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The most up-to-date WHO publication on the subject, the report may help 191 WHO Member States to ensure that genome technology is used to reduce rather than exacerbate global inequalities in health status. In the coming decades, information generated by genomics will have major benefits for the prevention, diagnosis and management of many diseases which have been difficult or impossible to control. At the same time, this new field presents a series of highly complex scientific, economic, social and ethical issues which are dealt with in the report."> The goal of the eHealth Code of Ethics is to ensure that people worldwide can confidently and with full understanding of known risks realise the potential of the Internet in managing their own health and the health of those in their care. "> In his closing remarks at the inter-institutional seminar on stem cell research held in Brussels on 24 April, EU Commissioner for Research Philippe Busquin welcomed the professionalism of participants in debating such a contentious issue. But despite the polite tone of the discussions, the ethical divisions between EU Member States were clearly evident. "> The accelerating pace of scientific and technological progress, which made it possible, within just a decade, to complete the first full sequencing of the human genome - and of a growing number of other living organisms - is heralding a new era in molecular biology and genetics, in particular for human medicine. However, it is going to take a very large-scale and long-term research effort if the promises of this 'post-genomic age' are to be realised. "> Medical skill has always been scarce. Originally, it was available only to those who could arrange to be with a practitioner. But technology has, over the past 170 years, provided successively better ways of providing medical service despite separation in time and space. The Internet, personal computers, wireless devices, high-resolution graphic displays, and similar technologies are just the current step in a process of distributed medicine that started with the telegraph."> Public anxiety is being raised by recent hype and speculation surrounding claims about human reproductive cloning. To help the public evaluate news about human cloning, the Royal Society has published the following statement of its position, together with a checklist against which to assess the claims."> Aging, chronic immune stimulation and chronic degenerative disease are logic consequences of life. Our genes and our life style can influence aging. Modern molecular medicine for the first time offers options to use that knowledge.

Aging is a normal biological process. It is the logic consequence of the fact, that we can only exist and survive thanks to the use of the oxygen that we breath and the interaction with other substances (e.g. food). During the processing of oxygen and food, highly oxidative molecules, called "free radicals", are formed. They have a number of important biological functions, a. o. in the regulation of the blood pressure, in supporting the immune system in its fight against micro-organisms and in the processes that lead to the removal of outdated cells in our body (apoptosis), thus enabling "fresh" cells to take over.

"> ESA telemedicine technology enables specialist physicians to perform detailed patient consultations from hundreds of kilometres away.
"> The Club of Amsterdam organised a conference about the future of healthcare focussing on the patient experience on May 28th, 2003. This report will give you a brief summary of the topics and the discussion between the panel and the participants of the Club of Amsterdam.">
Recent advances: Telemedicine
Genomics and World Health
eHealth Code of Ethics
Inter-institutional debate on stem cell research
Lifescience, Genomics, and Biotechnology for Health
Medicine on the Net
Human reproductive cloning: a statement by the Royal Society
"My Genes, My Health" Strategy
Distant doctors make their rounds via satellite
Manage your Health

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