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...

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...

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...

When Hospital’s decision-making affects the end of life patients basic rights. Alfie Evans case bioethics approach

New conflictive NHS hospital’s decisions The new conflict between NHS hospital decision supported by English Supreme Court and parents claims has arisen a new strong public opinion reaction and an international debate. Alfie was born on May 9, 2016, but suffered seizures...

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...

Consciousness in patients in a vegetative state. New diagnostic test open a new window to evaluate them

It opens a new window to help to evaluate patients with disorders of consciousness Determining whether a person in a vegetative state*  is essential for their treatment, recovery and quality of life. Until now, these diagnoses have centered on an analysis of the brain. However,...

Why is not palliative care included in WHO Universal Health Coverage (UHC) goals?

Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is a priority of the “Sustainable Development” objectives programmed until 2030 by WHO (see HERE). Aspects to cover include vaccinations, pre- and neonatal care, antiretroviral treatments and treatments for some serious diseases. They do not,...

An NHS investigation has been launched following 400 accidentally switch off oxygen with patients serious damages including several deaths

A safety alert has been issued after watchdogs uncovered more than 400 incidents in which cylinder controls were wrongly operated – including 24 cases where patients came to “moderate or severe harm”. The blunders saw six patients die, while five suffered cardiac arrest or...

Spiritual support may positively affect the quality of life for terminally-ill patients

Spiritual support may represent a crucial element in the medical care received by terminally-ill patients. An interesting article published in JAMA Intern Med (see HERE) describes a study wherein the authors evaluate the spiritual support for terminally-ill patients provided by...
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