Health

Mexico President Pena Nieto seeks to relax drug laws

Plan would see medical marijuana legalised and increase the amount of cannabis people can carry. Guerrero, Mexico – Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has announced a proposal to relax some of the country’s drug laws. The plan would see medicinal marijuana legalised and increase how much cannabis people can carry…. Source: Mexico President Pena Nieto seeks to relax drug laws – AJE News Read More »

Talking Point: Freedom of conscience threatened by monumental changes

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DOES Christianity oppose personal autonomy and human rights? Columnist and lawyer Greg Barns thinks so. He wrote a recent article “Powerful religious groups oppose personal freedoms” (Mercury, April 4), suggesting church opposition to euthanasia laws and same-sex marriage were examples of this anti-freedom bent…. Source: Talking Point: Freedom of conscience threatened by monumental changes | The Mercury Read More »

What does depression feel like? Trust me – you really don’t want to know

Darker than grief, an implosion of the self, a sheet of ice: no matter how you describe it, this is a terrifying state to be trapped in. This is Depression Awareness Week, so it must be hoped that during this seven-day period more people will become more aware of a condition that… Source: What does depression feel like? Trust me – you really don’t want to know | Tim Lott | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Why Bob Hawke is wrong about euthanasia

It is hard not to sympathise with Bob Hawke’s comments on euthanasia. He says that he can see no logical or ethical reasons for the ‘absurd’ position of making a person ‘suffer and suffer and suffer’… He puts the absurdity down to ‘quasi-moral and religious grounds’ against euthanasia, and political inertia… Source: Why Bob Hawke is wrong about euthanasia Read More »

Australian couple ‘did not reject Down’s baby’ Gammy

An Australian couple involved in an international surrogacy dispute did not abandon their surrogate baby, Gammy, in Thailand, a court finds. Australian David Farnell and his wife Wendy turned to surrogacy after they were unable to conceive naturally… Source: Australian couple ‘did not reject Down’s baby’ Gammy – BBC News Read More »

Tasmanian Labor, Greens push for legal access to medicinal cannabis

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PRESSURE is mounting on the Tasmanian Government to legalise the medicinal use of cannabis in the wake of Victoria’s historic decision to become the first state in Australia to do so. The Victorian Government passed the Access to Medicinal Cannabis Bill 2015 yesterday, giving patients legal access to the drug in exceptional circumstances… Source: Tasmanian Labor, Greens push for legal access to medicinal cannabis | The Mercury Read More »

10-Year-Old Boy’s Moving Poem Gives A Glimpse At Life With Autism

“I am odd, I am new.” A class assignment turned into something more for one family after their son wrote a touching poem and gave a peek into life with autism. Benjamin Giroux, a 10-year-old boy who is on the spectrum, wrote a poem titled “I… Source: 10-Year-Old Boy’s Moving Poem Gives A Glimpse At Life With Autism Read More »

Perth hospital ethics committee ‘divided’ on six-year-old Oshin’s cancer treatment

Princess Margaret Hospital’s ethics committee was ‘divided’ on whether Perth six-year-old Oshin Kiszko should have active treatment to attempt to cure his brain cancer, court documents show. A state-first Family Court ruling meant Oshin is now undergoing chemotherapy for brain cancer, and a second action to enforce radiotherapy is imminent… Source: Perth hospital ethics committee ‘divided’ on six-year-old Oshin’s cancer treatment Read More »

Bob Hawke calls for euthanasia to be made legal in Australia

Former prime minister says he has discussed end-of-life options with his wife, Blanche D’Alpuget. Bob Hawke has put his political influence behind the campaign to introduce assisted dying laws in Australia, saying it is “absurd that euthanasia is not legal in this country”… Source: Bob Hawke calls for euthanasia to be made legal in Australia | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Cannabis while pregnant ‘risks baby’s health’

Mums to be have been who smoke cannabis during pregnancy have babies that are more likely to be underweight or end up in intensive care… Source: Cannabis while pregnant ‘risks baby’s health’ – Northampton Chronicle and Echo Read More »

Canadian aboriginal community declares suicide crisis

Toronto: A Canadian aboriginal community of 2000 people has declared a state of emergency after 11 members tried to take their own lives on Saturday night. CTV News reported on Sunday that there were an additional 28 suicide attempts last month in the remote northern community of the Attawapiskat First Nation in Ontario… Source: Canadian aboriginal community declares suicide crisis Read More »

Canadian Attawapiskat First Nation suicide emergency

An indigenous community in northern Canada has declared a state of emergency after 11 people attempted to take their own lives in one day. The Attawapiskat First Nation in Ontario saw 28 suicide attempts in March and more than 100 since last September, Canadian media said, with one person… Source: Canadian Attawapiskat First Nation suicide emergency – BBC News Read More »

Italian doctor may have found surprisingly simple cure for Multiple Sclerosis

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An Italian doctor has been getting dramatic results with a new type of treatment for Multiple Sclerosis, or MS, which affects up to 2.5 million people worldwide. In an initial study, Dr. Paolo Zamb… Source: Italian doctor may have found surprisingly simple cure for Multiple Sclerosis – Private Health Care Read More »

Drug addiction should be treated like a learning disorder – not a crime

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People who misuse drugs are often jailed – the US has 25% of the world’s prisoners. But learning-based treatment would work much better. Since entering recovery 28 years ago, I’ve spent a great deal of time thinking about the conundrum of addiction. The most commonly accepted definition – the one used in psychiatry’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual… Source: Drug addiction should be treated like a learning disorder – not a crime | Maia Szalavitz | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

‘Ice Wall’ Is Japan’s Last-Ditch Effort To Contain Fukushima Radiation

Five years after the earthquake and tsunami, Japan is still picking up the pieces. Japanese authorities have activated a large subterranean “ice wall” in a desperate attempt to stop radiation that’s been leaking from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant for five years… Source: ‘Ice Wall’ Is Japan’s Last-Ditch Effort To Contain Fukushima Radiation Read More »

Tony Bates: We have the power to help those in a dark place

Suicide’s ripple effect touches us all, but a kind word can aid someone in need. The strength of the human spirit is phenomenal – on a good day. On a bad day, the human spirit can be vulnerable. And when we’re vulnerable, we are profoundly shaped by what happens around us… Source: Tony Bates: We have the power to help those in a dark place Read More »