Launched a book about the rights of incurable children. Ethics, Conflict and Medical Treatment for Children: From disagreement to dissensus

What should happen when doctors and parents disagree about what would be best for incurable children? On April 23 a  case added a new impulse to Charlie Gard parents, Bambino Gesu and bioethicist fight to find an adequate medical protocol legislative and  solution that would...

Medical, legal, social and bioethical assessment of euthanasia. Part II. Bioethical Aspects

See, Part I Medical aspects – Part III Legal and social aspects  Bioethical assessment of medical professional deliberately causing someone’s death            In order enter into the bioethical assessment of deliberately causing someone’s death, according to whether or not...

To what extent should the opinion of children treated medically be taken into account?

A bioethical problem that sometimes arises in pediatric practice, is to what extent the opinion of sick children should be taken into consideration when assessing the medical measures that they receive. In a series of articles published in the American Journal of Bioethics, it is...

Medical, legal, social and bioethical assessment of euthanasia. Part I. Medical aspects

Any reflection on euthanasia should be made from a medical, social and bioethical perspective. Given the breadth of this approach, we shall address this issue in three separate chapters, in which we will consecutively discuss three aspects listed above. See, Part II Bioethical...

Providing death ritual to patients may be a way to decrease burnout among medical personnel

Based on the increasing rates of suicide among medical staff in North America and other countries, many studies have been published and institutions are working to prevent it. In this sense, an article in the Journal of Palliative Care (see HERE) presents one way to decrease...

Euthanasia doctor’s dilemma confronting the new scenario where the Euthanasia Law has been approved

A recent interview published by New England Journal Medicine gives an overview of the doctors’ dilemmas confronting the new scenario in the Americans states where the Euthanasia Law has been approved (read HERE). The interview with Dr Bernard Lo, on aid-in-dying laws and...

Open debate in the UK. Bioethicists and parents argue for a change in childcare law in the UK

 “Best interest” or “independent significant harm test” A paper in the British Medical Journal has called for ‘new solutions’ to disputes between parents and doctors on medical care, in the wake of the Alfie Evans case. Two bioethicists have argued there...

Palliative care and sedation. When is it suitable to sedate a patient and when is it covert euthanasia?

A proportional sedation of intense sufferings patients totally invalidates pro-euthanasia arguments In Italy, the mystery surrounding the circumstances of the death of Marina Ripa de Meana, multifaceted writer and Italian cinema and television celebrity, who died on 4 January at...

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...

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...