Bioethics press synthesis

Japan: victims of forced sterilization will receive compensation

06 May 2019

Under the new law passed today, the thousands of surviving victims of Japan's forced sterilization program from 1948 to 1996 will each receive 3.2 million yen ($28,700).   About twenty victims...

Woman miraculously wakes up after 27 years in a coma

06 May 2019

“ The reason I shared her story is to tell people not to lose hope on their loved ones. Do not consider them dead when they are in such a state”. Munira Abdulla, a woman from the United Arab...

New Zealand: “If the bill on end-of-life 'choices' had been passed four years ago, I would be dead”

06 May 2019

Quadriplegic since the age of 17, a young woman explains: "for most of my life, I have been for assisted suicide."  But during the debates on a bill to legalize this practice in New Zealand, she...

Four 3-parent IVF clinics pending in the US: scientists push for approval

06 May 2019

Researchers at Columbia University in New York say they “have created embryos” for four patients and are ready to implant them. However, “they face a legal impasse”. The law prohibits the FDA...

Japan: a positive first global clinical trial with iPS

06 May 2019

In Japan, the five patients with age-related macular degeneration, who received the first induced pluripotent stem cell (iPS) transplant in March 2017, "have all endured the surgery well". The...

Women in their forties exploited by the UK’s reproductive business

06 May 2019

Older women in the United Kingdom are reportedly being exploited by in-vitro fertilization (IVF) clinics "trading on hope". These conclusions by the fertility observatory at the Human Fertilisation...

Towards self-powered pacemakers implanted for life?

06 May 2019

A new pacemaker model described in the journal Nature Communications has been successfully tested in pigs. The specific feature of this pacemaker is that it draws its energy from the heartbeat: it...

Vincent Lambert: cessation of care validated by the French Council of State

06 May 2019

The French Council of State today decided to validate the medical decision to "terminate the treatment" of Vincent Lambert, who has been in a vegetative state for the past ten years; the decision...


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