Consultant Suspended after Confronting Surgeon who Planned to Operate Wearing Hijab

Mar 8, 2016 by

by Katie Strick, Mailonline: A hospital has suspended a consultant after he claimed that a Muslim surgeon walked out of an operation because she was asked to remove her religious headscarf. Dr Vladislav Rogozov, 46, claimed in an online blog that he confronted her before the surgery when he realised she planned to wear the Islamic hijab which was against safety regulations. But the unnamed surgeon refused, walking out of the operation and forcing staff at Sheffield’s Royal Hallamshire...

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The Hippocratic Oath: Quaint Relic or Solemn Vow?

Mar 3, 2016 by

by Philip Hawley Jr, Public Discourse: Despite its naysayers, the original Hippocratic oath remains an enduring icon of medical ethics because it eschews the unbound and nebulous principles of modern bioethics in favor of traditional virtues and transcendent truths. Hippocrates lived in the fifth century BC and subscribed to the archaic notion that illness results from an imbalance of four bodily “humors” (black bile, yellow bile, blood, and phlegm). His classic oath begins with a pledge to...

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Is there a difference between genetic engineering and eugenics?

Feb 27, 2016 by

By Xavier Symons, BioEdge: It is an oft-raised concern that genetic engineering may one day morph into a eugenics movement. Many are trying to differentiate the two, arguing that genetic engineering as such is merely an exciting scientific development that will help humanity rather enable an insidious ideology. Writing for the Washington Post recently, journalist Robert Gebelhoff raised some of the ethical questions relevant to new CRISPR gene editing research. Gebelhoff argues that the issues...

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Mother clears hurdle on path to giving birth to own grandchild

Feb 26, 2016 by

by John Bingham, Telegraph: A mother has won the right to challenge a decision barring her from giving birth to her own grandchild using frozen eggs from her daughter who died of cancer. The 60-year-old, who can be identified only as “Mrs M”, argues that her daughter had been desperate to have children and asked her to “carry my babies” before her death at the age of 28 in June 2011. She hopes to take the eggs to a clinic in the US to be fertilised with donor sperm in what, it is thought,...

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As a donor-conceived adult, I would like to know my real father

Feb 20, 2016 by

By Elizabeth Howard, The Conservative Woman: The anguish of infertility is well known. Most people know someone who has struggled to have children, and no one would deny the pain people endure when they know they cannot have children of their own. This desire to have children is so strong, so fundamental, that scientists seem to acknowledge almost no limits to the quest to cure infertility, and give infertile couples that which they most desire: a child. So it is that the desire to have a...

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We’re all mental patients now

Feb 20, 2016 by

By Brendan O’Neill, Spiked: I’m starting to think I’m the only person in Britain who isn’t suffering from mental illness. You can’t so much as peruse social media or skim-read a newspaper these days without being confronted by personal confessions of mental ill-health or scary-sounding reports about how many people are falling victim to some kind of mind turmoil. ‘British mental health is worse than ever’, said a headline this week. Apparently even the ‘one in four’ figure that’s...

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