Medical errors is now the third cause of death in the United States

“Researchers: Medical errors now third leading cause of death in United States” (Washington Post, jun. 3 2016) A problem that fully affects biomedical ethics is medical errors, which can even lead to death of the patient involved. A recently published article in...

Amendment to abolish Planned Parenthood subsidies by American Government

American Government ceases to be the international sponsor of abortion The current Government of the United States has presented an amendment to the “Affordable Care Act“, with the result that they will not accept longer award Planned Parenthood 500 million Euros...

Mother-child HIV transmission falls. Thailand example

From the early to mid-1990s, an epidemic wave of HIV-infected women and infants occurred. Heterosexual HIV transmission, as described in the Asian Epidemic Model, was the major mode of spread in Thailand, causing an increasing number of HIV-infected pregnant women a consequently...

Serotonin produced from neurons obtained with iPS and embryonic stem cells

Serotonin is implicated in functions as important as humour, sadness, feelings of aggression, anxiety and sleep disturbances, among others. A deficiency in serotonin release has been related with schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorders, chronic...

Even treated, AIDS is a chronical disease because HIV is stored in certain human cells

The disease cannot be cured, as the HIV remains inactive in the patients’ body It is known that AIDS can be treated with new antiretroviral drugs, converting it from a fatal disease to a chronic one. However, the disease is not completely cured, although it is not known for...

Sperm quality depends on age and it is an important risk factor when fatherhood is increasingly delayed

Recent data from molecular genetics and epidemiology provide evidence that paternal age (sperm quality) is an important risk factor for offspring. When the sperm quality of young men were compared with the sperm of older men, the latter were found to have a higher risk of...

Genome editing. First clinical trial using the CRISPR technique authorised in humans

If there is one technique on which biomedicine has pinned its hopes, it is CRISPR, a genome editing technology that simplifies and facilitates the changes to be made in the genome (read our ethical opinion HERE) . This sort of genetic “cut and paste” has just received...

Zika virus and microcephaly. Causal relationship is confirmed by recent article

A medical problem with ethical repercussions is whether or not the Zika virus causes microcephaly, a subject that we have discussed previously. Now, a recent article published in the New England Journal of Medicine (see HERE) has evaluated the medical evidence on the relationship...

Prohibition of experimentation with human embryos ratified by the Italian Constitutional Court

“Banning of all clinical and experimental human embryos experimentation that is not to its benefit” The ban on experimenting on human embryos remains in force in Italy. This was established in the Constitutional Court with a ruling in which the Court rejected the...

Proposal to increase chemical abortion by telemedicine in the United States

We must not forget all the medical and ethical difficulties that accompany abortion and, of course, chemical abortion. At the present time, the states of Mississippi, Missouri, and South and North Dakota in the United States have only one abortion clinic per state, which of...