Animal experimentation controversy. Research institutes oppose new initiative by animal rights activists

“Prohibiting animal experiments would very negatively affect new advances” Animal rights activists sent a letter to the European Commission on 3rd March this year, in which they requested that experiments on animals be banned. Against this proposal, more than 120...

Data on assisted reproduction in Europe do not agree with those given in the brochures of assisted reproduction clinics

The reality of IVF success rate  The European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) has published a new report, the latest, on the outcomes of assisted reproduction in Europe, corresponding to the year 2011. It includes data from 33 countries, two more than in...

Terminally ill patients. Is it ethical to withdraw food and water?

Advance directives have raised these long-standing issues again, such as withholding or withdrawing nutrition and hydration in terminally ill patients. This matter has been the object of lawsuits, debates and analysis, such as the one published by the Hastings Center last June...

Can tubal ligation be reversed to have more children?

Around 600,000 women in Spain undergo tubal ligation in order to avoid having more children. However, between 10% and 15% of these wish to have a child at some later point owing to various personal circumstances. Some opt for this using assisted reproduction, unaware that this...

In vitro fertilisation cause increased medical risks in children

A frequently asked question in social media is whether children born through in vitro fertilisation have a higher risk of suffering medical problems than those conceived naturally. A major systematic review that included 38 studies (Fertility and Sterility 13; 707-719, 2015) has...

Has the morning after pill mechanism only an anticonceptive effect

Why is the morning after pill mechanism often silenced? Teenage pregnancy is a significant public health issue.(1) Worldwide, some 15 million pregnancies occur every year among young women aged 15 to 19,(2) approximately 1.25 million in the 28 OECD (Organization for Economic...

First organ transplants from a newborn in the United Kingdom

The first organ transplants have been performed in Hammersmith Hospital of London using organs from a newborn who died 6 days after birth. The kidneys and part of the liver were harvested. One recipient with renal failure received kidneys, and another was given a transfusion of...

Sexual abuse on the increase in English hospitals

Sexual abuse is on the increase in English hospitals. A total of 1615 attacks were recorded in three years (2011, 2012 and 2013), which is a 50% rise since 2011.  Statistics on sexual abuse reports in hospitals were released by 38 out of 45 UK police forces. They document 1,615...

The suicides rates in Spain double the number of deaths due to road accidents for the first time

Suicides in Spain increased for the third consecutive year, and were even double the death toll due to traffic accidents. The suicides rates shows a total of 3,910 people took their own lives, the highest figure recorded since 1980, when the Spanish National Institute of...

Bioethical debates. Contributions of religion in the field of research and biomedical practice

As a general rule, bioethical debates deal with the questions raised by scientific-technical breakthroughs in the field of research and biomedical practice. The swiftness with which these advances take place calls into question whether moral philosophy —and in particular...