Economic funds allocated in Britain for the prevention of suicide. Suicide latest figures.

New funding in England has been allocated to suicide prevention, around 28.6 million Euros. The aim is to reduce suicides by 10% by 2021, although its final goal is to achieve the desired “zero suicides” for patients with psychiatric disorders. This money is primarily allocated...

American official figures on fertility. The report shows that it has fallen to its lowest point in the last 40 years

A disturbing report on the fertility rate in the United States indicates that it has fallen to its lowest point in the last 40 years. US government Centers for Disease Control (CDC) calculated that there were 3.85 births in 2017. This means a total fertility rate of around 1.76...

Neuroscience. New experiments with brain rekindle the bioethical debate

Neuroscience research, with the ultimate goal of deepening our knowledge of the human brain, about which we still know so little, is advancing rapidly (see HERE). Thus, major projects such as the “BRAIN Initiative” in the United States and the Human Brain Project (HBP) in Europe...

Alfie Evans’ parents welcome baby boy four months after losing their firstborn

The parents of Alfie Evans are celebrating the birth of their son – four months after they lost their firstborn to a rare degenerative disease. Kate James, 20, gave birth to a little boy in August who has been named Thomas after his 21-year-old father and said to be...

Increase in neonatal syphilis in the United States

Syphilis screening in all pregnant women is proposed to reduce congenital syphilis increases As we informed in a recent post (see HERE) Syphilis rates increased by roughly 18 percent from 2015 to 2016 in the U.S. Now the article we cited focuses the cases of neonatal syphilis...

Uterus transplantation is a promising treatment for women infertility but some bioethical aspects have not yet been solved

In 2014, the first child was born following uterus transplantation, two years after the transplant. Although uterine transplant is still in the experimental phase, it is a promising potential treatment for women suffering from infertility due to uterine causes. See our special...

New association launched for the international regulation of genome editing

With the arrival of CRISPR, gene editing has been established as a feasible reality for a multitude of applications, not only therapeutic, but also environmental, livestock and agricultural applications, among others (see the amplitude of possible uses of this technique HERE)....

Charter of rights of the incurable children. Are some children’s life not worth living?

The new scenario deserves particular care and treatments that make specific legislation necessary On 28 May, a seminar course entitled, “Are there incurable children?”, was held at the Bambino Gesù children’s hospital, located at the top of the Janiculum Hill in Rome. One...

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...