CRISPR-Cas9 brings the possibility of performing pig-to-human xenotransplantation closer

Use chimeric animals as organ incubators, a hopeful means to resolve increasing organ shortage The shortage of human organs and tissues for transplantation represents one of the most critical unmet medical needs today. To address this problem, xenotransplantation, i.e. the use of...

An NHS investigation has been launched following 400 accidentally switch off oxygen with patients serious damages including several deaths

A safety alert has been issued after watchdogs uncovered more than 400 incidents in which cylinder controls were wrongly operated – including 24 cases where patients came to “moderate or severe harm”. The blunders saw six patients die, while five suffered cardiac arrest or...

Ethical debate. “Right to try laws” allow terminally ill patients access experimental treatments

The U.S Senate on easily passed legislation that aims to help terminally ill patients access experimental treatments (for example, stem cells therapies) under so-called “right to try” laws.  Now the full House will vote on it (STATS, January 8, 2017). The bill would establish...

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...

Age of first-time mothers increases in the US. Has it medical effects on mother or child?

Those giving birth after age 35 years has increased 8-fold.  Appears to be a Western trend (see HERE). Increasing numbers of women in the United States are working professionally. In 1963, only 38% did so. In 2012, the number of professionals exceeded those who were not. In...

Patient wakens after being in vegetative state for 15 years after receiving a treatment on nerve stimulation

A vegetative state new treatment has been successful It is said that after one year of unresponsive behavior, chances become very low.  Now a 35-year-old man who has remained in a vegetative state for 15 years is showing signs of consciousness after receiving a treatment based on...

Is it ethical to use gene editing to extend human life?

This technique for extending human life has a risk-benefit clearly negative At present, genome editing techniques, especially CRISPR-Cas-9, seems to open up a whole range of promising applications in the fields of medicine, agriculture, animal husbandry and protection of the...

Scientists cloned human embryos and modify their genome. Medical and ethical approach

The technique has 2 ethical difficulties human embryo cloning and germline modifications Over the last few months, several articles have been published reporting genome editing experiments on human embryos (See HERE  ). Now, a team of Chinese researchers has published a new study...

Bermuda change “same sex marriage” for a “domestic partnership” civil status

Bermuda maintains the traditional definition of marriage in a new law of the House of Assembly The British Overseas Territory of Bermuda is to become the world’s first territory to restore the traditional definition of marriage just six months after the island’s Supreme Court...