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2010-07-22 13:08:00

WASHINGTON, July 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Americans with Disabilities Act, the single most important piece of legislation to improve the lives of people with disabilities, will turn twenty on July 26. The anniversary is particularly poignant for Paralyzed Veterans of America, an organization that helped lead the charge for the groundbreaking act back in 1990. "The ADA has changed millions of lives for the better, helping to empower people with disabilities with some of the basic...

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2010-06-27 06:15:00

A German court has ruled that a dying person has the right to have life support turned off if that person has given their consent. Germany's Federal Court of Justice has acquitted a lawyer who had advised a daughter to cut off the feeding tube of a woman who lay comatose in a hospital ward. The patient had expressed her wish at an earlier time that she did not wish to be kept alive artificially. The lawyer appealed to the federal court after a lower court had given him a nine-month...

2010-05-20 06:00:00

NEW YORK, May 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- United Spinal Association will host its 3rd Annual Disability Leadership and Policy Summit commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on June 2nd at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. The Disability Leadership and Policy Summit will focus on ways to ensure that future generations of people with disabilities have access to improved rights and independence. The event is free and open to the public and...

2010-05-17 13:18:41

Nurses in Belgium who administer life-ending drugs in euthanasia and in cases without explicit patient request often act outside of the law, according to a study in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). Euthanasia is legal in Belgium if performed by physicians under strict requirements of due care, one of which is that they discuss the request with the nurses involved. Little is known about the role of nurses in euthanasia and in the use of life-ending drugs without a patient's...

2010-05-17 12:42:18

Despite fears to the contrary, the use of drugs to end life without patient request has not increased since euthanasia was legalized in Belgium, states an article in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). Euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide are controversial issues in the medical world. There are fears that the legalization of euthanasia will result in an increase in the use of life-ending drugs without explicit patient request, especially for vulnerable people such as seniors....

2010-05-11 08:49:00

ALEXANDRIA, Va., May 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For the very limited number of imminently dying patients whose pain is intolerable and unresponsive to other palliative interventions, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization believes that palliative sedation can be a treatment option that should be considered by healthcare providers, patients, and families. Palliative sedation refers to the lowing of patient consciousness using medications for the purpose of limiting...

2010-04-21 07:15:00

KINGSTON, N.J., April 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The debate over physician-assisted suicide and the right of incurably suffering people to end their own lives has again been brought to national attention by the HBO premiere of "You Don't Know Jack," on the HBO pay-channel, April 24th. The film is based on the book "Between the Dying and the Dead: Dr. Jack Kevorkian's Life and the Battle to Legalize Euthanasia," by Neal Nicol and Harry Wylie. Jerry Dincin, president of Final Exit Network (FEN),...

2010-04-05 05:00:00

Will Honor Senator Arlen Specter, Gov. Dick Thornburgh, Ginny Thornburgh and Liberty Resources, Inc. with 2010 Visionary Award: Tireless Advocates for People with Disabilities NEW YORK, April 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- United Spinal Association will host its inaugural Disability Leadership and Policy Summit on April 15th in Philadelphia, commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which was signed into law on July 26, 1990 and prohibits discrimination...

2010-03-29 11:23:23

It is time to discard the word euthanasia because it mixes ideas and values that confuses the debate about dying, states an editorial in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). "The end of life debate seems particularly burdened by confusion over the term 'euthanasia'," writes Dr. Ken Flegel, Senior Associate Editor and Dr. Paul H©bert, Editor-in-Chief, Canadian Medical Association Journal. "Both sides use it to further their ideological views: one side says murder, the other mercy;...

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2010-01-01 13:39:30

Montana becomes the third state in the union, following Oregon and Washington, to allow patients to seek physician-assisted suicide. This comes after the Montana Supreme Court ruled that there is nothing in the state laws that prevents it from happening. Both patients and doctors had been waiting for the ruling from the high court after a lower court decided a year ago that constitutional rights to privacy and dignity protect the right to die. The ruling will now give doctors in the state...


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