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Scientists invent animal-free testing of lethal neurotoxins
Animal testing will no longer be required to assess a group of deadly neurotoxins, thanks to University of Queensland-led research. (2019-10-29)
Science wages a battle against the swine sector's costliest virus
A research team at the University of Córdoba has compared the behavior of two different strains of the Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus, to expedite the production of an effective vaccine in the future. (2019-08-28)
New scientific model can predict moral and political development
A study from a Swedish team of researchers recently published in the social science journal Nature Human Behaviour answers several critical questions on how public opinion changes on moral issues. (2019-08-26)
When working with animals can hurt your mental health
While it might sound like fun to work around pets every day, veterinarians and people who volunteer at animal shelters face particular stressors that can place them at risk for depression, anxiety and even suicide, according to research presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association. (2019-08-09)
Organ and tissue donation in patients considering MAiD: new guidance helps navigate emerging area
A new publication in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) aims to help health care teams navigate clinical and ethical issues that arise when patients choose to donate organs or tissue after medical assistance in dying (MAiD) or withdrawal of life-sustaining measures. (2019-06-03)
Law backs doctors who prescribe opioids to the dying
Some doctors fear litigation and professional ruin if they are seen to have overprescribed opioids to terminally ill patients, according to a University of Queensland researcher. (2019-06-02)
African mole-rats immune to 'wasabi pain'
A new report in Science provides the first evidence of a mammal -- the highveld mole-rat -- being immune to pain from exposure to allyl isothiocyanate, or AITC, the active ingredient of wasabi. (2019-05-30)
Otago ethicist shines light on lack of discussion about body donation after euthanasia
As New Zealand considers a bill looking to legalise euthanasia, an Otago University ethicist considers it's time to shine the light on the ethical complications surrounding body donation and assisted dying. (2019-05-08)
Ethical questions raised on body donation after medically assisted death
There are issues about the appropriateness of accepting or using MAID body donations; communication with donors including consenting processes, and the transparency surrounding MAID donation with staff, faculty and students. (2019-04-01)
Study shows endocrine-disrupting chemicals linked to equine metabolic syndrome
Endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in a horse's environment may play a role in the development of equine metabolic syndrome (EMS). (2019-02-13)
Lung lavage as new test method improves tuberculosis diagnosis in rhinoceros
An international team of scientists led by institutes in Berlin and Jena, Germany, performed repeated lung lavage as a new approach for tuberculosis diagnosis in rhinoceros. (2018-12-12)
No room for pollies' personal views in euthanasia debate
Whatever the opinion of the public, academics or medical professionals, QUT researchers say it will be politicians who decide on whether laws on euthanasia, or voluntary assisted dying, are changed. (2018-12-10)
Study examines aspects of conscientious objection among nurses
One-on-one interviews with eight nurses in Ontario revealed that nurses making conscientious objections to ethically relevant policies lack concrete supports and need protection in healthcare practice settings. (2018-10-17)
Puppy killing disease rampant in Australia
A University of Sydney study has found that canine parvovirus (CPV), a highly contagious and deadly disease that tragically kills puppies, is more prevalent than previously thought with 20,000 cases found in Australia each year, and nearly half of these cases result in death. (2018-10-09)
How do people die in Switzerland today?
Today, almost two thirds of deaths in Switzerland aren't unexpected. (2018-04-20)
New study investigates whether Hans Asperger actively assisted the Nazi euthanasia program
Pediatrician Hans Asperger, after whom the condition of Asperger syndrome was named, actively cooperated with the Nazi regime, according to a study published in the open-access journal Molecular Autism. (2018-04-19)
Researchers find doubling shelter cats' space radically reduces upper respiratory disease
Feline upper respiratory infection in shelter cats can be dramatically decreased by doubling cage sizes and providing cats with two compartments, reported Morris Animal Foundation-funded researchers at the University of California, Davis. (2018-04-10)
Altruism changing Western society
Altruism based on individual values is changing Western society. People in Western countries have seen a rise in individualism for quite some time, and this in turn helps to create generations of people with altruistic mindsets. (2017-06-07)
Potential number of organ donors after euthanasia in Belgium
An estimated 10 percent of all patients undergoing euthanasia in Belgium could potentially donate at least one organ, according to a study published by JAMA. (2017-04-11)
Physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia in the ICU -- experts debate ethical issues
Physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia is a topic of intense debate in society, not least among critical care medicine specialists, who treat many patients at or near the end of life. (2017-01-18)
Drug-caused deaths among health care professionals: New insights revealed
An Australian-first study conducted by Monash University has found that from 2003-2013, nearly five deaths per 1,000 employed Australian health care professionals were caused by drugs, with a significant association between specific professions and drug type. (2016-11-21)
Beer eases final moments for euthanized invertebrates, study finds
A scientist sought a humane way to end the lives of snails in a laboratory. (2016-10-06)
Study of euthanasia trends in Belgium has lessons for other countries
A new study on euthanasia trends in Belgium, which shows an increase in reported cases since legislation was introduced, provides lessons for countries that have legalized assisted dying. (2016-09-12)
Food puzzles enhance feline wellbeing
Greater understanding of the importance of environmental enrichment in enhancing an animal's physical and social environment is bringing benefits for pet cats -- particularly those that are kept solely indoors. (2016-08-31)
The story of how a touch screen helped a paralyzed chimp walk again
The case of Reo, a male chimpanzee that learned to walk again after being paralyzed due to illness, shows how much can be done to rehabilitate animals injured in captivity. (2016-07-05)
Despite increasing global legalization of physician-assisted suicide, use remains rare
Despite increasing legalization of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide (PAS) worldwide, the practice remains relatively rare and, when carried out, is primarily motivated by psychological factors such as loss of autonomy or enjoyment of life, rather than physical pain. (2016-07-05)
Euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide increasingly being legalized, although still relatively uncommon
Euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide in the United States, Canada, and Europe are increasingly being legalized, but they remain relatively rare, and primarily involve patients with cancer, according to a study appearing in the July 5 issue of JAMA. (2016-07-05)
Clinical manual addresses how to approach organ donation after euthanasia
A new practical manual addresses the controversial topic of organ donation after euthanasia, providing guidance to clinicians whose patients have requested euthanasia and the desire to offer their organs to others in need. (2016-02-23)
Study examines euthanasia, assisted suicide of patients with psychiatric disorders
A review of euthanasia or assisted suicide cases among patients with psychiatric disorders in the Netherlands found that most had chronic, severe conditions, with histories of attempted suicides and hospitalizations, and were described as socially isolated or lonely, according to an article published online by JAMA Psychiatry. (2016-02-10)
Toenail trim saves lab mice from common, life-threatening skin condition
In a new study, Stanford University School of Medicine researchers report finding an easy method to cure laboratory mice of a common, life-threatening skin disease: a pedicure. (2016-01-06)
Medical aid in dying: Is Quebec's law too restrictive?
The Quebec law on medical aid in dying is restrictive and overlooks certain patients who are suffering without sufficient relief, but who are not at the end of life, according to the University of Montreal's Jocelyne St-Arnaud. (2015-12-16)
Debate: Would judicial consent for assisted dying protect vulnerable people?
In The BMJ this week, two experts discuss whether the Assisted Dying Bill, to be debated at the House of Commons next month, would provide adequate protection for vulnerable people from harm. (2015-08-19)
Package of articles, podcast focus on end-of-life, physician-assisted suicide
JAMA Internal Medicine will publish a package of articles, along with an author interview podcast, focused on end-of-life, euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide. (2015-08-10)
Depression and personality disorders drive psych patients to euthanasia
Depression and personality disorders are the most common diagnoses among Belgian psychiatric patients requesting help to die, on the grounds of unbearable suffering, finds research published in the online journal BMJ Open. (2015-07-27)
Stress in pet cats -- how it manifests and how to manage it
A variety of day-to-day events -- from conflicts with other cats to changes in their daily routine -- can cause cats to become stressed. (2015-06-22)
Gold standard management of the diabetic cat
The International Society of Feline Medicine, the veterinary division of International Cat Care, has convened an expert panel of veterinary clinicians and academics to produce practical guidance to help veterinary teams deliver optimal management for the increasing numbers of diabetic cats that are presenting to practices. (2015-03-03)
One in three Dutch doctors would consider assisted suicide for dementia or being 'tired of living'
Most would be prepared to help patients with cancer or other physical illness to die, a survey shows. (2015-02-17)
New treatment offers hope for headshaking in horses
A new study has found a treatment called percutaneous electrical nerve stimulation could reduce signs of the condition in horses. (2015-01-06)
New study links neurological disorders in captive felids to improper diet
New research study confirms connection between high incidence of spinal cord issues in cheetahs and lions kept as exotic pets in the United Arab Emirates with dietary deficiencies. (2014-12-30)
International Conference on End of Life: Law, Ethics, Policy and Practice 2014
The conference will welcome more than 270 delegates from 26 countries for a forum on law, ethics, policy and practice relating to the end of life, around the conference's themes: withholding and withdrawal of potentially life-sustaining treatment; palliative care and terminal sedation; euthanasia and assisted suicide; determination of death and organ and tissue donation. (2014-08-04)
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