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...

The New England Journal contents could be influenced by the particular ideological bent of the editorial board

The New England Journal of Medicine, which is among the most prestigious medical journals, is apparently not exempt from ideological biases in what it publishes. According to a study in the latest issue of Linacre Quarterly, from 2000 to 2017, the journal published more than 20...

Biggest one-year drop-in from all cancers in the U.S.

Last Tuesday, the American Cancer Society reported that for the 28th consecutive year the number of deaths due to cancer has decreased, but the really exciting news is the number of deaths, year to year, decreased by record levels (see HERE). Now, this latest report shows that...

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”...

200 million medication errors occur in NHS. Medical and bioethical approach

Medication errors are a serious health issue. It is “greater than ever before” Medical errors have been addressed by our Observatory many times. It is a problem that fully affects biomedical ethics which can even lead to the death of the patient involved. Perhaps the...

Review of medical and ethical aspects of penis transplantion

A controversial bioethical dilemma is penis transplant feasibility, balance risk-benefice and the need to maintain the patient on lifelong immunosuppressive therapy, the organ donor shortage and the high economic cost of the long process. In May 2018, we published a comprehensive...

Violation of privacy of personal medical data of millions of American patients

“No warning having been given to patients or doctors.” A recent article in the Wall Street Journal (November 13, 2019), entitled Google’s ‘Project Nightingale’ Triggers Federal Inquiry, tackles the massive violation of the right to privacy of patient data. The news...

China approves the first Alzheimer’s drug, giving rise to a debate among experts

According to a news article published by Reuters – Medicine (see HERE), “China is fast-tracking approval for innovative drugs at home in a bid to offer more and cheaper options to patients, as many in the rapidly aging country struggle to find alternatives to costly treatments...

A review of recent increasing data on worldwide suicide. Dramatic rise among adolescents

A report published by the World Health Organization – WHO dated in September gives a worldwide overview of suicide “epidemic”.  This report summarizes in five points: Close to 800 000 people die due to suicide every year. For every suicide, there are many more...

A possible clinical therapy to treat extremely preterm babies has successfully experimented in ovine fetuses

Prenatal medicine in extremely preterm infants raises important medical and ethical dilemmas. Among the former, possibly the most important is to support their survival with new therapeutic measures. In this sense we sateted in recent articles that “The new possibilities for...