(Only 13) Doctors helping patients die as assisted death debate rolls on (by Stuff-ed)

first_imgDoctors helping patients die as assisted death debate rolls onStuff co.nz 13 July 2015More than one in ten doctors have helped a patient die despite potentially breaking the law, a survey suggests.In a fax poll of general practitioners, conducted by magazine New Zealand Doctor and IMS Health, nearly 12 per cent of respondents said they had helped a patient die. About two out of five doctors also said they had been asked to help a patient die, although most had refused.The poll, reported in New Zealand Doctor was based on the responses from 110 doctors, which means about 13 doctors admitted to helping a patient die.It comes after terminally ill Wellington lawyer Seales’ high-profile court battle to seek legal clarification for doctors, allowing them to help terminally ill patients die at a time of their choosing without risking prosecution. Seales died of a brain tumour on June 5, living long enough to be told the judge in the case, Justice David Collins, had decided it was still against the law for doctors to help their patients to die.But the issue remains strongly contested and the poll suggested the medical community also remains divided. Of those surveyed, 45.5 per cent believed the law needed to change to legally protect doctors who helped terminally ill patients die, compared to 44.5 per cent who did not.Some doctors responding to the survey said even if they weren’t helping patients die, pain relief could effectively have the same outcome.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/70184652/Doctors-helping-patients-die-as-assisted-death-debate-rolls-onlast_img read more

Van Persie eyes further success

first_imgRobin van Persie has no intention of resting on his single Premier League title winners’ medal. It might be the end of an era at Old Trafford following the exit of Sir Alex Ferguson but Van Persie is intending it to be the start of a new one under David Moyes, adding: “That is the idea of all the lads. It is a great feeling to achieve it. We can enjoy it. It only gives you the taste for more. Hopefully next season we can win the double.” Pictures of the Arsenal outfit he left behind celebrating another top four finish underline the fundamental difference Van Persie felt at his old club. For he wanted something more than just a tilt at the Champions League. “I do think it is important for a player to win medals,” he said. “You play football to win. If you add up all those wins it has to end up in a big trophy.” Moyes was at Carrington for the first time on Monday morning. Until he heads on holiday at the end of the month, the 50-year-old will effectively be doing two jobs as there are still issues to tie up at Everton, who have yet to appoint the Scot’s successor. Moyes travelled to Unite’d’s training ground with Ferguson and popular United kit manager Albert Morgan to meet some members of staff for the first time. Although he does not officially start work until July 1, realistically, that start date is impractical as United head on tour on July 10 and return to pre-season training before then. Michael Carrick is excited about the arrival of Moyes, saying: “As players we are embracing the challenge. For so long we have had the stability of knowing what to expect. We could turn up for pre-season and know how we would be preparing. “There are going to be certain things that are new. But many will stay the same of course because there is a structure there and there is not a lot wrong. We are all looking forward to it. We are looking forward to the new manager coming in, working with him, improving as a squad and taking the club forward.” Press Associationcenter_img By his own admission, the Dutchman had grown increasingly frustrated at his failure to add to the FA Cup he lifted with Arsenal at Manchester United’s expense in 2005. It was one of the major reasons why the 29-year-old opted to make the £24million move to Old Trafford last summer. The switch has paid off handsomely, with Van Persie landing both the championship and the Golden Boot for the second season running, but the former Arsenal man told MUTV: “I am not thinking I have my medal and this is it. It tastes beautiful. But I know how it feels now and I want more.” last_img read more

Lakers hire Karida Brown as director of racial equity and action

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersA Brown University-educated member in UCLA’s sociology department, Brown has already helped lead a virtual town hall meeting for team employees – her newly created role will extend her partnership with the Lakers. She’s written books and academic papers about Black migration within America, as well as the social dynamics of segregation.“She will play a key role in implementing educational programming on race and racism for our employees and helping us focus on racial equity in our day-to-day functions,” Lakers COO and President of business operations Tim Harris said in a statement, “as well as empowering the organization to identify ways to be more active participants in affecting real change.”The Lakers and the Clippers are using Friday to honor the Juneteenth holiday, which has gained recognition from sports teams (including the Dodgers and Angels) as well as several major companies including Target, Twitter and Nike. The holiday celebrates the liberation of slaves in Texas, who were among the last to know the Civil War had ended in 1865.The Lakers announced several additional recognitions of the Juneteenth holiday, including donating iPads to through four organizations they’ve had existing partnerships with: 4WRD Progress, Watts Skills Academy, Crete Academy and Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro L.A. The donations are meant to address technological inequities experienced by children in communities of color. Lakers employees have been asked to reflect on racial history and the current state of affairs, and the team is offering reading materials and a screening of the film “John Lewis: Good Trouble.”The Clippers have called for employees to sign a petition to make Juneteenth a national holiday. On the eve of Juneteenth, a largely unofficial holiday commemorating the end of slavery in America, the Lakers announced a new official who the team hopes will help address cultural issues within their own walls.The Lakers have tasked Karida Brown, an assistant tenure-track professor of African American Studies and Sociology at UCLA, as the organization’s director of racial equity and action. The team outlined the new position in a release, saying Brown will help “enrich their knowledge on today’s most urgent topics, as well as helping to identify ways the team can be more active and efficient in creating change.”Addressing social and racial issues is being examined across the country right now – particularly in the NBA which is largely composed of Black players. Many of them, including the Lakers’ LeBron James, Avery Bradley, Danny Green, Dwight Howard and Kyle Kuzma, have been vocal about advocating for political and social reform in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.Some players are calling on the league and teams to take more active steps in facilitating those reforms, with Bradley and Howard among those applying pressure ahead of the league’s restart planned for next month. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more