Former NFL players turn to stem-cell therapies for help

Former NFL players are turning to unapproved stem-cell treatments to deal with chronic pain and neurodegenerative disease.

News services in Texas recently reported that several former members of the Dallas Cowboys had received experimental stem-cell therapy in Mexico to deal with pain and injuries.

Bob Lilly, once a top defensive lineman for the Cowboys, said he had received two separate treatments offered by Texas stem cell company Celltex.

“I have no pain,” Lilly said. “And that's pretty unusual when you've played 24 years of football”.

Several of… click here to read whole article and make comments

Netherlands passes opt-out organ donation law

The Netherlands has joined Belgium and Spain in adopting “opt-out” organ donation legislation.  

Earlier this week the Dutch parliament narrowly passed a bill that requires every person over the age of 18 to notify government officials if they do not want to be an organ donor.

All adults in the country not yet registered as donors will receive a letter asking if they want to donate their organs after death. Those who do not respond to the first letter, or to a second letter six weeks later, will be considered organ… click here to read whole article and make comments

ACLU challenges Ohio’s down syndrome abortion law

The ACLU has launched a legal challenge against Ohio’s new down syndrome abortion legislation, which prohibits doctors from aborting pregnancies purely on the basis of a Down syndrome diagnosis.

The ACLU suit was filed on Thursday in a Federal court in Cincinnati on behalf of Preterm in Cleveland, Planned Parenthood and other Ohio abortion providers. "The government cannot deny a woman's right to terminate her pregnancy pre-viability," ACLU legal director Freda Levenson said at a news conference in Columbus announcing the suit.

Republican Ohio Governor John Kasich signed the law in December,… click here to read whole article and make comments

Indian husband steals wife’s kidney without her knowledge or consent

One of the more bizarre stories of the murky work of organ trafficking comes from Kolkata. About two years ago, Rita Sarkar, 28, felt a sharp pain in her abdomen. Her husband took her to a clinic where she quickly had an appendicectomy. But the pain persisted. Her husband refused to take her to see a doctor and told to speak with no one about her operation.

Finally her father’s relatives whisked her away to another clinic. An investigation showed that one of her kidneys had been removed and that other was infected.

Sarkar’s husband was arrested this week and… click here to read whole article and make comments

Membership rising in Swiss assisted suicide group Exit

In 2017, 10,078 people joined the Swiss euthanasia organisation Exit and the number of assisted suicides rose slightly. The organisation says that increased interest is due to the ageing population.

At the end of December 2017, the organisation had 110,391 members in German-speaking Switzerland and in Ticino, Only Swiss citizens are eligible for Exit’s services. Its rival, Dignitas, also accepts foreigners. Last year, 734 people ended their lives using Exit’s services, compared with 723 the previous year. Although men are generally much more likely to commit suicide, the majority of people using Exit are women (60%).

As in previous years,… click here to read whole article and make comments

First case report of transgender woman breastfeeding an infant

In another step forward in the transgender movement, a trans woman (a natal male) has been helped to breast-feed her partner’s baby.

The 30-year-old woman sought help from Mount Sinai’s Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery in New York City. Her partner did not want to breastfeed and she wanted to assist. Although she had not had gender-reassignment surgery, after years of taking medication, she had well-developed breasts.

From chatter on internet forums, it appears that trans women are experimenting with drugs to help them lactate. This person took an anti-nausea drug called domperidone which is used off-label to trigger… click here to read whole article and make comments

‘Father of 15’ testifies at surrogacy trial

Mitsutoki Shigeta

A Japanese man believed to have fathered at least 15 surrogate children has testified before a Thai court in a bid to retain his parental rights.

The man, 28 year old Mitsutoki Shigeta, has been caught in the centre of Thailand’s surrogacy crackdown, with the Thai Ministry of Social Development and Human Security taking his children into state custody. The Ministry wants to ensure the safety of the children.

Shigeta appeared before the court via video conference on Tuesday, and a decision is expected by February 20.

It is not clear how many babies… click here to read whole article and make comments

South Korea’s advance directives program goes into effect

A law that allows dying patients to refuse certain forms of life-sustaining treatment has come into effect in South Korea.

The law, which was passed by the National Assembly of Korea in January 2016, allows eligible patients to sign an advance directive indicating that do not wish to receive CPR, haemodialysis, artificial respiration and/or cancer treatment.

To be eligible, patients must be terminally ill with no chance of improvement and must be assessed by two doctors.

The law also allows anyone over the age of 19 to sign a letter of intent indicating they do not wish to… click here to read whole article and make comments

Disability rights activists decry Delaware assisted suicide bill

Disability rights activists have criticised an assisted suicide bill currently being debated in Delaware, saying it fails to protect people with intellectual disabilities.

The bill, which was introduced into the Delaware General Assembly last month, would allow assisted suicide for terminally ill patients over the age of 18. Controversially, an amendment to the bill states that patients with an intellectual disability can receive assisted suicide provided they are deemed competent by a social worker.

Not Dead Yet President Diane Coleman described the proposed amendment as a “misdirect”:

The Delaware bill, and the Oregon law on which it… click here to read whole article and make comments

Dental students and professor pose for photo with two severed heads

Dental students and a professor from the University of Connecticut have been chided for taken a “selfie” with two cadaver heads during a practical exercise in June.

AP reports that the students, who were at Yale University for a training workshop, took the selfie during a class with Professor Flavio Uribe, an assistant professor and orthodontics program director at UConn Health.

Professor Uribe appears in the photo with the students, though he has attempted to downplay his role in the incident. “Somebody unfortunately took a photo,” Uribe said. “It was so quick. I wasn’t sure of the surroundings or scenery… click here to read whole article and make comments

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