Video. Julian Savulescu argues in favour of an experimental treatment for Charlie Gard

We present these videos and selected ideas, wich give a short clear bioethics review of Charlie Gards’s case. Our Observatory fully agrees with his conclusions.  Julian Savulescu (Uehiro Chair in Practical Ethics, Oxford), argues that Charlie Gard, who suffers from an...

Neonates Resuscitation with serious medical disorders. Remarkable medical and ethical issue

A bioethics problem that often presents is knowing who should make the decision regarding resuscitation of neonates with serious medical disorders and whether this decision should correspond to physicians. In relation to this, an article published in the Journal of Medical Ethics...

Science and religion are complementary, said a great agnostic biologist

The opinion of the great American agnostic biologist Stephen Jay Gould (1941-2002) on Science and Religion, which he shared abundantly in essays on multiple scientific topics, held that there are complementary and are non-overlapping magisteria. Science and Religion...

European fertility rates and the age at which women were having children worsen

According to a Eurostat report, the European fertility rates in 2008 was 1.61 children per woman. Later, with the eruption of the economic crisis, the figure could only worsen, falling to 1.58 in 2012. The situation is not the same everywhere, however: France and Ireland exhibit...

Assisted suicide in patients with “treatment-resistant depression”

Some authors have proposed accepting assisted suicide in patients with treatment-resistant depression (Journal Medicine Ethics 41; 577-83,2015). However, their arguments are called into question by FG Miller (J Med Ethics 41; 885-886, 2015), who questions the professional...

Human cryopreservation. Technique and ethical and moral assessment

There may be an insurmountable difficulty in relation to the revival of the cryopreserved cadaver Cryopreservation consists of preserving human individuals or organs at very low temperatures (less than -130°) in order to preserve them. The low temperatures decrease the metabolism...

Withdrawing life support in patients in permament vegetative state. Is it ethical?

One major ethical issue is to determine whether artificial nutrition and hydration should be withdrawn from patients in a permanent vegetative state (PVS) or minimally conscious state (MCS). In a study published in the Journal of Medical Ethics (41; 157-160, 2015), 51 families of...

Assisted suicide law in different countries

Assisted suicide, which essentially consists of a physician providing the means for a patient to end their own life, is legal in four American states, Canada and four European countries. In the United States, assisted suicide law is exclusively limited to patients with terminal...

Bone marrow stem cells for the treatment of multiple sclerosis. Surprising results

A recent study published in the The Lancet has shown surprising results as regards the use of autologous bone marrow stem cells for the treatment of multiple sclerosis. The study included 24 patients, 1 of whom died, while the remaining 23 had an objective improvement, with 69.6%...

Sperm quality depends on age and it is an important risk factor when fatherhood is increasingly delayed

Recent data from molecular genetics and epidemiology provide evidence that paternal age (sperm quality) is an important risk factor for offspring. When the sperm quality of young men were compared with the sperm of older men, the latter were found to have a higher risk of...