First child born worldwide gestated in a uterus transplanted between twin sisters

News of the first baby in the world to be born after gestation in a womb transplanted between twin sisters in Hospital Santa Orsola in Bologna, Italy, was recently published in Spanish newspaper ABC . From a medical point of view, it is of interest to highlight that both mother...

The tip of the legalized euthanasia iceberg. Dutch Doctor gave the fatal drugs without patient consent

“Should this (legal euthanasia) include a situation where doctors are drugging patients secretly?” said the Dutch prosecutor. See Review of countries where Euthanasia has been legalised. Increasing involuntary euthanasia, without consent by patients Dutch officials said...

Ethical questions of artificial intelligence (AI) in healthcare. Will increasing use of AI lead to a loss of human contact in care?

AI in healthcare is developing rapidly in western countries. A recent study shows its lights and shadows. The Nuffield Council on Bioethics examines the current and potential applications of AI in healthcare, and the ethical issues arising from its use, in a new briefin...

CRISPR-Cas9 causes more damage in the genome than thought

At present CRISPR-Cas9  produces off-target effects See video below The CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing system causes more damage in the cellular DNA than previously believed, and this is not detected by standard tests, according to a study published in Nature Biotechnology. While it...

Guidelines published to prevent STD (sexually transmitted diseases) in prisions. Is this collective receiving these basic needs?

In the last week of May this year, 2018, the “European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control” and the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction published guidelines for the prevention and monitoring of contagious diseases in prisons including std...

Savulescu and Schuklenk propose to restrict the conscientious objection of healthcare practitioners

Professionals must always perform any treatment that a patient may request? – See video below about the role of  conscience in medicine Savulescu and Schuklenk have proposed the concept “incompatibility thesis” (see HERE), which defines that the professional duties of...

Europe rejects “Global Kidney Exchange Project”. This apparently solidarity initiative mask authentic “trafficking in human organs”

The initiative encourages the “risk of exploitation”. See video below The European Committee on Organ Transplantation has unanimously approved the absolute rejection of the project promoted from the United States of global kidney exchange (see here promotion site). The Global...

JME publication. Importance of philosophy in the context of medical ethics. “The most profound questions that health professionals face are not scientific or technical, but ethical”

Last July, an article was published in the Journal of Medical Ethics (JME) by outgoing editors Julian Savulescu, Thomas Douglas and Dominic Wilkinson, in which they reflect on the importance of philosophy in the context of medical ethics, as their term as editors of the journal...

HIV/AIDS fall in some countries but in Spain,Middle East,North Africa, and eastern Europe the number of new infections has increased significantly

See video below Up to a total of 1.8 million people infected with HIV developed AIDS, which means 5.3% fewer than in 2016, while the number of deaths due to the disease fell 5% to 940,000, according to the estimates of UNAIDS in their annual report on the evolution of the...

Sweden in the forefront of inserting microchips under skin. Light and shadows

More than 4,000 Swedes are being implanted with a microchip that contains details about their identity and between 2,000 and 3,500 people in Germany have implanted a microchip under their skin — but not all sales come from him; Germans also get chips implanted abroad (Euronews,...