UK surgeons call for regulation of cosmetic “cowboys”

Michael Cook | 07 February 2015 | Comments
tags: cosmetic surgery, UK
The Royal College of Surgeons is sick and tired of horror stories and unqualified doctors.

3-parent IVF approved by British Parliament

Michael Cook | 07 February 2015 | Comments
tags: IVF, three-parent embryos, UK
Bill passes by a vote of 382 to 128. How did scientists win the PR battle?

FGM convictions: Egypt 1, England 0

Michael Cook | 31 January 2015 | Comments
tags: Egypt, England, female genital mutilation, UK
15 cases a day, and not one single doctor has been convicted in England.

UK may offer free weight-loss surgery to fight epidemic

Michael Cook | 06 December 2014 | Comments
tags: bariatric surgery, obesity, UK
A quarter of Britons are obese, fuelling a rise in cases of type 2 diabetes, as well as heart disease, fatty liver disease and cancer.

UK gay couple acquires 3 kids from 3 surrogates simultaneously

Michael Cook | 22 November 2014 | Comments
tags: surrogacy, UK
"When we announced we're actually having three babies of our own our families were stunned but overjoyed"

UK opens national sperm bank

Michael Cook | 02 November 2014 | Comments
tags: sperm donation, UK
The UK has given a new twist to the one of the oldest arguments for trade protectionism, coddling an infant industry, by launching a national sperm bank.

British right-to-die campaigner starves herself to death

Michael Cook | 25 October 2014 | Comments
tags: assisted suicide, UK
She was afraid that the other alternative, a drug overdose, would not work and she wanted to die at home, not in Switzerland, where assisted suicide is legal.

British MP blasts “three-parent embryos”

Michael Cook | 06 September 2014 | Comments
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.

Jimmy Savile meets bioethics

Xavier Symons | 30 August 2014 | Comments
tags: moral bioenhancement, professional misconduct, UK
As details continue to emerge of Jimmy Savile’s horrific crimes, a bioethicist is questioning the complicity of healthcare workers in allowing for the abuses.

Tough sanctions for a blind eye

Xavier Symons | 29 August 2014 | Comments
tags: negligence, professional misconduct, UK
Doctors who failed to raise concerns about colleagues could be struck off, under new guidance being considered by the UK’s General Medical Council (GMC).

UK assisted dying bill: the case against

Xavier Symons | 25 July 2014 | Comments
tags: assisted dying, assisted suicide, euthanasia, UK
A number of Lords declared that the bill was dangerous.

UK assisted dying bill: the case for

Michael Cook | 25 July 2014 | Comments
tags: assisted dying, assisted suicide, euthanasia, UK
Excerpts from passionate speeches by some members of the Britain's upper house of Parliament.

Lord Falconer’s assisted suicide bill under attack

Xavier Symons | 12 July 2014 | Comments
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.

Supreme Court withholds judgement on assisted suicide as human right

Xavier Symons | 27 June 2014 | Comments
tags: assisted suicide, human rights, UK
Britain’s Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal by campaigners to have assisted suicide pronounced a human right. The appeal was made by the family of Tony Nicklinson, an assisted suicide advocate who died in 2013.

HFEA finds mitochondrial transfer ‘not unsafe’

Xavier Symons | 07 June 2014 | Comments
tags: HFEA, mitochondrial replacement, three-parent embryos, UK
The peak UK IVF regulatory body has published its findings on the controversial new procedure known as mitochondrial replacement therapy.

Is the UK too quick on the draw about 3-parent babies?

Michael Cook | 07 June 2014 | Comments
tags: genetic engineering, genetics, mitochondrial replacement, UK
Two American bioethicists have questioned the haste with which the United Kingdom is seeking to legalise mitochondrial transfer

UK abortion doctors may consult via Skype

Michael Cook | 30 May 2014 | Comments
tags: abortion, UK
Doctors in the UK will be able to give an opinion by Skype or telephone on whether a woman is eligible for a government-funded abortion, according to a clarification from the Department of Health.

Stillborn babies incinerated to heat UK hospitals

Michael Cook | 29 March 2014 | Comments
tags: miscarriages, stillbirths, UK
Aborted and miscarried babies were used as heating fuel in green waste reduction programmes, according to a Channel 4 investigation

Assisted suicide is too dangerous in times of economic crisis, says disabled UK peer

Michael Cook | 13 March 2014 | Comments
tags: assisted suicide, Britain, euthanasia, UK
Moves to legalise assisted suicide in Britain are a threat to the disabled during a time of economic hardship, says Baroness Campbell of Surbiton, a disabled peer.

UK to press ahead with 3-parent IVF babies

Michael Cook | 02 March 2014 | Comments
tags: mitochondrial disease, three-parent embryos, UK
Chief Medical Officer announces the launch of a consultation.

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