Category: News

A note meant nothing

by Amy Maas, Stuff, 29 May 2016 Click here if you or someone you know needs assistance. Ms Maas reports on the latest New Zealand suicide figures, and concerns that the actual figure may be even higher. From June 2014 to May 2015, 569 people are officially listed as having died by suicide or suspected suicide – the highest number… Read more »

The dangerously contagious effect of assisted-suicide laws

by Aaron Kheriaty, Washington Post, 20 November 2015 A recent study by Dr David Jones and Dr David Paton found that legalizing ‘Physician Assisted Suicide’ in Oregon, Washington, Montana and Vermont was associated with a 6.3% increase in total suicides (including assisted suicides). In particular, they noted that the introduction of ‘PAS’ did not lead to a reduction in nonassisted… Read more »

Sam Claflin Ends Twitter Chat on #MeBeforeYou

by Dominick Evans, Storify, 24 May 2016 Me Before You is a movie due to be released internationally on 3 June 2016.  Based on the book by Jojo Moyes, it tells the story of Will, a quadraplegic man, who falls in love with Louisa, his caregiver. Will commits suicide so that Louise can have financial freedom… Read more »

Why I don’t support euthanasia (and you shouldn’t either)

by Shakira Hussein, Crikey, 17 May 2016 Ms Hussein is an Australian diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and argues that “euthanasia marginalises an already vulnerable group and should not be legalised.” I did not give the issue of euthanasia any serious consideration until after my diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. Like so many others, I considered that opposition… Read more »

‘The one thing we have in common here is feeling lonely’

by Tommy Livingston, Tom Hunt, Rachel Thomas and Deidre Mussen, DominionPost, 20 May 2016   The DominionPost reports on the latest case of the death of an elderly person going unnoticed, this time in Wellington’s Dixon Street Apartments. The elderly man whose decomposing body was found at a central Wellington apartment block had a bulging letterbox… Read more »

New Zealand suicide reporting laws due to change, here’s what you need to know

by Laura Walters, Stuff, 18 May 2016 Click here if you or someone you know needs assistance. The Coroners Amendment Bill is currently being considered by Parliament. Amongst other things, it would change the way that self-inflicted deaths can be reported in the media before, during and after a coronial inquest. Ms Walters reports on the difficult issue… Read more »

Pfizer Blocks the Use of Its Drugs in Executions

by Erik Ekholm, New York Times, 13 May 2016 Mr Ekholm reports that Pfizer, a large pharmaceutical company, now requires wholesalers of seven drugs promise they will not be used for executions in the United States. The company says that “Pfizer makes its products to enhance and save the lives of the patients we serve, and strongly objects to… Read more »

What everyone should know about lab tests

by Shannon Haymond, Scientific American, 9 May 2016 Dr Haymond is the director of a medical laboratory at a children’s hospital in Chicago, and an Associate Professor of Pathology at Northwestern University. She notes a new study suggests that medical error causes 251,000 deaths in the United States each year, making it the third largest cause… Read more »

Moving to palliative care

by Elizabeth Caplice, Palliverse, 13 May 2016 Elizabeth Caplice turned 32 in April. i have been terminally ill for some time, under one definition or another, but the sort of treatment i am seeking now, and the way my body feels now, is changing. i know that i am getting ready to move from my oncology… Read more »