Network News

  • When Doctors Give Warning
  • 7/15/2012
  • (To The Source) - There is more than one way to skin a cat, the old politically incorrect saying goes. There is also more than one way to euthanize a patient. In England, there is concern that a legitimate pain controlling treatment-known as palliative sedation-is being used inappropriately under what is known as the Liverpool Care Pathway, to make people dead.
  • Hospital Takes Away Wife's Rights to Care for Husband
  • 7/13/2012
  • (Sun News) - Seniors at Risk work to assist seniors and their families who have experienced institutional elder abuse by health care providers, facilities and public agencies. One of the cases is the case of a Pickering man, Arthur Hippe, who is hospitalized as a result of a stroke, and his spouse Marilyn Nelson whose legal authority to make decisions on his behalf is being ignored by the Ajax Pickering General Hospital.
  • Oregon Assisted Suicide Not "Last Resort"
  • 7/12/2012
  • (Secondhand Smoke) - The New England Journal of Medicine has long advocated assisted suicide in its pages. It now has a piece supposedly rebutting opponents of legalizing assisted suicide in Oregon. For example, it says that assisted suicide was not carried out on people with mental illnesses.
  • Mother of Injured Veteran Spreading Word of Wounded Warrior Project
  • 7/11/2012
  • (Stars and Stripes) - One month before Sgt. Shane Parsons had completed his service in the Army in September 2006, an improvised explosive device resulted in the loss of both of his legs above the knee and a traumatic brain injury that impaired his cognitive functions, including reading.
  • Death is Inevitable, Pain is Optional
  • 7/10/2012
  • (Mail & Guardian) - Mark O'Rourke's hair was fashionably gelled. He stood up from his desk, moved past the magazine beach scenes adorning his pin board and extended a cheerful hand of greeting. He looked younger than his 32 years and his green eyes sparkled with an obvious zest for life.
  • Hospitals 'Letting Patients Die to Save Money'
  • 7/09/2012
  • (The Telegraph) - Tens of thousands of patients with terminal illnesses are placed on a "death pathway" to help end their lives every year. However, in a letter to The Daily Telegraph, six doctors warn that hospitals may be using the controversial scheme to reduce strain on hospital resources.
  • Prisoners Should Not be Allowed to Starve Themselves to Death
  • 7/08/2012
  • (First Things) - I case in the UK raised my eyebrow-as so much happening there does these days. A convicted murderer in a mental hospital wants to starve himself to death, but can't because he is not in a prison-where he apparently could.
  • Drug Triggers Neuron Growth, Potential to Regenerate Brain Cells
  • 7/06/2012
  • (Canadian Press) - A drug commonly used to control Type 2 diabetes can help trigger stem cells to produce new brain cells, providing hope of a potential means to treat brain injuries and even neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's, researchers say.
  • Mother Claims She Had to Fight Hospital for Son's Life
  • 7/05/2012
  • (NBC San Diego) - The mother of a toddler claims she has had to fight hospital administrators to keep her son on life support. Two-year-old Zody Cervantes had meningitis and suffered a seizure in an emergency room nearly two months ago.
  • Neglected Patient Dies of Dehydration After Calling Police for Help
  • 7/03/2012
  • (Daily Mail) - A young patient who died of dehydration at a leading teaching hospital phoned police from his bed because he was so thirsty, an inquest heard yesterday. Officers arrived at Kane Gorny's bedside, but were told by nurses that he was in a confused state and were sent away.