Rights of women during childbirth. Does informed consent mean doctors can perform surgery against patient explicit will?

Can doctors perform surgery only with the pregnant mother’s signed consent document when they enter hospital?   Nadia Sawicki, professor of law and bioethics at Loyola University Chicago (see HERE) says that even though patients sign consent documents when they enter the...

Spiritual support may positively affect the quality of life for terminally-ill patients

Spiritual support may represent a crucial element in the medical care received by terminally-ill patients. An interesting article published in JAMA Intern Med (see HERE) describes a study wherein the authors evaluate the spiritual support for terminally-ill patients provided by...

Spanish Ministry of Health has called Bayer to withdraw contraceptive Essure

After civil proceedings were opened against pharmaceutical company Bayer all over the world because of the higher risks of serious adverse reactions associated with its contraceptives (see HERE), now, under the authority of the Ministry of Health of Spain, has called for...

Ovarian insufficiency infertility can be resolved without resorting to egg donation

Scientists from Stanford University (USA) and the St. Marianna University School of Medicine in Kawasaki (Japan) have helped a woman suffering from early menopause to give birth to a baby by way of a technique known as “in vitro activation”. Patients suffering from ovarian...

Involuntary euthanasia in Holland. More than 400 citizens have been euthanized without request

Medical and Legal Dictionaries: Involuntary euthanasia Termination of life without request and without a competent person’s consen A study conducted every five years to determine the causes of death in the Dutch population has revealed that more than 400 of its citizens...

Can phisician refuse transfer an embryo that presents genetic abnormalities, despite the parents’ wishes?

The American Society of Reproductive Medicine considers ethically acceptable for the physicians to refuse to transfer these types of embryos, despite the parents’ wishes After having performed preimplantation genetic diagnosis , the ethical problem may arise of whether the...

Transsexual (female-to-male) dies after undergoing a sex reassignment hysterectomy surgery

A 25-year-old Georgia (U.S.A.) woman, Rebeccah Feldhaus, who wanted to be a man and had changed her name to Rowan, has died of sepsis after undergoing a hysterectomy*. A risk that must be considered  before undergoing sex reassignment hysterectomy with a complete information of...

Transsexuallity current treatment questioned. We must try to look for a solution

Are medical solutions affected more for ideological reasons than for medical evidences? In these case who would be the victim? In March this year, professor of psychiatry, Stephen B. Levine, published an article in the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy (see HERE), in which he...

Three leading medical international organizations against euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide

“However, permitting physicians to engage in euthanasia would ultimately cause more harm than good.” The IAHPC, a leading international organization in the area of palliative care, has recently declared in an article published in the Journal of Palliative Medicine,...

UK Government announced “Everybody will be organ donor by law” which is provoking a large debate

“I would opt out because organ donation should be a present and not for the state to assume that they can take my organs without asking” Could measures who aims resolve the shortage of organs for transplant (see HERE) affect the end of life patients dignit...