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Ending Privacy As We Know It

Threats to privacy and confidentiality swirl around. Each day the newspaper seems to report on stories that show the erosion of this fundamental human right. Larger legal and ethical conversation raised by new technologies and norms that make privacy a problem have to take place soon. The one solution that will not work is assuming our 20thCentury privacy rules will work for the 21stCentury and beyond.

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Organ donors to be asked if they are religious

People who join the NHS’s UK organ donation register are to be asked if they want their religious beliefs to be considered in the donation process. The question aims to reassure people that donation can take place in line with their faith or beliefs. It is hoped the measure can help to boost the low proportion of donors from black and Asian backgrounds.

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Cambodia releases surrogate mothers who agree to keep children

Thirty-two surrogate mothers charged with human trafficking in Cambodia for carrying babies for Chinese clients have been released after agreeing to keep the children, officials say. The women were arrested in June in a raid as part of a crackdown on the country’s commercial surrogacy trade.

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First baby born to woman with uterus transplanted from deceased donor

For the first time, a baby has been born to a woman who received a uterus transplant from a deceased donor, according to Hospital das Clínicas at the University of São Paulo School of Medicine in Brazil.

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Surrogate mothers: ‘I gave birth but it’s not my baby’

Canada has become a hot destination for parents-to-be looking for “altruistic surrogates” – women who give birth to babies they are not genetically related to and only charge pregnancy-related expenses in return.

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Now Mental Health Patients Can Specify Their Care Before Hallucinations and Voices Overwhelm Them

Psychiatric advance directives allow patients with serious mental illness to specify the treatment they want if they become too sick to say so. Patients, advocates and doctors believe such directives (called PADs) could help transform the mental health system by allowing patients to shape their care even when they lose touch with reality.

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Chinese scientist claims world’s first gene-edited babies, amid denial from hospital and international outcry

The Chinese government has ordered an “immediate investigation” into the alleged delivery of the world’s first genetically edited babies, as experts worldwide voiced outrage at such use of the technology. A joint statement issued by more than 120 Chinese scientists on the Chinese social media site Weibo condemns the human genome-editing research.

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Chinese scientists are creating CRISPR babies

When Chinese researchers first edited the genes of a human embryo in a lab dish in 2015, it sparked global outcry and pleas from scientists not to make a baby using the technology, at least for the present. It was the invention of a powerful gene-editing tool, CRISPR, which is cheap and easy to deploy, that made the birth of humans genetically modified in an in vitro fertilization (IVF) center a theoretical possibility. Now, it appears it may already be happening.

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Lietuvoje didelė dalis sergančių ŽIV dėl gydymo nesikreipia: ką specialistai pataria daryti

Vidinė stigma tarp ŽIV infekuotų asmenų Lietuvoje yra ypač didelė ir 90 proc. atvejų pasireiškia baime pasakyti kitiems apie savo teigiamą ŽIV statusą. 58 proc. dėl teigiamo ŽIV statuso jaučiasi beverčiai, o dalis tiki susidūrę su diskriminacija sveikatos priežiūros įstaigose, kur buvo taikomos papildomos apsaugos nuo jų priemonės ar net atsisakyta suteikti medicininę pagalbą.
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Ar žmogus turi žinoti, kiek jam liko gyventi? Atviras pokalbis su gydytoju

Santaros klinikų gydytojas hematologas, autologinės kaulų čiulpų transplantacijos poskyrio vyr. ordinatorius dr. Valdas Pečeliūnas nuolat susiduria su ekstremaliomis situacijomis, kai sprendžiama – jau sudėti ginklus kovojant už gyvybę ar dar nepasiduoti. Su mediku kalbamės apie tai, kas yra ori mirtis, kokią vietą šiuo požiūriu užima diskusijos apie eutanaziją ir kaip gydymo sėkmė priklauso nuo teisingo paciento ir gydytojo santykio.

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