Students of Death: Euthanasia Doctors Seek Existential Answers at Auschwitz

Students of Death: Euthanasia Doctors Seek Existential Answers at Auschwitz

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 21, 2014

A group of Belgium's leading practitioners of euthanasia recently visited the Auschwitz concentration camp memorial to learn more about death and humanity. The trip proved to be just as controversial for the doctors as it did insightful. By Katrin Kuntz more... Comment ]

Dubious Middlemen and Greedy Doctors: Inside Germany's Medical Tourism Business

Dubious Middlemen and Greedy Doctors: Inside Germany's Medical Tourism Business

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 20, 2013

German hospitals are earning a billion euros a year with foreign patients. Sarkis Sargsyan is one, and like so many others, the Russian cancer patient fell into the clutches of a questionable middleman and greedy doctors. By Udo Ludwig, Matthias Schepp and Antje Windmann more... Comment ]

Sales Over Safety: Medical Device Makers Battle Tougher EU Laws

Sales Over Safety: Medical Device Makers Battle Tougher EU Laws

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 17, 2013

The European Parliament is set to vote next week on stricter laws for licensing medical devices. Fearing a drop in sales, manufacturers have launched a major PR and lobbying campaign that exaggerates potential risks to patients. By Nicola Kuhrt more... Comment ]

Lethal Exports: EU Riled by US Death Penalty Drug Controversy

Lethal Exports: EU Riled by US Death Penalty Drug Controversy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 10, 2013

The possibility that a common anesthesia drug may soon be used in the United States to execute death-row inmates is causing problems for European pharmaceutical companies. They worry the European Union may soon impose sanctions. By Charly Wilder more... Comment ]

Cutting Controversy: German Court Sets New Circumcision Rules

Cutting Controversy: German Court Sets New Circumcision Rules

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 27, 2013

In the latest twist in a controversy that has divided Germans, a regional court has ruled that doctors need to discuss circumcision procedures with the child before they can be carried out. more... Comment ]

AIDS Turning Point: 'A Cure Is Possible'

AIDS Turning Point: 'A Cure Is Possible'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 06, 2013

In recent years, a spate of findings have shown that HIV can essentially be eradicated in some patients. Now scientists are scrambling to finally find a cure that could drastically change the lives of millions of people worldwide. By Christoph Behrens and Veronika Hackenbroch more... Comment ]

Testosterone Boom: Pharma Firms Spread Male Menopause Myth

Testosterone Boom: Pharma Firms Spread Male Menopause Myth

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 29, 2013

A supposed epidemic of male menopause is upon us -- but in reality, this is a prime example of how pharmaceutical companies create and exploit new markets. Treatments such as testosterone gels could be doing more harm than good. By Jörg Blech more... Comment ]

Back from the Dead: Resuscitation Expert Says End Is Reversible

Back from the Dead: Resuscitation Expert Says End Is Reversible

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 29, 2013

Raising the dead may soon become medical reality. According to critical care physician Sam Parnia, modern resuscitation science will soon allow doctors to reanimate people up to 24 hours after their death. more... Comment ]

Unwitting Guinea Pigs: EU Seeks To Reduce Patient Protection in Medical Trials

Unwitting Guinea Pigs: EU Seeks To Reduce Patient Protection in Medical Trials

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 24, 2013

Strict regulations currently protect patients from being unwittingly used to test medications. But the EU is proposing changes to its Clinical Trials Directive that would eliminate the need for informed consent -- and be a boon to the pharmaceutical industry and other researchers. By Nicola Kuhrt more... Comment ]

Blood Purity: How a Bizarre Obsession Advanced Science

Blood Purity: How a Bizarre Obsession Advanced Science

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 31, 2013

Already years before the Nazis came to power, German scientists were propagating theories about blood purity. Though this obsession led to bizarre and dangerous theories about superiority and personality traits, it also led to medical breakthroughs. By Frank Thadeusz more... Comment ]