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Bioethics

Bioethics is the ethics of biological science and medicine. It is concerned with the ethical issues that arise in the relationship among life sciences, biotechnology, medicine, politics, law, philosophy, and theology.


Bioethics Articles

How Doctors Discuss Medical Errors
We can learn from our mistakes, but how willing are we to talk about them?

Date: 20 Oct 2008, Rating: 3.00

Guilt, Fear Loneliness Afflict Families And Caregivers After Medical Error
Guilt, fear and loneliness often afflict both the caregiver and the family in the aftermath of a medical error, feelings that can be overcome ...

Date: 20 Oct 2008, Rating: not rated

Computer System Can Carry On Conversations With Humans By Reacting To Voice, Facial Signals
A computer system that can carry on a discussion with a human being by reacting to signals such as tone of voice and facial expression is being developed by an international team including Queen's University Belfast.

Date: 20 Oct 2008, Rating: not rated

A Missed Shot: The Failure Of HPV Vaccination State Requirements
Experts from the University of Pennsylvania Center for Bioethics and Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics review the controversy surrounding the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine debate

Date: 20 Oct 2008, Rating: 5.00

Rethinking Who Should Be Considered 'Essential' During A Pandemic Flu Outbreak
Not only are doctors, nurses, and firefighters essential during a severe pandemic influenza outbreak. So, too, are truck drivers, communications personnel, and utility workers.

Date: 20 Oct 2008, Rating: not rated

Don't Tell Mother She Has Cancer?
When family members ask physicians not to disclose bad news to ill loved ones, clinicians often struggle to balance their obligation to be truthful to the patient with the family's belief that the information would be harmful.

Date: 20 Oct 2008, Rating: 4.00

Research Ethics Committees Identify And Correct Problems In Applications To Do Cancer Trials
Researchers running cancer trials are often critical of the Research Ethics Committee (REC) process they have to go through to get their trials approved, complaining that it’s too complex, burdensome and sometimes unreasonable

Date: 20 Oct 2008, Rating: not rated

When The Patient Can't Decide: Study Looks At Physician Perspectives On Surrogate Decision-making
Family members are often called upon to make medical choices for patients who are unable to do so themselves.

Date: 20 Oct 2008, Rating: not rated

Doctors Must Be Held Accountable For Complying With Torture, Experts Argue
Doctors who assist in torture or other forms of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment should face prosecution and licensing punishments

Date: 20 Oct 2008, Rating: not rated

Gene Therapy Research In Developing World Raises Ethical Red Flags
Early stage gene therapy clinical trials are recruiting patients from the developing world, providing medically deprived populations access to interventions that show promise but have largely unknown effects in humans

Date: 20 Oct 2008, Rating: not rated

Will Whole Genome Research Result In Genetic Profiling?
Recent technological developments have made it possible for scientists to sequence an entire human genome, but these advances may be a mixed blessing.

Date: 20 Oct 2008, Rating: 2.00

CBHD Statement on Recent Developments in Alternative Methods for Obtaining Pluripotent Stem Cells
The Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity (CBHD) applauds creative, ethical thinking in the search for new techniques for producing stem cells without harming human embryos.

Date: 27 Nov 2007, Rating: not rated

GPPC Report Ignores its Own Irony: Values are Vital in the Embryonic Stem Cell Research Debate
A report released today by The Genetics and Public Policy Center, summarizing the responses of the 2212 people who successfully participated in a survey on embryonic stem cell (ESC) research

Date: 27 Nov 2007, Rating: not rated

The Sanctity of Human Life
Human beings have the privilege of being able to think both absolutely and abstractly

Date: 27 Nov 2007, Rating: 8.00

The Importance of Theological Understanding
The development of an understanding of bioethics which is rooted in the health care professions and set within the context of Christian faith will neither answer all our current problems nor readily commend itself to the secularists who largely adorn the

Date: 27 Nov 2007, Rating: 7.00

Project to document ethical issues in asylum seeker treatment
A new project at Monash University is documenting the significant ethical dilemmas faced by medical and other health care practitioners working in Australia's asylum seeker system.

Date: 27 Nov 2007, Rating: not rated

Penn researchers examine the effects of meditation on early cognitive impairment
First study at Penn's new 'Center for Spirituality and the Mind,' created to explore relationships between spirituality and science in the human brain

Date: 27 Nov 2007, Rating: not rated

Penn bioethicst challenges scientists to lead the public in discussions about their work
Failure to do so may result in misunderstandings and missed opportunities

Date: 27 Nov 2007, Rating: not rated

Researchers offer proof-of-concept for Altered Nuclear Transfer
Scientists have successfully demonstrated that a theoretical-and controversial-technique for generating embryonic stem cells is indeed possible, at least in mice.

Date: 27 Nov 2007, Rating: not rated

The Ethics Of Prolonging Life In Foetuses And The Newborn
The Nuffield Council on Bioethics today announced a new Working Party to consider issues surrounding the prolonging of life in foetuses and the newborn.

Date: 27 Nov 2007, Rating: not rated