Organ donation from euthanized patients. The practice is controversial and currently only allowed in Belgium an Netherlands

In 2015, 2023 patients were euthanized only in Belgium.  Organ donation from euthanized patients These patients could, in theory, be organ donors; however, 926 (45.8%) were excluded because they were over 75 years old. A total of 684 organs were eventually useful for donation in...

Human tissues and organs produced using 3D techniques

In recent years, many efforts have been made by scientists and biomedical engineers to develop ex-vivo models of human tissues and organs using 3D printing techniques (see our report HERE) for various purposes. In particular, the potential organoids using 3D techniques can be...

Organ donation for transplantation in children with cardiac arrest and dying person dignity

Premortem interventions before donation in circulatory arrest in children could have objective ethical problems  (See our special reports about criterion of death and organs transplantation HERE) Up until a few years ago, performing medical interventions in end-of-life situations...

First case of deceased donor uterine transplantation. It is a relevant medical and social issue

Being able to resolve the reproductive problems suffered by women who have no uterus – whether due to an organic cause or functional abnormality of the uterus – is unquestionably a major medical and social issue. The two possible solutions to this problem are uterus...

Legal status of human-animal chimeras – hybrid embryos

In addition to the biomedical and bioethical problems raised by human-animal hybridization, there are also objective legal problems. A recent article in the Journal of Medical Ethics (2014; 40, 284-285) reviewed this topic following a debate in the United Kingdom (UK) House of...

Brain death: experts divided on how death is defined

Some authors, as Bernat reports in his article, have come to classify brain death unscientifically, illogically, even treating it as a legal fiction In the November 2014 issue of the American Journal of Bioethics, see HERE (1), Professor James L. Bernat reflects on where the...
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Is it ethical to use cardiac arrest as a death criterion to obtain more organs for transplant?

About non-heart-beating death criterion, doubts are really more clinical than ethical, we believe that until these are resolved, the use of cardiac arrest to obtain organs could be questioned. On 19th May this year, Europa Press presented a Report by Dr Rafael Matesanz (see...

Artificial hearts implanted. Update on clinical use and ethical assessment

After 2500 artificial hearts implanted only in Europe. Has now been substantially simplified but until now it has been only implanted in patients with very severe heart failure, almost terminal. The use of artificial hearts (a device that replaces the functions of the heart) is...

Donor organ shortage. Supporting donation based on trust is an unavoidable social necessity

Donor organ shortage actual figures. Promoting organ donation based on trust is an unavoidable health policy to be able to provide organs to patients who are awaiting transplant. Around 120,000 people only in the United States today are awaiting a kidney, liver, heart or lung...

Cerebral organoids produced from embryonic stem cells

A group of researchers in La Jolla, California, have produced three-dimensional  cerebral organoids (“mini-brains”) from human embryonic stem cells, later comparing the functionality of the tissue produced with samples of brain tissue from human foetuses with the same...