Is IVF changing the course of human evolution?

Sep 3, 2016 by

by Michael Cook, Bio Edge: Evolution is caused by the differential reproduction of individuals with certain features. So surely IVF, which enables people to reproduce who are unable to do so naturally, must be having an effect upon human evolution. This tricky but important question was tackled by Norwegian scientists in a recent article in the journal Human Reproduction. “Assisted reproduction is redefining human society and biology and, in the face of profound ethical issues, it is important...

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Transitioning of children ‘too risky’ say Obama’s own experts …

Aug 25, 2016 by

… but doctors will be forced to do it anyway. by Sheila Liaugminas, MercatorNet: On Tuesday, lawyers with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty filed a lawsuit on behalf of faith based hospital and medical networks, and five states, against a federal regulation that would force doctors to ignore science and their medical judgment and perform gender transition procedures on children. Yes, on children. Now read this next part slowly: The government does not even require Medicare and...

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NHS should prioritise cancer care over risky gay sex

Aug 7, 2016 by

by Jane Kelly, The Conservative Woman: On Tuesday 2nd August a High Court judge ordered the NHS to provide daily pills to 10,000 gay men who don’t have HIV but are at high risk of being infected through unprotected sex. It will cost taxpayers in England £400 a patient, about £20 million a year. The drug, Truvada, pre-exposure prophylaxis, known as PrEP (Prep) is given to high-risk groups, mainly young promiscuous men. It’s currently used in the US, Canada, Australia and France to help...

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Underage teens should get free condoms to curb STI spread, NICE says

Aug 5, 2016 by

by Sophie Borland, Mailonline: Children as young as 13 should be handed free condoms on the NHS to prevent an epidemic of sexually transmitted diseases, according to the health watchdog. NICE is urging youth clubs, sexual health clinics and GPs to offer an unlimited supply of the contraception to boys and girls in a variety of styles. The watchdog wants to make free condoms available far more widely across England – including to underage teenagers – in the hope of curbing soaring rates of...

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HIV campaigners win NHS drug battle

Aug 2, 2016 by

from BBC News: he High Court has told the NHS in England it can fund a drug that can prevent HIV – after health bosses argued it was not their responsibility. NHS England previously said councils should provide the pre-exposure prophylaxis (Prep) drug as they are in charge of preventative health. This stance was successfully challenged by the National Aids Trust (NAT). But the High Court ruling does not make funding of Prep automatic and the NHS is set to appeal. The ruling by Mr Justice...

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Doctors who won’t carry out abortions ‘are not promoted’

Jul 21, 2016 by

by Simon Caldwell, Mailonline: Doctors who refuse to take part in abortions are suffering increasingly from harassment and discrimination at work, the British Medical Association has told MPs. Healthcare professionals are complaining to the union that they faced a glass ceiling and were denied promotion if they objected to abortions, a report reveals today. The parliamentary inquiry also found that staff were under ‘widespread and increasing pressure’ to participate in abortions....

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