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  • BioEdge: Clinton fumbles on end-of-life choices
    the opportunity without criminal liability for people to make this decision in consultation by their families even in some cases with medical professionals But the issue is whether the medical professionals want to be involved or just be counselors So it is a crucial issue that people deserve to understand from their own ethical religious faith based perspective So here s how I think about it I want I want as president to try to catalyze that debate because I I believe you re right this is going to become an issue more and more often We are on the good side having many people live longer but often then with very serious illnesses that they can be sustained on but at some point don t want to continue with the challenges that poses So I don t have any easy or glib answer for you I think I would want to really immerse myself in the the the ethical writings the health writings the scientific writings the religious writings I know some other countries the Netherlands and others have a quite open approach I d like to know what their experience has been Because we we have to be sure that nobody is coerced nobody is under duress And that is a difficult line to draw So I thank you I thank you so much for raising this really important absolutely critical question that we re all going to have to do some thinking about To be fair to Mrs Clinton bioethical issues do not have top billing in the 2016 campaign It will be interesting to see what the other candidates have to say MORE ON THESE TOPICS 2016 US election assisted suicide end of life issues Hillary Clinton This article is published by Michael Cook and BioEdge

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/clinton-fumbles-on-end-of-life-choices/11749 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Zika: still wrapped in mystery
    roll around many fans aren t likely to attend The media will report on nothing but mosquitoes and birth defects more than a few athletes and coaching staffs will balk at competing in Rio and Brazil will be sinking further into debt trying to battle an epidemic while paying for the Games The IOC needs to either move the Games postpone them or cancel them Prevention is the best course in the face of a serious threat to humanity However there is also some evidence that the correlation of microcephaly with the Zika virus is a result of heightened awareness of the birth defect A report from the Latin American Collaborative Study of Congenital Malformations suggests that the link between microcephaly and Zika may be due to active search and over diagnosis A report in The Lancet declared that Although there is evidence of an increased number of cases of microcephaly in Brazil the number of suspected cases relied on a screening test that had very low specificity and therefore overestimated the actual number of cases by including mostly normal children with small heads A epidemiological report in the WHO s Bulletin points out that a spike in microcephaly cases began in 2012 before reports of a Zika epidemic emerged in 2014 If the ZIKV Zika virus were indeed introduced in Brazil at the World Cup in mid 2014 the outbreak of microcephaly would have preceded it ZIKV has been identified in Africa over 50 years ago and neither there nor in the outbreaks outside Africa such an association with microcephaly has been reported So there are still quite a few mysteries surrounding the virus It is too early to panic or to resort to extreme measures like advising infected women to have abortions MORE ON THESE TOPICS Zika This

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/zika-still-wrapped-in-mystery/11747 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Edinburgh to host world bioethics conference
    of the Scottish Enlightenment is a very appropriate place for an interdisciplinary conference According to the conference s website the event will be less of a traditional academic conference and more of a festival of knowledge that seeks to build a bridge between the questions and answers of how bioethics can contribute to some of the most pressing issues of our time from genetic research to global pandemics and from scarce resources to climate changes that affect us all The Feminist Approaches to Bioethics world congress will immediately precede the IAB conference at the same venue MORE ON THESE TOPICS bioethics conferences 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 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 psychiatric patients may get

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/edinburgh-to-host-world-bioethics-conference/11748 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    pendulum has swung so far The people who need pain medication can t click here to read whole article and make comments US military to offer sperm and egg storage by Michael Cook 6 Feb 2016 As part of its effort to make the US Department of Defense a more family friendly employer Secretary Ashton Carter has announced that the military will pay for storing eggs and sperm for its troops as well as for more IVF treatment Women soldiers are at risk of missing out on their peak reproductive years by taking up a career in the military and men in combat risk damage to their reproductive organs At a press conference at which he outlined measures ranging from creating 3 600 breast feeding rooms to more IVF clinics Carter explained the new policy on gamete storage We can help our men and women preserve their ability to start a family even if they suffer certain combat injuries That s why we will cover the cost of freezing sperm or eggs through a pilot program for active duty service members a benefit click here to read whole article and make comments Zika birth control and free abortion pills by Xavier Symons 6 Feb 2016 As concern mounts about the spread of the Zika virus groups around the world are suggesting radical measures for North and South America Perhaps the most extreme response has been from abortion activist Rebecca Gomperts the founder and director of Women on Web Gomperts organisation is offering women infected with Zika free abortion pills apparently to halt the rush toward unsafe termination of pregnancy The Zika virus is now spreading to most of the countries where abortion is very restricted Gomperts told AFP We really care about women s health and lives and we want to make sure that women have access to a good medical abortion Zika is thought to cause microcephaly a rare birth defect although the link is yet to be scientifically proven Abortion is illegal in Brazil save a few exceptions and government authorities intercept abortifacients being shipped into the country Gomperts is calling on the click here to read whole article and make comments Three parent babies but only males by Xavier Symons 6 Feb 2016 The US National Academies of Sciences Engineering and Medicine has recommended that US government allow mitochondrial DNA transfer in male embryos The Academy made the recommendation in report issued last week entitled Mitochondrial Replacement Techniques Ethical Social and Policy Considerations The report s authors recognize the ethical complexities of the procedure which was approved by the UK Parliament last year but nevertheless suggest that the DNA alterations involved are minimal enough to make it ethically permissible As stated in the abstract While significant ethical social and policy considerations are associated with MRT the most germane of these issues can be avoided through limitations on the use of MRT or are blunted by meaningful differences between the heritable genetic modification introduced by MRT and heritable

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/P10 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    it as a political hit click here to read whole article and make comments London sperm bank allegedly promoting eugenics by Michael Cook 29 Jan 2016 The largest sperm bank in the UK is being investigated by the national fertility regulator for promoting eugenic practices Following complaints about the London Sperm Bank the Human Fertility and Embryology Authority has asked why donors with a long list of medical conditions are being excluded These include attention deficit disorder ADD attention deficit hyperactivity disorder ADHD autism Asperger syndrome dyslexia severe obsessive compulsive disorder colour blindness cystic fibrosis Alzheimer s disease epilepsy Parkinson disease and the motor disorder dyspraxia Media attention focused on dyslexia as a number of prominent high achievers have been dyslexics like Sir Richard Branson and Steve Jobs Fred Fisher a 30 year old dyslexic Oxford graduate who is working as a software engineers was rejected by the sperm bank I told them this was eugenics but it s not even good eugenics Would they turn away Richard Branson or Albert Einstein We need innovative people who click here to read whole article and make comments New French law creates right to terminal sedation by Michael Cook 29 Jan 2016 The French National Assembly has approved a law which creates a right to terminal sedation until death but not to euthanasia or assisted suicide The law has been debated for years and the present text is a consensus which tries to maintain a middle ground between voluntary euthanasia and therapeutic obstinacy Patients have a right to request deep continuous sedation altering consciousness until death but only if they are at the end of life Doctors may stop life sustaining treatments including artificial hydration and nutrition Sedation and painkillers will be allowed even if they may shorten the person s life Socialist Alain Claeys co author of the bill said Our text has one purpose fighting a bad dying that still happens too often in France The conservative co author Jean Leonetti explained At end of your life if the suffering is unbearable you ll be allowed to get to sleep soothed and click here to read whole article and make comments Pope sets out his bioethics priorities by Michael Cook 29 Jan 2016 Sentences with the two words Pope and bioethics are normally accompanied by a not prohibitions of therapies and criticisms of theories Pope Francis s latest remarks mark a refreshing change in style though not in substance In an address this week to the Italian National Bioethics Committee the Pope set down priorities for bioethicists 1 The inter disciplinary analysis of the causes of environmental degradation This is obviously a topic dear to his heart as he devoted an entire encyclical to it last year But it is not a conventional topic for bioethicists Catholic or not 2 Disability and marginalization of vulnerable subjects This appears to be a new way of approaching the traditional Catholic insistence on protecting life from conception to natural death It is the

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/P20 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    burden of health care on women without regard to any religious dispute over the propriety of artificial contraception Catholic Charities was breaching the Women s Contraceptive Equity Act a law which was intended to eliminate discrimination against women who spend as much as 68 more than men in out of pocket health costs mostly on contraceptives Margaret Crosby of the click here to read whole article and make comments Cancer patients should die at home says charity by Michael Cook 5 Mar 2004 A UK charity Marie Curie Cancer Care is lobbying the government to fund home care so that patients can die at home with their families A survey commissioned by the charity found that 64 of people would like to die at home if they were terminally ill But tight palliative care budgets mean that only 25 are able to do so The charity has calculated that the Government could save 200 million a year in hospital costs if it spent 100 million on home care Tom Hughes Hallet the CEO of the charity says the choice to die at home is not there for everyone We want to give people the choice to die at home surrounded by their family and what people want time and time again is to be with their pets often their greatest friend in their life Very often the patient will got into hospital because they do not want to be a burden to their click here to read whole article and make comments Regulating suicide tourism in Switzerland by Michael Cook 5 Mar 2004 Frustrated by the Swiss central government s lethargy Zurich s public prosecutor is drafting legislation to clamp down on suicide tourism and to burden assisted suicide groups with red tape and expenses Last month the Swiss justice minister Christoph Blocher decided that a federal law on assisted suicide was not a priority for him even though the number of foreigners who have killed themselves in Zurich with the help of an organisation called Dignitas increased from 3 in 1999 to 91 in 2003 Prosecutor Andreas Brunner fears that suicide organisations may not be operating within the law Since most of their clients spend only a single day in Switzerland it is very difficult to assess whether they really have a long standing wish to die People with mental illnesses may also be ending their lives The law also stipulates that the patient must administer the poison himself but in one recent case an assistant poured a click here to read whole article and make comments Scientists can be rascals say journal editors by Michael Cook 5 Mar 2004 Some researchers are up to no good according to the annual report of the Committee on Publishing Ethics Although the number of misdemeanours 29 is a tiny fraction of the tens of thousands of scientific papers published each year the committee is drafting a code of ethics which requires editors to report them As the Nature News Service commented

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/P4660 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    Court has authorised provincial courts to arbitrate on requests for euthanasia IVF audit in Australia Xavier Symons 13 February 2016 Link tags Australia commercialization IVF An Australian consumer watchdog is conducting a wide ranging investigation into the country s IVF clinics Should we get rid of race in genetics Xavier Symons 13 February 2016 Link tags eugenics genetics racism Racial categories have long been used in genetics though recently academics have been discouraging their use Cruelty at home and abroad 13 February 2016 Link tags circumcision female genital mutilation Parents love their daughters and think that FGM is good for them like British parents who sent kids to boarding schools Clinton fumbles on end of life choices 13 February 2016 Link tags 2016 US election assisted suicide end of life issues Hillary Clinton No one had ever asked her about it before Zika still wrapped in mystery 13 February 2016 Link tags Zika Some reports suggest that the situation is far more complex than reports in the media suggest Edinburgh to host world bioethics conference 12 February 2016 Link tags bioethics conferences In the city of the Scottish Enlightenment Stem cell shenanigans by a Casanova in the Karolinska 07 February 2016 Link tags fraud stem cell research stem cells Celebrity surgeon Paolo Macchiarini under fire in Sweden and the US Preparing for medicine with artificial gametes 06 February 2016 Link tags artificial gametes Nuffield Council on Bioethics UK The Nuffield Council has produced an intriguing white paper Another euthanasia scandal in Belgium 06 February 2016 Link tags Belgium euthanasia Is autism grounds for a lethal injection LA doctor gets 30 years for prescribing pain killers to addicts 06 February 2016 Link tags malfeasance pain killers Will this have a chilling effect on doctors US military to offer sperm and egg

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/archive (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Celebrating Dutch euthanasia
    news cycle NVVE the leading Dutch right to die group is celebrating 15 years of Dutch euthanasia this week Depending on your point of view the festivities are either premature or long overdue The law legalising euthanasia in the Netherlands came into effect on April 1 2002 which means that NVVE is actually celebrating the beginning of the 15th year On the other hand euthanasia was effectively legal in the Netherlands for decades before that A 1991 government study the Remmelink Report found that in 1990 there had been 2 300 cases of voluntary euthanasia 400 cases of assisted suicide and 1 040 cases of involuntary euthanasia That was 25 years ago so perhaps that is a better baseline for the celebration Legalisation clearly has drawbacks though The number of cases of illegal involuntary euthanasia is no longer included in official government statistics O for the candour of the Remmelink Report MORE ON THESE TOPICS euthanasia Netherlands Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus comments powered by Disqus Search BioEdge Subscribe to BioEdge newsletter MOST READ Dutch psychiatric patients may get euthanasia too easily says US study Should we get rid of race in genetics A Dutch

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/pointedremarks/view/celebrating-dutch-euthanasia/11758/ (2016-02-18)
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