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Deliberately infecting healthy patients still happens—ethically

Sanctity of Life News - Sat, 05/28/2016 - 09:26
Human challenge studies speed up clinical trials

A solution in search of a name

Sanctity of Life News - Sat, 05/28/2016 - 09:03
Assisted suicide supporters cannot agree on what to call it Read more...

Big fallout from Little Sisters case

Sanctity of Life News - Sat, 05/28/2016 - 07:29
Commentators have clashed over the US Supreme Court’s decision not rule on the provision of contraceptives by conscientious objectors. Read more...

Patients don’t know their life is ending – new study

Sanctity of Life News - Sat, 05/28/2016 - 06:14
A new study by US researchers suggests that advanced cancer patients have a very poor understanding of their own condition. Read more...

Landmark UK decision broadens scope of surrogacy

Sanctity of Life News - Sat, 05/28/2016 - 03:37
Single parents who engage surrogate mothers can become legal dads or mums Read more...

Kiev becomes hub for international surrogacy market

Sanctity of Life News - Sat, 05/28/2016 - 03:36
Check out this promotional video for BioTexCom

We need debate on germline modification, says leading UK scientist

Sanctity of Life News - Sat, 05/28/2016 - 00:40
Nobel laureate and new president of Royal Society gives it cautious backing Read more...

Indonesia legalises chemical castration for sex offenders

Sanctity of Life News - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 23:49
Critics argue that this penalty is ineffective

Extreme beliefs often mistaken for insanity

Sanctity of Life News - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 23:32
A team of US researchers have challenged the view that criminals motivated by extreme views are mentally ill. Read more...

Journal symposium explores brain death

Sanctity of Life News - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 23:30
A new edition of the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy explores important debates about brain death. Read more...

A solution in search of a name

Sanctity of Life News - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 22:03
Assisted suicide supporters cannot agree on what to call it Read more...

Doctors Without Borders Evacuating Key Syrian Hospital Amid ISIS Offensive

Bioethics News - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 11:47

(NPR) – ISIS is making gains near Syria’s border with Turkey, seizing a string of villages and trapping tens of thousands of civilians, according to Doctors Without Borders and a Syrian monitoring group. The offensive has forced Doctors Without Borders to evacuate a major hospital outside the strategically located town of Azaz. It’s the closest the Islamic State has come to Azaz since the militants were pushed out at the beginning of 2014, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. They say the push has cut off an important rebel supply route between Azaz and the town of Marea, an opposition stronghold to the south toward Syria’s embattled largest city, Aleppo.

Infection Raises Specter of Superbugs Resistant to All Antibiotics

Bioethics News - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 11:42

(New York Times) – American military researchers have identified the first patient in the United States to be infected with bacteria that are resistant to an antibiotic that was the last resort against drug-resistant germs. The patient is well now, but the case raises the specter of superbugs that could cause untreatable infections, because the bacteria can easily transmit their resistance to other germs that are already resistant to additional antibiotics. The resistance can spread because it arises from loose genetic material that bacteria typically share with one another.

Doctors Fire Back at Bad Yelp Reviews — And Reveal Patients’ Information Online

Bioethics News - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 11:34

(Washington Post) – Burned by negative reviews, some health providers are casting their patients’ privacy aside and sharing intimate details online as they try to rebut criticism. In the course of these arguments — which have spilled out publicly on ratings sites like Yelp — doctors, dentists, chiropractors and massage therapists, among others, have divulged details of patients’ diagnoses, treatments and idiosyncrasies.

Personalized Genomics Dramatically Aids Intellectual Disability Diagnosis

Bioethics News - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 11:29

(Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News) – New findings from clinical studies lead by scientists at British Columbia Children’s Hospital, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority, and the University of British Columbia, show the life-altering benefits of genome-wide sequencing for children with certain kinds of intellectual disabilities. The results from this study were published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine through an article entitled “Exome Sequencing and the Management of Neurometabolic Disorders.”

‘Me Before You’ Is Drawing Criticism for Its Representation of Disability

Bioethics News - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 10:57

(Mic) – (Editor’s note: Spoilers for the plot of Me Before You below). Though the film has not been released yet, Me Before You is already drawing criticism from disability activists for its portrayal of one of the films leads, Will Traynor (Sam Clafin). In the film — based off the novel by Jojo Moyes of the same name — Will is paralyzed after an accident before he falls in love with his caregiver, Louisa Clarke (Emilia Clarke). It isn’t the romance between the two leads that have drawn the ire of activists. Rather, it’s the film (and novel’s) narrative twist in the final act, in which Will decides to end his life at an assisted suicide facility, despite falling in love with Louisa.

Theranos Accused in Group Lawsuit of Misleading Consumers

Bioethics News - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 10:49

(Bloomberg) – Theranos Inc. was accused in a lawsuit of misleading consumers about the accuracy of its blood test results and reliability of its technology. The suit is the latest setback for the startup since the Wall Street Journal last year raised questions about its test results. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, federal prosecutors in San Francisco, and federal and state health regulators are investigating the company.

Brazilian Ethics Clash Exposes Science Culture Gap

Bioethics News - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 10:45

(Sci Dev Net) – The past few years have seen various attempts to reduce bureaucracy. As part of this, Brazilian human and social scientists have pushed for changes in the ethical and legal framework of all types of research involving human beings, an issue that has caused discontent among these researchers. The issue is not that they oppose the ethical principles, such as respect for human dignity and the protection of research subjects, which guide these regulations. Rather the point is that the rules, created primarily to regulate biomedical research, do not meet the specific needs of social science. The main concern is that the system imposes the same rules for two different kinds of research: research into human beings, for example to develop and test new drugs, and research with human beings, which uses ethnography, observation and interviews to understand social behaviour.

ISI’s ‘Medical Tourism’ Alarms Security Agencies

Bioethics News - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 10:42

(India Today) – A botched terror test-run in New Delhi has left security agencies alarmed about a new ISI-backed module whose operatives were able to infiltrate the national Capital, posing as Afghan medical tourists, intelligence sources disclosed to India Today. The mastermind of the failed terror bid in December last was Maulana Abdul Rehman, better known as MAR in Jehadi circles, highly-placed sources revealed. He is believed to be a plotter of the 1999 hijacking of the Indian Airlines’ IC 814 flight from Nepal to Kandahar in Afghanistan. Rehman has now fallen out with Maulana Masood Azhar, the founder of the Jaish-e-Mohammad group and one of the three terrorists India freed to secure the release of the IC-814 passengers in 1999.