr 2004 0 Email Full story Wanna clone your loved one Ring 888 699 2672 today Fri 23 Apr 2004 0 Email Full story Selection of gender high on agenda of many American couples Fri 23 Apr 2004 0 Email Full story Immoral not to clone says Dolly s creator Fri 23 Apr 2004 0 Email Full story Page 1 of 3 pages 1 2 3 Free weekly newsletter nbsp April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 January 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 September 2011 August 2011 July 2011 June 2011 May 2011 April 2011 March 2011 February 2011 January 2011 December 2010 November 2010 October 2010 September 2010 August 2010 July 2010 June 2010 May 2010 April 2010 March 2010 February 2010 January 2010 December 2009 November 2009 October 2009 August 2009 July 2009 June 2009 May 2009 April 2009 March 2009 February

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  • BioEdge: OPINION: Egg freezing is a health risk
    freezing customers in the US is 37 4 Worldwide in 2011 fewer than 10 babies were estimated to have been born from eggs frozen for women aged 38 and older The egg freezing guidelines issued by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine clearly state that egg freezing should only be used when there is medical need such as women undergoing cancer treatments Two years ago its practice committee reviewed 981 articles about egg freezing and found that only 112 had any relevant safety and efficacy data Despite this shortage of quality research it decided to remove the experimental label but stressed that marketing this technology for the purpose of deferring childbearing may give women false hope Samantha Pfeifer committee chair at the time was quoted as saying While a careful review of the literature indicates egg freezing is a valid technique for young women for whom it is medically indicated we cannot at this time endorse its widespread elective use to delay childbearing This technology may not be appropriate for the older woman who desires to postpone reproduction Unfortunately many irresponsible clinics have simply ignored these professional guidelines and are aggressively marketing the procedure to healthy young women With the recommended three cycles plus storage fees topping out at about 22 000 or more overselling the potential of egg freezing with phrases like set your own biological clock can be a lucrative endeavor especially if companies like Apple and Facebook foot the bill Women and infants health is at stake when new infertility procedures are prematurely endorsed and promoted and new strategies are needed to reign in rogue clinics that disregard the ethical code of do no harm Perhaps it is time for external oversight of an industry that has thus far been unable to regulate itself Miriam Zoll is

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/opinion_egg_freezing_is_a_health_risk/11174 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: COMMENT: Is egg freezing a scam?
    years as the cut point to provide the best discrimination between successes vs failures hence optimal results may be expected in patients who are younger than this age threshold younger than age 36 is best In October 2012 the American Society for Reproductive Medicine ASRM the lobby and voluntary regulatory arm of roughly 500 infertility clinics in the U S lifted the experimental label from this still young science Its Practice Committee said it was not yet ready to endorse widespread use of egg freezing for elective treatments and while randomized controlled studies were rare the committee said it did find sufficient evidence to demonstrate acceptable success rates in young highly selected populations Citing a lack of data on safety efficacy cost effectiveness and potential emotional risks their report states Marketing this technology for the purpose of deferring childbearing may give women false hope and encourage women to delay childbearing Patients who wish to pursue this technology should be carefully counseled As would be expected once their decision became public their warnings about women s age and infant health was obscured and eventually obliterated by the dust kicked up by a stampede of panicked but hopeful 30 and 40 something women running to the nearest fertility clinic to have their eggs harvested for future use for anywhere between US 10 000 and 15 000 or more One must wonder why the ASRM felt so compelled to provide a stamp of approval for a procedure still lacking in reliable safety and efficacy data As legal scholars Debora Spar and Naomi Cahn have written in their books The Baby Business and Test Tube Babies respectively in the context of an unregulated industry in the United States it is virtually impossible to separate the medical and market forces at play when new techniques

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/comment_is_egg_freezing_a_scam/10866 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Grandparents financing British IVF
    quarter of women over the age of 40 and 17 per cent of all couples having fertility treatments are having them paid for by their own parents At an average spend of 6638 per couple that s a significant investment by the older generation in relieving the distress of their adult children and satisfying their own desires for grandchildren to brighten up their lives It is also something of a gamble since less than a third of women under 35 become pregnant after IVF and the odds get steadily worse for older women only 10 6 of those aged 40 to 42 achieve pregnancy Then there is the stress The survey involving 3 000 women found that a third of those who underwent fertility treatment said that their marriages suffered and five per cent of couples split up Parents and their money tended to increase the pressure to get a good result And yet two thirds of the women said they would do it all again to have child A case study cited by The Times adds another dimension to this story a slightly worrying insight into the spending habits of Generation X Clare was in her early thirties at the time her husband Christopher an events organiser was 47 We were still at that stage where we were spending all our money on going out and having holidays so we didn t have any savings I had always wanted children and my mother grandchildren It was always just seen as the progression of our life she told The Times My parents have always been very supportive financially When my mother saw the stress I was under about not getting pregnant she said If it s the money don t worry about that Cross posted from Family Edge MORE ON

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/grandparents_financing_british_ivf/8674 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Conjoined twins “a blessing” says UK mother
    they survive birth which could evolve into something little better than a freak show The twins mother Lisa Chamberlain says she doesn t care if people regard the babies as freakish because I feel blessed To me my twins were a gift from God and we re determined to give them a chance of life Lisa and her husband Mike have been trying to have a baby for seven years he says they have taken hope from the case of Abigail and Brittany Hensel 18 year old dicephalus twins pictured in the US who lead relatively normal lives despite sharing a liver and a rib cage Ms Hunt says she condemns abortion of fetuses because of deformities such as club feet cleft palates webbed fingers and toes or chromosomal abnormalities such as Down syndrome but that it is the right decision in cases such as these twins It is her view however that is based on sentimentality sparing the children a possibly awful life as media curiosities rather than ethical principle acceptance of all human life no matter how deformed and it suggests a personal selfishness that recoils from human deformity rather than a compassion which wants to spare the

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/conjoined_twins_a_blessing_says_uk_mother/8447 (2016-02-18)
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