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2011-05-18 08:31:00

ALBANY, N.Y., May 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Albany Law School Professor Alicia Ouellette's latest book, Bioethics and Disability: Toward a Disability-Conscious Bioethics, takes on the tension between disability rights scholars and bioethicists. According to some disability rights activists, bioethicists focus too broadly on the concept of patient rights at the expense of the practical challenges facing individuals with disabilities. "The book explores why this tension exists,...

2011-03-10 14:01:09

A review of research carried out over 20 years suggests that UK doctors appear to consistently oppose euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide (PAS). The findings - which appear in the latest issue of the journal Palliative Medicine, published by SAGE - highlight a gap between doctors' attitudes and those of the UK public. The study, carried out by Dr Ruaidhrí McCormack and colleagues Dr M Clifford and Dr M Conroy at the Department of Palliative Medicine, Milford Care...

2011-02-24 20:48:26

A survey on self-assessed well-being in a cohort of chronic locked-in syndrome patients: happy majority, miserable minority Most "locked-in syndrome" patients say they are happy, and many of the factors reported by those who say they are unhappy can be improved, suggest the results of the largest survey of its kind, published in the launch issue of the new online journal BMJ Open. The findings are likely to challenge the perception that these patients can no longer enjoy quality of life and...

2011-01-25 05:04:00

NEW YORK, Jan. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A new Harris/BBC World News America poll finds that large majorities of Americans now favor physician assisted suicide and euthanasia for terminally ill patients in great pain who wish to end their lives. It also finds that a majority of people over 65 now have written directives regarding the type of care they would like to receive, or not to receive, at the end stages of their lives. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100517/NY06256LOGO...

2010-10-01 14:51:20

In a review article published in the October issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings,(http://www.mayoclinicproceedings.com) Mayo Clinic physicians differentiate the ethical and legal permissibility of withholding or withdrawing life-sustaining treatments and accepted comfort measures, specifically palliative sedation, from that of physician-assisted suicide or euthanasia. Physician reviewers find that palliative sedation has an important place on the continuum of appropriate palliative care. "At the...

2010-08-26 13:52:09

The role of doctors' religious faith and ethnicity in taking ethically controversial decisions during end-of-life care Atheist or agnostic doctors are almost twice as willing to take decisions that they think will hasten the end of a very sick patient's life as doctors who are deeply religious, suggests research published online in the Journal of Medical Ethics. And doctors with a strong faith are less likely to discuss this type of treatment with the patient concerned, the research shows....

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...