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  • BioEdge: Doctors under the black flag of the Islamic State
    scant details suggested that ISIS had forced regular patients out to make room for its own wounded Klugman points out the agonising dilemma faced by these doctors On the one hand this resistance can be viewed as bravery and courage not lending assistance to a regime with which they do not only philosophically disagree but that has also demonstrated a lack of respect for human life On the other hand patients are vulnerable and are people in need If a physician can help someone in need is there not an obligation to do so Did these physicians abandon patients because of a political disagreement The government of Iraq has alleged that ISIS is trafficking in organs and that a dozen doctors had been executed for refusing to cooperate Klugman points out that collaborating in organ transplants under these circumstances could be viewed as a war crime The tough question is whether a physician is required to sacrifice his or her life in order to not commit an unethical act If the physician s family or self is threatened with death for not participating should that ultimate price be paid Medicine under ISIS is strictly segregated by sex Male doctors are not allowed to touch female patients nor female doctors male patients Women doctors are not allowed to work at night so sometimes women in labour go unattended Should the standards of Western bioethics be imposed upon the doctors serving the Islamic State Perhaps Klugman suggests the standards are not so different He quotes a 9 th century philosopher physician Muhammad ibn Zakariya al Razi The doctor s aim is to do good even to our enemies so much more to our friends and my profession forbids us to do harm to our kindred as it is instituted for the benefit

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/doctors_under_the_black_flag_of_the_islamic_state/11352 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Islamic State rumoured to fund war with organ trafficking
    rapid organ removal operations from recently deceased jihadis or captives The organs are swiftly transported from the hospital to potential local or foreign buyers The Islamic State has a specialized group which focuses solely on organ trafficking Al Mosuli said It is often the case in bitter conflicts that one side will accuse the other of organ trafficking sometimes with little or no evidence There are however a number of other sources that support the allegations made by Al Mosuli In January the website Vocativ ran a report on the use of desperate Syrian refugees for illegal organ trafficking In March Iranian news outlet Al Alam interviewed a Syrian forensic pathologist who claimed that more than 18 000 cases of organ trafficking had been reported in northern Syria MORE ON THESE TOPICS ISIS Islamic State organ trafficking This article is published by Xavier Symons and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it free of charge with attribution for non commercial purposes following these guidelines If you teach at a university we ask that your department make a donation Commercial media must contact us for permission and fees Some articles on this site are published

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/islamic_state_rumoured_to_fund_war_with_organ_trafficking/11265 (2016-02-18)
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  • International consensus difficult on brain death, says Neurology journal article
    of countries involved an electronic survey which was distributed globally to physicians with expertise in neurocritical care neurology or related disciplines who would encounter patients at risk of brain death Physicians from 91 countries responded The results were quite revealing Doctors around the world leave different periods of time following initial neurologic deterioration before they declare brain death The most common waiting period is between 6 and 10 hours but reported results ranged from less than 5 hours to more than 25 hours There were several discrepancies regarding the conduct of apnea testing the authors report Views about the import of ancillary testing EEGs Dopler ultrasounds etc differed significantly between countries In their discussion of the results of the study the authors flagged a need for greater collaboration between medical institutions from different countries To promulgate a unified stance on brain death valuable for practitioners everywhere consensus among leading experts in the field is urgently required our findings underscore the importance of international partnerships between institutions to improve medical education and alleviate critical human resource needs in lower income settings In a comment on the article Dr James Bernat observed that there is signficant disagreement on brain death even within the US There is a surprising degree of practice variation among hospitals in the United States In contrast to the international circumstance in which practice disparities arise more because of legal cultural or religious differences those in the United States result more from the biases and ingrained practices of individual physicians MORE ON THESE TOPICS brain death clinical ethics clinical practice end of life organ harvesting This article is published by Xavier Symons and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it free of charge with attribution for non commercial purposes following these guidelines If

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/the-complexities-of-brain-death/11407 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    weaken a united front on brain death say bioethicists Pregnant Texas woman removed from life support Michael Cook 31 January 2014 Comments tags brain dead pregnant women brain death reproductive rights The controversial case of Marlise Muñoz has finally drawn to a close Questions hover over brain death says US bioethicist Michael Cook 23 March 2013 Comments tags brain death Is brain death really death Germany seeks to increase organ supply Michael Cook 26 May 2012 Comments tags brain death organ donation Germany has amended legislation to promote organ donation After years of debate people over 16 will be regularly asked by their health insurance company if they are prepared to donate their organs UK teen recovers fully after 4 doctor found him brain dead Michael Cook 28 April 2012 Comments tags brain death organ donation Miraculous recoveries from brain trauma are always good news but they may not be as miraculous as they first seem However the Daily Mail s account of a boy who recovered fully after four specialists declared that he was brain dead makes one question if doctors really understand brain death Brain dead American woman gives birth to twins Jared Yee 28 April 2012 Comments tags brain death A pregnant woman from Detroit who was declared dead gave birth to twins this week after being kept alive for a month with a respirator Brain dead woman awakes in Australian hospital Michael Cook 14 May 2011 Comments tags brain death Tani and Gloria Cruz Hopeless and brain dead are expressions which have to be used with great caution it seems judging from the experience of an Australian woman Heated debate over Jewish organ transplants Michael Cook 21 January 2011 Comments tags brain death Judaism organ transplants Jews debate brain death transplants Consciousness still flickers in some

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/brain+death (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Nepalese men who sold kidneys are destitute after earthquake
    sold their kidneys to organ traffickers to sustain a living are in no condition to reconstruct their ravaged houses owing to poverty and frail health Nabaraj Pariyar of Jyamdi who had sold his kidneys said he is unable to work due to his health condition After our house got demolished by the quake we are staying under temporary makeshifts said Pariyar adding that they are in a hope that somebody will help them construct a new shelter Another victim Sita Tamang of Panchkhal 6 said her five member family has been left in lurch after their house completely collapsed to rubble We have built a small hut but the monsoon has worsened our situation said Sita adding that she hardly has any means to feed her two kids Her husband Jit Bahadur had also sold his kidneys to human organ traffickers Krishnapyari Nakarmi who is working against human trafficking confirmed that victims who had sold their kidneys have requested them to construct their houses Unfortunately we are not in the condition to help them he said The Daily Mail also reported last month that in the nearby village of Hokse which is reputedly nicknamed kidney village because most of the residents have sold their kidneys to smooth talking brokers from India Organ trafficking is illegal in Nepal This should probably read kidney as donating both would effectively be a death sentence MORE ON THESE TOPICS Nepal organ donation organ market organ trafficking 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 non commercial purposes following these guidelines If you teach at a university we ask that your department make a donation Commercial media must contact us for permission and fees Some articles

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/nepalese-men-who-sold-kidneys-are-destitute-after-earthquake/11517 (2016-02-18)
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  • Organ trafficking in the UK on the rise
    that authorities had alerted them to the incidents According to the World Health Organisation WHO as many as 7 000 kidneys are illegally obtained by gangs each year around the world The first reported case of human organ trafficking in the UK was in 2012 In 2013 a girl was brought from Somalia with the intention of removing her organs and selling them on to patients desperate for a transplant Chloe Setter from child protection charity Ecpat UK is concerned about the extent of trafficking in the country We know of just a handful of cases but we suspect these are the tip of the iceberg Organ harvesting is prevalent in many countries We have felt confident in the UK that we have robust systems and procedures in place in relation to transplants but this could be something that is happening underground and out of view MORE ON THESE TOPICS organ trafficking UK This article is published by Xavier Symons and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it free of charge with attribution for non commercial purposes following these guidelines If you teach at a university we ask that your department make a donation

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/organ_trafficking_in_uk_on_the_rise/11368 (2016-02-18)
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  • Serbian soldiers killed for their organs, says EU task force
    Brussels late last month Williamson said that less than ten soldiers were killed and their bodies smuggled to Albania for organ harvesting The fact that there were only a few victims Williamson remarked does not diminish the savagery of the crime even one person was subjected to such a horrific practice and we believe a small number were that is a terrible tragedy He did say however that accusations of widespread organ harvesting have caused unnecessary trauma for families of missing soldiers The investigative committee does not currently have enough evidence to initiate prosecution but will continue its investigation MORE ON THESE TOPICS Kosovo organ trafficking This article is published by Xavier Symons and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it free of charge with attribution for non commercial purposes following these guidelines If you teach at a university we ask that your department make a donation Commercial media must contact us for permission and fees Some articles on this site are published under different terms Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus comments powered by Disqus Search BioEdge Subscribe to BioEdge newsletter Subscribe to BioEdge RSS feed MOST READ Dutch

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/serbian_soldiers_were_killed_for_organs_eu_task_force/11096 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    organ trafficking in Albania is said to have found no evidence linking the Kosovo Liberation Army to forced organ harvesting Five convictions for Kosovo organ trafficking Michael Cook 02 May 2013 Comments tags Kosovo organ trafficking Five people have been convicted of organ trafficking in Kosovo by the European Union court which runs the legal system in the quasi independent territory Trial opens for 7 Kosovars in organ trafficking case Jared Yee 15 October 2011 Comments tags Kosovo organ trafficking The trial of seven Kosovars accused of participating in an international organ trafficking ring opened recently Kosovo s leader to be investigated over organ trafficking allegations Jared Yee 01 September 2011 Comments tags Kosovo organ markets organ trafficking An American diplomat is to investigate whether Kosovo s prime minister was involved in trafficking organs from murdered Serb prisoners Kosovo organ trafficking the gruesome saga continues Michael Cook 18 December 2010 Comments tags Kosovo organ markets organ trafficking Prime Minister accused of links to traffickers Seven charged in Kosovo organ trafficking case Jared Yee 21 November 2010 Comments tags Kosovo organ trafficking Illegal organ transplant hub caught Search BioEdge Subscribe to BioEdge newsletter Subscribe to BioEdge RSS feed Recent Posts Dutch

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/Kosovo (2016-02-18)
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