Surrogacy–the Impossible Dream of a Fair Trade Baby; The ‘Living Dead’: Prisoners Executed for Their Organs then Sold to Foreigners for Transplants; Death Row Doctoring: The Dicey Medical Ethics of Prison Executions; Baby Brain Scans Can Predict Who Is Likely to Develop Autism …
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Preconference Workshops explore issues that are at the forefront of contemporary conversations in bioethics. The workshops, held Jun 21st and 22nd, are designed to be interactive and are an opportunity for lively discussion.This year's workshop topics will cover "Maternal-Fetal Conflict" and "Current Issues in the Ethics of Organ Transplantation."  
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NEWS HIGHLIGHTS
FBI Raids Offices of Lab That Pays Doctors to Promote Genetic Tests
(STAT News) — Federal investigators searched a California DNA testing lab Wednesday and hauled away boxes of documents as part of a health care fraud investigation, according to former employees familiar with the matter. Proove Biosciences, an Irvine, Calif., firm that purports to determine a patient’s likelihood of becoming addicted to opioids, based on genetic tests and questionnaires, was raided by FBI agents and officers from the inspector general’s office of the Department of Health and Human Services. …
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Baby Brain Scans Can Predict Who Is Likely to Develop Autism
(New Scientist) — A machine-learning algorithm has analysed brain scans of 6-month-old children and predicted with near-certainty whether they will show signs of autism when they reach the age of 2. The finding means we may soon be able to intervene before symptoms appear, although whether that would be desirable is a controversial issue. “We have been trying to identify autism as early as possible, most importantly before the actual behavioural symptoms of autism appear,” says team member Robert Emerson of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill …
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Dozens of Recent Clinical Trials May Contain Wrong or Falsified Data, Claims Study
(Reuters) — Dozens of recent clinical trials contain suspicious statistical patterns that could indicate incorrect or falsified data, according to a review of thousands of papers published in leading medical journals. The study, which used statistical tools to identify anomalies hidden in the data, has prompted investigations into some of the trials identified as suspect and raises new concerns about the reliability of some papers published in medical journals. …
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Death Row Doctoring: The Dicey Medical Ethics of Prison Executions
(Medscape) — A lethal cocktail of medicines would be injected into those tubes, and Coleman would die. That was the plan. But a spate of executions in the run up to her execution had been botched. Instead of dying quick deaths, men injected with a lethal cocktail of drugs had writhed, seized, and foamed at the mouth. I was sent to witness Coleman’s death in case it was a long and drawn-out affair. …
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New Science Data-Sharing Rules Are Two Scoops of Disappointment
(STAT News) — In an editorial this week, the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) — which counts among its members the editors of such hard-hitting publications as the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and the BMJ — said that, starting in July 2018, members must require a data-sharing statement in all submitted manuscripts. …
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The ‘Living Dead’: Prisoners Executed for Their Organs then Sold to Foreigners for Transplants
(News.com.au) — Researchers say China is home to the most rampant illegal organ trade in the world and is the number one destination for ‘transplant tourism’. The practice sees desperate people — from countries where waiting lists are longer than their life expectancy or costs are exorbitant — travel overseas to buy an organ and have lifesaving surgery. But there’s a major catch: Researchers say the donor organs are often sourced illegally from prisoners executed for their religious, political or cultural beliefs, who have not consented to any of it. …
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Group: 504 Sought Life-Ending Drugs under New California Law
(ABC News) — At least 504 terminally ill Californians have requested a prescription for life-ending drugs since a state law allowing doctor-assisted deaths went into effect in June 2016, marking the first publicly released data on how the practice is playing out in the nation’s most populous state. The number released Thursday represents only those who have contacted Compassion & Choices, an advocacy group that provides information on the process. The organization believes the overall figure to be much higher. State officials have not released data yet. …
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Surrogacy–the Impossible Dream of a Fair Trade Baby
(Medical Xpress) — One of Førde’s findings is precisely this: When you are privileged, you also have the privilege to define the world according to your own standpoint. With support from the way in which surrogacy has been organised in India, it is perfectly possible to see the exchange as a pure win-win situation. Another of Førde’s findings is, on the other hand, that it is impossible to defend surrogacy in India as an arrangement between equals. It gives highly unequal results for the involved parties. The western parents can bring a baby home with them. …
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Note: News stories and events do not necessarily represent the Center's views. For additional commentary on many of the issues they raise, please see the CBHD web site at www.cbhd.org. Please visit www.bioethics.com for daily posts on bioethics news and issues.
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