Issues Magazine

Issues Magazine 108

An overview of what's in this edition of Issues.
As has been the case since clay was cutting-edge technology, making representations of life helps us to orient ourselves in an otherwise bewildering universe.
Health risks for premature babies can persist well beyond childhood. Cell-based therapies may be the answer to serious lung complications in later life.
In vitro fertilisation has helped many couples overcome fertility issues but its success rate is much lower than many people realise.
A proposed law debated in the New South Wales parliament last year, which aims to recognise the foetus as a person, sparked concerns about encroachments on women’s reproductive rights. But similar laws in other states haven’t had that effect, and acknowledging the legal status of foetuses may, in fact, spark a more nuanced conversation about abortion.
A study has called into question the belief that higher rates of medical intervention during childbirth in private hospitals is leading to better outcomes.
Increasing longevity is one of the benefits of a modern age, but with it comes the responsibility to properly care for our ageing citizens.
When a patient is declared brain dead, what options are available for family members? Who decides his or her fate?
Physician-assisted dying legislation seems inevitable. We all need to try to make it as safe as possible.
More land for cemeteries and more sustainable burial practices will help address Australia’s burial space shortage.
We are among the first humans to be regularly living and working with robots. What do we expect from our new robot companions?
Despite its importance, organ and tissue donation is not often discussed. DonateLife’s school resources are moving the conversation into the classroom.
Empowering doctors to kill can have incalculable consequences. It is definitely worth debating.
Reprogramming the software of life takes genomics and bioengineering into a new dimension, and it incites both fascination and concern.