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...

Burnout among physicians. A bioethical approach

In a systematic review (based on studies of 45 countries) entitled “Prevalence of Burnout Among Physicians“, published in JAMA Network, 18 September, 2018, “Burnout prevalence data were extracted from 182 studies involving 109 628 individuals in 45 countries published between...

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...
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