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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    OctoMom s doctor may lose licence Michael Cook 14 January 2010 Comments tags IVF OctoMom professional misconduct California Medical Board alleges that he acted beyond reasonable judgement Search BioEdge Subscribe to BioEdge newsletter Subscribe to BioEdge RSS feed Recent Posts Dutch psychiatric patients may get euthanasia too easily says US study 14 Feb 2016 A Dutch report applies the brakes on completed life euthanasia 13 Feb 2016 Celebrating 15 years

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/OctoMom (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Everything you wanted to know about OctoMom
    Suleman will receive US 250 000 if the film is successful and the option to do it again She explained to the director of the film how she came to bear 8 children Her other 6 were also conceived through IVF and she had about 18 eggs left over The doctor transferred 5 or 6 and no children resulted Another 6 without result The last 6 became 8 babies four are identical twins Who would have ever imagined that that would happen she says She couldn t afford to keep the remaining embryos on ice and she didn t want to destroy them If you have these frozen embryos that are there and the IVF clinic were writing you letters saying We are charging you this much and it s going up and up and up every month that they are stored you can either use them or destroy them You re like OK I have six already What s another And maybe it won t even work So I just decided to take the chance because I didn t want to destroy the embryos That was the main focus not like Oh gosh I really want eight People were thinking Oh she wanted so so many No And she told the sceptical journalists she loves them all They can be perceived as commodities she said But they re not They are real human beings real lives It feels like I have 14 parts of my heart walking around outside of my body and that s really profound New York Times Magazine Nov 12 MORE ON THESE TOPICS fetal reduction IVF new frontiers This article is published by Michael Cook and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it free of charge with attribution for

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/everything_you_wanted_to_know_about_octomom/8747 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Life imitates art in Hollywood once again
    to bear the children herself Under a contract that they signed the embryos could only be implanted if both parties agreed That happened in 2013 Then the couple split up In 2014 Mr Loeb applied to void the contract so that he could proceed with a surrogate pregnancy Ms Vergara refused Mr Loeb called in the lawyers and explained his side of the story in the New York Times When we create embryos for the purpose of life should we not define them as life rather than as property Does one person s desire to avoid biological parenthood free of any legal obligations outweigh another s religious beliefs in the sanctity of life and desire to be a parent A woman is entitled to bring a pregnancy to term even if the man objects Shouldn t a man who is willing to take on all parental responsibilities be similarly entitled to bring his embryos to term even if the woman objects Mr Loeb is Jewish by background and Episcopalian by denomination not Catholic But he says that he has a great deal of sympathy for Catholic views on the humanity of embryos He wants his embryos to be born Ms Vergara who is Catholic wants them to remain frozen forever Vergara who has happily moved on with her life is content to leave the embryos frozen indefinitely as she has no desire to have children with her ex which should be understandable given the circumstances her lawyers say In Loeb s view keeping them frozen forever is tantamount to killing them He says I take the responsibility and obligation of being a parent very seriously This is not just about saving lives it is also about being pro parent The battle continues MORE ON THESE TOPICS embryo custody Hollywood IVF

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/life-imitates-art-in-hollywood/11418 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: HEALTHY YOUNG MEN NEAR DEATH AFTER DRUG TRIAL
    animals binding may not occur because the antibody may not recognise any animal tissue at all or binding may be weaker TeGenero insists that everything had been done by the book and that it was just an unpredictable and very regrettable incident The outcome prompted a flurry of commentary on the ethics of clinical research Had the participants really given their informed consent even if they had signed a form detailing the risks As the London Times pointed out they were paid 2 000 for their time and effort but they were responding to an advertisement which promised free food digital TV pool table video games DVD player and now FREE internet access Some of the young men were cash strapped students one is said to have been a serial guinea pig who had earned 60 000 from clinical trials over four years American bioethicist Arthur Caplan railed against greedy drug entrepreneurs The business of conducting medical research is profitable Private companies running studies for pharmaceutical and device companies are now a 14 billion industry in the United States alone The problem with the intense commercialization of research is that it s not clear that contract research organizations always put subject welfare first There is plenty of room for conflicts of interest when the person recruiting volunteers for research is being paid to get subjects enrolled and data generated as quickly as possible Baroness Julia Neuberger a Liberal Democrat in the House of Lords who also teaches at Harvard Divinity School suggested that more studies should be done on animals especially primates even if primate studies are viewed as morally wrong by animal welfare activists Which raises the question of whether Parexel found it easier to organise testing a dangerous drug on humans than on apes A number of scientists

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/healthy_young_men_near_death_after_drug_trial/7059 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Silicon Valley becomes a bioethical testing ground
    do clinical trials the old fashioned way we can enable researchers to get their answers instantaneously Wojcicki said in an interview with this newspaper And they pay us for that But some experts worry 23andMe users have no idea where their own genetic information will end up Because the company is relying on data sales to become profitable selling 99 home genetic testing kits doesn t pull in the big dollar revenue 23andMe may disseminate consumers genetic information not only to government agencies and research institutions say legal and bioethics experts but also to big pharmaceutical companies marketers and advertisers The Hastings Center Report is currently inviting bioethicists to comment on the ethical complications posed by these new services Google has recently launched a life sciences research program and is luring scientists away from universities and lab benches to work on exciting projects combining health care data analytics and engineering Facebook s project is called Genes for Good which it says will advance our knowledge of how genes affect disease all for the common good And Apple has ResearchKit a platform for developers to create apps that could revolutionize medical studies potentially transforming medicine forever Do participants know what they are giving away when they consent Between 85 and 90 of 23andMe s customers allow their personal information to be used for medical research Dr Paul Appelbaum of Columbia University says That consent rate is quite high Most studies conducted in academic settings have much lower consent rates That raises the question of how well 23andMe describes what it is that they are asking permission for And then there is the issue of privacy Although the data provided to researchers has been de identified there are ways to circumvent this Susan Gilbert writes in The Hastings Center Report Social media

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/silicon-valley-becomes-a-bioethical-testing-ground/11637 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    Former nurse admits to assisting suicides via web Jared Yee 28 April 2010 Comments tags assisted suicide internet Suicide help via chatroom Psychiatrists prepare for the age of patient targeted googling Michael Cook 27 March 2010 Comments tags confidentiality internet privacy New ethical dilemmas Search BioEdge Subscribe to BioEdge newsletter Subscribe to BioEdge RSS feed Recent Posts Dutch psychiatric patients may get euthanasia too easily says US study 14 Feb

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/internet (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    Internet giants move into medical research Search BioEdge Subscribe to BioEdge newsletter Subscribe to BioEdge RSS feed Recent Posts Dutch psychiatric patients may get euthanasia too easily says US study 14 Feb 2016 A Dutch report applies the brakes on completed life euthanasia 13 Feb 2016 Celebrating 15 years of Dutch euthanasia 13 Feb 2016 Canada s euthanasia courts 13 Feb 2016 IVF audit in Australia 13 Feb 2016 Archive

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/Silicon+Valley (2016-02-18)
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  • Approved anti-depressant deemed unsafe
    used as evidence for FDA approval our reanalysis showed no advantage of paroxetine or imipramine over placebo in adolescents with symptoms of depression on any of the prespecified variables wrote Joanna Le Noury Bangor University and Elia Abi Jaoude Toronto et al The extent of the clinically significant increases in adverse events in the paroxetine and imipramine arms including serious severe and suicide related adverse events became apparent only when the data were made available for reanalysis Le Noury and Abi Jaoude were critical of the partiality of the original study which was conducted with GSK funding Researchers and clinicians should recognise the potential biases in published research including the potential barriers to accurate reporting of harms that we have identified they wrote in their conclusion This new analysis sets the record straight said Dr Fiona Godlee the editor in chief of the BMJ GSK acknowledged the new study in an email statement the findings appear to be in line with the longstanding view that there is an increased risk of suicidality in paediatric and adolescent patients given antidepressants like paroxetine This is widely known and clear warnings have been in place on the product label for more than a decade As such we don t believe this reanalysis affects patient safety Some see this as a much bigger issue than one particular drug In an essay accompanying the study Peter Doshi associate editor for The BMJ said the new paper has reignited calls for retraction of the original study and put additional pressure on academic and professional institutions to publicly address the many allegations of wrongdoing MORE ON THESE TOPICS Big Pharma clinical trials conflict of interest reproducibility This article is published by Xavier Symons and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/approved-anti-depressant-deemed-unsafe/11577 (2016-02-18)
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