After Linda was diagnosed with breast cancer, Bob began taking beautiful but totally ridiculous photographs of himself in a pink tutu.
David Oliviere, Former Director of Education and Training, St Christopher’s Hospice, UK, and Pam Firth, Independent Consultant in Psychosocial Palliative Care, consider the legacy of Frances Sheldon, one of the founders of the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC).
US- News Medical
A new review says palliative care’s association with end of life has created an “identity problem” that means the majority of patients facing a serious illness do not benefit from treatment of the physical and psychological symptoms that occur throughout their disease.
The first of a three part video-series exploring consumer experiences of palliative care in Australia. The video series was commissioned by Palliative Care Australia on behalf of The Consumer Health Forum of Australia.
Belgium- Deutsche Welle
Belgium is already known for its very liberal approach to euthanasia in Europe, but the approval of its expansion to include children has been fiercely debated. DW looks at the arguments for and against the law.
The Netherlands- The Information Daily
One in five people believe that doctors should be allowed to help the elderly who are not seriously ill, but who are tired of living, to die, says a study of 2,000 people in the Netherlands.
UK- The Telegraph
One of Britain’s most eminent authorities on end of life law has issued a warning against “tinkering” with assisted suicide on the eve of a landmark Supreme Court challenge.
US – The Huffington Post
Recent headlines and stories about a poll from The Pew Research Center’s Religion & Public Life project missed the real news. The poll showed that a majority of Americans say there are at least some situations in which a patient should be allowed to die.
Cicely Saunders Institute
Dr Barbara Gomes, research fellow at the Cicely Saunders Institute, was interviewed last month for the Portuguese TV programme Civil Society, following a new report published by Barbara’s research team examining preferences and place of death in Portugal.
Russia- Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Russia is home to roughly 100 hospices offering end of life care for patients and their families – a significantly lower per-capita ratio than in Western countries.
The Times of India
According to the latest World Cancer Report from the World Health Organisation (WHO), more women in India are being newly diagnosed with cancer annually. As against 4.77 lakh men, 5.37 lakh women were diagnosed with cancer in India in 2012.
US- Oncology Nurse Advosor
Doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, have developed a list of things they wished everyone knew about palliative care.
US- New York Times blog
The federal Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act, introduced Thursday in Congress, would provide paid leave for workers who need time off to care for family members with serious health conditions, to care for a newborn, or to recover from health problems.
ehospice have teamed up with the popular footballing blog ‘Tattooed Football’ to bring you this editorial from Matthew Wolfe, the Coach Development Officer at TackleAfrica. Matthew writes about the educational potential of football and how it can be used to raise awareness of HIV/AIDs.
ehospice South Africa
“I was born in Hlabisa. In my early years, it was an almost forgotten land and I decided I would rise above of my circumstances and become a beacon of hope for other young people in my community,” write Zipho.