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”...

Blood test highly accurate. It could identify Alzheimer’s 20 years before symptoms arise

“Ongoing research is changing the outlook on Alzheimer’s from hopeless to hopeful” Up to two decades before people develop the characteristic memory loss and confusion of Alzheimer’s disease, damaging clumps of protein start to build up in their brains....

Cases of children born with severe congenital malformations identified in France. The news was received with concern

41 congenital malformations identified in a region of France, the only one with a rigister of this kind On 30 October last year, REMERA (Register of Congenital Malformations in the Rhône-Alpes region) announced that it had identified eleven cases of children born without hands,...

Loneliness. An epidemic that is mobilizing English Government and its worrying many western countries

Is it only an English problem? – See video By the 21st century, loneliness has become ubiquitous. Commentators call it “an epidemic,” a condition akin to “leprosy,” and a “silent plague” of civilization. This year, the U.K. went so far as...

The World in a mental health crisis qualified as ‘monumental suffering’. “In this matter, every country is a developing country”

Recent The Guardian’s article began with this astonish phrase, Lancet report says 13.5 million lives could be saved every year if mental illness addressed. Our Observatory has published different issues about this matter, see HERE, now experts present it as a world crisis....

A new electronic device could allow the recovery of patients with motor chronic spinal cord injury

Don’t miss the video below Four patients with a complete spinal cord injury walked after a treatment based on an electronic device implanted in their spinal cord and intense training. They were the subject of a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, see the...

Thousands of autistic girls and women ‘going undiagnosed’ due to sex bias

Number of girls and women with the condition in the UK may be vastly underestimated, leading neuroscientist says  Prof Francesca Happé. Photograph: Linda Nylind for the Guardian Hundreds of thousands of girls and women with autism are going undiagnosed due to it being viewed as a...

Charter of rights of the incurable children. Are some children’s life not worth living?

The new scenario deserves particular care and treatments that make specific legislation necessary On 28 May, a seminar course entitled, “Are there incurable children?”, was held at the Bambino Gesù children’s hospital, located at the top of the Janiculum Hill in Rome. One...

Mental health crisis in United Kingdom’s schools with worrying deliberate self-harm and suicide rates

National Children’s Bureau recent report synthesises the increasing problem of the children in a clue moment of their formation. The authors affirm “We are facing a mental health crisis in our classrooms. The growing number of children and young people experiencing...

Recent study about mental health care in Europe shows dehumanisation

Images of people incarcerated, unkempt and kept in chains, mocked, and uncared for dominate the history of psychiatry, particularly from the middle ages to the early 20th century. Locked up for years, and forcibly sedated or sterilised, those with mental ill health were subject...
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