La Fe University and Polytechnic Hospital

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Head of the Neonatology Department at La Fe Hospital and vice-president of the Spanish Society of Neonatology (SENEO)

Coordinator of the Motor Neuron Diseases Unit at the Neuromuscular Diseases and Ataxias Unit of La Fe Hospital, contracted Juan Rodés, member of CIBERER and associate lecturer at the University of Valencia

Head of the Hepatology and Liver Transplant Group, IIS La Fe. Coordinator of the Centro de Investigación Biomédica en Red de Enfermedades Hepáticas y Digestivas (CIBEREHD) group. President of the International Liver Transplant Society. Member of AMIT

Consultant Paediatrician, head of the Dysmorphology and Reproductive Counselling Clinic at the Neonatology Department of the University and Polytechnic Hospital La Fe

Urologist at the Hospital Politécnic i Universitari La Fe in Valencia and at the IVI clinic (Instituto Valenciano de Infertilidad)

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US research has analysed data from more than 300,000 people and found that both men with fertility problems and their family members have an increased risk of developing various types of cancer and at an earlier age. The results are published in the journal Human Reproduction.


Three studies published today in Nature explore the link between the cases of childhood hepatitis of unknown origin that have occurred since 2022 mainly in the UK and the US and an adeno-associated virus. The papers do not settle the question and further studies will be needed to confirm or exclude the hypothesis.


The former Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, announced a few days ago at a press conference the creation of new medical specialities. The first to "begin the process" will be emergency medicine, which had caused "controversy in different autonomous communities and scientific societies" and for whose implementation a consensus has been reached. It will be followed by other specialities such as Clinical Genetics and Infectious Diseases, as announced in the Senate in February.

Atrofia Muscular Espinal

Between 2018 and 2020, a pilot programme conducted neonatal genetic screening of children born in Australia for spinal muscular atrophy, allowing treatment to begin early. A study just published in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health looks at their condition at two years of age and concludes that they had better movement ability, including the ability to walk, compared to children diagnosed once they develop symptoms. According to the authors, the findings justify further implementation of neonatal screening for the disease.


The World Health Organisation (WHO) has issued a statement recommending skin-to-skin contact immediately after birth to improve the survival of premature and low birth weight babies. Until now, in clinical practice it was common for the first phase after birth to take place in the incubator.


In recent weeks, several countries have detected unusually severe cases of hepatitis of unknown origin in healthy children. Some of the patients have required transplantation and at least one of them has died. Researchers are working on several hypotheses around an adenovirus, but the matter is still shrouded in uncertainty.

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This week the European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC) has warned of an increase in cases of hepatitis of unknown origin in children in the UK. Three cases have been diagnosed in Ciudad Real, Madrid and Aragon, one of which required a liver transplant. With the current information it is difficult to establish the cause.