Specially designed computer software discovers “hidden consciousness” in coma patients

Some patients that become unresponsive following a significant brain injury retain a degree of ‘hidden consciousness’ and are more likely to make a recovery, neurologists at Columbia University have found (read HERE entire article). The new specially designed computer software...

Blood test highly accurate. It could identify Alzheimer’s 20 years before symptoms arise

“Ongoing research is changing the outlook on Alzheimer’s from hopeless to hopeful” Up to two decades before people develop the characteristic memory loss and confusion of Alzheimer’s disease, damaging clumps of protein start to build up in their brains....

“No life is unworthy because of the mental disorder it endures”. Bioethical assessment of the Noa Pothoven case.

Is it a case or a trend? Are patients diagnosed with incurable mental disorder being left starving in some countries? Noa Pothoven, a Dutch 17-year-old, was left to die of starvation on 2 June. The teenager had suffered post-traumatic stress, anorexia and depression for several...

Reflections on Vincent Lambert paradigmatic case. Death of starvation promulgated by law, an objectively euthanasic act

An assisted death paradigmatic case in a country where euthanasia is not legal Our Observatory at the Catholic University of Valencia considers that the death of Vincent Lambert following the withdrawal of hydration and nutrition is an objectively euthanasic act since, although...

It there a right to die and to attend the death of others? Could be it a threat to dependent life?

In a recent article , Professor at the Complutense University of Madrid, José Manuel Serrano asks the question of whether there is a right to die. The author concludes that “the right to die is defined by the obscurity of death and suffering, characteristic of contemporary...

Cases of children born with severe congenital malformations identified in France. The news was received with concern

41 congenital malformations identified in a region of France, the only one with a rigister of this kind On 30 October last year, REMERA (Register of Congenital Malformations in the Rhône-Alpes region) announced that it had identified eleven cases of children born without hands,...

Anatomy of surprise. Scientists discover hidden blood networks that cross through bone

That anatomy and the same science should still contain such surprises that could change dramatically our knowledge of the human body  Textbooks showed entrances and exits, but they were enormous arteries and veins at the ends of bones — an impractical route if the body needs a...

New Brain chips to make humans super intelligent. Is it worthy idea to pursue?

See video below A recent article in The Time affirms, Up to now, we have experienced inequality in areas such as finances and opportunity. Neural inequality could be next. This would mean that some people would be able to enhance their thinking with a chip implanted in the brain,...

Transsexuals suffer “chronic stress associated with higher prevalence of HIV infection, substance use disorders and suicidal tendencies”

Transsexual people assume a gender identity that differs from the biological sex. Which medical problems have these people? Are they informed about the consequences of their decision to don’t-assume their biological sex? Transsexuals’ serious health problems...

Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Gene therapy achieves restoring the production of dystrophin in affected mouse

Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD)  is a hereditary potentially fatal disease as it severely affects the muscles. It occurs in 1 in every 5000 newborn males and is due to a genetic defect in the production of dystrophin, a protein found in skeletal and cardiac muscle. See our post...