Belgium considers euthanizing psychiatric patients without meeting legal requirements

Since the approval of euthanasia in Belgium in 2002, more than 10,000 people have been euthanized there. The reasons for its practice are theoretical determined by law and require some specific conditions, such as imminent death, constant and unbearable pain, and the patient’s...

Mental health crisis in United Kingdom’s schools with worrying deliberate self-harm and suicide rates

National Children’s Bureau recent report synthesises the increasing problem of the children in a clue moment of their formation. The authors affirm “We are facing a mental health crisis in our classrooms. The growing number of children and young people experiencing...

Recent study about mental health care in Europe shows dehumanisation

Images of people incarcerated, unkempt and kept in chains, mocked, and uncared for dominate the history of psychiatry, particularly from the middle ages to the early 20th century. Locked up for years, and forcibly sedated or sterilised, those with mental ill health were subject...

Are there genes associated with psychiatric illnesses?

Mental illness affects one in six U.S. adults, but scientists’ sense of the underlying biology of most psychiatric disorders remains nebulous. That’s frustrating for physicians treating the diseases, who must also make diagnoses based on symptoms that may only appear...

The skin bank function in Italy. One argument to further promote organ donation

The skin bank has as its main functions the harvesting, processing, preservation, and supply of fine human skin allografts for burn treatment centers and polytrauma. The tissue is distributed to all burn treatment units of the country, is governed by the National and Regional...

Consciousness in patients in a vegetative state. New diagnostic test open a new window to evaluate them

It opens a new window to help to evaluate patients with disorders of consciousness Determining whether a person in a vegetative state*  is essential for their treatment, recovery and quality of life. Until now, these diagnoses have centered on an analysis of the brain. However,...

Ethical concerns in prenatal genetic tests. Could they be used for discriminate before birth?

Non-invasive prenatal genetic testing NIPT is a method that uses maternal blood to detect fetal chromosomal abnormalities and other characteristics in early pregnancy, with no risks for the fetus. This makes it a promising method from both a medical and ethical perspective,...

Contraception in mentally disabled people. Moral assessment

What applies to healthy people is also true for the disabled. Both are equally persons and possess the same dignity When we refer to serious mentally disabled persons, we are not referring to any other situation or condition of disability. In our opinion, the first thing that...

CHARLIE GARD: 37 European deputies stand against the European Court of Human Rights decision

In an open letter, 37 Eurodeputies support Charlie Gard and his parents and demand the respect of the right to live (see original letter signed at Strasbourg and titled, Charlie Gard must be given right to life, human dignity) After the decision of the British Courts and of the...

Charlie Gard, the sick baby hospital doctors want to disconnect. Medical and ethical assessement

He and his parents await the Judge’s decision regarding the possibility of withdrawing the life support who keep him alive and the possibility of receiving an experimental treatment in the United States. Dr. Hirano, the Rome doctor and Miss Yates were all hoping to convince...
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