September Archive

12 September 2014 | Link
tags: Ebola, public health
Wrapped into US President Barack Obama’s speech on the threat posed by ISIS in the Middle East was a commitment to send the US Army to West Africa to contain the Ebola epidemic.

12 September 2014 | Link
tags: Ebola, public health
It’s all very well to sit in an armchair and bloviate about Ebola. If you are a doctor or a nurse or a hospital cleaner with a dying patient in the next room, it is an altogether different question.

13 September 2014 | Link
tags: autonomy, human dignity
English barrister and medical ethicist Charles Foster has penned defence of “human dignity” as the foundation of bioethics in the Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics.

Xavier Symons | 12 September 2014 | Link
tags: disability, law, moral psychology, South Africa
Oscar Pistorius has been told that disability is not a defence. He has been cleared of murder, but may be given a lengthy sentence for manslaughter.

Xavier Symons | 12 September 2014 | Link
tags: crime, research fraud, scientific misconduct
Scientific misconduct is bad, but should it be a crime? One high profile academic says yes.

Xavier Symons | 12 September 2014 | Link
tags: Canada, China, human dignity, plastination
A human rights group is calling on Canadian authorities to investigate the possible use of executed Chinese prisoners in an exhibition of ‘plastinated’ corpses.

Xavier Symons | 12 September 2014 | Link
tags: euthanasia, films, Israel
A new Israeli film attempts to offer a humorous look at euthanasia.

Xavier Symons | 11 September 2014 | Link
tags: IVF, medication, public health
Women are putting their lives in danger by purchasing illegal IVF drugs from the online auction site EBay.

06 September 2014 | Link
tags: cytoplasmic transfer, mitochondrial replacement
About 30 children conceived from this technique have been born, 17 of them from an American IVF clinic between 1996 and 2002.

06 September 2014 | Link
tags: mitochondrial replacement, three-parent embryos, UK
In a terse summary of objections to the practice of mitochondrial transfer to prevent serious diseases Sir Edward Leigh, a Conservative MP, told the House of Common this week.

05 September 2014 | Link
tags: fertility, transgender, transgender children
This month’s issue of LGBT Health contains a fascinating interview with two Boston fertility specialists who cater for gays and lesbians who want to become parents.

05 September 2014 | Link
tags: biological clock, commercialization, egg freezing, IVF
Commercialisation of IVF is crossing new frontiers in New York with “egg freezing parties” for career women who want to keep their options open.

05 September 2014 | Link
tags: euthanasia, Germany, Nazi doctors
It is striking piece of modern architecture: a 30-metre-long wall of blue glass in the open air near the Berlin Philharmonic.

Xavier Symons | 05 September 2014 | Link
tags: identity, sperm donation
There are calls for a change in birth certificate regulations after a woman conceived by sperm donation had her adopted father erased as parent.

Xavier Symons | 05 September 2014 | Link
tags: memory, mental illness, neuroscience
Scientists from MIT say they have managed to manipulate ‘good’ and ‘bad’ memories in mice, in a study that may have significant impact on research into human memory alteration.

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