Mind and machine. The ethics of brain-computer technologies

Last September, the Royal Society launched a report entitled iHuman: Blurring lines between mind and machine addressing neural interface technologies, the life-changing opportunities, and challenges, of brain-computer devices. Neural interfaces are defined in this study as the...

Risks of suicide are higher in medical students

Suicide is the most common, but avoidable, cause of death among young people. Although there is no scientific evidence showing that suicide rates are higher in medical students than in the general population, there are data confirming that perfectionism and intense anxiety and...

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”...

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...