ALGORITHM TO PREDICT DEATH IS APPROVED IN THE UNITED STATES

In the United States, the FDA has approved “the very first algorithm to monitor vital signs in patients in order to predict potentially fatal events a few hours before they occur”. Developed by the ExcelMedical Company, this form of “artificial intelligence” detects “subtle changes in vital signs and issues warnings up to six hours before a potentially fatal event occurs”. The…

What might explain the unhappiness epidemic?

Copyright: The Conversation, Academic rigor, journalistic flair. We’d all like to be a little happier. The problem is that much of what determines happiness is outside of our control. Some of us are genetically predisposed to see the world through rose-colored glasses, while others have a generally negative outlook. Bad things happen, to us and in…

Marcha por la Vida en París, 2018

La Marcha por la Vida en París, Francia,  se desarrolló el día 21 de Enero durante cuatro horas desde la plaza de Ponte Dauphine hasta la explanada de Trocadero, en el centro de París. Ante los retos a los hoy hacemos frente en la defensa y protección de la vida humana, la Marcha por la…

AMNIOINFUSION—EXPERIMENTAL FOETAL THERAPY, WHICH MUST BE INVESTIGATED IN CLINICAL TRIALS

In an article published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynaecology, bioethics and medical experts express their desire for a more in-depth investigation into ethical issues relating to “amnioinfusion”—experimental foetal therapy. They list ten key questions to be examined: the potential risks and benefits compared to alternatives, information for parents, consent, evaluation of results, fair access, conflicts of…

PRE-IMPLANTATION DIAGNOSTICS: THE SCANDAL SURROUNDING NON-VALIDATED TESTS

Pre-implantation diagnostics have been carried out since the 1990s to detect chromosomal anomalies in embryos prior to implantation. Several techniques have been devised for this purpose. Polar body biopsies were initially carried out prior to fertilisation. Polar bodies or globules are cells formed during egg maturation, which disappear after fertilisation. They should have the same…