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Should death be defined in strictly biological terms -- as the body’s failure to maintain the integrated functioning of respiration, blood circulation, and neurological activity? Should death be declared on the basis of severe neurological injury even when biological functions remain intact? Or is it essentially a social construct that should be defined in different ways?
You’ve likely heard the terms “palliative care” and “hospice care,” but may not understand how they can help patients and their families who are experiencing advanced disease and serious medical questions.
There is a wide and varied body of evidence to help guide and support revisions of best practices in providing palliative care, according to a new study from the nonpartisan, nonprofit RAND Corporation.
In a recently published analysis, data was collected from patients who died within one year of receiving a stem cell transplant to better understand what end-of-life for these patients entails and how it can be improved upon to ensure that a patient is dying in the way they would like.
The American Medical Association's (AMA) longstanding policy of opposing physician-assisted suicide may take a new turn when the AMA House of Delegates debates and votes on whether the association's Code of Medical Ethics should be amended.
A judge in California this past week overturned a 2016 state law that allows physicians to prescribe lethal drugs to terminally ill adult patients who are mentally capable of making their own decisions.
A 104-year-old Australian biologist who drew international attention to his right-to-die case ended his life in Switzerland on Thursday (May 10), the Associated Press reports. The end-of-life advocacy group Exit International, which helped David Goodall carry out his wish, told the AP the scientist died at 12:30 p.m. in Liestal, a town outside the city of Basel, where he had traveled to take advantage of Switzerland's assisted-suicide laws.
The Medicare hospice benefit is currently designed as a one-size-fits-all solution for a diverse population with varied end-of-life care needs, but Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) hold promise for innovative, high-quality hospice and palliative care.
The Montana House has given initial approval to legislation that would allow the state to execute doctors for writing a prescription for aid-in-dying medication for terminally ill adults who request it to peacefully end their suffering. The Montana House approved the bill, HB 536, by a vote of 52 to 48.
The Death with Dignity Act was transmitted by the D.C. Council to the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate on Jan. 6 for a 30-legislative-day review period under the Home Rule Act. H.J. Res 27, which would have overturned the measure, stalled without a floor vote in either chamber.
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