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Ebola: BA suspends flights to Sierra Leone in wake of virus

London - On Wednesday British Airways (BA) announced it was suspending flights to and from Liberia and Sierra Leone until end August in the wake of the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus that has struck a number of countries in West Africa.

Panel: CIA forced doctors to torture detainees

An investigation conducted by an independent task force has concluded that the Central Intelligence Agency has been forcing doctors, psychologists and other health care professionals to torture individuals detained during the 'War on Terror.'

Human head transplants within reach, says neuroscientist

Face transplants, the human genome map, and the cure for HIV—within one generation all three have made the leap from science fiction to science fact. Could head transplants some day also make that leap? One scientist thinks so.

No right to life for newborns, 'after-birth abortion' acceptable

Two Australian academics have received death threats after arguing in the Journal of Medical Ethics that newborn babies should be put to death if the mother wishes. They say killing a healthy newborn is the same as aborting a fetus.

Simple blood test can determine how long you have left to live

A simple blood test that measures the length of telomeres will be able to determine with accuracy how much longer an individual has to live, but ethical and legal questions abound.

Physicians Clash over Medical Ethics in Death Penalty Cases

Doctors are bound by oath to do no harm, and yet they are heavily involved in administering the death penalty. Because of ethical concerns some doctors are refusing to be involved in executions.

Baroness Warnock: Demented People Have A 'Duty To Die' For The Sake Of Society

Baroness Warnock aka Lady Warnock is a veteran UK Government adviser who deals with medical ethics. Warnock believes the "demented" are " wasting people's lives – your family's lives – and you're wasting the resources of the National Health Service."

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