World Media Roundup – 28 November 2014

Categories: In The Media.

Rock doc: surgeon and writer Atul Gawande on old age and dying

New Statesman

What should doctors do when the drugs won’t work? Often it’s easier to push one more treatment than to acknowledge that “people have priorities other than living longer”.

I am thankful for 3 entrepreneurs working on the hardest problem in healthcare – dying

US – Medcity News

Writer Veronica Combs pays tribute to three people in the US who are working on “the hardest problem in healthcare – dying.”

Call for more investment in palliative care

Australian Ageing Agenda

Increased investment in palliative care can result in improved health outcomes for a person at end of life in a cost-effective way, Professor David Currow told the Australian Association of Gerontology national conference on Wednesday.

Could magic mushrooms become a new drug for hospice care?

US – PRI

Dr Charles Grob of the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center is a psychiatrist who has been studying how psilocybin, the psychoactive component of ‘magic mushrooms’, can reduce anxiety about death for cancer patients in the last months of their lives.

Recognizing National Hospice Month

US – The Sentinel Cumberlink

November is designated as National Hospice and Palliative Care Month in teh US. It offers hospice providers the opportunity to reach out to the community to raise awareness about the life-enriching support families experience through hospice care. Gil Brown, Guest Columnist, reflects on the importance of hospice. 

Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

UK – The Independent

GP Margaret McCartney argues that instead of seeing death as a repeated medical failure, we have to use medicine to care, if not cure, and ensure that at least by starting difficult conversations, we have a better chance to die in the way we want.

Palliative care doesn’t only go to the dying

US – The Georgia Straight

Dr Pippa Hawley is keen to shatter myths about palliative care. In a phone interview with the Georgia Straight, the UBC Medical School’s division head of palliative care emphasizes that it’s not only for those with terminal illnesses.

How end-of-life decisions are changing

US – WITF

While assisted suicide has been very much in the news, Dickinson College political science professor Jim Hoefler, an expert in end of life issues, says young American Brittany Maynard’s headline grabbing decision is a very small piece of the puzzle.