Blog Posts (8)
May 12, 2010
Featuring paired issues by Stanford’s Charles E. Murdoch and Christopher Thomas Scott and University of Alberta’s Amy Zarzeczny and Timothy Caulfield, the May issue of AJOB addresses the hot topic of the ethics of stem cell tourism.…
September 18, 2009
Why does the rest of the world get it when it comes to health care and we don’t? Perhaps we should take out our globes and world atlases and examine other countries to see how they do it and find some answers, suggests Arthur Caplan in his most recent MSNBC commentary.…
February 2, 2009
As reported in the LA Times health blog, Booster Shots, a grim economy is making global health organizations nervous that nations and individual donors are going to back out on their financial promises.…
January 29, 2009
How do you know that bioethics has made it big time in a country, in my humble opinion? Their government creates a bioethics commission, of course!…
January 23, 2009
Two men responsible for the melamine contamination scandal in China, Zhang Yujun and Geng Jinping, were given the death penalty by the Chinese government today and the company’s chairwoman, Tian Wenhua, was given life in prison for being responsible for the melamine-contaminated milk responsible for killing six children and hundreds of thousands of illnesses, says the International Herald Tribune.…
January 12, 2009
And you think your health insurance company is bad? Just be happy you don’t live in Mexico. There it takes two physicians, four bureaucrats, and quadruplicate forms to get life-saving medications in that country, and as Cecilia Velazquez, winner of this year’s red tape “prize” in Mexico has brought to our attention, Mexico’s healthcare system is a bureaucratic nightmare that is just unacceptable–to the point of winning said contest in her home country for the long waiting times, multiple hoops, and redundancies built into the system.…
December 1, 2008
Today marks the 20th World AIDS Day. In these last 20 years, medical research has sparked marvelous breakthroughs in the treatment of HIV/AIDS around the world–even in developing countries where for many years since the outbreak of this once-deadly, now nearly chronic, disease treatment was inaccessible due to cost.…
October 24, 2008
Chris MacDonald at The Business Ethics Blog has pointed out that Wal-Mart may be the “next Nike”, jumping on the business ethics bandwagon in China.…
June 5, 2012 12:12 pm
Two strangers living across the world from each other in the U.S. and Greece made medical history when they became the first to donate their kidneys in an intercontinental paired exchange, according to a press conference Friday at the Greek Embassy in Washington, DC.
May 18, 2012 12:49 am
Dr. Geeta Shroff began her career as an obstetrician, transitioned to pediatrics, but says that her work treating infertility eventually led her to develop embryonic stem cell therapies. She now treats patients with diseases ranging from neurodegenerative disorders such as ALS, to spinal cord injuries, to cerebral palsy and genetic disorders at her clinic, the Nu Tech Mediworld Nursing Home in New Delhi, which she describes as the world’s only medical facility “using embryonic stem cells to treat patients on a daily basis.”
May 11, 2012 11:56 am
Activists say Argentina now leads the world in transgender rights after giving people the freedom to change their legal and physical gender identity simply because they want to, without having to undergo judicial, psychiatric and medical procedures beforehand.
May 8, 2012 5:07 pm
A gang of 16 people has been arrested for running illegal kidney transplant operations in Changzhou, East China’s Jiangsu province, the provincial public security bureau announcedon Monday. Police in Changzhou rescued 20 young men who were being held by the suspects. They alsoarrested four human organ transplant intermediaries.
April 11, 2012 1:14 pm
Why is euthanasia more controversial in the United States than, for instance, in the Netherlands? What would need to change before the U.S. would legalize physician-assisted suicide?