Saturday, April 14, 2018
Mahatma Ghandi reputedly said, “A nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members.” We could paraphrase this in a contemporary context: a nation’s right-to-die laws are measured by how it treats the disabled.
Our lead story this week deals with the euthanasia of patients with an intellectual disability or autism in the Netherlands. Four bioethicists suggest that the necessary safeguards are lacking in these cases.
That is bad enough. But they go on to point out that the disabled have to deal with nigh-intolerable suffering for their whole lives. How does legal euthanasia make them feel? In the words of another author, “If society endorses the right of a person to seek physician assistance to end his or her life because of increasing loss of functional autonomy, what does that say about how our society values the lives of people who live with comparable limitations every day of their lives for years on end?”
NEWS THIS WEEK
by Michael Cook | Apr 14, 2018Not with great insight or sensitivity, according to a recent study
by Michael Cook | Apr 14, 2018Only two doctors have signed up
by Michael Cook | Apr 14, 2018Must also love the socialist motherland
by Michael Cook | Apr 14, 2018Grandparents sue to perpetuate bloodline
by Michael Cook | Apr 14, 2018Why are the mothers left holding the baby if the parents walk?
by Michael Cook | Apr 14, 2018Especially in Chicago where a CRISPR gorilla runs amok
by Michael Cook | Apr 14, 2018The fall appears to be strong and continuing
by Xavier Symons | Apr 14, 2018Society needs to be reminded of the transcendent.
by Xavier Symons | Apr 14, 2018Is there something wrong with consensual tongue splitting?
by Xavier Symons | Apr 14, 2018A recent article in the AMA Journal of Ethics says "yes".
IN DEPTH THIS WEEK
by Patrick Foong | Apr 14, 2018The FDA has a real role to play and should not be sidelined
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Are sperm counts declining around the world?
by Michael Cook | 14 Apr 2018 |
Several studies have reported a significant decline in sperm concentration and total sperm count among men from Western countries. Moreover, given recent findings that reduced sperm count is related to increased morbidity and mortality, the ongoing decline points to serious risks to male fertility and health. A recently-released video from The Economist outlines the problem.
Sperm count has previously been plausibly associated with environmental and lifestyle influences, including prenatal chemical exposure, adult pesticide exposure, smoking, stress and obesity. Therefore, sperm count may sensitively reflect the impact of the modern environment on male health across the lifespan and serve as a "canary in the coal mine" signalling broader risks to male health.
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