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With the strokes from three gubernatorial pens, Vermont on Monday became the fourth state in the country to allow doctors to prescribe lethal medication to terminally ill patients. Gov. Peter Shumlin signed the measure in a state House ceremony in...
A man with no risk factors for prostate cancer can go his whole life without ever taking a PSA test, according to the American Urological Assn. In a new clinical guideline unveiled Friday, the urologists said that only men between the ages of 55 and...
As my colleague Melissa Healy noted Thursday, a British medical journal recently invited doctors who specialize in end-of-life care to debate whether patients should be told that they're terminally ill. Two London-based palliative care doctors argued in...
A majority of Americans support the idea of allowing terminally ill patients to end their lives with the help of their doctors. For instance, 55% of people questioned for the NPR-Truven Health Analytics Health Poll last year said they were in favor of...
In the days when American physicians dispensed oracular commands and their judgments were rarely questioned, a doctor could take it upon himself with few ethical qualms to keep from a patient the bad news of a terminal diagnosis. For better or worse,...
Finding out what dying patients want and treating them accordingly leads to happier patients who are in less pain and who use fewer healthcare dollars, UCLA researchers said Tuesday. “You can improve care while reducing costs by making sure that...
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Better cancer treatments and an aging population will push the number of cancer survivors in the U.S. to nearly 18 million by 2022, according to a new report from researchers at the National Cancer Institute. As of January 2012, there were 13.7...
Re "Panel urges more control of Vicodin," Jan. 26 Reclassifying hydrocodone as a Schedule II narcotic may be of some value in controlling the number of Vicodin prescriptions given out, but this would be of minor benefit. In my experience, most Vicodin...
L.A. NOWWith California facing rising medical costs and increasing rates of chronic disease, state health leaders issued a report setting specific health targets to meet by 2022....
Jerry Virnig, a respected veteran of the Hollywood post-production community, died last week from natural causes, a spokesman for his family said. Virnig, a resident of Camarillo, in Ventura County, was 80. Virnig was a former president of independent...
We had to put Felix to sleep last month. I say "had to put him to sleep" because I can't bear the thought there might have been an alternative. I had two other dogs who lived to be 21 before dying at home. Toward the end, several people had suggested I...
Tags: Euthanasia, Blindness, Health Treatments
There's a good chance you're familiar with Randy Pausch, a computer-science professor who delivered a poignant speech in September 2007 while he was dying of pancreatic cancer. It resulted in an incredible 2008 bestseller, "The Last Lecture," and a...
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