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Got pain? There’s an app for that.

Got pain? There’s an app for that.

Posted On: Friday, November 30th, 2018

As palliative and hospice care month winds down, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has posted that there is a new smartphone app for treating pain. The app, ePAL, gives patients nearly instantaneous pain management. In a clinical study of more than 100 patients, the app significantly reduced patients’ pain over standard palliative care.

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The deadly advocacy of assisted suicide [THE WASHINGTON TIMES]

The deadly advocacy of assisted suicide [THE WASHINGTON TIMES]

Posted On: Thursday, October 11th, 2018

Published 10 October 2018 at The Washington Times: link to original article By G. Kevin Donovan ANALYSIS/OPINION: Preventing suicide, or encouraging it?  The announcement encourages residents to think about assisted suicide and offers resources which help a person pursue it, while all other organizations are trying to find ways to prevent suicide, and help those

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State Fair polls show that words can mean life or death

State Fair polls show that words can mean life or death

Posted On: Friday, September 7th, 2018

The Great Minnesota Get-Together is a wrap and Compassion & Choices jumped on the opportunity to cite statistics from the 2016 State Fair Poll, which included a question about support for assisted suicide. The 2016 poll shows public support at around 67 percent. Naturally, advocates consistently refer to these results as a strong indicator that we

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Too Close to Home: Twin Cities man assists his wife’s suicide

Too Close to Home: Twin Cities man assists his wife’s suicide

Posted On: Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018

Thomas Houck of Eden Prairie called 911 on August 16th, saying that he awoke to find his wife, Linda Conrad, had committed suicide. Linda had struggled with health problems since childhood: chronic migraines, severe stomach pain, allergies. She also suffered from depression. Later, Houck admitted that he assisted her in researching methods to end her life,

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“Fatal Flaws” Shows Assisted Suicide is About Despair, Not Terminal Illness

“Fatal Flaws” Shows Assisted Suicide is About Despair, Not Terminal Illness

Posted On: Friday, July 27th, 2018

In June, the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition and DunnMedia & Entertainment released Fatal Flaws: Legalizing Assisted Death, a full-length documentary examining the long-term consequences of legal assisted suicide. Kevin Dunn, the filmmaker, travelled to the Netherlands, Belgium, the U.S., and Canada to interview patients and physicians who have been affected by these laws, both assisted suicide

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Twelve Myths About Physician Assisted Suicide and Medical Aid In Dying [MD MAGAZINE]

Twelve Myths About Physician Assisted Suicide and Medical Aid In Dying [MD MAGAZINE]

Posted On: Monday, July 16th, 2018

Note: At the MN Alliance for Ethical Healthcare, we choose to use the term “assisted suicide” rather than the more common terms “medical aid-in-dying (MAID)” and “physician-assisted suicide (PAS)” We believe that “assisted suicide” most accurately describes the practice discussed below, because no matter who is assisting—a doctor, a family member, or an “Exit Guide“—the

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Suicide and Assisted Suicide: Two Sides of the Same Crisis

Suicide and Assisted Suicide: Two Sides of the Same Crisis

Posted On: Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018

If we give up the fight against assisted suicide, we will lose the fight against suicide, too. A crisis of meaning Last month we mourned fashion designer Kate Spade and television chef Anthony Bourdain, who both ended their own lives unexpectedly. These celebrity suicides have since sparked a national conversation about mental health and how

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