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Physio games: how rehab is coming to a screen near you

By Aidan Appleby Cosmin Mihaiu, a 26-year-old Romanian, co-founded Mira Rehab, which aims to make physiotherapy less monotonous for patients. Mihaiu claims that physical therapists have tried to use the Nintendo Wii with their patients, but that this system was designed for healthy people. Mihaiu is building on that concept, and designing video games that [...]

By | June 20th, 2016|News-Articles|2 Comments

When stars seek medical care, risk of ‘VIP Syndrome’ looms

By Aidan Appleby It is no secret that celebrities receive special treatment, even in the field of medicine. What is less known, however, is that this special treatment can often lead to a lower quality of care. This debate has been thrust into the spotlight in recent years, as music legends Michael Jackson and, more [...]

By | June 17th, 2016|News-Articles|0 Comments

Three-person babies IVF technique is ‘safe’

By Acacia Sheppard Imagine having three parents, all genetically responsible for your existence. This phenomenon has been a reality in the UK since October 2015 and allows women with serious genetic disorders to have healthy babies. In a normal pregnancy, mitochondrial DNA is passed from mother to child -  it’s completely maternal. This puts women [...]

By | June 13th, 2016|News-Articles|1 Comment

Berkeley doctor opens right-to-die practice in California

By Jack Beaumont Since the End of Life Option Act was put into place in the state of California on June 9, 2016, Dr. Lonny Shavelson has opened the first ever legal right-to-die practice in the state. This act, which authorizes adults who meet certain qualifications and have been determined by their physicians to be [...]

By | June 22nd, 2016|News-Articles|1 Comment

U.S. to Invest $200 Million to Shorten Organ Transplant Wait Lists

By Conor Bryant The U.S. government, led by the Department of Defense, announced plans on Monday to invest $200 million to help shorten the waiting list for organ transplants. It is designed to support technologies aimed at repairing and replacing cells and tissues, says Jeff Zients, director of the White House National Economic Council. $160 [...]

By | June 15th, 2016|News-Articles|1 Comment

Spread of Zika Virus Means that Rio de Janeiro’s 2016 Olympic Games Must Not Proceed

By Conor Bryant There are five reasons the Olympic games should not take place in Rio de Janeiro this year. The first begins back when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) declared Rio a “safe environment” for the Games in January. Brazil’s Ministry of Health temporized until February to declare Zika a notifiable disease and began [...]

By | June 7th, 2016|News-Articles|16 Comments

Does the Olympics in Rio Put the World in Danger of Zika?

By Conor Bryant A letter signed by over 200 scientists called the World Health Organization (WHO) to move or postpone the Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro due to the ongoing epidemic of Zika in Brazil. WHO responded by saying the Games in Rio does not pose a threat big enough to warrant moving the [...]

By | June 8th, 2016|News-Articles|2 Comments

May 2016 Newsletter

Global Bioethics Initiative (GBI) is dedicated to fostering public awareness and understanding of bioethical issues, and to exploring solutions to bioethical challenges. Through its events and activities, which include annual summer school programs on global bioethics, GBI seeks to keep the international community, policy decision-makers, the media, and the general public informed and aware of [...]

By | June 6th, 2016|News-Letters|Comments Off on May 2016 Newsletter

Ireland Abortion Ban Violated Woman’s Human Rights, U.N. Panel Says

By Genevieve Lewis In early June, the United Nations called on Ireland to amend its constitution in order to change the current laws regarding abortion, which were deemed a violation of human rights. The UN faces a deeply political struggle to change Ireland’s strict abortion laws because of the country’s Catholic roots. The United Nations [...]

By | June 28th, 2016|News-Articles|0 Comments

International Bioethics Summer School, 2015

Graduations always signify turning points; we’re so glad that our participants spent these past few weeks with us, and we hope they have learned a lot! We know we have! It is our hope that our students will take what they have learned through our summer program and apply it to their future endeavors, whatever [...]

By | July 18th, 2015|Past Events|1 Comment