Must science and religion disciplines confront themselves?

Should they explore avenues through which these two fields could find solutions to the emergencies that humanity is facing? According to an article published in The Lancet in April 2017 (see HERE), a large group of experts met in Rome, invited by Cardinal Ravasi, President of the...

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,...

A study proved alterations in the brain due to pornography consumption

Brain structure and functional connectivity affected by pornography consumption  A study published in JAMA Psychiatry (see HERE) has established a correlation between certain alterations in brain connectivity and functionality and pornography consumption. The accessibility of...

CRISPR-Cas9 brings the possibility of performing pig-to-human xenotransplantation closer

Use chimeric animals as organ incubators, a hopeful means to resolve increasing organ shortage The shortage of human organs and tissues for transplantation represents one of the most critical unmet medical needs today. To address this problem, xenotransplantation, i.e. the use of...

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...

Ethical debate. “Right to try laws” allow terminally ill patients access experimental treatments

The U.S Senate on easily passed legislation that aims to help terminally ill patients access experimental treatments (for example, stem cells therapies) under so-called “right to try” laws.  Now the full House will vote on it (STATS, January 8, 2017). The bill would establish...

Rights of women during childbirth. Does informed consent mean doctors can perform surgery against patient explicit will?

Can doctors perform surgery only with the pregnant mother’s signed consent document when they enter hospital?   Nadia Sawicki, professor of law and bioethics at Loyola University Chicago (see HERE) says that even though patients sign consent documents when they enter the...

Happy New Year Wishes 2018

“After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.  On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother...

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...

Pregnancy rate in assisted reproduction. Number of pregnancy losses

One aspect that objectively indicates the ethicality of assisted reproduction  practices is the number of pregnancy losses. According to a recent study , this rate in 2013 remained stable with respect to 2012, around 30%, both when in vitro fertilization and intracytoplasmic...