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”...

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...

ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS

Environmental ethics review by Robin Attfield Robin Attfield is a long-standing participant in a new branch of Philosophy that has come to be known as Environmental Ethics. This short format book deals with the issues of environmental ethics from many different points of view....

“Saybie” is the smallest of the small healthy preterm baby born. A new paradigm is needed for premature babies

Five months ago, little Saybie was born. She weighed 245 grams. Not even a quarter of a kilo. She measured 23 cm from head to toe. Her life expectancy was almost zero. But she won the game. Never before had such a fragile baby survived! Saybie was born by cesarean section at 23...

A review of the relationship between same sex attraction and genetics: new findings for an old dilemma

Introduction Much has been written about the factors that trigger same-sex attraction and homosexual behavior. The possible existence of genetic determinants that are detectable in individuals with homosexual orientation has been the subject of study on many occasions, for very...

Venezuela’s regional healthcare emergency. Humanitarian approach

A recent article published in The Lancet makes a succinct summary of the effect of the crisis on public health, which has been difficult to quantify since the Venezuelan Ministry of Health stopped publishing public health statistics in 2016. The review was based on data from...

Child vaccination skepticism . Should vaccination be imposed by law or rebuilding trust between doctors-patients and healthcare institutions?

The debate surrounding the ethical obligation of universal child vaccination is sustained. Recently, an Italian child was banned from entering an educational centre because he was not vaccinated, and his parents were fined €500. The current Italian government is skeptical about...

It there a right to die and to attend the death of others? Could be it a threat to dependent life?

In a recent article , Professor at the Complutense University of Madrid, José Manuel Serrano asks the question of whether there is a right to die. The author concludes that “the right to die is defined by the obscurity of death and suffering, characteristic of contemporary...

One of the smallest newborn in the world – 22 cm. Seven months later he leaves the hospital in good health. Bioethical approach

The smallest baby in the world to survive has been discharged from hospital after having reached 3238 grams in weight. The baby was born in a clinic in the Japanese city of Keio last August weighing 268 grams. When Ryusuke was born on October 1, 2018, he measured 22 centimetres...

Serious concern for science. European academics are failing abysmally when it comes to reporting the results of clinical trials

European academics are failing abysmally when it comes to reporting the results of clinical trials, a study has revealed. An analysis of data from the European Union’s Clinical Trial Register — published in The BMJ1 on 13 September — shows that around 50% of the listed trials...