UK – University of Oxford
The brains of babies ‘light up’ in a very similar way to adults when exposed to the same painful stimulus, a pioneering Oxford University brain scanning study has discovered. It suggests that babies experience pain much like adults.
The Netherlands – Medical Xpress
Dutch doctors withhold/withdraw treatment in a substantial proportion of elderly patients, reveals research published online in the Journal of Medical Ethics.
US – Oncology Nurse Advisor
The Louisiana State Penitentiary Prison Hospice Program houses more than 5,000 male prisoners in various degrees of incarceration from minimum to super-maximum custody.
The Irish Times
Ireland has the fastest rising need for palliative care in Europe due to its rapidly ageing population, a new study suggests.
The Irish Times
The problem with the Fair Deal scheme is that it is underfunded and a waiting list has built up.
Canada – The Star
Tuesday’s budget will extend the period Canadians can draw on Employment Insurance (EI) to care for ailing loved ones.
Medicare officials are considering changes in the hospice benefit to stop the federal government from paying twice for care given to dying patients.
Radio New Zealand
The lawyer for a woman fighting for the right to die with her doctor’s help fears allowing other parties to become involved will turn the case into a euthanasia debate.
South Africa – Times Live
The Pretoria High Court is likely to hear a case next week that will determine if doctors can assist their patients to die if they are terminally ill.
Four organisations are working together in Wandsworth to better coordinate care for people with a progressive, life-limiting illness, help reduce inappropriate hospital admissions and enable more people to be cared for, and die, in their place of choice.