The man with 3 faces, after an astonishing medical feat. What ethical difficulties can face-transplants pose?

“The man with three faces. These transplants pose, indeed, the question of identity”. Health professionals at Hospital Georges Pompidou in Paris have performed a double face transplant (see HERE).  After the first transplant failed in  Jérôme Hamon of France, a...

The donation organs law of presumed consent of donors – opt-out – is being discussed in France and the UK

The organ donation, “A free act that should be a voluntary gift” is defended Based on an urgent necessity of organs, presumed consent of donors law is presented as a possible solution. But In France where this law has been regulating organ donation for decades, now is...

Why is organ retrieval from brain-dead donors made frequently with anaesthesia?

An article published in The Journal of the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland, titled Anaesthesia for organ donation in the brainstem dead — why bother?  (see HERE) defends the necessity to use anaesthesia for harvesting organs in this kind of donors. The...

After a person’s heart stops, the cellular activity and brain waves may continue

“Within about 3 minutes,” lead author Jens Dreier, a professor at the Center for Stroke Research Berlin, wrote to Newsweek in an email, “the brain’s fuel reserves have become depleted.” When that happens, the mechanisms that brain cells use to keep ions separated, somethi...

Human oocytes produced for the first time from donors’ ovarian tissue. A positive step to preserve women’s fertility with cancer

An article has just been published in Molecular Human Reproduction (see HERE) describing the production of human oocytes from ovarian biopsies from ten healthy women. In the study, the authors were able to grow ovarian follicles from the biopsy tissue until their final phase of...

Public opinion associates brain death with organ harvesting which could affect physician credibility

“The medical community should improve understanding through consistent, simplified language, dissociating brain death from organ donation” and resolve the controversy about the different criterion of brain death. A recent study published by Elsevier – Science...

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...