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Artificial insemination – a chance for the survival of mankind

Almost all highly developed countries faced a decline of the birth rate. Depopulation has seriously affected countries that occupy a leading position in the world economy. According to demographers, such a disappointing trend will lead to the fact that in 50 y... More »


UK reviewing pandemic welfare support, minister says

FILE PHOTO: People walk along Oxford Street as shops remain closed under Tier 4 restrictions, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in London, Britain, December 26, 2020. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls LONDON (Reuters) – The British government is reviewing... More »


Children: Desire and Reality

On November 19, the leading German channel 3Sat broadcasted the show “Scobel – Children: Desire and Reality.” More »

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Baby in someone else’s abdomen

The FDP (Free Democratic Party of Germany) and many experts demand a relaxation of the surrogacy ban. Meanwhile, many couples seek help abroad – which causes legal problems. More »

wishing to have a baby

Ukraine – a trap for infertile foreigners wishing to have a baby

– We arrived in Ukraine with the hope of finally becoming parents, but were left without money, and without a child. This is just a trap for foreigners like us, barren couples who agree to everything in order to become the parents of the long-awaited baby. Ukr... More »


Top 3 Affordable Fertility Clinics with High Success Rate

I would like to make it quite clear that this review is not for you unless you have extra $250,000 -$300,000. Then perhaps you better refer to the Forbes lists. I will not describe pros and cons of leading fertility clinics because much has been said about. Th... More »


Surrogacy: Child Trafficking or Patronage?

The list of countries where surrogacy is legal is expanding every year. In 2015, main destinations for commercial surrogacy, such as India, Nepal, Thailand and Mexico, banned this practice for foreigners. However, global demand for surrogacy is not decreasing.... More »


How Ukraine surpassed American Reproductology

According to the World Health Organization, 21% of couples of reproductive age suffers from infertility in the world. IVF using donor eggs is the only chance to become a mother for many women with gynecological pathology or genetic abnormalities. More »


Infertility gains pace all over the world. Is there a salvation?

Infertility may lead mankind to the verge of extinction. It sounds as a trailer to a thriller movie, still it’s true. Nowadays each 5th couple in the world is infertile and unable to reproduce. The 21st century and infertile human race battle to survive with i... More »

U.S. declares a Zika public health emergency in Puerto Rico

By Julie Steenhuysen | CHICAGO CHICAGO The Obama administration on Friday declared a public health emergency in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, saying the rapid and widespread transmission of the Zika virus threatens the health of infected pregnant women an... More »

Another Zika case reported outside Miami’s transmission zone

CHICAGO Three more people in Florida have tested positive for Zika caused by local mosquitoes, including another person who does not live in the one-square-mile (2.6-square-km) area believed to be the hub of local transmission, state officials said on Friday. ... More »

Cayman Islands reports second locally transmitted Zika infection

GEORGE TOWN Two people have contracted the Zika virus locally in the Cayman Islands, the health department said on Tuesday, bringing the total number infected by the virus in the Caribbean territory to eight. A woman living in Cayman’s capital George Town firs... More »

U.S. to allow more marijuana research: sources

SEATTLE The U.S. government will announce on Thursday that it will allow more research into marijuana but has rejected requests to relax the classification of the substance as a dangerous, highly addictive drug with no medical use, sources with direct knowledg... More »

Some fish tackle ocean global warming by pretending it’s night

OSLO Some fish may cope with the changing chemistry of the oceans linked to global warming by permanently setting their body defenses to night-time levels, the time of day when they find sea water least hospitable, a study said on Monday. Man-made carbon dioxi... More »

Zika will not be issue at Olympics: Rio health official

RIO DE JANEIRO The risk of Zika virus infections at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro is low and has been overcome, health officials in Brazil said on Sunday, five days before South America’s first Games are due to begin. Rio de Janeiro’s health secretary, D... More »

More locally transmitted Zika in U.S. expected: official

NEW YORK The United States will likely see more cases of local Zika virus transmission going forward, a U.S. health official warned on Sunday, although it is unlikely to turn into a broader situation as seen in Brazil or Puerto Rico. The comments comes after F... More »

Florida cases seen as first sign Zika transmitted locally in U.S

ORLANDO, Fla./MIAMI Florida authorities on Friday reported the first sign of local Zika transmission in the continental United States, concluding that mosquitoes likely infected four people with the virus that can cause a rare but serious birth defect. Governo... More »

New crop of robots to vie for space in the operating room

CHICAGO Even though many doctors see need for improvement, surgical robots are poised for big gains in operating rooms around the world. Within five years, one in three U.S. surgeries – more than double current levels – is expected to be performed with robotic... More »

Belgian scientists make novel water-from-urine machine

BRUSSELS A team of scientists at a Belgian university say they have created a machine that turns urine into drinkable water and fertilizer using solar energy, a technique which could be applied in rural areas and developing countries. While there are other opt... More »

Healthy clones: Dolly the sheep’s heirs reach ripe old age

LONDON The heirs of Dolly the sheep are enjoying a healthy old age, proving cloned animals can live normal lives and offering reassurance to scientists hoping to use cloned cells in medicine. Dolly, cloning’s poster child, was born in Scotland in 1996. She die... More »

Big brewers see strong potential for weak beer

BRUSSELS Anheuser-Busch InBev (ABI.BR), which will soon make almost 30 percent of the world’s beer, wants to serve more low and alcohol-free brews to drinkers trying to live a healthier lifestyle. The Belgium-based brewer, on the verge of buying its largest ri... More »

Bangladesh gets $150 million from World Bank for health

DHAKA The World Bank said on Sunday it has approved $150 million in additional financing to help improve Bangladesh’s health systems and services, bringing its total support for health projects in the country to $508.9 million. The support will help the govern... More »

Egg freezing does not guarantee pregnancy success

Oocyte cryopreservation (egg freezing) is a popular medical technique in Europe which is used as an assisted reproductive method. Women, who do not have own frozen eggs but need IVF can use donor cells, which are also can be frozen and transferred. European co... More »

Too little sleep linked to health problems in children, teens

(Reuters Health) – Updated sleep recommendations for children and teens point to the benefits of getting enough sleep and the dangers of getting too little. “At least 25 percent of 12-year-olds get less than the recommended nine hours of sleep per night and th... More »

Scientists use climate, population changes to predict diseases

LONDON British scientists say they have developed a model that can predict outbreaks of zoonotic diseases – those such as Ebola and Zika that jump from animals to humans – based on changes in climate. Describing their model as “a major improvement in our under... More »

Regulator says too many drugmakers chasing same cancer strategy

CHICAGO A new type of cancer drug that takes the brakes off the body’s immune system has given drugmakers some remarkable wins against the deadly disease, but a top U.S. regulator says too many companies are focused on the same approach. Dr. Richard Pazdur, he... More »

FDA staff posts voting questions for Teva’s opioid painkiller

U.S. Food and Drug Administration staff released voting questions on Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd’s long-acting opioid painkiller for a panel of independent experts who will recommend to the agency whether to approve the drug. An FDA spokesman on Friday ... More »

Congress moves to revamp toxic chemical law

WASHINGTON Legislation with bipartisan support that would revamp U.S. chemical safety law for the first time in decades is advancing in Congress, winning overwhelming passage in the House of Representatives as backers sought quick Senate action. Senate leaders... More »

British royals launch campaign to tackle stigma of mental health

LONDON Prince William, his wife Kate and brother Harry urged Britons on Monday to ditch their prejudices about mental health in what is being billed as the biggest joint project the three young royals have taken on. In the “Heads Together” campaign they launch... More »

Valeant to provide rebate programs for two heart drugs

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc said on Monday it would make available to all hospitals in the United States an enhanced rebate program to reduce the price of its heart drugs Nitropress and Isuprel. All hospitals are eligible for a rebate of at least... More »

Futures little changed after bruising week

U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Monday following a bruising week that left the Dow and the S&P 500 lower for the third straight week. * U.S. stocks fell on Friday as a decline in oil prices added to pressure from consumer companies after gloomy... More »

Pfizer blocks its drugs from use in lethal injections

NEW YORK – Pfizer Inc has taken steps to ensure that none of its products are used in lethal injections, the largest U.S. drugmaker said on Friday. “We are enforcing a distribution restriction for specific products that have been part of, or considered by some... More »

After delay, calorie counts to hit U.S. restaurant menus in 2017

LOS ANGELES U.S. restaurant owners will have an extra five months to post the calorie counts of the food they sell under a new federal deadline of May 5, 2017. The national calorie disclosure rule is part of the Affordable Care Act of 2010, also known as Obama... More »

Roche commits to diabetes testing and sees 2017 return to growth

LONDON Roche has no plans to sell its diabetes testing business, despite a pummeling in the past three years from U.S. price cuts, and the Swiss drugmaker expects the unit to return to sales growth in 2017. Roland Diggelmann, head of Roche diagnostics, said th... More »

China’s cigarette sales fall slightly after tobacco tax: WHO

BEIJING Cigarette sales in China fell slightly over the past year after a hike in tobacco taxes, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday, as the country works to suppress a habit with major healthcare costs. The world’s largest producer and consumer of c... More »

Redstone competence trial ends as judge tosses lawsuit

LOS ANGELES Media mogul Sumner Redstone never set foot in the Los Angeles courtroom where his mental competency was on trial in recent days. But the 92-year-old billionaire had the final word on Monday when Judge David Cowan, citing blunt videotaped testimony ... More »

E-cigarette poisonings on rise in young kids

(Reuters Health) – Electronic cigarettes are sickening a growing number of young kids, usually because children drink the liquid nicotine that’s used in the devices, a U.S. study of poison center calls suggests. Often, children aren’t seriously harmed, but sev... More »

White House: Puerto Rico debt crisis could hamper Zika response

WASHINGTON The White House said on Monday it was concerned the debt crisis confronting Puerto Rico could hamper its ability to deal with the potential public health crisis caused by the spread of the Zika virus, which has sickened nearly people 700 on the isla... More »

BBC correspondent expelled from North Korea over reporting

PYONGYANG North Korea expelled a BBC journalist on Monday over his reporting, the broadcaster and a North Korean official said, as a large group of foreign media members visited the isolated country to cover a rare ruling party congress. Rupert Wingfield-Hayes... More »

Prince died on eve of planned meeting with addiction doctor

Music legend Prince died one day before he was scheduled to meet a doctor who specializes in addiction treatment for a “life-saving mission,” the doctor’s lawyer said at a news conference on Wednesday. California doctor Howard Kornfeld was first contacted by P... More »

Teens most drawn to e-cigarettes by online ads

(Reuters Health) – While many forms of e-cigarette advertising increase the odds that teens will try the devices, a new U.S. study suggests that this generation of digital natives is most enticed by promotions they see online. Big U.S. tobacco companies are al... More »

U.S. agencies issues rules to protect workers from Zika

CHICAGO U.S. health and safety officials issued new guidelines on Friday to help protect workers from exposure to Zika, a mosquito-borne and sexually-transmitted virus that causes the birth defect microcephaly and other neurological disorders. The new rules, i... More »

U.S. Medicare end-of-life counseling off to slow start

CHICAGO, April 21 Older patients want to talk with their doctors about how they will die, but are doctors ready to have the conversation? Medicare began reimbursing physicians in January for time spent discussing their patients’ end-of-life wishes. While 95 pe... More »

AstraZeneca taps gene pioneer Venter for huge drug-hunting sweep

CAMBRIDGE, England AstraZeneca, working with genome pioneer Craig Venter, is launching a massive gene hunt in the most comprehensive bet yet by a pharmaceutical firm on the potential of genetic variations to unlock routes to new medicines. The initiative, anno... More »