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King's College London - Health: More than a medical matter

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Issue 660 (11 June 2012)

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Comment

Fertility preservation after cancer diagnosis
11 June 2012 - by Valerie Peddie
Major professional bodies support the concept of providing every patient of reproductive age with accurate information about the potential risk of impaired fertility after treatment for cancer. In reality, the immediate emphasis is often on treatment, with little time available to discuss options for fertility preservation... [Read More]

HIV no barrier to parenthood
11 June 2012 - by Catherine Murphy
As the UK's largest HIV charity, Terrence Higgins Trust warmly welcomes the decision by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) last month to consult on an updated version of its fertility guideline. The new approach outlined by NICE holds the potential to transform fertility services for men and women living with or affected by HIV in the UK who want to become parents... [Read More]

News Digest

Human Genetics Commission publish final report
07 June 2012 - by Dr Rebecca Hill
The Human Genetics Commission (HGC) has published its final report, which marks the end of its 12 years as an advisory body to the Government... [Read More]

Pair of gene-targeted melanoma drugs show promise in late-stage clinical trials
11 June 2012 - by Tamara Hirsch
Two drugs targeting advanced melanoma linked to a mutation in the BRAF gene are more effective than current chemotherapy at slowing the progress of the skin cancer, clinical trial results indicate... [Read More]

Whole fetal genome sequenced for the first time
11 June 2012 - by Dr Daniel Grimes
Researchers have sequenced the entire genome of an 18 and a half-week-old fetus using DNA samples from the blood of its mother and saliva samples from its father. These findings provide a proof of principle that a fetus can be examined for genetic defects using non-invasive technologies... [Read More]

Heart disease linked to newly discovered type of stem cell
11 June 2012 - by Dr Rebecca Hill
A previously unidentified type of stem cell, usually dormant in blood vessels, is at the heart of vascular disease, according to researchers... [Read More]

IVF slightly increases risk of adverse outcomes for mother and baby, report says
11 June 2012 - by James Brooks
Use of assisted reproductive technologies like IVF carry with them an increased risk of complications for mother and child, a report from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists highlights... [Read More]

Gene modification helps mouse mum tolerate fetus
11 June 2012 - by Dr Maria Teresa Esposito
Immune rejection, the body's defence mechanism, triggered in response to foreign tissues, is a huge problem for transplant operations. But why does a mother's immune system not reject the developing fetus? The answer may lie in modifications to genes that usually activate part of the immune response, according to scientists... [Read More]

Single genetic tweak allows scientists to transform skin cells into brain cells
11 June 2012 - by Victoria Burchell
Skin cells have been transformed into working brain cells thanks to the introduction of a single gene. Previous studies used several genetic factors and chemicals to perform the same feat but scientists in the USA report that just one gene, Sox2, is sufficient... [Read More]

Reviews

Comic Review: Hope beyond Hype - A Story of Stem Cells from Discovery to Therapy
11 June 2012 - by Greg Ball
Stem cell research isn't a topic you'd expect to see in a comic book, particularly when the aim is to give a realistic insight into the subject, avoiding hype and sensationalism. But that's exactly what 'Hope Beyond Hype', a graphic novel telling the story of stem cell research from discovery to therapy, intends to do... [Read More]

Film Review: A Moral Dilemma - Saviour Sibling or Spare Part Baby?
11 June 2012 - by Helen Brooks
Is creating a life to save another immoral? That is the question the winners of the year 12 to 13 category of Nuffield Council's 'Box Office Bioethics' film competition attempt to answer.... [Read More]

 

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