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...

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...

International discussion has been proposed about ethical use of embryoids

An article published in Nature, signed by notable personalities in the area of bioethics, discusses the ethical implications of embryoids (organoids) or embryo models, in vitro cell aggregates that model various regions of the embryo to allow their study. These studies are framed...

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....

Baby born to mother brain dead for three months reignited the brain death criteria debate

Talented canoeist Catarina Sequeira, 26, had been declared brain dead (read our reports of brain death controversy) after she suffered an acute asthma attack at her home when she was 19 weeks’ pregnant. Earlier this year Catarina gave birth a healthy child in Sao Joan Hospital in...

Once again scientific evidence proves significant differences between the brains of men and women

 A recent article published in PNAS confirms that there are differences between the cells of men and women. In this particular case, it shows that the brains of women are around four years younger than the brains of men. These finding suggest that, since the brain uses energy...

More problems associated with current gender transition therapy -hormone therapy

A recent study published in the American Heart Association’s Journal Circulation provides new evidence of the risks posed by hormone therapies used as part of the treatments in gender transition processes (read HERE our report). The following text is exerted from Circulation...

Arizona and Florida have declared internet PORN a public health risk

Based on research that has found links between pornography and ‘mental and physical illnesses,’ among a host of other societal and individual ills, Arizona yesterday declared pornography a public health risk*  – a year after Florida did the same.  Republican...

Can brain damage be repaired using cell reprogramming? Can be replaced the neurons?

Cell reprogramming (read our report about this technique HERE) has opened great therapeutic possibilities in medicine. Within this field, one of the most attractive possibilities would be to replace neurons that may be destroyed in various illnesses or following a stroke. Now, a...
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