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Bioethics in Organ and Tissue Transplantation: A Matter of Life and Death

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In the context of medical sciences, the human being has devised multiple techniques involving various therapeutic procedures to improve his health and combat the diseases that afflict him. One of these procedures is organ, tissue and cell transplantation, whereby a damaged organ is replaced by a healthy one. 
Organ, tissue and cell transplantation in Venezuela—for instance—has been one of the most relevant issues in the last four decades. However, it remains strictly taboo among Venezuelans generally due to ignorance or religious standpoints.  Despite this, for part of the population, donating an organ represents the prolongation of life and, for another, it is an act of giving whose origin is the deep awareness of the pain of others. Still, the absence of a culture of organ donation may give rise to other problems. 

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Contaminated water: a public health problem

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In the eighth plenary session of the United Nations held in New York (September 2000), 189 countries made a historic commitment: “To eradicate extreme poverty and improve the health and welfare of the world’s poorest people within 15 years,” laid out in the Millennium Declaration. However, in the report Health and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) published five years later, the international community was alerted to the fact that, while there has been some progress, there are still too many countries that are falling behind in the area of health…

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A larva in trouble

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The discussion about the toxic effect of glyphosate is creating differences of opinion among those who, at some point, believed in the harmlessness of this herbicide until receiving notice, through the Ministry of Justice, of the suspension of glyphosate spraying before October 2015, deadline set by the President of the Republic of Colombia…

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