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.
For decades people have nipped a wrinkle here, reduced a nose size there or paid for help boosting test scores. With this history of paying to improve our bodies and minds, why not extend that liberty to memory-improving drugs or brain-enhancing implants?
Male surgeons report the highest rate of mistakes in patient care, reveals a study of doctors' attitudes to "adverse events" in the journal Quality and Safety in Health Care.
The "rhythm method" may kill off more embryos than other contraceptive methods, such as coils, morning after pills, and oral contraceptives, suggests an article in the Journal of Medical Ethics.
One in three doctors agree that free drug samples influence prescribing, finds a small but representative US survey published in the Journal of Medical Ethics.
Genetic engineering is among the most complex and contested topics in today's world. In addition to questions about the human genome, other ethical concerns have arisen, especially regarding genetically modified foods.
A report written by an OHSU physician with more than a half century of medical experience contradicts both public and professional bias against the use of morphine in the final stage of life for patients with breathing difficulties.
A burgeoning industry that sells full-body scans to detect potential diseases – without a doctor’s referral – is running advertisements that frequently include unsubstantiated claims about the benefits of getting CT and MRI scans, while rarely provi
As Japan Thursday legalized organ transplants from brain-dead donors, officials are turning to the University of Florida for guidance as they struggle to educate their citizens -- many of whom believe death occurs only once the heart stops beating.
Are we ready for a future where brain scans invade our private thoughts? Will we have to alter our brains chemically to keep competitive at our jobs? Could science determine that "souls" do not exist, and, if so, what does that mean for how we t
An American flu pandemic would present difficult and tragic choices: As many as 90 million people might become sick, and widespread shortages of vaccine would likely leave more than 90 percent of the population unprotected in the pandemic's first year.
A national "Consortium to Examine Clinical Research Ethics" (CECRE) has been established at Duke University Medical Center to compile the first comprehensive information about oversight of clinical trials at medical centers, and to develop new w