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.

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Why Embryonic Stem Cell Use is Unethical

9 Mar 2011

Rating: 3.68

If embryonic stem cells are meant to help treat and prolong life, and by this means spur hope to the afflicted, then, how can embryonic stem cell turn out to be unethical?

Clinical Trial Coordinators Need More Financial Conflict-of-Interest Training

1 Mar 2010

Rating: not rated

Medical professionals conducting clinical trials should provide more information about financial conflicts of interest before they talk to patients about participating in the trials.

Bioethicists Call For Public Debates On Future Uses Of Stem Cells

1 Mar 2010

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More than 40 scientists, bioethicists, lawyers and science journal editors are calling on their colleagues, policy makers and the public to begin developing guidelines for the research and reproductive use of stem cell-derived eggs and sperm...

Tragic Choices: Is It Better For Doctors Or Patient Families To Decide?

1 Mar 2010

Rating: 3.00

In the medical realm, people sometimes need to make very difficult choices, such as deciding to end life-support for a terminally ill patient.

Can We Afford The Cancer Care Of The Future?

1 Mar 2010

Rating: 5.00

When a cancer patient and his or her doctor discuss the value of a treatment option, the conversation usually centers on a consideration of the treatment's medical benefits versus its possible side effects for the patient. Increasingly...

Who Gets Expensive Cancer Drugs? A Tale of Two Nations

1 Mar 2010

Rating: 5.00

The well-worn notion that patients in the United States have unfettered access to the most expensive cancer drugs while the United Kingdom's nationalized health care system regularly denies access to some high-cost treatments needs rethinking...

Errors Involving Medications Common In Outpatient Cancer Treatment

1 Mar 2010

Rating: 2.33

Seven percent of adults and 19 percent of children taking chemotherapy drugs in outpatient clinics or at home were given the wrong dose or experienced other mistakes involving their medications

Setting Priorities For Patient-Safety Efforts Will Mean Hard Choices, Bioethicists Say

1 Mar 2010

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Is it more urgent for hospitals, doctors and nurses to focus resources on preventing the thousands of falls that injure hospitalized patients each year, or to home in on preventing rare but dramatic instances of wrong-side surgery?

New EU regulations force cosmetics firms to abandon safety tests in animals

27 May 2009

Rating: 3.50

New European Union (EU) regulations restricting use of animals to test the safety of shampoo, nail polish, and other personal care products are forcing cosmetic makers to seek alternative ways to test these products

An Islamic Medical and Legal Prospective Of Do Not Resuscitate Order In Critical Care Medicine

22 Feb 2009

Rating: 4.17

Autonomy is respected in all medical management. Competent patient my give informed consent, but incompetent patients like children or unconscious adult patients need the informed consent of their guardians or surrogate mangers.

Family Members of Critically Ill Patients Want to Discuss Loved Ones’ Uncertain Prognoses

14 Jan 2009

Rating: 3.33

Critically ill patients frequently have uncertain prognoses, but their families overwhelmingly wish that physicians would address prognostic uncertainty candidly.

Medical laws and ethics of Babylon as read in Hammurabi's code (History)

21 Oct 2008

Rating: 4.88

This study elucidated a glimpse on ancient Mesopotamia' society social and judicial order. It gives flavor of rough justice of (Eye for eye) principle.

Human Clone:Who Is Related To Whom

21 Oct 2008

Rating: 2.53

In principle, human cloning does not represent a forbidden interference in nature, on condition that its use is limited specifically to those cases that would benefit mankind

Current anti-doping policy: a critical appraisal

21 Oct 2008

Rating: 3.00

Current anti-doping in competitive sports is advocated for reasons of fair-play and concern for the athlete's health.

Ethical challenges related to elder care. High level decision-makers' experiences

21 Oct 2008

Rating: 5.00

Provides further insight into the ethical dilemmas and ethical challenges met by high level decision-makers', which is important since the overall responsibility for elder care that is also ethically defensible rests with them.

Informed consent for research in Borderline Personality Disorder

21 Oct 2008

Rating: 4.00

Caution should be exercised in obtaining informed consent for research from subjects with Borderline Personality Disorder. A literature review and recommendations for future research are discussed.

Enrolling adolescents in HIV vaccine trials: reflections on legal complexities from South Africa

21 Oct 2008

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This article outlines likely complexities for researchers and research ethics committees, including determining that trial interventions meet current risk standards for child research.

Army Still Using Physicians In Interrogation, Bioethicist Says

20 Oct 2008

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U.S. Army psychiatrists may be participating in the interrogation of detainees, while ignoring recommendations to the contrary from professional medical associations

Concerns Over Potential Future Use Of DNA Of Innocents On National Database

20 Oct 2008

Rating: 3.33

The inventor of DNA fingerprinting, Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys, of the University of Leicester, has voiced his concerns over the ethics of a DNA database.

Ethical Argument: Include Pregnant Women In Research

20 Oct 2008

Rating: not rated

Why aren't pregnant women included in most clinical trials?