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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    Disinherited in favour of euthanasia activist 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/Exit+International (2016-02-18)
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  • IVF crisis in Australia
    the dark about standards at an individual clinic This is problematic considering that individual clinic success rates vary wildly from 4 0 to 30 9 according to the 2012 ANZARD report The current system perpetuates a lack of accountability Houlahan remarks Year after year the poor performance of Australia s worst IVF clinics fails to be explained Yet these figures raise serious concerns about the practices of the clinics responsible The issue is there is no obvious plausible scientific explanation for IVF success rates in the single digits On their own without clarification these sorts of figures are simply outrageous and unacceptable Incidentally the growth of Virtus Health Australia s largest IVF provider has slowed dramatically Analysts attribute this to both fierce competition in the Australian IVF market and flat growth in IVF demand At the start of this month the company dramatically revised it net profit growth forecasts for 2014 2015 MORE ON THESE TOPICS Australia conflict of interest IVF regulation 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

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/ivf-woes-1-australia/11497 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    their patients competency to carry concealed weapons In particular a majority of physicians who responded to the survey said they were worried about the potential ethical consequences in the doctor patient relationship if they participated in the concealed weapon permit process Doctors slow to blow whistle Michael Cook 16 February 2013 Comments tags conflict of interest whisteblowing A lawsuit against the medical products giant Johnson Johnson has raised questions about doctors willingness to warn colleagues and patients about bad drugs or devices US bioethics centre queried about ties to drug industry Michael Cook 19 May 2012 Comments tags bioethics conflict of interest The US Senate s Finance Committee has asked seven organisations including the well known Center for Practical Bioethics in Kansas City for information about financial ties to the pharmaceutical industry Should Big Pharma fund bioethics Michael Cook 12 May 2012 Comments tags Big Pharma bioethics conflict of interest Gadfly a person who annoys or criticizes others in order to provoke them into action There is no better word to describe Carl Elliott a University of Minnesota bioethicist who is the profession s most savage critic In his column in the Chronicle of Higher Education this week he took up a favourite theme cosying up to the pharmaceutical industry He complains that too many bioethicists are being funded by Big Pharma which Dr Elliott tends to describe as a Mafia network Bioethicist resigns from Texas stem cell company Michael Cook 02 March 2012 Comments tags conflict of interest professional standards stem cells Enough I resigned from Celltex Therapeutics on effective 2 28 2012 I am preparing timely lengthy pointed comments on the whole matter This is a Tweet this week from Glenn McGee the embattled bioethicist who moved from the American Journal of Bioethics AJOB to a stem cell

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/conflict+of+interest (2016-02-18)
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  • Review of Kylie Trounson's The Waiting Room
    get in the way of hilariously wacky dialogue powerful drama and a stellar cast A human drama Nevertheless I think there is a lot that can be said for Trounson s imaginative reworking of the history of IVF in Australia IVF was a sociological turning point in 20 th century history challenging yet not fully eliminating what were taken to be immutable limitations on human procreation And there is something about this sociological phenomenon that cannot be captured by clinical analysis IVF is a drama that countless couples go through and to differing degrees of success the success rate for an average IVF cycle is estimated to be somewhere between 30 50 It s painful often traumatic and uncertain Sometimes it ends in joy sometimes in despair As Trounson deftly depicts there is something absurd in the contingency of the whole process Both couples in the play remain childless after their IVF cycles And to tell the story otherwise as Trounsen herself states would be disingenuous Commercial dangers At least one IVF pioneer is concerned about the gross commercialisation of the IVF industry in the Western world Trounson shares this concern and parodies the pristine and deceptively salubrious IVF clinics of the 21 st century A character sits down in the waiting room and is handed an iPad with the profiles of different sperm donors The blond haired 39 year old Brazilian architect is sold out but the bohemian 30 something folklorist is still in stock Raphaelo one the play s protagonists has just arrived at the clinic with his partner and immediately ridicules the affected title of the clinic New Hope In the midst of all of this the story of Alan Trouson and Carl Wood two scientists determined to give infertile couples the opportunity to conceive is favourably

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/review-the-waiting-room/11460 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    exploration of the emotional and moral complexities of IVF 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

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/review (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Nitschke’s campaign for re-registration falters
    something like rational suicide The world is changing and it is about time the medical profession caught up But the death of Peter Nugent a personal friend and assisted suicide supporter who had taken on his case on a pro bono basis was a blow Mr Nugent had end stage cancer but was responding well to chemotherapy and was looking forward to challenging his client s suspension by the Medical Board of Australia which was subsequently upheld by the Northern Territory Health Professional Review Tribunal During his suspension Nitschke has been exploring a new career direction as a stand up comedian He is currently in the UK rehearsing for a show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival Its provisional name is Dying Laughing I ve never done comedy before but let s face it you don t have to spend too long in Darwin in the medical professional to have a wealth of material he says MORE ON THESE TOPICS assisted suicide Australia euthanasia Philip Nitschke 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

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/nitschkes_campaign_for_re_registration_falters/11361 (2016-02-18)
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  • Indonesia executions Australia death penalty protest
    follow a precise procedure Prisoners are dressed in white with an x marked on their heart and then taken to a field where they are tied to a black cross or post Twelve guards line up to shoot the prisoners but only three have loaded bullets On a command of the leader of the firing squad do it the guards fire Prisoners have been known to take up to ten minutes to die after being shot Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has labelled the punishment a disproportionate use of force and a cruel and degrading treatment Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott expressed similar sentiments We deplore the death penalty we deplore drug crime but we deplore the death penalty particularly for people who have been so thoroughly rehabilitated It is however unlikely that the Indonesian government will grant clemency to the men Indonesian Prime Minister Joko Widodo has expressed his resolve to send a tough message to drug smugglers 75 of Indonesians support the death penalty as a punishment for drug related offences MORE ON THESE TOPICS Australia death penalty Indonesia This article is published by Xavier Symons and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/indonesian_executions_spark_death_penalty_debate/11357 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    24 January 2015 Comments tags death penalty Oklahoma USA The Supreme Court of the United States has agreed to hear a case on the constitutionality of a new execution method being used in Oklahoma correctional facilities Botched execution sparks outcry in US Xavier Symons 25 July 2014 Comments tags death penalty Another botched execution in the USA has reignited debate over the death penalty Botched execution in Oklahoma reveals chaotic state of death penalty Michael Cook 04 May 2014 Comments tags death penalty lethal drugs A botched execution in Oklahoma on Tuesday has revived the debate over the death penalty in the United States Musings from Peter Singer on the death penalty Michael Cook 27 October 2011 Comments tags death penalty Peter Singer utilitarianism Somewhat surprisingly on utilitarian grounds Peter Singer defends the possibility of imposing the death penalty At this moment there exists no situation in which it is needed even for those convicted of genocide Theoretically however there is nothing wrong with it Killing the willing Michael Cook 21 October 2011 Comments tags assisted suicide death penalty professional ethics On Thursday Oct 20 38 year old Christopher Johnson was executed by lethal injection in an Alabama prison after only four years on death row The average time between sentencing and death in the US is currently about 14 years but Johnson consistently declined to appeal or ask for clemency He had murdered his six month old son to spite his estranged wife Death row inmate offers to donate organs Jared Yee 10 March 2011 Comments tags death penalty organ donation Claims he can make profound benefit to society US anaesthetists banned from participating in executions Michael Cook 07 May 2010 Comments tags death penalty lethal injection primum non nocere Professional body insists on primum non nocere first do

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