Tag: bioethics

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November 26, 2015

Body Integrity: Choice vs Design?

In my search for new topics I ran across the obscure “Body Integrity Identity Disorder,” or BIID.  This is described as a condition—if, indeed, it is a legitimate diagnosis—in which a person is troubled by the presence of a perfectly healthy body part, nominally a limb, and wants it amputated to restore a sense of personal wholeness.  One 2009 review argues that this is a... // Read More »
November 17, 2015

What Should Clinicians and Bioethicists Tolerate?

by J.S. Blumenthal-Barby

Last week I attended a talk by German philosopher Rainer Forst on “Toleration and Democracy”. Professor Forst, a student of Habarmas, was named “the most important political philosopher of his generation” in 2012.…

November 10, 2015

Bioethics: The Revolution is Over

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

At the recent 17th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Bioethics & Humanities, the association honored Baruch Brody with the Lifetime Achievement Award.…

November 5, 2015

So are “reprogrammed” stem cells “just as good” as those from embryos?

There is considerable enthusiasm for the use of “reprogrammed” pluripotent stem cells, or iPSCs, for use in the laboratory and as possible cellular treatment for people with certain injuries or diseases.  This enthusiasm is warranted; human iPSCs (hiPSCs) are readily obtained, and without the destruction of a human embryo as is needed to obtain a “natural” human embryonic stem cell (hESC).  Therefore, iPSCs are often... // Read More »
November 4, 2015

Bias and the safety of IVF

An article last week on Medscape reported that the results a new study on IVF were announced at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine 2015 Annual Meeting. The president of the ASRM was reported as saying the study findings “provide a lot of reassurance that the kinds of treatment that some couples need to conceive, including in vitro fertilization, are not risky.” However, this statement... // Read More »
October 29, 2015

Should my mentors look like me?

by Keisha Ray, Ph.D.

This past week I attended the annual American Society of Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) meeting in Houston, Texas.…

October 16, 2015

Babies and unnecessary pain in research

A Reuters news service article this week reported that many babies are subjected to excessive or unnecessary pain in the course of medical research.  The article provided a link to an online report from the journal Acta Paediatrica. The authors of the article in question (freely available through the link above) summarized their review of 46 recent (previous 2 ½ years) clinical trials testing analgesic... // Read More »
October 14, 2015

Dignity and Destiny: Humanity in the Image of God

The idea that human beings are made in the image of God is foundational for all of Christian bioethics. Sometimes such a foundational idea becomes so much a part of how we think that it is easy to forget that it could be misunderstood in ways that are quite harmful. In his book, Dignity and Destiny: Humanity in the Image of God, John Kilner has... // Read More »
October 7, 2015

Caring for people and animals

Last night the Taylor University Center for Ethics that I work with sponsored a Conversation on Animal Welfare and Christian Ethics that focused on the Evangelical Statement on Responsible Care for Animals which was just recently released and can be found on the Every Living Thing web site. To read the statement you can click on the “sign the statement” button which gives you the... // Read More »
October 1, 2015

PAS and Conscience?

Wesley Smith offers this link to a Dutch story about a family considering legal action against the general physician who declined to support a family member’s wish for assistance in dying. The article, which I was able to read only after Google toolbar translation from the Dutch, describes the case of a person who apparently was 19 years old and wanting to end her life... // Read More »