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Month: January 2019

Why world-class end-of-life care should be our priority… not the slippery slope towards euthanasia

The Netherlands was the first to cross this particular Rubicon. It legalised euthanasia in 2002 for people who doctors judged to be experiencing unbearable suffering. Children as young as 12 are entitled to have their request to be killed considered. Parental consent is required up to 15, but parents have no veto once their child …

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Ohio physician allegedly ordered 28 people potentially fatal doses of opioid painkillers. Their families wonder why he wasn’t stopped.

Christine Allison and her husband, Troy, were watching television in their Columbus, Ohio, home last July when his breathing became erratic. She dialed paramedics and fetched her husband a paper bag to calm him while they waited. “I’ll see you in a minute,” she said in those frantic moments when the ambulance arrived. “I’m on …

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World’s oldest man Masazo Nonaka dead at 113 just months after claiming title

  A great deal of media attention was given to 104 year-old Australian scientist, David Goodall, last year when he decided that he was ready to die, even though he had no terminal illness, and traveled to Switzerland to commit assisted suicide.  Masazo Nonaka chose a different path, illustrating the impact that family support can play …

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Intentional ending of a patient’s life more than ‘ medical error’?

  The airwaves are buzzing with the story about an Ohio hospital and doctor and deceased patients.   Death by fentanyl? Incompetence or negligence? Intentional to reduce prolonged suffering? “Mercy killings?”   Physician-assisted death is not legal in Ohio. However, Ohio State Senator Charleta Tavares, D-Columbus, introduced SB 249, Ohio Aid in Dying Act, on …

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