Immunization by vaccine saves thousands of lives. The benefits are much greater if everyone is vaccinated than if not, therefore it is essential that as many people as possible are vaccinated. There should be as few obstacles as possible to such a program in order to save as many lives as possible.


An important problem that many coutries face is the serious shortage of liver transplants. Many people are unable to use the advances of modern medical technology because of the unavailability of livers. According to the United Network for Organ Sharing, more than 17 000 people in US are currently w


There are many types of drugs, which exist under the sun. Heated debates have been going on trying to find out the true answer to a major question: Does the legalization of drugs give positive or negative results? The common perception is that such substances should be banned in order to protect the


"I am mature enough to know that I am too immature to have a baby." Minor's statement to her attorney prior to her judicial bypass hearing in Michigan, 1992. The Proposition today believes that limiting the right to have an abortion of teenage girls in any way has dire consequences for the women, fo


Human rights has been a controversial issue because it is very difficult to draw the boundary between the rights of the individual versus the rights of a group. At the same time, we accept the fact that while all humans are entitled to protection of natural, basic rights, there are always limits on


Ring-fencing medical knowledge is one of the great grotesqueries of our age (Johann Hari). We live in a world where corporate profits come before hundreds of thousands of human lives. Where the production of cheap life-saving medication is not allowed by international laws that uphold the interests


In his column on the BBC's website Professor Terence Stephenson has called for parents to be stopped from smoking in cars. If his calls were enacted it would be the latest in a long line of restrictions passed on smokers. But is it time to do away completley with the tradition of having a "ciggie" s


Many countries today have laws that prohibit smoking in public places because it affects non smokers as well. This damages their health against their will and could cause them lung cancer. But also it seems as though this law protects only one side and public places (which should be available to eve


Cosmetic surgery is getting more and more popular for modern people. Some people believe that it is a science to increase the beauty of a person. The basic aim of this surgery is to enhance the appearance of the individual that is done by altering the parts of the body. On the other hand, other peop


Every AIDS patient deserves humanitarian care and medicinal treatment, irrespective of where s/he is from or the laws of his/her Country. "In the case of Taxol, BMS claims to a bevy of patents on processes and patent regimes,blocking generic products in many countries." [[http://lists.essential.org/


Today, genetic modification seems to be the answer to everything. Yesterday the Times revealed plans for breeding genetically modified pigs in order to produce organs accepted by the human body to reduce waiting times for transplants. In the current global hunger crisis, GM foods could prove useful


Should countries like the UK follow Nicaragua in going for an outright ban on abortion or at the least restricting it by having a low time limit amongst other rules. Alternatively should they do the opposite and make sure that abortion rights are defended and extended


Immortality, living forever, has always been an ambition and goal for humans. And at least in so far as beating aging is concerned it is coming closer to reality as we cure diseases and we may eventually find a way to stop or turn back aging. If this happens would it be right for us to go ahead and


According to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, the United States is the "only wealthy, industrialized nation that does not ensure that all citizens have coverage" (http://www.iom.edu/?id=17848). Obama has pledged to reform the healthcare service by increasing coverage a


Many children in America eat large amounts of junk food, and this can cause health problems. In fact, junk food is even sold in the vending machines of many schools. This debate is about the good and bad points for how junk food should be banned. Whether you believe junk food is unhealthy, or you t


Professor Sir Michael Rawlings, head of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence accused drug companies of charging too much for their drugs. The drug companies say they have to cover the cost of getting a drug to market. So who's right?