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  • BioEdge: Surrogacy in Mexico
    MORE ON THESE TOPICS Mexico surrogacy surrogate motherhood 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

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/surrogacy-in-mexico/11682 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Doin’ what comes natur’lly
    often people talk at cross purposes The report sets out five understandings of naturalness that show the different ways in which the terms natural and unnatural are used Neutral a neutral sceptical view that does not equate naturalness with goodness Wisdom of nature the idea that nature has found the correct or best ways of doing things and should not be tampered with Natural purpose the idea that living things have natural purpose essence or functions which is linked to what is good for them and which science shouldn t seek to change Disgust and monstrosity a response of disgust revulsion or fear prompted by novel technologies God and religion the idea that certain technologies distort God s creation or go against the will of God It is too simplistic to suggest that natural things are good and unnatural things are bad yet we see many examples of this being implied through the media in advertising and on the packaging of many products we buy Our findings show that people use the terms nature natural and unnatural to express a range of values beliefs hopes and fears said Roland Jackson the chair of the naturalness project Amongst the recommendations made by the committee is some finger wagging at journalists politicians policy makers manufacturers and advertisers to mind their language Tom Shakespeare member of the Council s Steering Group said The use of these words by journalists politicians and others to convey a good or bad view of science is lazy and clichéd People often have genuine concerns beliefs and values which should be answered not just dismissed Everyone involved in key debates about science should avoid using these terms unless they are willing to explore and engage with the hopes and fears that lie behind them Although the report concludes

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/doin-what-comes-naturlly/11681 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    Bioethics releases report on naturalness 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 Feb

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/naturalness (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    retractions stem cells Nature has retracted a paper and a letter both published in January which claimed that physical perturbation of cells could create genetic effects Disgraced South Korean cloning expert making a comeback Michael Cook 31 January 2014 Comments tags Hwang Woo suk Nature science fraud With the help of loyal supporters and the government Hwang Woo suk is forging a new career Search BioEdge Subscribe to BioEdge newsletter

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/Nature (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Is the antibiotic apocalypse nigh?
    bacteria in a fifth of animals tested 15 of raw meat samples and in 16 patients Prof Timothy Walsh of the University of Cardiff told BBC News All the key players are now in place to make the post antibiotic world a reality If MCR 1 becomes global which is a case of when not if and the gene aligns itself with other antibiotic resistance genes which is inevitable then we will have very likely reached the start of the post antibiotic era At that point if a patient is seriously ill say with E coli then there is virtually nothing you can do A commentary in The Lancet concluded that unless something significant changes doctors would face increasing numbers of patients for whom we will need to say Sorry there is nothing I can do to cure your infection Complacency is part of the problem because doctors and veterinarians around the world prescribe antibiotics so freely that bacteria are developing resistance rapidly And no new class of antibiotics has been developed since 1987 However the media and the public is finally becoming more aware of the issue Earlier this month microbiologists celebrated the first World Antibiotic Awareness Week Its spokeswoman Professor Laura JV Piddock of the University of Birmingham stressed the impact of poorer health on other aspects of society Every time we can t treat an infection a patient spends longer in hospital and there is the economic impact of not being in education or work The consequences are absolutely massive that s actually something people have not quite grasped MORE ON THESE TOPICS antibiotics public health 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

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/is-the-antibiotic-apocalypse-nigh/11676 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    Antibiotic resistance is as grave a threat as terrorism or climate change according to Britain s Chief Medical Officer 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

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/antibiotics (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: The underground Dutch system for do-it-yourself euthanasia
    want control over the end of their lives For the first time NVVE and another group Stiftung De Einder have acknowledged that they are already promoting a peaceful pill outside the existing legal framework The lethal drugs are ordered from overseas From China come pills and from Mexico come liquid barbiturates The packages arrive quickly sometimes disguised as a birthday card NRC says that although this arrangement is illegal there is no chance that the public prosecutor will charge anyone About 5300 people are euthanased legally in the Netherlands every year The NVVE did not disclose how many commit suicide using overseas drugs over and above this figure De Einder told NRC that it had given advice about its own service to 607 clients last year although it is unclear how many committed suicide One of NVVE s clients is 75 year old Jannes Mulder a doctor who had helped to euthanase several people himself A feature story in the NRC describes how he contacted China Mulder ordered through the mail powder for two people himself and his wife Payment was made through Western Union US 400 Two weeks later came a brown envelope with red Chinese postmarks There was a birthday card for John happy birthday It is a subterfuge that Chinese suppliers often use Inside the card was a sachet of powder Mulder put it in the basement Those around him know about it Jannes H Mulder is in charge of his own life He will soon test some of the powder on his goldfish I want to make sure it works he says NRC also tells the story of another client 83 year old Tom van Manen who stirred the Chinese powder into his breakfast yoghurt one morning in 2012 with the help of his daughter Kika

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/the-underground-dutch-system-for-do-it-yourself-euthanasia/11674 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Nitschke tells medical board to go to blazes
    a fundamental right The right of an adult to a peaceful death is a fundamental right This right is not dependent on degrees of sickness or medical expertise or any permission or authority that that the medical profession can give As such I reject the authority and role of the Medical Board in the furthering and development of end of life choice in this country Here are his plans in the wake of his decision I will continue to provide advice and information to patients and appropriate members of the public who seek it on the use of the premier end of life drug Nembutal I will continue to distribute and update my Peaceful Pill Handbook produce teaching videos and continue to run the Exit on line end of life forum as the law permits I will continue to run Exit End of Life Workshops in all Australia and other countries Workshops will run in all Australian cities over the next three weeks beginning in Darwin this afternoon This workshop series will be billed Workshops where you receive the end of life information doctors can not provide I will continue to provide appropriate and accurate information on suicide to patients and members of the public who request it In particular detailed information on the lawful use of Nitrogen and other inert gases to achieve a peaceful reliable death will continue I will continue to develop and market test kits to enable patients and members of the public to test the purity of Nembutal they acquire Making available reliable Nembutal test kits is consistent with the principal of harm minimisation I will not remove my name from the Peaceful Pill Handbook which I co authored with Dr Fiona Stewart This book is now the world s most popular guide that advises

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/nitschke-tells-medical-board-to-go-to-blazes/11672 (2016-02-18)
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