August Archive


23 August 2014 | Link
tags: assisted suicide, suicide tourism, Switzerland
The numbers of ‘suicide tourists’ going to Switzerland to take their own lives has doubled in four years, reports a study published online in the Journal of Medical Ethics.

23 August 2014 | Link
tags: clinical trials, Ebola, public health
How to deal with the Ebola outbreak in West Africa seems to be splitting bioethicists.

23 August 2014 | Link
tags: ethics of war, Gaza, Israel, publication ethics, The Lancet
The war between Hamas in Gaza and Israel has been treated very gingerly by most of the major medical journals. Except The Lancet.

Xavier Symons | 23 August 2014 | Link
tags: organ donation, organ market
A number of healthcare commentators are calling for ‘compensation’ for donors.

Xavier Symons | 23 August 2014 | Link
tags: abortion, conscientious objection, euthanasia, Norway
An revealing new study published in the Journal of Medical Ethics examines the attitudes of medical students towards conscientious objection.

Xavier Symons | 23 August 2014 | Link
tags: cosmetic surgery, professional misconduct
A British cosmetic surgeon has been struck off the register for putting commercial interests before patient care.

23 August 2014 | Link
tags: birth control, Iran, population control
Iran is to ban vasectomies and female sterilization in an effort to reverse its plummeting birth rate

22 August 2014 | Link
tags: abortion, Down syndrome, Peter Singer, Richard Dawkins
Dawkins is in hot water again after asserting on Twitter that it is “immoral” to allow Down Syndrome babies to be born.

22 August 2014 | Link
tags: assisted suicide, euthanasia
A fascinating article in the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy argues that rich white men are also vulnerable to euthanasia.

16 August 2014 | Link
tags: artificial reproduction, Australia, commercial surrogacy, surrogacy
Australian law could be revised to allow more than one parent, if recommendations in a major report are accepted by the government.

16 August 2014 | Link
tags: Italy, IVF, IVF mixup
An Italian judge has settled a bitter custody battle for IVF twins by awarding them to the birth mother.

16 August 2014 | Link
tags: commercial surrogacy, surrogacy, Thailand
The new Thai military government is moving swiftly to crush the lucrative surrogacy industry.

16 August 2014 | Link
tags: cordon sanitaire, Ebola, epidemics, public health
Extraordinary measures are needed on a massive scale to contain the outbreak, says WHO.

Xavier Symons | 16 August 2014 | Link
tags: gendercide, India, sex-selective abortion
A major report on sex-ratios and abortion in India gives detailed background on the scourge of gendercide.

16 August 2014 | Link
tags: media ethics, suicide
Two incidents this week show opposing responses to publicising suicides.



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