Visiting Italian woman forced to have C-section in UK
Xavier Symons | 07 December 2013 |
Shocking details surfaced this week of an Italian woman who had her baby forcibly delivered whilst visiting the UK
Another unethical study – this time in NY’s Bowery
Michael Cook | 19 October 2013 |
In the 1950s an oncologist recruited homeless men for a study of prostate cancer.
Autistic boy “debarked” to prevent screaming
Xavier Symons | 05 October 2013 |
Controversy has arisen around a procedure performed on an American autistic boy to stop him screaming. At the request of his parents Kade Hanegraaf had his vocal cords separated so as to greatly reduce his ability to scream.
Is using Prozac a valid defence for murder?
Xavier Symons | 14 September 2013 |
One of the more interesting films released this year has been Steven Soderbergh's psychological thriller Side Effects.
Should mentally incompetent people be allowed to donate organs?
Michael Cook | 14 September 2013 |
Should a mentally incompetent person be allowed to donate organs?
Family of Henrietta Lacks reaches agreement with researchers
Michael Cook | 11 August 2013 |
The National Institutes of Health has reached an agreement with the family of the late Henrietta Lacks
Californian female prisoners pressured into sterilization
Xavier Symons | 13 July 2013 |
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has been accused of forcing female prisoners to have tubal ligations in a bombshell report
Doctors support detainees’ protest over force-feeding at Guantanamo
Michael Cook | 23 June 2013 |
Doctors ask President to give detainees independent doctors
Researchers propose drug-trial on non-consenting patients
Xavier Symons | 15 June 2013 |
A controversial drug test on non-consenting patients has been proposed by doctors in Massachusetts.
Indian women victimized in sterilization camps
Michael Cook | 15 June 2013 |
Sterilization of poor Indian women is still a major tool used by state governments to slow population growth.
New study identifies five ways to make consent informed
Xavier Symons | 08 June 2013 |
Health experts have long lamented the complexity of patient consent forms. A new University of Michigan study may provide a solution to this barrier to achieving genuine informed consent.
Fear factor: first pre-emptive removal of prostate
Michael Cook | 25 May 2013 |
Following the highly publicised pre-emptive double mastectomy of Hollywood celebrity Angelina Jolie, it has emerged that a 53-year-old British man has become the first in the world to have a pre-emptive removal of his prostate.
Guantanamo Bay hunger strikers are being force-fed
Michael Cook | 11 May 2013 |
Of the 166 detainees at Guantanamo Bay, about 100 are on a hunger strike. About 20 are being force-fed, according to the New York Times. About 40 medical staff have arrived to ensure that the detainees are fed.
Wannabee amputees going to Asia for secret surgery
Michael Cook | 27 April 2013 |
A feature story in the new online magazine Matter gives an exclusive account of how an American man found a surgeon in Asia who was willing to amputate his healthy leg.
Should prisoners donate organs?
Michael Cook | 27 April 2013 |
Utah has become the first state to allow prisoners, even prisoners on death row, to donate organs.
Doctors failed to disclose risks in study of baby blindness, says US agency
Michael Cook | 13 April 2013 |
Scientists at a number of top American universities failed to inform parents of the grave risks of enrolling in a clinical trial on blindness in premature babies, says the federal agency overseeing the welfare of people in research projects.
Commission urges caution with child anthrax vaccinations
Xavier Symons | 22 March 2013 |
The threat of bioterrorism is terrifying thought, and the US government is set on minimizing any risk. But should they go as far as testing a potent anthrax vaccine on young children?
Key stem cell guideline ignored in US
Michael Cook | 22 February 2013 |
A review of human embryonic stem cell lines in the US has raised concerns about informed consent amongst gamete donors.
The true “immorality” of test-tube babies
Michael Cook | 07 February 2013 |
However, a journalist for the American financial magazine Forbes has once again raised the issue of IVF ethics. Its "original sin", says Peter Ubel, was lack of informed consent in the birth of Louise Brown, the first "test-tube baby".
Israel halts underhanded contraceptive injections for Ethiopian migrants
Michael Cook | 02 February 2013 |
Years of rumours that Ethiopian women were pressured into having contraceptive injections by Israeli officials have finally been confirmed.