Xavier Symons


Xavier Symons | 27 Apr 2013 |
tags: bioengineering, organ transplants, stem cells
Scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston have created bioengineered rat kidneys which successfully filter blood and produce urine. If the technique works with humans, it could do away with the need for donor kidneys.

Xavier Symons | 27 Apr 2013 |
tags: medical records, privacy
Fancy having your prescription data sold to pharmaceutical corporations?

Xavier Symons | 20 Apr 2013 |
tags: anonymous sperm donation, rights of the child, sperm donation
Should parents be required to tell donor children of their origins? An influential British think-tank says No.

Xavier Symons | 19 Apr 2013 |
tags: force-feeding, Guantanamo Bay, torture
The US military came under fire this week for force-feeding prisoners on hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay.

Xavier Symons | 19 Apr 2013 |
tags: elderly, medication
A study of more than 6 million American seniors has found that 21% received a prescription for at least one potentially harmful "high-risk medication”

Xavier Symons | 6 Apr 2013 |
tags: end-of-life care, Liverpool Care Pathway
The highly controversial Liverpool Care Pathway has been slammed in the British Medical Journal. In a scathing letter, psychiatrist Eugene Breen has criticised the protocol as vague and easily abused.

Xavier Symons | 6 Apr 2013 |
tags: Denmark, donor anonymity, genetic diseases, sperm donation
The government health agency in Denmark is reconsidering its policy on the anonymity of sperm donors after failing to prevent the transmission of disease through sperm banks.

Xavier Symons | 6 Apr 2013 |
Strict new abortion clinic laws are now in effect in Pensylvania, following the 2010 exposure of Dr. Kermit Gosnell’s infamous Women’s Medical Society abortion clinic.

Xavier Symons | 30 Mar 2013 |
tags: Australia, China, Falun Gong, organ trafficking
Lobbying by Falun Gong, a quasi-religious movement banned in China, has scored a public relations coup in Australia.

Xavier Symons | 28 Mar 2013 |
tags: India, sex-selective abortion, suicide
Is this related to sex-selective abortion?

Xavier Symons | 28 Mar 2013 |
tags: abortion, anti-abortion legislation, North Dakota
Sure to lead to a Supreme Court challenge.

Xavier Symons | 22 Mar 2013 |
tags: anthrax, children, informed consent, vaccination
The threat of bioterrorism is terrifying thought, and the US government is set on minimizing any risk. But should they go as far as testing a potent anthrax vaccine on young children?

Xavier Symons | 22 Mar 2013 |
tags: assisted suicide, Canada, euthanasia
In the most controversial Canadian bioethics case in years, a British Columbia court has heard that outlawing euthanasia is akin to torture.

Xavier Symons | 21 Mar 2013 |
tags: abortion, China, one-child policy
There have been over 336 million abortions in China since the since 1971, according to data released by the Chinese Health Department.

Xavier Symons | 17 Mar 2013 |
tags: regenerative medicine, stem cells
Rare stem cells extracted from adult breast tissue are pluripotent and can become most cell types, researchers at the University of California at San Francisco have found.

Xavier Symons | 16 Mar 2013 |
tags: abortion, Arkansas, fetal heartbeat, North Dakota
More battles on the abortion front in the US in North Dakota and Arkansas.

Xavier Symons | 16 Mar 2013 |
tags: assisted suicide, Australia, Philip Nitschke
More and more Australians are importing the illegal lethal drug pentobarbitone from overseas as a way of committing suicide.

Xavier Symons | 16 Mar 2013 |
tags: Australia, egg donation, IVF
An Australian fertility clinic, Monash IVF, has taken the radical step of importing eggs from the US, at a cost of A$19,000 per package.

Xavier Symons | 8 Mar 2013 |
tags: birth defects, IVF
Children conceived using assisted reproductive technology (ART) are far more likely to have birth defects, according to an article in Human Reproduction Update.

Xavier Symons | 7 Mar 2013 |
tags: commercialization, surrogacy
A Connecticut couple offered their surrogate mother US$10,000 to abort their baby because it had major defects.

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