Organ harvesting from Chinese prisoners. The issue remains unresolved

Although legal provisions were published in January 2015 regulating organ donation from prisoners on death row in China, in practice this has meant only that informed consent is required and that the organs obtained are labelled as voluntary donations from citizens. The inclusion...

Bayer contraceptives. Civil proceedings against the company due to higher risks

Last December, in the regional court in Waldshut (Germany), civil proceedings were opened against pharmaceutical company Bayer because of the higher risks of serious adverse reactions associated with  hormone Bayer contraceptives. The claimant, Felicitas Rohrer, suffered a severe...

“Baby factories” providing children for sale in Nigeria

These “baby factories” refer to buildings, hospitals or orphanages that encourage young girls or women to give birth to children for sale on the black market, often to infertile couples, singles, homosexuals or to organ trafficking rings. The authors said, “Pregnant women...

Infertility. Number of women attending assisted reproduction clinics increased

The number of women aged between 15 and 44 years old who attend infertility clinics varied from 9% in 1982 to 15% in 1995; in 2002 it fell to 12%, and remained at this level over the period 2006-2010. Although the percentage of women attending these clinics has increased during...

Foetal development. Did you know that the relationship with his mother during pregnacy conditions its subsequent emotional responses

A recent study in the International Journal of Behavioral Development has found that the type of relationship that a child has with its mother during her pregnancy (foetal development), and with its family during the first year of life, conditions its emotional responses during...

Synthetic Biology. Engineering and biology combined to produce a minimal genome

Can these discoveries produce “synthetic life”? On 24th March this year, an article by Craig Venter and his team was published in Science (see HERE), in which they described how they obtained an organism with the smallest genome of any known form of cell life....

Assisted dying bill. The British Medical Association and most English doctors oppose it

If the Assisted Dying Bill was passed it would apply to terminally ill patients in England and Wales. The website of the British Medical Association (BMA) states that the Association “opposes all forms of assisted dying” (including assisted suicide), and that most doctors in the...

Has been proposed the use of organs from babies born with lethal malformation for transplants. An ethical approach

The British National Health Service is encouraging pregnant women whose unborn child has some sort of lethal malformation to continue their pregnancy so that the organs of the children can be used for transplantation after birth. A unspecified number of clinicians apparently...

Latest discovery helps to understand the amazing fertilisation process

The knowledge of the chemical structures that govern the processes associated with fertility — more specifically with the fertilisation process — opens up new possibilities for intervention, with as yet unknown consequences. A recent article published in the journal Current...

Human life value – Can religious beliefs influence medical practice?

Human life value and religious beliefs in medical practice and the ethics public debate. Religion continues to be of major social importance, so the question needs to be asked: how can religious beliefs influence medical practice? A study published in the Journal of Medical...