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World’s oldest man Masazo Nonaka dead at 113 just months after claiming title

  A great deal of media attention was given to 104 year-old Australian scientist, David Goodall, last year when he decided that he was ready to die, even though he had no terminal illness, and traveled to Switzerland to commit assisted suicide.  Masazo Nonaka chose a different path, illustrating the impact that family support can play …

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Intentional ending of a patient’s life more than ‘ medical error’?

  The airwaves are buzzing with the story about an Ohio hospital and doctor and deceased patients.   Death by fentanyl? Incompetence or negligence? Intentional to reduce prolonged suffering? “Mercy killings?”   Physician-assisted death is not legal in Ohio. However, Ohio State Senator Charleta Tavares, D-Columbus, introduced SB 249, Ohio Aid in Dying Act, on …

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Employers Need to Address ‘Caregiving Crisis,’ Study Finds

Consistently, one of the top reasons patients request assisted suicide is fear of becoming a burden on their family, friends and caregivers (Oregon Health Data). A new study by a pair of Harvard Business School researchers finds that employers underestimate, to their detriment, the struggle their employees face in balancing their professional and caregiving responsibilities.  Almost three …

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Reasons to Reject Physician Assisted Suicide

Euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide (PAS) are increasingly being legalized and primarily involve patients with cancer. Oncologists who care for persons with advanced, terminal cancer and who practice in jurisdictions where PAS/physician aid in dying (PAS/PAD) is legal now face individual decisions whether to endorse and/or participate in the practice. This editorial distills the arguments against …

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Hospital: Doc gave near-death patients excessive pain meds

An intensive care doctor ordered “significantly excessive and potentially fatal” doses of pain medicine for at least 27 near-death patients in the past few years after families asked that lifesaving measures be stopped, an Ohio hospital system announced after being sued by a family alleging an improper dose of fentanyl actively hastened the death of one of those patients. …

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