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New study on virginity pledges and behavior

The article in question can be downloaded from Pediatrics, here. The final “wave 3″ data came from the group that the author calls “adolescents” — who were 22 years old. Data from those who had married was treated as “missing.” We don’t know anything about the actual sex ed courses that the students took, who … Continue reading

Abstinence vs “plus”

The Texas Legislature is about to reconvene and the sex ed debate in our State is already in the news. (Free subscription required.) Unfortunately, the news article blurs the line between sex ed for all children in our schools and the problem that some of our girls have multiple pregnancies as teenagers. What little evidence … Continue reading

>Top 50 Medical Blogs list

>We made number 12, under Bioethics. The list appears to be a good resource – just come back here when you’re done surfing the others! Spelling corrected 1/6/09

Top 50 Medical Blogs list

We made number 12, under Bioethics. The list appears to be a good resource – just come back here when you’re done surfing the others! Spelling corrected 1/6/09

Health care reform conversation

There’s a comment from a proponent of single payor health care payments on one of my November posts. A few points need to be clarified: The numbers about infant mortality are skewed in the US because we count more infants as “live births” than other countries. We use Medicaid money to finance special education and … Continue reading

Fox builds hen house

In the same set of news alerts that notified me of the Vatican’s condemnation of cloning and embryonic stem cell research, I read that Insoo Hyun is the lead author of the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) Guidelines for the Clinical Translation of Stem Cells. The Guidelines are also published on line at … Continue reading

Renewed fuss over conscience in medicine

For some reason, the media has decided to focus on the proposed rule from the Health and Human Services Department on the right of conscience, even for doctors, and even for abortion. I guess they felt it was the right thing to do. LifeEthics has been following the conscience issue as it unfolded over the … Continue reading

Renewed fuss over conscience in medicine

For some reason, the media has decided to focus on the proposed rule from the Health and Human Services Department on the right of conscience, even for doctors, and even for abortion. I guess they felt it was the right thing to do. LifeEthics has been following the conscience issue as it unfolded over the … Continue reading

“Tea-bag” Adult Stem Cell Treatment for Stroke

British researchers report an amazing recovery for a 49 year old man who suffered a hemorrhagic stroke on October 15, 2008. The researchers at the company, “Biocompatibles,” used adult stem cells from a healthy donor. The cells had been engineered to cause them to produce a protein that helps prevent “programmed” cell death (even after … Continue reading

>Causal link between abortion mental illness claimed

>Fergusson of Australia has published more data on his birth cohort from ChristChurch, New Zealand. This time, he’s claiming causal relationship between abortion and later mental illness. A 3 invited comments in the same journal seem to accept that his conclusion is true: Abortion responsible for depression, anxiety, and substance abuse, at least do some … Continue reading

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