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10/11/2017

Are Advance Directives Safe Enough? Top Court to Decide

Asking whether a healthcare tool or intervention is "safe" almost always really means asking if it is "safe enough."  First, almost all healthcare tools and interventions introduce their own inherent risks. Second, almost all tools and i...

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10/08/2017

ACHIEVING A PEACEFUL DEATH: What We’ve Learned in 30 Years, Including Dementia

Check out this end-of-life policy conference on November 4, 2017 that celebrates the 30-year anniversary of the Hemlock Society of San Diego.

Distinguished Guests include:
  • Derek Humphry, Founder of the Hemlock Society USA (1980), author of "Final Exit" 
  • Kathryn Tucker, J.D., Executive Director, End of Life Liberty Project 
  • Rob Jonquiére, M.D., Executive Director, World Federation of Right to Die Societies

Topics will include:
  • What to do About Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia
  • The POLST and How to Use It
  • Death in Switzerland: Pros and Cons
  • The Final Exit Network: Who They Are and How They can Help You
  • California's End of Life Option Act
  • Do-It-Yourself Methods
  • Do-Not-Resuscitate Orders (DNR)
  • Further Legal Actions

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10/07/2017

End-of-Life Care Patient Decision Aids – Call for Submissions for Certification

The Washington State Health Care Authority is now accepting submissions to certify a third round of patient decision aids. The call is for decision aids to assist in shared decision making around end of life care.  The submission period will...

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10/06/2017

Defendants to Physically Examine Jahi McMath to Confirm Brain Death

In late September 2017, five defendants and the plaintiff filed case management statements in Jahi McMath's medical malpractice lawsuit in California state court. Of note, some defendants note that their planned discovery includes an IME (independent ...

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10/05/2017

Israel Stinson – Court Dismisses Constitutional Challenge to Uniform Determination of Death Act

Israel Stinson was determined dead in April 2016. But his parents disputed both the accuracy of that diagnosis and the legitimacy of the manner in which clinicians proceeded. Stinson's parents litigated these issues in several California state courts ...

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10/03/2017

Court Excludes Key Witness from Medical Futility Trial

Judge Paul Kurmay on right The family of Helen Marsala continues its medical futility lawsuit against Yale New Haven Hospital. This action emanates from Yale-New Haven Hospital's decision to remove the ventilator that was being used for the medical...

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10/02/2017

Minnesota Fall Aging Conference

Join me later this month at the Minnesota Fall Aging Conference.

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10/01/2017

Michigan May Join "Red Light" States that Prohibit Stopping Life-Sustaining Treatments without Consent

On Thursday, Michigan state Senator John Proos introduced a bill that would make Michigan the latest in a growing list of states that prohibit clinicians from stopping one or all forms of life-sustaining treatment without consent. Other recent states i...

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09/30/2017

Choosing Death (new 6 min video)

NBC News Left Field has produced an excellent six-minute video with End of Life Choices New York about the need for medical aid in dying. Choosing Death from NBC Left Field on Vimeo.

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09/29/2017

Medical Aid in Dying (MAiD)— Lessons Learned in Oregon and Colorado

We have 175 participants gathered here in Minneapolis, today, to discuss medical aid in dying.  This is the opening presenter David Grube. My slides are here.

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