Prescribe morning-after pills to young teenagers, say US pediatric group
Jared Yee | 30 November 2012 |
On Monday, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) called on pediatricians in the US to provide advice to all adolescent patients about emergency contraception, and to prescribe it to girls under 17 in advance.
American suicide networks for the elderly exposed in US TV doco
Michael Cook | 15 November 2012 |
The “surprisingly coordinated underground world of assisted suicide”
Paying the bills with surrogacy fees
Michael Cook | 05 November 2012 |
The dark side of American surrogacy.
“The Waiting Room”
Michael Cook | 26 September 2012 |
The Waiting Room is a wrenching documentary made in 2010 about the crowded emergency room of Highland Hospital in Oakland, California. Unlike other depictions of the American healthcare system, this is detached and dispassionate. But what emerges is the impression that at least some parts of it are in crisis. Filmed over five months, it creates a composite picture of a single day in the hospital. This seems well worth watching!
US egg donation industry often ignores ethical standards, report claims
Michael Cook | 11 August 2012 |
Many on-line human egg brokers do not adhere to ethical guidelines drawn up by the peak IVF body in the US, a survey published in the journal Fertility & Sterility has found.
CIA vaccine tactic may have hindered war on polio
Jared Yee | 14 July 2012 |
Did the assassination of Osama bin Laden have an unintended victim: the global campaign to eliminate polio?
A community’s take on genetic tests
Jared Yee | 13 July 2012 |
Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn are wrestling with the question of genetic testing -- and what should and should not be revealed to people who use it.
US appeals court makes it legal to pay donors for their bone marrow tissue
Jared Yee | 07 July 2012 |
A US appeals court has put the price of bone marrow at about US$3,000 in a ruling that now makes it legal to purchase bone marrow.
Man donates kidney, gets no insurance
Jared Yee | 16 June 2012 |
Radburn Royer, of Minnesota, donated his kidney to his daughter Erika after her lupus caused kidney failure. Now 31, Erika is fine, but her physically active 53-year-old father has been unable to obtain private health insurance.
New Jersey surrogacy bill could allow paid surrogate “carriers”
Jared Yee | 09 June 2012 |
The landmark Baby M case -- a messy affair in which a surrogate refused to give away her parental rights to the child she carried -- swung an international spotlight on surrogate mothers' rights in New Jersey.
High Court denies benefits to parent of twins born through IVF
Jared Yee | 26 May 2012 |
Following up on a BioEdge story from last year, a woman whose child was born through posthumous conception was denied survivor benefits, in a US Supreme Court decision on Monday.
Brain scans could replace SATs in 20 years
Jared Yee | 26 May 2012 |
By 2032, students' brain characteristics could be the deciding factor in whether they get into the college of their dreams, researcher Prof Richard Heier, of the University of California Irvine, says.
Would-be grandparents pay for their daughters’ egg freezing
Jared Yee | 19 May 2012 |
More and more baby-boomers, desperate to have grandchildren, are pushing daughters to freeze their eggs, the New York Times reports.
After surrogacy, an unexpected pregnancy
Jared Yee | 19 May 2012 |
Misty Baker turned to a surrogate after ten years of fighting with infertility - and now Baker and her surrogate are both pregnant with twins.
Sperm donation is a roll of the genetic dice
Jared Yee | 18 May 2012 |
After many failed attempts at conceiving a second child, using many medical treatments, a doctor told Sharine and Brian Kretchmar to find a sperm donor.
Facebook encourages organ donation
Jared Yee | 05 May 2012 |
The organ donation community applauded Facebook's announcement this week that it will allow its 900 million members to share their donor status with friends and family, and to link to state databases where Americans can sign up online to become donors.
Texas passes stem cell regulations
Jared Yee | 21 April 2012 |
The Texas Medical Board approved controversial regulations last Friday which are claimed to guarantee safe clinical use of stem cells and other “investigational agents”.
Gay involvement in assisted reproduction industry growing
Jared Yee | 17 March 2012 |
Britain’s first gay fathers have opened up the country’s only surrogacy centre to cater for same-sex couples.
A new industry – fertility finance
Jared Yee | 10 March 2012 |
Julie Barth, was over the moon when her doctor told her she might be able to get pregnant via IVF. But the Illinois doctor didn’t stop there – he referred her to a “fertility finance” company which lent her US$5,000 at an interest rate of 7.99% to help pay for the $24,000 procedure. The case reveals a new trend in the commercialisation of fertility.
Chinese couples seek surrogacy in US
Jared Yee | 25 February 2012 |
While Americans have long gone to China to adopt children, Chinese couples are now travelling to US surrogacy clinics because it is illegal in their home country.