Umbilical cord blood stem cell transplant successfully applied in a child with cerebral palsy

The boy had developed cerebral palsy following a cardiac arrest. When he was a normally developed two-and-a-half-year-old, he suffered global cerebral anoxia that led to a vegetative state. Nine weeks later, he received a transfusion of stem cells from his own umbilical cord...

Extremely premature babies. Evaluation of their survival

The survival outcomes of extremely premature babies varies greatly between different hospitals, possibly due to the different medical treatment that they receive. In relation to this, an article has just been published (New England  Journal of Medicine 372, 1801-1811, 2015) which...

Palliative care in Great Britain. A report shows lights and shadows

Palliative care is well established in the United Kingdom, where its practice began in 1967 by Cicely Saunders in St. Christopher’s Hospital.  However, despite its intrinsic goodness, a report on April this year highlighted several limitations in its use, namely that: it...

Penis transplant and its future possibilities. Medical and ethical assessment

According to an article published in JAMA (see HERE) in April 2016, between 2001 and 2013, more than 1300 men in the United States army who had been posted to Afghanistan or Iraq experienced urogenital trauma; 86 of these suffered severe penile injuries. According to the US...

Stem cells and the production of organoids at the forefront of biomedical science

There are topics in which biomedical interest merges with ethical interest. One of these is undoubtedly the subject of stem cells wich appears to be the biomedical science forefront. Few issues in the biomedical sciences arouse as much interest as these, and for this reason, the...

Medical research ethics and “Laudato Si”

With the publication of Pope Francis’s encyclical “Laudato si”, it has been suggested that a change in position has been taking place in the Catholic church, especially in Italy, as regards its assessment of medical research ethics. However, as postulated in a...

Suicide rate increases in the United States. Rises 2% every year

The largest increase occurred in 10-14 year old girls After the steady decline in suicide rates in the United States in the last decades of the 20th century, they now appear to have risen sharply. This suicide rate increases has been observed in both, men and women, and in all...

Tracheal transplants debate performed by Paolo Macchiarini in the Karolinska Hospital continues

The debate regarding the ethicality of the tracheal transplants performed by Paolo Macchiarini in the Karolinska Hospital in Stockholm continues. A consequence of this controversy has been the resignation of Anders Hamsten as Vice-Chancellor of the Karolinska Institute, the same...

Fraudulent cell therapy. South Korea, trying to restore its tarnished image in the field, increases safety regulations

South Korea has been trying to restore its tarnished image in the field after the fall of one of its stellar stem-cell scientists, Woo Suk Hwang, who was convicted in 2009 for embezzlement and bioethics violations after falsifying results. The country has begun to regain...

Mother to child transmission of HIV? Now affected couples could conceive a healthy child naturally

Mother to child transmission of HIV is almost resolved. When the existence of people infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) was described in 1980, it was thought that this could directly affect their chances of conceiving a child. However, with the therapeutic advances...