Artificial Intelligence (AI) bursts into the field of global health

There is no doubt that Artificial Intelligence (AI) can be very helpful in the field of biomedicine. On 1 April 2019, “The Artificial Intelligence in Global Health”  report was published focusing on AI global health strong potentials. Funded by the USAID’s Center for Innovation...

United States has the highest drug overdose mortality rates. The study points to the potential for drug overdose mortality to increase in others Western countries

A recent study piblished in Science Daily (February 21, 2019)  found that drug overdose death rates in the United States are 3.5 times higher on average when compared to 17 other high-income counties. A team from the University of Southern California led by Jessica Ho examined...

Promising experiment with CRISPR. It corrects a lung disease in mouse fetuses but this research still has certain limitations

One step forward in the possibility of applying CRISPR in utero to correct diseases The CRISPR gene editing tool has been applied in utero in mice to correct a mutation that causes a lethal lung disease in mice. These experiments, published recently in Science Translational...

“No life is unworthy because of the mental disorder it endures”. Bioethical assessment of the Noa Pothoven case.

Is it a case or a trend? Are patients diagnosed with incurable mental disorder being left starving in some countries? Noa Pothoven, a Dutch 17-year-old, was left to die of starvation on 2 June. The teenager had suffered post-traumatic stress, anorexia and depression for several...

New possibilities increase the identification of fetal chromosomal anomalies

New possibilities open up in the study of the fetal genome In a recent Editorial in The Lancet, the author discusses an article published in the same journal (see HERE), which describes the study of the fetal genome after birth to detect if there are abnormalities that can...

Our bioethics statement on Trump’s cuts on research with aborted fetal tissues

The President of the United States, Donald Trump, has taken a new step in the fight against abortion, announcing the end of research with tissues from aborted fetuses in federal (NIH, National Institutes of Health) laboratories. While this does not mean that this type of research...

Cardinal Elio Sgreccia, recognized founder of applied personalist bioethics, dies

The death of His Eminence Cardinal Elio Sgreccia has been recieved with great sadness by bioethics professionals. Cardinal Sgreccia was one of the greatest representatives of personalist bioethics in recent decades, even though in this era of profound secularization, the fact of...

A short review of negative and positive effects of Trump’s restrictions on fetal tissue research

As we published recently (read HERE), the American Administration has placed restrictions on research using fetal tissue, giving rise to a fierce debate among researchers. In this respect, Judd Deere, deputy White House press secretary told Science that enacting the new poli...

Reflections on Vincent Lambert paradigmatic case. Death of starvation promulgated by law, an objectively euthanasic act

An assisted death paradigmatic case in a country where euthanasia is not legal Our Observatory at the Catholic University of Valencia considers that the death of Vincent Lambert following the withdrawal of hydration and nutrition is an objectively euthanasic act since, although...

Venezuela’s regional healthcare emergency. Humanitarian approach

A recent article published in The Lancet makes a succinct summary of the effect of the crisis on public health, which has been difficult to quantify since the Venezuelan Ministry of Health stopped publishing public health statistics in 2016. The review was based on data from...