Governments ban gay men blood donation with nuances

Restrictions in different countries European law The European Court of Justice ruled that EU governments may ban gay men from ever donating blood, but only under strict conditions. United States The ruling was closely watched by activists and by governments that have lifetime...

Penis transplant and its future possibilities. Medical and ethical assessment

According to an article published in JAMA (see HERE) in April 2016, between 2001 and 2013, more than 1300 men in the United States army who had been posted to Afghanistan or Iraq experienced urogenital trauma; 86 of these suffered severe penile injuries. According to the US...

Tracheal transplants debate performed by Paolo Macchiarini in the Karolinska Hospital continues

The debate regarding the ethicality of the tracheal transplants performed by Paolo Macchiarini in the Karolinska Hospital in Stockholm continues. A consequence of this controversy has been the resignation of Anders Hamsten as Vice-Chancellor of the Karolinska Institute, the same...

First organ transplants from a newborn in the United Kingdom

The first organ transplants have been performed in Hammersmith Hospital of London using organs from a newborn who died 6 days after birth. The kidneys and part of the liver were harvested. One recipient with renal failure received kidneys, and another was given a transfusion of...

Organ harvesting from Chinese prisoners. The issue remains unresolved

Although legal provisions were published in January 2015 regulating organ donation from prisoners on death row in China, in practice this has meant only that informed consent is required and that the organs obtained are labelled as voluntary donations from citizens. The inclusion...

“Baby factories” providing children for sale in Nigeria

These “baby factories” refer to buildings, hospitals or orphanages that encourage young girls or women to give birth to children for sale on the black market, often to infertile couples, singles, homosexuals or to organ trafficking rings. The authors said, “Pregnant women...

Has been proposed the use of organs from babies born with lethal malformation for transplants. An ethical approach

The British National Health Service is encouraging pregnant women whose unborn child has some sort of lethal malformation to continue their pregnancy so that the organs of the children can be used for transplantation after birth. A unspecified number of clinicians apparently...

Latest outcomes of artificial hearts for transplant

Artificial hearts for trasplant results. The first total artificial heart transplant in a human took place in Paris in December 2013, and was received with great medical and media interest, because it opened the door to a cure for thousands of heart patients who do not have...

Producing human organs in animal chimeras raises objective medical and ethical problems

The major medical and social problems in organ transplantation owing to the increasing shortage of donor organs is well known. Solutions must therefore be sought in the fairly near future that can resolve these issues. One of these is the production of animal chimeras in which...

Face transplant in an American firefighter. Ethical assessment and a brief historical review

By far the most extensive performed successfully Patrick Hardison is a 41-year-old former American firefighter who suffered facial burns while trying to save the life of a woman in a fire. The burns resulted in severe facial disfigurement, causing him major problems with vision,...