Prenatal Testing: Is society offering a choice or a routine procedure?

Several days ago, the New Zealand Medical Journal published a viewpoint article, “Testing times: do new prenatal tests signal the end of Down syndrome?”, which considered the ethical implications of screening for Down syndrome (DS) using more advanced “non-invasive prenatal diagnosis” methods (you can read about the current screening programme here). The advocacy group, Saving […]

Awakening from PVS or revealing medical mistakes: on re-writing and re-reading textbooks – by Professor Grant Gillett

We are at the moment confronted with yet another case of apparent “wakening” from Persistent Vegetative State (PVS), prompting one commentator to claim that “We will have to re-write the medical textbooks” (for story, see here). I would like to suggest that it might be better to recommend reading the medical textbooks first. PVS is […]

Did geneticists really breach an ethical taboo? A comment by Rob Cole

[On Octobe 24, 2012 Rob Stein blogged this ‘Geneticists Breach Ethical Taboo by Changing Genes Across Generations‘ on npr.org. The article begins: Geneticist reported Wednesday that they had crossed a threshold long considered off-limits: They have made changes in human DNA that can be passed down from one generation to the next. The article goes […]

Must’ve been ‘that time of the month’ for her to cast that vote

Apparently there is a study coming out in a peer-reviewed journal that questions whether women’s hormones play a part in their voting preferences.  A journalist at CNN decided to run a story about this.  You can read more about it here, here, and here. After causing outrage the story has been retracted. The gist of […]

Young women, don’t drink because it’s high in calories: Is this the right message? – Stacey Broom

According to this article, A labour MP in New Zealand has argued that if young women knew how many calories there were in alcoholic drinks they might think twice before getting drunk. I’m not sure how I feel about this.  In New Zealand we don’t have a particularly healthy attitude to drinking.  That is just […]

Disconnect between memories and experiences, why Mondays aren’t so blue – By Stacey Broom

I came across an article, ‘Mondays Aren’t as Blue as We Think,’ which I found quite interesting.  Essentially what the author, Arthur A. Stone, says is that our feelings about experiences can be retrospective, in that what we remember of the experience shapes how we feel about the experience.  Rather than our actual experiences shaping […]

Running scared from perceived Potter partnership? – By Stacey Broom

I read an article yesterday that I found a little interesting. Apparently, a natural therapy clinic had been established at Whanganui Hospital but has since been put on hold due it its links with witchcraft. Okay, I admit to being a little naive about what a link with witchcraft means in 2012. To me, a link with […]