Trust in the system
The latest edition of the American Journal of Bioethics features a fascinating serious of articles on doctor-patient trust and Shared Decision Making (SDM).
Parents sue over intersex surgery
They allege that their adopted child was unable to give consent to genital reconstruction.
Court tussle over right to euthanase Dutch woman with dementia
The first time that an institution has refused to allow a patient to be given a lethal injection.
Interview: Daniel P. Sulmasy on informed consent
In an exclusive BioEdge interview, presidential advisor and renown bioethicist Daniel P. Sulmasy discusses the principle of informed consent.
Leading bioethicists back euthanasia for mentally ill
Why not legalise euthanasia for those suffering from an untreatable mental illness?
Informed consent dilemma: Jehovah witness and child die
Australian case shows agony of hospital staff.
Victims of Guatemala syphilis experiments to sue Johns Hopkins
Johns Hopkins responds that the allegations are groundless.
UK woman wins right to refuse life-saving amputation
No treatment without consent, says judge.
British mum in bid to give birth to child of dead daughter
A British woman wants to give birth via IVF to the child of her dead daughter.
Connecticut teen forced onto chemotherapy
Officials say that this is the only way to save her life; she and her mother contend that it is vile and intrusive.
Super surgeon who uses stem cells accused of unethical conduct
Shades of Hwang Woo-suk.
A cool, rational analysis of egg freezing
With egg freezing rapidly becoming a fashionable and convenient reproductive option, the Harvard Law review has published a circumspect article on the dangers of this form of fertility preservation.
Bioethicists defend ‘manipulative’ Facebook study
After the flurry of criticism for the now infamous Facebook ‘social contagion’ study, bioethicists are defending its authors.
‘Informed consent has become a fetish’ – American bioethicist
In a recent Hastings Centre Report article, bioethicist Barbara A. Koenig argues stridently against traditional informed consent models for genetic testing. Koenig believes that the ‘full disclosure’ model of informed consent is impracticable
Dutch doctor challenges informed consent regulations
A new article in the Journal of Medical Ethics suggests that medical authorities lessen informed consent requirements for perinatal sterilisation.
What are the issues in post-mortem sperm retrieval?
Is it ethical to remove sperm from a dead body without consent?
Do prisoners have a right to participate in clinical trials?
Prisoners are being unfairly excluded from taking part in potentially beneficial clinical research, argue researchers in the JME.
Can patients enjoy a life of disability?
What a fit and healthy person regards as “acceptable” might not match what a disabled person feels about life.
Inducing death to give life – without patient consent
A new emergency procedure being trialled in a US hospital has bioethicists feeling nervous.
Austrian historians studying another informed consent debacle from the 50s
Another informed consent scandal from the 1950s: researchers deliberately infected hospitalised children with malaria.
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