Pregnant women declared brain dead. Should life support be maintained?

Maintaining life support in pregnant women declared brain death is a question that arises quite often in gynaecology practice and has now been raised again with the news of two recent cases.The first concernsMarlise Muñoz, in Texas, USA, and the other Robyn Benson, in British...

Physicians’ bioethics positions in USA and Europe

They change for the worst. A recent survey about physicians’ bioethics position held by doctors in particualr cases (Medscape Ethics Report 2014, Part 1: Life, Death, and Pain. December 16, 2014.) features the opinions of American and European physicians on the ethical...
Posted On 06 Jul 2015
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HIV positive organ donors. Is it reasonable to assume a risk that can easily be avoided?

The idea that HIV positive organ donors has been dismissed until now. This attitude is currently under discussion (Journal Medical Ethics 41; 367-370,2015), with the news that this legal barrier could be lifted in the United States, should the potential recipients also be...

Cell therapy clinics unregulated in the United States

For years, American “stem-cell tourists” have flocked to unregulated clinics in Mexico, the Caribbean and China in search of everything from heart treatments to facelifts. But now, these kinds of clinics are popping up across the United States (The Washington Post,...
Posted On 30 Apr 2015
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Abortion laws in Latin America

A pro-life attitude is folowed especially in El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica which abortion is prohibited under any circumstances Analysis Bárbara Fraser analyses abortion laws in Latin America in a recent article published in The Lancet (383; 2113-2114, 2014), part of...
Posted On 16 Apr 2015
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Fraudulent cell therapies. They must be subject to medical evidence

Fraudulent cell therapy an objective ethics problem in biomedicine One major ethical problem in the field of cell therapy is the fraud that can be committed by proposing the use of treatments that have not been proven to be clinically effective. This fraud can be especially...

Stem cell therapy by cardiomyocytes derivied from embryonic cells

Objectives ethical difficulties Stem cell therapy: Functional cardiomyocytes can be derived from pluripotent stem cells, and thus be used to repair damaged hearts. There are numerous experiments in this field. These cells have been specially derived from human embryos (embryonic...
Posted On 25 Mar 2015
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Eugenics. Embryos lost due the Genetic Diagnosis

Data from the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) on the use and results of preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) in Europe have been published. The main data included in the report are as follows: The study included 11,130 oocytes collected, 12.8 per...
Posted On 06 Feb 2015
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Are there HIV resistant people?

HIV resistant. Three strange cases have been described of patients infected with HIV in whom the virus has not continued to replicate after stopping treatment. The first was described in 1999, and is known as the “Berlin patient”. Now, a further two cases have been reported, t...

Embryos with two mothers and one father

The major ethical difficulties entailed  should not be forgotten, since in addition to those of human cloning, it would have those derived from the production of embryos, would have two mothers and one father. The exchange of genetic material between oocytes and embryos offers a...
Posted On 02 Jul 2014
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