The new ethical frontier: DIY eugenics
A disruptive technology promises both medical advances and moral controversy.
Vaccination: ‘No jab, no pay’ policy has a serious ethical sting
The Australian government's plan to withhold cash benefits for unvaccinated children is ethically precarious.
Cool heads are needed on the abortion-breast cancer link
Ostracism, scorn and denial are not good strategies for dealing with an important public health issue.
Tipping the balance towards humanity in World War Z
Can the craze for zombie films help us to understand the dangers of epidemic diseases?
We’re all mad here
That's the message of the new edition of the bible for American psychiatrists, DSM-5. Diagnostic inflation is about to become hyperinflation.
Chile and Ireland, where motherhood really is safe
What makes these two countries so similar in matters of maternal health and abortion?
Bill Gates and his mixed up global health agenda
Bill and Melinda Gates want to stop polio and also the growth of third world population. One of these campaigns could be undermining the other.
Thomas Szasz: man versus myth
An unconventional psychiatrist reminds us that the zeal to help is easily corrupted by a need for control.
It’s babies lost, not born, that tend to shorten a mother’s life
A new study based on Danish registries shows abortion is not safer than birth.
The Fix: How addiction is invading our lives
Addiction to cupcakes, coke, drink or the horses is not a disease, but a choice, says a reformed alcoholic.
Is it possible to have safe, legal and rare euthanasia?
A leading medical journal in the UK is backing a movement for the legalisation of assisted dying.
Will pigs usher in the next medical revolution?
Transplanting organs from pigs could be the answer to the shortage of organs for desperately ill patients.
A hospice in the womb
When prenatal diagnosis brings bad news about their child, parents deserve a real choice of paths. Happily, there is a beautiful option available.
Organ donation: crossing the line
Linking the "right to die" with organ donation has opened a terrible Pandora's Box.
Too much information?
The PR department of a hospital thought so, but patients are entitled to consider all sides of an issue such as euthanasia.
After the war on tobacco - a campaign for self-control?
Is it really more difficult than fighting multinational corporations on every front?
Your Constitutional right to be crazy
The man who killed six people and seriously wounded a Congresswoman in Tucson was crazy. But not crazy enough to be locked up.
Taking childbirth home
Thanks to the risk management brigade, a woman in an obstetric ward is little more than a potential plaintiff.
A tough call
Does conscience protection excuse a health professional from providing after-abortion care?
Pre-natal screening: where is the debate?
At the very least there should be a democratic debate on targeting Down syndrome babies for destruction.
Enough of ethnic cleansing in the womb
A group of New Zealanders are calling authorities to account for a genocidal campaign.
Pre-natal diagnostic techniques pave the way to eugenics
Ever-more sophisticated technology allows us to detect ever more genetic anomalies. What will we do with this knowledge?