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Biomedical ethics

Anuradha Lele Mookerjee, Bradford D Fischer, Susan Cavanaugh, Vijay Rajput
Behavioral and social science integration in clinical practice improves health outcomes across the life stages. The medical school curriculum requires an integration of the behavioral and social science principles in early medical education. We developed and delivered a four-week course entitled "LifeStages" to the first year medical students. The learning objectives of the bio-behavioral and social science principles along with the cultural, economic, political, and ethical parameters were integrated across the lifespan in the curriculum matrix...
May 20, 2018: Medical Teacher
Philippe Bonniaud, Aurélie Fabre, Nelly Frossard, Christophe Guignabert, Mark Inman, Wolfgang M Kuebler, Tania Maes, Wei Shi, Martin Stampfli, Stefan Uhlig, Eric White, Martin Witzenrath, Pierre-Simon Bellaye, Bruno Crestani, Oliver Eickelberg, Heinz Fehrenbach, Andreas Guenther, Gisli Jenkins, Guy Joos, Antoine Magnan, Bernard Maitre, Ulrich A Maus, Petra Reinhold, Juanita H J Vernooy, Luca Richeldi, Martin Kolb
Experimental models are critical for the understanding of lung health and disease and are indispensable for drug development. However, the pathogenetic and clinical relevance of the models is often unclear. Further, the use of animals in biomedical research is controversial from an ethical perspective.The objective of this task force was to issue a statement with research recommendations about lung disease models by facilitating in-depth discussions between respiratory scientists, and to provide an overview of the literature on the available models...
May 2018: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
Jihad Makhoul, Rana F Chehab, Zahraa Shaito, Abla M Sibai
BACKGROUND: Ethical research conduct is a cornerstone of research practice particularly when research participants include vulnerable populations. This study mapped the extent of reporting ethical research practices in studies conducted among refugees and war-affected populations in the Arab World, and assessed variations by time, country of study, and study characteristics. METHODS: An electronic search of eight databases resulted in 5668 unique records published between 2000 and 2013...
May 15, 2018: BMC Medical Ethics
Tetiana V Dukhovich, Ivan V Chopei, Kseniya I Chubirko
OBJECTIVE: Introduction:S. aureus is the main pathogen of skin, soft tissue and otorhinolaryngological infections as well as the cause of osteomyelitis, meningitis and endocarditis. In recent years the importance of S. aureus mediated infections has grown not only because of their widespread, but also due to their antibiotic resistance. Recent observations showed that the resistance is developed to each new antibacterial agent after 5 years of its intensive use. Based on the studies conducted in Ukraine, it is known that the resistance of S...
2018: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
Wiktor Paskal, Adriana M Paskal, Tomasz Dębski, Maciej Gryziak, Janusz Jaworowski
Biobanks play an increasing role in contemporary research projects. These units meet all requirements to regard them as a one of the most innovative and up-to-date in the field of biomedical research. They enable conducting wide-scale research by the professional collection of biological specimens and correlated clinical data. Pathology units may be perceived roots of biobanking. The review aims at describing the concept of biobanks, their model of function and scientific potential. It comprises the division of biobanks, sample preservation methods and IT solutions as well as guidelines and recommendations for management of a vast number of biological samples and clinical data...
May 5, 2018: Pathology Oncology Research: POR
Xinghe Zhang, Taipin Guo, Bowen Zhu, Qing Gao, Hourong Wang, Xiantao Tai, Fujie Jing
BACKGROUND: Preterm infants are babies born alive before 37 weeks. Many survived infants concomitant with defects of growth and development, a lifetime of disability usually as following when insufficient intervention. In early intervention of preterm infants, pediatric Tuina shows good effect in many Chinese and some English clinical trials. This systematic review is aimed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of pediatric Tuina for promoting growth and development of preterm infants. METHODS: The electronic databases of Cochrane Library, MEDLINE, EBASE, Web of Science, Springer, World Health Organization International Clinical Trials Registry Platform, China National Knowledge Infrastructure, Chinese Biomedical Literature Database, Wan-fang database, Chinese Scientific Journal Database, and other databases will be searched from establishment to April 1, 2018...
May 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Calvin Gerald Mole, Marise Heyns
A moral dilemma exists in biomedical research relating to the use of animal or human tissue when conducting scientific research. In human ethics, researchers need to justify why the use of humans is necessary should suitable models exist. Conversely, in animal ethics, a researcher must justify why research cannot be carried out on suitable alternatives. In the case of medical procedures or therapeutics testing, the use of animal models is often justified. However, in forensic research, the justification may be less evident, particularly when research involves the infliction of trauma on living animals...
May 1, 2018: Science and Engineering Ethics
Tianzhong Peng, Ying Cheng, Yuhao Jin, Na Xu, Taipin Guo
BACKGROUND: Chronic prostatitis (CP) is a prevalent genitourinary condition. Considering its safety profile, acupuncture can be an option treating CP symptoms. The aim of this review is to undertake a systematic review to estimate the effectiveness and safety of acupuncture on CP. METHODS: We will search all randomized controlled trials for CP in August 2018 in the databases of MEDLINE, Cochrane Library, Web of Science, EMBASE, Springer, WHO International Clinical Trials Registry Platform (ICTRP), China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI), Wan fang, Chinese Biomedical Literature Database (CBM), PsycInfo, Chinese Scientific Journal Database (VIP), and other available resources...
April 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Marjorie Borgeat Meza, Ximena Luengo-Charath, Marcelo Arancibia, Eva Madrid
In 2016, the new edition of the Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS) Ethical Guidelines was released, which are universally acknowledged as ethical standards in biomedical research. In this article, we critically analyze the improvements and shortcomings of the CIOMS Ethical Guidelines 2016. Among the improvements are the relevance assigned to the social value of research and its effects on decision-making and the creation of public policies; the research development in low-resources scenarios; the communities’ involvement in the research process; the determination of participants’ vulnerability and changes on informed consent related proceedings...
April 25, 2018: Medwave
Diane O'Leary
Biomedical diagnostic science is a great deal less successful than we've been willing to acknowledge in bioethics, and this fact has far-reaching ethical implications. In this article I consider the surprising prevalence of medically unexplained symptoms, and the term's ambiguous meaning. Then I frame central questions that remain answered in this context with respect to informed consent, autonomy, and truth-telling. Finally, I show that while considerable attention in this area is given to making sure not to provide biological care to patients without a need, comparatively little is given to the competing, ethically central task of making sure never to obstruct access to biological care for those with diagnostically confusing biological conditions...
May 2018: American Journal of Bioethics: AJOB
Kogieleum Naidoo, Nonhlanhla Yende-Zuma, Stanton Augustine
BACKGROUND: High early morbidity and mortality following antiretroviral therapy (ART) initiation has been a distinguishing feature of ART programmes in resource limited settings (RLS) compared to high-income countries. This study assessed how well body mass index (BMI: kg/m2 ) correlated with survival among HIV infected patients with and without TB co-infection. METHODS: We retrospectively evaluated clinical data from 1000 HIV infected patients, among whom 389 were also co-infected with TB, between January 2008 and December 2010, in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa...
April 25, 2018: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
F Zölzer
The International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) has recently reviewed the ethical foundations of its recommendations. The approach taken in its report is similar to principlism, i.e. the system of Beauchamp and Childress proposed in their 'Principles of Biomedical Ethics.' The commission identifies a number of 'core values' which have helped shape the evolution of the ICRP system of radiological protection, namely 'Beneficence and non-maleficence', 'Prudence', 'Justice' and 'Dignity'. In addition, 'procedural values' are cited that are important for the system's applications in practice, 'Accountability', 'Transparency' and 'Inclusiveness (Stakeholder Participation)'...
April 24, 2018: Journal of Public Health
Nicola J Fawcett, Anna Dumitriu
The field of microbiology presents unique opportunities, and accompanying challenges, for artistic collaborations. On one hand, artistic works enable exploration of the aesthetics and of issues in biomedical science and new technologies, and draw in new, non-scientific audiences. On the other hand, creating art with microbes requires rigorous consideration of health and safety.Artists working in this field, known as Bio Art, tend to want to push the boundaries of what is possible or 'known', and work with new biomedical tools as they become available...
April 24, 2018: FEMS Microbiology Letters
Sulagna Dutta, Pallav Sengupta
Rabbit, a member of the Lagomorpha order, is the closest phylogenetic relative to humans, next to primates. It possesses greater acceptability as a laboratory mammal than primates in terms of husbandry, breeding ease, cost effectiveness, and legal ethical conveniences. Moreover, as a laboratory animal, the rabbit also owns its advantages over mice or rats, in terms of phylogenetic resemblance to human, size, blood volume, responsiveness, and other congruences enabling them to better imitate human physiological characteristics in biomedical research...
April 19, 2018: Journal of Basic and Clinical Physiology and Pharmacology
S Koschmieder, T H Brümmendorf
The requirements for optimal biobanking from the point of view of the clinical partner can be highly variable. Depending on the material, processing, storage conditions, clinical data, and involvement of external partners, there will be special requirements for the participating clinician and specialist areas. What they all have in common is that the goal of any biobanking must be to improve clinical, translational, and basic research. While in the past biomaterials often had to be individually stored for each research project, modern biobanking offers decisive advantages: a comprehensive ethics vote fulfilling state-of-the-art data safety requirements, standardized processing and storage protocols, specialized biobank software for pseudonymization and localization, protection against power failures and defects of the equipment, centralized and sustainable storage, easy localization and return of samples, and their destruction or anonymization after completion of an individual project...
April 5, 2018: Der Pathologe
Fernando Alfonso, Karlen Adamyan, Jean-Yves Artigou, Michael Aschermann, Michael Boehm, Alfonso Buendia, Pao-Hsien Chu, Ariel Cohen, Livio Dei Cas, Mirza Dilic, Anton Doubell, Dario Echeverri, Nuray Enç, Ignacio Ferreira-González, Krzysztof J Filipiak, Andreas Flammer, Eckart Fleck, Plamen Gatzov, Carmen Ginghina, Lino Goncalves, Habib Haouala, Mahmoud Hassanein, Gerd Heusch, Kurt Huber, Ivan Hulín, Mario Ivanusa, Rungroj Krittayaphong, Chu-Pak Lau, Germanas Marinskis, François Mach, Luiz Felipe Moreira, Tuomo Nieminen, Latifa Oukerraj, Stefan Perings, Luc Pierard, Tatjana Potpara, Walter Reyes-Caorsi, Se-Joong Rim, Olaf Rødevand, Georges Saade, Mikael Sander, Evgeny Shlyakhto, Bilgin Timuralp, Dimitris Tousoulis, Dilek Ural, J J Piek, Albert Varga, Thomas F Lüscher
The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) provides recommendations to improve the editorial standards and scientific quality of biomedical journals. These recommendations range from uniform technical requirements to more complex and elusive editorial issues including ethical aspects of the scientific process. Recently, registration of clinical trials, conflicts of interest disclosure, and new criteria for authorship -emphasizing the importance of responsibility and accountability-, have been proposed...
June 2017: The Egyptian heart journal: (EHJ): official bulletin of the Egyptian Society of Cardiology
K-F Becker, J Wipperfürth, E Herpel
Access to well-characterized human biosamples is one of the most important prerequisites for modern biomedical research. Biobanks play a decisive role here, as they provide corresponding biosamples for planned analyses. Many interfering factors influencing the quality of biosamples have to be taken into account. In addition to logistical, ethical, and data protection aspects, preanalytical variables in the context of sample acquisition, storage, and processing should be mentioned in particular. In this paper, therefore, the most important preanalytical influencing factors are presented systematically and an overview of current national and international activities for the standardized recording of these factors is provided with the goal of being able to better understand their influence on results and to minimize them in the near future...
April 4, 2018: Der Pathologe
Lynda Jones, Diana Gordon, Mary Zelinski
Students tend to be very interested in medical issues that affect them and their friends and family. Using cancer as a hook, the ART of Reproductive Medicine: Oncofertility curriculum (free, online, and NIH sponsored) has been developed to supplement the teaching of basic biological concepts and to connect biology and biomedical research. This approach allows integration of up-to-date information on cancer and cancer treatment, cell division, male and female reproductive anatomy and physiology, cryopreservation, fertility preservation, stem cells, ethics, and epigenetics into an existing biology curriculum...
March 2018: American Biology Teacher
Guillermo Martínez Pérez, Christine K Tarr-Attia, Bondey Breeze-Barry, Adelaida Sarukhan, Dawoh Peter Lansana, Ana Meyer García-Sípido, Anna Rosés, María Maixenchs, Quique Bassat, Alfredo Mayor
BACKGROUND: Adoption of prevention and therapeutic innovations to ensure that National Malaria Control Programmes meet their incidence reduction targets is highly dependent on the conduct of rigorous clinical trials. In Liberia, malaria control virtually halted during the recent Ebola epidemic, and could enormously benefit from innovations to protect its most vulnerable populations, including pregnant women, against malaria. Health policy-planners could feel more inclined to adopt novel interventions with demonstrated safety and efficacy when trialled among their women population...
April 2, 2018: Malaria Journal
Jingbo Zhai, Wei Mu, Jinhua Si, Yan Li, Chen Zhao, Hongcai Shang, Huanan Li, Guihua Tian
INTRODUCTION: Constipation is one of the most common complications in patients with stroke. Acupuncture has gained increased popularity for the management of constipation. However, there is a lack of supportive evidence on the efficacy of acupuncture for poststroke constipation. This systematic review aims to collect and critically appraise all the available evidence about the efficacy and safety of the acupuncture for constipation in poststroke patients. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: A comprehensive search of Pubmed, Embase, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, Web of Science, four Chinese databases (National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI), Chinese Biomedical Literatures database (CBM), Wanfang Digital Periodicals (WANFANG) and Chinese Science and Technology Periodicals (VIP) database), one Japanese medical database (National Institute of Informatics, CiNii) and one Korean medical database (Oriental Medicine Advanced Searching Integrated System, OASIS) will be conducted to identify randomised controlled trials of acupuncture for constipation in poststroke patients...
March 30, 2018: BMJ Open
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