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...

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...

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...

“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...

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...

The UK has achieved the goals on the fight against the HIV epidemic. For this reason, London convened an international cities meeting to join forces

Last November, an article,  in British newspaper The Telegraph, announced that the UK had met UN targets on the diagnosis, treatment and transmission of HIV for the first time, amid falling numbers of infections from the virus. UNAids established global 90-90-90 targets in 2014....

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...

Seven latest biomedical breakthroughs which present new ethical challenges

Introduction When technical breakthroughs are made in the field of biomedicine, they are always aimed at achieving positive ends, both experimental and biomedical, but they can very often raise ethical and medical concerns. Balance between the risks and benefits This diatribe...

Chemical castration for some sex offenders is in the agenda of several American states. It opens a new bioethical debate

A new issue of bioethical debate raised about how to prescribe extreme sex offenders to avoid new crimes when they are released. At least eight States allow chemical castration. Now Alabama joins these states. and some sex offenders could be chemically castrated before being...