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Stem cell lines not fit for clinic

Bioethics News - Fri, 02/07/2014 - 11:31

(The Scientist) – Many of the stem cell lines used by academics and registered with the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) would not be eligible for commercialization because they don’t pass muster with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), according to a report published today (February 6) in Cell Stem Cell. The lack of harmonization between the agencies’ standards throws up a potential roadblock on the path from the laboratory to the clinic.

Women’s rights are good for men’s health

Bioethics News - Fri, 02/07/2014 - 11:29

(Phys.org) – In societies where women are equal to men, males stand a better chance of living longer, a new study shows.  Researchers from the University of Michigan School of Public Health and colleagues found gender differences in mortality rates are higher in more patriarchal societies. Men living in the top 25 percent most patriarchal societies were 31 percent more likely to die than men in the least patriarchal quartile, compared to mortality rates for women. This only includes the societies with high quality infrastructures that provide reliable data; the true difference may be even higher, according to the study led by U-M researcher Daniel Kruger.

Stripper refuses NBA star’s $1 million bribe to abort his child: report

LifeSite News - Fri, 02/07/2014 - 11:19
by Kirsten Andersen MIAMI, FL, February 7, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A Florida stripper named Daniela is now rumored to be seven months pregnant with the daughter of Indiana Pacers forward Paul George, despite George having reportedly offered her $1 million to abort the baby. Sports blog BallerAlert broke the story,…

Girl Scouts scrubs abortion, Planned Parenthood support from websites

LifeSite News - Fri, 02/07/2014 - 11:00
by Jill Stanek Girl Scouts USA was a founding member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts and is its largest member. In 2008 and 2009 over 60% of WAGGGS’ membership fees ($2.45 million and $2.3 million respectively) came from GSUSA. Prominently displayed on…

Google ads problems on LifeSiteNews

LifeSite News - Thu, 02/06/2014 - 23:16
by John Jalsevac Dear readers, Please note that as of yesterday LifeSiteNews.com began experimenting with increasing our ad revenue by delivering ads on our site using Google’s ad network, Adsense. While Google allows us to have a high level of control over which ads we display, some ads that we wouldn’t…

E-mail intro

LifeSite News - Thu, 02/06/2014 - 20:14
by The Editors Dear readers, Please note that as of yesterday LifeSiteNews.com began experimenting with increasing our ad revenue by delivering ads on our site using Google’s ad network, Adsense. While Google allows us to have a high level of control over which ads we display, some ads that we wouldn’t…

Italian religion expert blasts UN report demanding changes to Church teaching

LifeSite News - Thu, 02/06/2014 - 19:56
by Hilary White, Rome Correspondent ROME, February 6, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Italian Catholic commentators have blasted the February 5 report from the UN’s Committee on the Rights of the Child that demanded the Catholic Church change or ignore its teachings on human sexuality and abortion. Writing in the Catholic opinion…

Irony alert: Miley Cyrus says ‘guys watch too much porn’

LifeSite News - Thu, 02/06/2014 - 19:45
by Kirsten Andersen February 6, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Pop star Miley Cyrus seems to have misplaced her sense of irony.  In recent months, the former child star of Disney’s Hannah Montana has taken a “Wrecking Ball” to her once-wholesome image, starring in one controversial music video shot…

New York City mayor to skip St. Patrick’s Day parade over ban on pro-gay signs

LifeSite News - Thu, 02/06/2014 - 19:13
by Dustin Siggins NEW YORK, February 6, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – New York City's new mayor is continuing his public fight against pro-life and pro-family organizations, this time becoming the city's first mayor in 20 years to boycott the annual St. Patrick's Day parade because organizers will not allow…

Five years ago today I aborted my son, Luke: Here is what I would say to him

LifeSite News - Thu, 02/06/2014 - 18:42
by Hannah Rose Allen My Dearest Luke, You should be here. You should be close to 4 1/2 years old...playing, laughing, learning, growing...a part of my every day, my life, my family, my all. Instead, I must carry the weight of your absence for the rest of my days on earth. I carry the grief over losing you and knowing you…

‘Life is precious’: Former Sen. Bob Smith seeks old seat against ‘pro-choice’ Republicans, Democrat

LifeSite News - Thu, 02/06/2014 - 18:04
by Ben Johnson MERRIMACK, NH, February 6, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – For 18 years in Washington, he was one of the most outspoken pro-life legislators on Capitol Hill – authoring the original partial-birth abortion ban, introducing the Human Life Amendment, and earning a spotless pro-life voting record.…

Pro-family group blasts Vancouver city council for tax-funded gay activist trip to Sochi Olympics

LifeSite News - Thu, 02/06/2014 - 16:46
by Thaddeus Baklinski VANCOUVER, February 6, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – REAL Women of Canada has blasted the Vancouver City Council for using taxpayers' money to send the city's deputy mayor to the Sochi Winter Olympics to lobby for "gay rights." "It is unacceptable that the Vancouver City Council has forced…

‘If you were President, would you sign this rape-exception bill?’

LifeSite News - Thu, 02/06/2014 - 16:31
by Jim Sable February 6, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) - On Saturday, February 1, I was privileged to be included as a speaker at the SpeakOut Illinois Conference, which included many other gifted speakers such as Shawn Carney from 40 Days For Life and Eric Scheidler. I was on a panel discussing the “hard cases” with…

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says he’ll never attend Pride parade: ‘I’m not going to change the way I am’

LifeSite News - Thu, 02/06/2014 - 16:15
by Peter Baklinski TORONTO, February 6, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – As the city of Toronto prepares to host World Pride this June, the city’s mayor has stated that on principle he will not be attending. “I’m not going to go to the Pride parade,” Mayor Rob Ford said at a candidates’ forum…

Hollywood strips Christian song of Oscar nomination but celebrates pedophilia: Critic

LifeSite News - Thu, 02/06/2014 - 15:53
by Ben Johnson HOLLYWOOD, February 6, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A faith-themed film can lose its Oscar nomination for a common lobbying tactic, but celebrating – or possibly committing – pedophilia is no barrier to an Oscar nod, a prominent critic said today. His remarks are part of the ongoing backlash…

Topless Femen activists disrupt Mass at Swedish cathedral

LifeSite News - Thu, 02/06/2014 - 15:23
by Thaddeus Baklinski STOCKHOLM, February 6, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Toting a sign in English reading "Catholic Church out of my body" and chanting "my body, my rules,” a trio of shirtless Femen protesters invaded the Catholic Cathedral in Stockholm during evening Mass on January 30. Smeared with fake blood…

Belgian child euthanasia bill will likely go to a vote on February 13

LifeSite News - Thu, 02/06/2014 - 14:43
by Alex Schadenberg Editor’s note: Sign a petition to stop the Belgian child euthanasia bill here. The Belgian media is reporting that the bill to extend euthanasia to children in Belgium will likely be voted on Thursday, February 13. The Belgian government announced today that the debate on the child euthanasia…

A New Edition of The Journal of the American Medical Association is Available

Bioethics News - Thu, 02/06/2014 - 14:35

The Journal of the American Medical Association (Volume 311, No. 5, February 5, 2014) is now available online by subscription only.

Articles include:

  • “2013 ACC/AHA Guideline on the Treatment of Blood Cholesterol:  A Fresh Interpretation of Old Evidence” by Bruce M. Psaty and Noel S. Weiss
  • “More Than a Billion People Taking Statins?:  Potential Implications of the New Cardiovascular Guidelines” by John P. A. Ioannidis
  • “Patient-Centered and Practical Application of New High Cholesterol Guidelines to Prevent Cardiovascular Disease” by Victor M. Montori, Juan P. Brito, and Henry H. Ting
  • “Matchbox Cars” by Charles G. Kels
  • “New Method Detects Genetic Defects in Egg Cells” by Tracy Hampton

A New Edition of Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine is Available

Bioethics News - Thu, 02/06/2014 - 14:21

Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine (Volume 107, No. 2, February 2014) is now available online by subscription only.

Articles include:

  • “Why don’t doctors worry about being under-prepared?” by Kamran Abbasi
  • “‘Is it normal?’ A simple question that often lacks an easy answer” by Selaine Niedel and Martin McKee
  • “Opt-out organ donation: on evidence and public policy” by Brian H Willis and Muireann Quigley
  • “Gender, ethnicity and graduate status, and junior doctors’ self-reported preparedness for clinical practice: national questionnaire surveys” by Elena Svirko, et al.
  • “Public consent for neonatal studies: putting values and virtues back into the practice of medicine” by Hazel Thornton

HuffPo blogger to Pope Francis: ‘God obviously trusted women’ to choose abortion

LifeSite News - Thu, 02/06/2014 - 14:18
by Kathryn Yoder Oops! Looks like not all journalists agree Pope Francis is the people’s superstar pope. But all is not lost. If the pontiff wants to make inroads with liberal feminists, all he has to do is stop being Catholic!  Huffington Post Religion Blogger Angela Bonavoglia gave some pointers…