Transsexuality and elite sport: scientific and ethical aspects

A recent article published in the Journal of Medical Ethics (read HERE) attempts to clarify some of the concerns raised following the controversy that erupted after the publication of an earlier paper in the same journal. The paper in question concerned the conflict created by...

Births to women aged 25 and under have steadily decreased and number of over-45s is at the highest level

The current mother’s age of the first child is on the rise in Western societies. Our Observatory is following this trend because it has objective social, medical, demographic and ethical problems. Some culture facts and  specialized medical services encourage this option as...

East European countries in the forefront of the prolife culture. Slovakia’s initiative

“Tens of thousands marched in Slovakia’s capital on Sunday calling for a total ban on abortions in the predominantly Catholic central European country”, affirmed Reuters from Bratislava, Slovakia, 2 months ago. Reuters continued with interesting news, “Abortions...

A Japanese woman has become the first person with a cornea repaired using iPS, but NHS also obtained good result in this field

We have published two articles on this issue, both in the first stage of health authorities’ approval (see HERE  about Holoclar and a more recent promising finding, see HERE) on this matter. Cornea repair with iPS cells Last September, an article published in NATURE Journal...

Suicide continues to be a devastating public health problem. After decades of prevention programs, it is still far from being controlled

Suicide is a devastating public health problem. However, current figures show that numbers are declining, having gone from 1 million suicides per year worldwide to 800,000 in recent decades, an annual reduction of less than 1%  by year, evidence for effective global interventions...

Review of direct-to-consumer genetic tests. Lights and shades

There is no doubt about the importance of genetic tests for medicine. However, direct-to-consumer genetic tests are also a huge line of business in development. There are three main reasons for the increase in genetic tests: Recent series of FDA approvals surrounding the...

WHO: one person dies every 40 seconds from suicide. Leading age group of 15 to 29 years!

“Suicide has become the second leading cause of death in the age group of 15 to 29 years” (WHO report) Rate suicide in many Western countries is in the increasing, issue that was addressed by our Observatory many times (see HERE). It is one of the most important...

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”...

Review of sexual transmission of HIV in pacients treated with antretroviral drugs

HIV transmission in serodiscordant couples can be virtually eliminated which means that having a healthy child is now is a reality  Sexual transmission of HIV in serodiscordant couples (one HIV positive and the other HIV negative) is not only a medical but also a bioethical...

New finding – Mini-brains spontaneously produce electrical activity similar to the premature babies

“At what point can a mini-brain with brain activity be considered conscious?” Alysson Muotri, a neuroscientist at the University of California, San Diego, and his team have improved the techniques for obtaining brain organoids and have discovered that, after a period...