World Media Roundup – 26 August 2014

Categories: In The Media.

Centre for terminally ill cancer patients launched

India – The Hindu

The Mahesh Palliative Cancer Care Centre, a wing of Mahesh Foundation, was inaugurated on Sunday in Himayatnagar. 

Patient numbers overtake hospice funding

The New Zealand Herald

The number of patients under Waipuna’s Hospice care has increased by more than 100% over the past four years and funding has not kept up with the rapid increase.

Health minister reacts to suspected mercy killing, ruling out any legalisation of euthanasia

Czech Republic – Radio Prague

Health Minister Svatopluk Němeček has made clear that euthanasia for terminally-ill patients in the Czech Republic is nowhere near being accepted as legal practice.

Assisted suicide bill to come before Dail

Ireland – Independent

A new bill on assisted suicide is to be introduced to the Irish legislature when the Dail returns in the Autumn.

Healthcare fears, end of life decisions loom large in same-sex marriage cases

US – LGBT Nation

Dozens of couples are suing for the right to marry or to have their out-of-state marriages recognised in their home states, to ensure that they’ll be allowed to make critical end of life or life-saving decisions for their partners.

US to tighten restrictions on common opioid painkillers

US – Reuters

The US government is tightening restrictions on hydrocodone, an opioid painkiller contained in Vicodin and other addictive drugs.

Fewer painkiller deaths in states with medical pot

US – WebMD

States that have legalised medical marijuana tend to experience fewer overdose deaths from narcotic painkillers, a new study suggests.

SA palliative care documentary

South Africa – Berema Mail

A documentary, “From the Brink of Death”, shown on Sunday, explored the need for palliative care in South Africa.

Urban hospice

Denmark – world-architects news

NORD Architects have designed a new hospice in Copenhagen to reflect and support the notion that healing architecture has a positive effect on palliative patients.

Easing the pain and fears of dying children

South Africa – Time Live

Interview with Michelle Meiring, who is based at the Sarah Fox Convalescent Hospital in Athlone, Cape Town, and has been awarded a Discovery Foundation fellowship to complete her PhD on paediatric palliative care.

Prison hospice comforts dying, changes inmate volunteers as well

The Seattle Times

In the hospice program at Illinois’ Dixon Correctional Center, both patients and caregivers have been convicted of grievous crimes.

Spiritual needs of cancer patients important part of care

Medscape Medical News

“The intersection between faith, science, and healing is still hazy for many practitioners, and some are uncomfortable bringing spiritual practice into the care paradigm.”

DNR/DNI: More code than status


“Numerous practical hurdles exist in implementing advance care plans, and certainly the difficulty of interpreting the language in such documents goes without saying.”

Health services overwhelmed in northern Iraq

The Lancet

Iraq’s health services are struggling to meet the needs of millions of Syrian refugees and internally displaced Iraqis in the north of the country.

The extraordinary ordinary life and death of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

The Huffington Post

Ten years ago this month, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, who was instrumental in starting the modern day hospice movement, died.

Collaboration between reformatory for women in Ohio, USA and children’s hospice in Bloemfontein, South Africa

ehospice Africa

Music was in the air in a unique collaboration between a reformatory for women in Ohio, USA and a children’s hospice in Bloemfontein, South Africa.

Healthcare workers commence four day training in paediatric palliative care

ehospice Kenya

Two representatives from each of the 11 Level 5 Hospitals that have integrated palliative care are undertaking a four-day Introduction to paediatric palliative care training.

Consider the Conversation 2: Film coming to PBS stations September 26

ehospice USA

In one month, the second chapter in a series of films about how we want to live at life’s end will be seen on Public Television Stations across the country.

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