bioethics

Can Doctors Become Agents of Social Change in Mexico?

April 9, 2018
A Mexican citizen's point of view on the systematic problem of prejudice and cruelty towards indigenous women within the Mexican public health system and his hope that Mexican doctors will again become leaders in the effort to heal Mexico’s citizenry of the rampant racism and classism that afflicts it.
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(Non) Free Will and Bioethics

May 1, 2017
Philosophers, religious thinkers, and laymen alike have pondered on the notion of ‘the freedom of the will’ for thousands of years. In the so-called Western ethical tradition it seems to have a more or less unequivocal meaning: conscious adult individuals without particular mental illnesses are free in choosing their moral norms and actions. But what if all these convictions, legal regulations and ethical frameworks are based on a profoundly faulty foundation – the assumption that the human will is in fact free? And if free will does not exist, how could physicians respect it?
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Human Breast Milk Sharing—Limited Regulation with Social Justice Implications

February 1, 2017
Knowing the great benefits of human breast milk, many parents who are unable to produce enough themselves have good reason to seek out private breast milk donors. There are, however, risks associated with private human breast milk sharing. Furthermore, for those families looking to receive a donation the competition is fierce. If families cannot find a donor on the unregulated market, they could turn to a milk bank. Sounds like a great option except, milk banks charge receiving families as much as $15 per 6 ounces of pasteurized breast milk. Families of limited means and resources, then, face a series of obstacles. So how can every child be provided the benefits of breast milk even if their family lacks the ability to pay the associated costs?
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The significance of 37

January 30, 2017
Mitochondrial gene transfer (MGT) is a new technique that might help us eradicate mitochondrial diseases by combining the healthy mitochondrial from one woman with the nuclear genes from another woman, resulting in baby having genes from two mothers. Despite the obvious advantage of avoiding serious hereditary conditions from abnormal mitochondrial genes, there are reasons to be concerned and cautious.
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