Month: November 2019

Major gaps persist in knowledge of the practice of assisted suicide and euthanasia

  ‘On November 8, 1994, the citizens of Oregon voted in favor of a Death With Dignity Act… Even though assisted suicide has been legal in Oregon for 25 years, there are big gaps in our knowledge of how assisted suicide and euthanasia work. An article in BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care by two Belgian …

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Former State Attorney General Vacco Hasn’t Changed Stance Against Assisted Suicide

  New York’s former top attorney remains opposed to efforts to allow terminally ill people to end their own life nearly a decade after he defended the state’s ban on the practice at the U.S. Supreme Court. Former New York Attorney General Dennis Vacco was one of four panelists who spoke on the issue to …

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Living Well: What’s the difference between hospice and palliative care?

  November is National Hospice & Palliative Care Month   Q: What is palliative care?  Kristine Cooper: Palliative care is an approach to patient care that is focused on comfort including physical, emotional and spiritual care. Patients may seek palliative care or palliation when they are suffering from a chronic illness, but it doesn’t necessarily …

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November Is National Family Caregivers Month

  Since at least 2000, presidents have designated November as National Family Caregivers Month to honor the more than 40 million caregivers across the country who support aging parents, ill spouses or other loved ones with disabilities who remain at home. “These everyday heroes, living quietly among us in families and communities across the country, …

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November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month

National Hospice and Palliative Care month is all November long. The goal is to raise awareness and support around the nation for programs that often go without notice… To most, Hospice means ‘giving up’ and ‘dying’. Hospice is a word that most shun away from and avoid like it’s a catchable cold. Despite common misconception, …

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Standing against assisted suicide

  Growing dissatisfaction among families whose terminally ill loved ones face excruciating suffering has ignited debate over whether people should be allowed to control their deaths by asking doctors for lethal prescriptions. On the side opposing assisted suicide is the Patients Rights Action Fund, led by executive director Matt Valliere. The group believes legalizing medically …

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Couple alleges psychologist tried to talk husband into killing terminally ill wife

  A Montreal couple is calling for disciplinary measures against a psychologist they say counselled one of them to kill the terminally ill other. When Miranda Edwards was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer she said she was determined to fight it. “I want to live, I want every medical intervention possible,” she said. …

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