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  • People with Severe Dementia Should be Starved and Dehydrated to Death
  • 7/18/2012
  • (Peter Saunders) - There is an editorial in the British Medical Journal this week by a retired professor of philosophy titled 'Sanctity of life law has gone too far'. Raanan Gillon reviews the case of M, a woman in minimally conscious state, who was the subject of a court of protection ruling last year.
  • Rethinking Youth Sports to Prevent Kids' Head Injuries
  • 7/17/2012
  • (The Hill) - Youth sports are important. Now girls, as well as boys, have an opportunity to bephysically active and learn new skills. Whether participating in an individual or group activity, sports teach children and young adults that hard work and personal discipline will help them achieve their personal best.
  • My Cup is Half Full
  • 7/16/2012
  • (By Mark Pickup) - Last month, British Columbia Judge Lynn Smith declared Canada's laws banning assisted suicide unconstitutional. Apparently it is not fair for severely disabled people to be denied suicide when healthy and able-bodied people can take their own lives. Really?
  • 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.