World media roundup – 16 December 2013

Categories: In The Media.

This guy travelled the country in a pink tutu just to make his wife laugh during chemo


After Linda was diagnosed with breast cancer, Bob began taking beautiful but totally ridiculous photographs of himself in a pink tutu.

A legacy of psychosocial care


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).

Public, patients and doctors confuse palliative care with end of life care, says new review

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.

Margaret & John discuss their experiences of palliative care

Australia- Vimeo

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 allows terminally ill child euthanasia

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.

Assisted dying debate brought to the fore in controversial study

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.

‘We tinker with assisted suicide laws at our peril’, warns Baroness Butler-Sloss

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.

New research shows wide support for patients’ end of life rights

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.

Barbara Gomes talks on Portuguese TV

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.

Russian doctor’s trial highlights suffering of terminally ill

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.

7 lakh Indians died of cancer last year

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.

Palliative care clinicians explain 10 points about the value of palliative care

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.

A federal proposal for paid family leave

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.

Tackling HIV/AIDS through football

ehospice Africa

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.

Zipho Zungu – A volunteer’s story

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.

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