Health

Doctors will have right to refuse assisted death requests under planned reforms

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Doctors will have the right to refuse to help terminally ill patients who wish to die provided they don’t obstruct people from seeking… Farrah Tomazin The Age In a high-level report to be considered by cabinet, an expert panel is set to recommend allowing doctors to hold a “conscientious… But medical clinicians who are willing to help patients end their life may be… Doctors will have… Read More »

Organ Donation: A Modern Act of Heroism

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“Live a Legacy of Life. Be an Organ Donor” Is there anything more heroic than saving a life? Marios Prikis University of Vermont Whether, it’s saving a child from drowning or pulling a driver from car wreckage, we are fascinated and profoundly moved by people who perform selfless acts on behalf of others. When it comes to donating an organ however, many consider this form of selflessness as… Organ Donation: A… Read More »

A healthy environment means healthy citizens and a more vibrant EU

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Europeans have some of the highest rates of anxiety, depression and other non-infectious diseases in the world. Today, on World Health Day, nature is an overlooked remedy, argues Magda Stoczkiewicz. Magda Stoczkiewicz Euractiv Every year, a quarter of Europeans suffer from depression or anxiety – accounting for half of all chronic sick leave. These, alongside other… A healthy environment… Read More »

Is the American Dream killing us?

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It isn’t often that economics raises the most profound questions of human existence, but the recent work of economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton (wife and husband, both of Princeton University) comes close. Robert J. Samuelson The Washington Post You may recall that a few years ago, Case and Deaton reported the startling finding that the death rates of non-Hispanic middle-aged whites had gotten worse — they were dying younger. The results were… Is the American… Read More »

Cecile Richards Thinks Women Need Drugs To Compete With Men

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Planned Parenthood’s president once again reveals feminists’ low regard for women’s unique creative capacities and contributions. Georgi Boorman The Federalist We knew that self-awareness isn’t exactly a defining characteristic of progressive Twitter crusades, but Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards blundered into a feminist faux pas recently. Richards was Twitter… Cecile Richards Thinks… Read More »

AEI Political Report — Environmental update: Climate change, tax reform, and health care postmortem

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  President Donald Trump recently issued an executive order scaling back federal regulations on climate change. Eleanor O’Neil, Heather Sims and Karlyn Bowman AEI In the April issue of AEI’s Political Report, we look at what Americans think about climate change and environmental and energy concerns. We also examine… AEI Political Report… Read More »

A different way of thinking

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What if the world stopped seeing autism as abnormal? Many people with Asperger’s syndrome or autism embrace their condition. They seek respect for ‘neurodiversity’, not a… Words by Mark White Pictures by Nick Cubbin and Damien Pleming SBS Even after Dawn-joy Leong was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome in her early 40s, she felt there was something missing. The description was too pathological, too… A different way… Read More »

Tough health choices

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The GOP’s efforts to destroy healthcare for millions has hit a snag: the need to win… Markos Moulitsas The Hill After years of futility, Republicans finally unveiled a program that would eliminate health insurance for… The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated that 24 million people would face life-threatening cuts to health insurance over the… Tough health… Read More »

A Clinical Trial Just ‘Reversed’ Type 2 Diabetes in 40% of Participants

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Type 2 diabetes, a disease wherein the body is incapable of producing sufficient levels of insulin or doesn’t respond to insulin correctly, can be a lifelong… Written by: Author: June Javelosa Editor: Christianna Reedy  Futurism   It leads to the build up of blood sugars and in the cell’s inability to receive the energy it needs to function… It’s also more likely to afflict people over the age of 40, those who… A Clinical Trial… Read More »

Amazon men in their 80s have the arteries of Americans in their 50s

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Lancet study shows diet low on processed carbs, saturated fats and active living boost heart… Amina Zafar CBC News The Tsimane living in the Amazon have the lowest reported levels of age-related hardening of the arteries in the world, say researchers who encourage Westerners to learn from these Bolivian rainforest… Atherosclerosis was thought to be a natural part of… Amazon men in… Read More »

An ‘essential medicines’ list could ensure all Canadians have access to the drugs they need

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We could actually save upwards of $3 billion per year Nav Persaud for CBC News Surveys and polls regularly show how proud Canadians are of our universal health care system, particularly in light of what’s going on nowadays in the U.S. Indeed, unlike many of our southern neighbours… An ‘essential medicines… Read More »

The assisted suicide project – a never ending story

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In June last year the Legal and Social Issues Committee of the Victorian Parliament released its report in the matter of the ‘Inquiry into End of Life Choices’. Paul Russell On Line Opinion Recommendation 49 of that report called upon the Victorian Parliament to legislate assisted suicide for people, “suffering from a serious and incurable condition which is causing enduring and unbearable suffering” and that… The assisted suicide… Read More »

Warning: living in a city could seriously damage your health

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More people than ever live in urban environments, where dirty air, noise and stress must be tackled Florence Williams The Guardian I recently spent some time walking around Washington DC, where I live, with an aethalometer sticking out of my shirt collar. I carried the… Warning: living in… Read More »

How behavioural insights can help us stop wasting money on medical tests

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In 2013 and 2014, more than 314,000 CT scans of the lower back were ordered in Australia, most of which showed no abnormalities. Peter Bragge ABC In routine cases of low back pain, X-rays and CT scans provide no meaningful information to guide treatment, exposing patients to unnecessary radiation. A number of… How behavioural insights… Read More »

Gum disease link to Alzheimer’s, research suggests

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Gum disease has been linked to a greater rate of cognitive decline in people with Alzheimer’s disease, early stage research has… Dominic Howell BBC The small study, published in PLOS ONE, looked at 59 people who were all deemed to have mild to moderate… It is thought the body’s response to gum inflammation may be hastening the… Gum disease link… Read More »

Leveraging women’s economic potential

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UN marks International Women’s Day with equality pledge Belen  Garijo Politico The role of women today is arguably more important than in any other time in history, ensuring women are strong contributors to our society and economies. To celebrate women… Leveraging women’s economic… Read More »