Science and medical journals

Reviews of peer-reviewed and other significant articles in science and medical journals.

European Journal of Pediatrics: “Ethical principles and recommendations for the medical management of differences of sex development (DSD)/intersex in children and adolescents”

European Journal of Pediatrics: “Ethical principles and recommendations for the medical management of differences of sex development (DSD)/intersex in children and adolescents”

A recent German study has made nine recommendations regarding medical practices related to differences in sex development. “Unlike other recommendations with regard to intersex, these guidelines represent a comprehensive view of the perspectives of clinicians, patients, and their families,”  according to the authors. This makes a welcome change as intersex people have themselves been consulted…
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Psychology Today: “Could homosexual genes be naturally selected?”

Psychology Today: “Could homosexual genes be naturally selected?”

Homophobia is the prime motivation for non-consensual cosmetic surgery on intersex infants. Scientific discovery has a way of shattering our preconceptions whether we are scientists or not. That is certainly true of homosexuality. As Psychology Today recently reported, biologists, who long ago concluded that homosexuality could not have been favored by natural selection are being…
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Journal of Pediatric Urology: “Disorders of sexual development prenatal diagnosis” 10 years of experience

Journal of Pediatric Urology: “Disorders of sexual development prenatal diagnosis” 10 years of experience

Locked away behind a pay wall, this research has chilling implications. Volume 6, Supplement 1, Page S85 (April 2010) Purpose Improvements in ultrasound technology and practice of fetal karyotype lead to diagnose different types of Disorder of Sexual Development (DSD) during the prenatal period: abnormalities of fetal genitalia, sex chromosome mosaicism with Y material and…
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Wei Ling Lean, Melbourne Medical School: “Anatomical and cosmetic outcomes of feminizing genital surgery for intersex disorders”

Wei Ling Lean, Melbourne Medical School: “Anatomical and cosmetic outcomes of feminizing genital surgery for intersex disorders”

This report focuses on the cosmetic outcomes of non-consensual cosmetic genital surgery performed on infants. OII Australia regards such surgeries as reprehensible, and wishes to see them cease. From the abstract: Issues of childhood genital surgery in individuals with genital ambiguity remain controversial. Poor results reported in some centres triggered questioning of the appropriateness of…
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Alice Dreger in Psychology Today: “Can You Hear Us Now?: Is it ethical for doctors to stimulate little girls’ clitorises?”

Alice Dreger in Psychology Today: “Can You Hear Us Now?: Is it ethical for doctors to stimulate little girls’ clitorises?”

Professor Alice Dreger writes in Psychology Today’s blog, “Fetishes I Don’t Get”: In a brief article entitled “Bad Vibrations” just posted at the Hastings Center’s Bioethics Forum, my colleague Ellen Feder and I express our shock over the follow-up techniques being used by pediatric urologist Dix Poppas at Weill Medical College of Cornell University on…
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Bioethics Forum: Fetal Cosmetology

Bioethics Forum: Fetal Cosmetology

Hilde Lindemann, Ellen Feder and Alice Dreger comment on prenatal use of dexamethasone to modify appearance and gender expression associated with Congenital adrenal hyperplasia: There’s a common misperception that, now that the Johns Hopkins psychologist John Money is gone, so are all the ethical problems with the way people with genital anomalies are treated. Not…
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Endocrine Society releases statement on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals

Endocrine Society releases statement on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals

The Endocrine Society has released a statement on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs): An endocrine-disrupting compound was defined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as “an exogenous agent that interferes with synthesis, secretion, transport, metabolism, binding action, or elimination of natural blood-borne hormones that are present in the body and are responsible for homeostasis, reproduction,…
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Richard Goldschmidt: “Intersexuality and the Endocrine Aspect of Sex”

Richard Goldschmidt: “Intersexuality and the Endocrine Aspect of Sex”

Richard Goldschmidt, in proposing the term intersex, noted the limitations of previous terminology and the significance of his different approach to the subject. Goldschmidt proposed that better terminology was needed when intersex was viewed from the then new perspective of “cytology, genetics, teratology, physiology, serology, endocrinology, etc.” He also invited endocrinologists to view sex differentiation…
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Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism: “Report of Fertility in a Woman with a Predominantly 46,XY Karyotype in a Family with Multiple Disorders of Sexual Development”

Fertility is extremely rare for people with most intersex diagnoses, so much so that they typically are a case for study. A 46,XY mother who developed as a normal woman underwent spontaneous puberty, reached menarche, menstruated regularly, experienced two unassisted pregnancies, and gave birth to a 46,XY daughter with complete gonadal dysgenesis. Context: We report…
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