July Archive


19 July 2014 | Link
tags: bioethics, ethics committees, public health
The crisis in the the US Veterans Affairs Department is fundamentally a crisis of ethics, according to the former hospital ethicist at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Xavier Symons | 18 July 2014 | Link
tags: informed consent
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

Xavier Symons | 18 July 2014 | Link
tags: clinical ethics, clinical trials, stem cells
A Portuguese stem-cell trial gone wrong has resulted in a woman developing a nasal growth on her back.

Xavier Symons | 18 July 2014 | Link
tags: anthrax, public health
A prestigious international group of scientists has called for a limit on the creation of potential pandemic pathogens (PPPs).

Xavier Symons | 18 July 2014 | Link
tags: ivf, sex selection
Thailand has become a top tourist destination for women seeking gender-selective IVF. The country is one of just three that permit gender selection – the other two are the US and South Africa – and it offers the most affordable procedures.

18 July 2014 | Link
tags: bureaucracies, ethics committees

18 July 2014 | Link
tags: assisted suicide, euthanasia
A group of five academics from Switzerland and the UK have come up with a novel idea to keep the incidence of euthanasia from rising rapidly.

18 July 2014 | Link
tags: peer review
Peer review is supposed to protect us against junk science. But what happens if the peer review is junk science?

18 July 2014 | Link
tags: Belgium, euthanasia, Wim Distelmans
Belgium’s foremost practitioner of euthanasia who is also the head of the government euthanasia regulator has become collateral damage in the debate across the Channel.

16 July 2014 | Link
tags: bioethics, films
What a blockbuster teaches us about bioethics.

Xavier Symons | 12 July 2014 | Link
tags: assisted suicide, UK
Criticism of Lord Falconer’s assisted suicide bill is mounting as the proposed legislation returns to the House of Lords. Public figures are arguing that it would put elderly citizens at risk and may escalate to a Netherlands-style euthanasia epidemic.

Xavier Symons | 12 July 2014 | Link
tags: informed consent, sterilization
A new article in the Journal of Medical Ethics suggests that medical authorities lessen informed consent requirements for perinatal sterilisation.

Xavier Symons | 12 July 2014 | Link
tags: assisted suicide, Phillip Nitschke
Pro-euthanasia campaigner Phillip Nitschke is being investigated for his involvement in the death of 45 year old West Australian man. The Medical Board of Australia is concerned that Nitschke advised Mr. Nigel Brayley to commit suicide without first suggesting formal psychiatric assessment.

12 July 2014 | Link
tags: Bill Gates, contraception, hacking, privacy
Would the device be safe and unhackable?

12 July 2014 | Link
tags: archaelogy, Down syndrome
Not stigmatised by community, say researchers.



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