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Human embryo gene modification – where do we draw the line?

Rumors of human embryo gene-editing have been floating around in the past few years, causing a great deal of ethical debates. Now, with the publication of a study from Chinese scientists reporting the genomic modification of human embryos, debates regarding the ethical more...

Article by Rozina Kardakaris

Emulsifiers: Colitis for breakfast

After sweeteners last year ended up being the suspects as the possible cause of glucose intolerance, now the evidence is piling up that emulsifiers have a role of partial responsibility in the huge increase in inflammatory diseases in recent decades. more...

Article by Sonja Schmitzer

Just Numbers

Medicine is obsessed with numbers. Or rather, journalists and medical administrators are. Here are two related examples of how large a grain of salt one must put on numbers. more...

Blog entry by Shirie Leng

Pinpointing the Perplexity of Preeclampsia

Preeclampsia, a hypertensive disorder of pregnancy (HDP), is a leading cause of maternal and perinatal mortality and morbidity. Ten million women develop preeclampsia each year but definition is difficult as it depends on an unreliable assessment of symptoms. more...

Article by Mario Nacinovich

In-Vitro Fertilisation: Threesome By Law

The UK in October became the first country to permit fertility clinics to use IVF using three donors. A blessing for women with mitochondrial diseases and infertility. Critics fear that the decision could pave the way to making designer babies. more...

Flu vaccination mismatch in the 2015 flu season – What are the lessons learned?

Influenza, the virus causing the ‘flu’, is a serious illness that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Flu vaccinations are thought to be the best way to protect ourselves against catching and spreading the flu. However, this was not the case in more...

Blog entry by Rozina Kardakaris

Healthy while overweight: A fat error

Overweight, yet blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels are normal – so everything is fine, right? Unfortunately not. More and more study results indicate that the concept of being a metabolically healthy obese person could soon be an obsolete one. more...

Antibodies: A promising treatment for HIV?

Previous attempts at antibody-based HIV treatments showed little success, possibly due to their inability to neutralize a broad range of HIV strains. Now, scientists show that use of 3BN117, a potent antibody with a much broader spectrum, can significantly reduce viral more...

Article by Rozina Kardakaris

About the importance of measles vaccination

An acquaintance of mine and a personal experience with measles convinced me of the importance of measles vaccination. The WHO recommends 2 doses while an immunization for each child costs 1$. more...

Blog entry by Oksana Zhurbij

Patients are not customers

Recently I wrote about the problems with Maintenance of Certification requirements. One of the phrases I read repeatedly when I was researching the piece was “the patient as customer”. Here’s a quote from the online journal produced by a management consulting more...

Blog entry by Shirie Leng
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