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2011-06-16 15:24:00

WASHINGTON, June 16, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) approved a policy statement on physician-assisted suicide at its Spring General Assembly in Seattle on June 16. The statement, To Live Each Day with Dignity, passed with a vote of 191-1. It marks the first time the full body of bishops has issued a statement devoted to this issue. The full text of the statement will be available online at www.usccb.org/toliveeachday, along with...

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2011-06-03 13:43:55

Jack Kevorkian, who helped over 100 people commit suicide, died early on Friday at the age of 83. Mayer Morganroth, Kevorkian's attorney and friend, said he died at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan, where he had been hospitalized for about two weeks with kidney and heart problems. The Detroit Free Press said Kevorkian died from a blood clot that was lodged in his heart. Kevorkian, a pathologist, was focused on death and dying before he ignited a polarizing national debate over...

2011-06-01 11:58:00

WASHINGTON, June 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. bishops will debate and vote on a document on physician-assisted suicide at their Spring General Assembly, June 15-17, in Seattle. The document, To Live Each Day with Dignity, will be the first statement on assisted suicide by the full body of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). "After years of relative inaction following legalization of physician-assisted suicide in Oregon in 1994, the assisted suicide...

2011-05-31 13:01:56

Attitudes toward end-of-life care for cancer patients vary, but most patients, family members, oncologists and members of the public are receptive to withdrawing futile life-sustaining treatments in people who are dying, found a Korean study in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) (pre-embargo link only) http://www.cmaj.ca/embargo/cmaj110020.pdf. The study, by researchers in Korea, aimed to determine attitudes towards end-of-life care, as most previous studies looked only at euthanasia...

2011-05-26 18:35:00

SACRAMENTO, May 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The following is being issued by Californians Against Assisted Suicide. While the action by law enforcement to shut down a troubling helium-hood assisted suicide kit business operating in San Diego County is a positive development, there are still groups and organizations promoting the spread of assisted suicide as mainstream public policy. The practice of assisted suicide, legal only in Oregon and Washington, presents very real and dangerous...

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...


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