Suicide continues to be a devastating public health problem. After decades of prevention programs, it is still far from being controlled

Suicide is a devastating public health problem. However, current figures show that numbers are declining, having gone from 1 million suicides per year worldwide to 800,000 in recent decades, an annual reduction of less than 1%  by year, evidence for effective global interventions...

Review of direct-to-consumer genetic tests. Lights and shades

There is no doubt about the importance of genetic tests for medicine. However, direct-to-consumer genetic tests are also a huge line of business in development. There are three main reasons for the increase in genetic tests: Recent series of FDA approvals surrounding the...

WHO: one person dies every 40 seconds from suicide. Leading age group of 15 to 29 years!

“Suicide has become the second leading cause of death in the age group of 15 to 29 years” (WHO report) Rate suicide in many Western countries is in the increasing, issue that was addressed by our Observatory many times (see HERE). It is one of the most important...

UNESCO advocates respect for human vulnerability and personal integrity

On 19 October 2005, the UNESCO General Conference adopted the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights. This Declaration contains a number of principles (Articles 3-17) among which is the principle of “respect for human vulnerability and personal integrity”...

Review of sexual transmission of HIV in pacients treated with antretroviral drugs

HIV transmission in serodiscordant couples can be virtually eliminated which means that having a healthy child is now is a reality  Sexual transmission of HIV in serodiscordant couples (one HIV positive and the other HIV negative) is not only a medical but also a bioethical...

New finding – Mini-brains spontaneously produce electrical activity similar to the premature babies

“At what point can a mini-brain with brain activity be considered conscious?” Alysson Muotri, a neuroscientist at the University of California, San Diego, and his team have improved the techniques for obtaining brain organoids and have discovered that, after a period...

200 million medication errors occur in NHS. Medical and bioethical approach

Medication errors are a serious health issue. It is “greater than ever before” Medical errors have been addressed by our Observatory many times. It is a problem that fully affects biomedical ethics which can even lead to the death of the patient involved. Perhaps the...

Review of medical and ethical aspects of penis transplantion

A controversial bioethical dilemma is penis transplant feasibility, balance risk-benefice and the need to maintain the patient on lifelong immunosuppressive therapy, the organ donor shortage and the high economic cost of the long process. In May 2018, we published a comprehensive...

Violation of privacy of personal medical data of millions of American patients

“No warning having been given to patients or doctors.” A recent article in the Wall Street Journal (November 13, 2019), entitled Google’s ‘Project Nightingale’ Triggers Federal Inquiry, tackles the massive violation of the right to privacy of patient data. The news...

Concerns about latest researches by Juan Carlos Izpisua’s group

There is no doubting the importance of biomedical research carried out by Juan Carlos Izpisúa and his team (1). Their work is focused mainly on: a) the production of hybrids or human-animal chimeras; b) the development of methods to make the CRISPR technique more efficient (see...