More than 47% of people who will die by 2060 will do so without adequate palliative care

Why palliative care universal access should be defended? Palliative care universal access for all A report from King’s College in London, published last week in The Lancet Global Health, predicts that by 2060, around 48 million people (47% of all deaths) will die without...

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...

Vincent Lambert case reignites the end of life debate in France and beyond

We quote a New York Times article published on May 21 2019, “French medical professionals said that Mr Lambert’s condition had been stable for ten years and that gauging his state of consciousness was too complex to reach an undoubted conclusion. To decide in the place of...

The role of volunteers in the rehumanization of American cancer centers

An article in The Washington Post gave an overview of the relevant protagonism in the care of cancer patients frequently silenced. Without a doubt a bioethical central topic in the health care system. Cancer centre volunteers mayor role All hospitals in United States, but...

Legalization of assisted suicide effects. “A source of good-quality organs and corpses”, ethical comment

When the transplant team and anatomy laboratories in search of corpses come knocking… A relevant ethical issue in transplant procedures is the autonomy of the donor and respect for the peace and privacy they need as they approach the end of their life. However, in countries where...

Euthanasia for children “with life-limiting conditions” is approved in Colombia

Colombia is the third country that approved the law with a permissive and confusing terminology that worsen the already rejected measure by most of the countries and medical associations. As said by LatinAmericanPost: According to the resolution published by the Department of...

Launched a book about the rights of incurable children. Ethics, Conflict and Medical Treatment for Children: From disagreement to dissensus

What should happen when doctors and parents disagree about what would be best for incurable children? On April 23 a  case added a new impulse to Charlie Gard parents, Bambino Gesu and bioethicist fight to find an adequate medical protocol legislative and  solution that would...

Medical, legal, social and bioethical assessment of euthanasia. Part II. Bioethical Aspects

See, Part I Medical aspects – Part III Legal and social aspects  Bioethical assessment of medical professional deliberately causing someone’s death            In order enter into the bioethical assessment of deliberately causing someone’s death, according to whether or not...

To what extent should the opinion of children treated medically be taken into account?

A bioethical problem that sometimes arises in pediatric practice, is to what extent the opinion of sick children should be taken into consideration when assessing the medical measures that they receive. In a series of articles published in the American Journal of Bioethics, it is...

Medical, legal, social and bioethical assessment of euthanasia. Part I. Medical aspects

Any reflection on euthanasia should be made from a medical, social and bioethical perspective. Given the breadth of this approach, we shall address this issue in three separate chapters, in which we will consecutively discuss three aspects listed above. See, Part II Bioethical...