Tagged: suicide

In places where it’s legal, how many people are ending their lives using euthanasia? - Guest Work

Guest Work Mar 06, 2017

By Andrew McGee, Queensland University of Technology The Victorian Parliament will consider a bill to legalise euthanasia in the second half of 2017. That follows the South Australian Parliament’s decision to knock back a voluntary euthanasia bill late last year, and the issue has also cropped up in the run-up to the March 11 Western … Read More

What Kiwis die of – Part III: Changes with age - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Feb 15, 2013

Over the last month we have been looking at the data on the primary causes of death recorded by the Ministry of Health for the 29,204 people who died in New Zealand in 2009. First we looked at what people thought they would die of, and then we looked at differences in the causes … Read More

What Kiwis die of – Part II: The battle of the sexes - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Jan 31, 2013

Two weeks ago, we asked Kiwis what they thought they would die of, and compared their responses to the primary causes of death recorded by the Ministry of Health for the 29,204 people who died in New Zealand in 2009. Mike Dickison produced a beautiful infographic* of the causes that were responsible for more than 1% … Read More

What do Kiwis die of? - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Jan 18, 2013

I have never really understood why some people are desperate for immortality. Like those crazy millionaires who have their heads frozen in liquid nitrogen. I am not afraid of dying, but I would like to die painlessly and without much fuss, and preferably with all my faculties intact*. But what am I likely to die of? We looked at … Read More

Pranks and Human Frailty - Molecular Matters

Michael Edmonds Dec 10, 2012

The tragic circumstances surrounding the prank call made by Australian DJs to the hospital where Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge was recuperating have led to a media frenzy. It has led to knee jerk criticisms and a baying for blood by some that truly reveals the darker side of humanity. It is quite frightening to see some of the vicious attacks … Read More

Mind altering microbes Part I: Suicidal crickets - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Aug 18, 2011

I went to a fantastic departmental seminar yesterday by Associate Professor Mark Thomas about how parasites are able to manipulate the behaviour of their unfortunate host, usually as a means of enhancing transmission or to enable the parasite to reach the next phase of its life cycle. I wanted to share some of the fantastic examples Mark talked about, … Read More

Is there a Biochemical Marker for Suicide? - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Jul 26, 2010

Suicide is a sensitive subject, by it’s very nature it seems we are obliged to treat it with kid gloves. In public it is virtually taboo to even mention suicide, in news media euphemisms are employed in order to avoid explicit use of the “S” word. Attitudes are beginning to change, with more vocal discussion [...] … Read More

No Help At All - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Apr 27, 2010

Some newspaper articles cause me to wonder what is NOT being said. The Herald today runs the headline: Denied help for sexual abuse, dead days later A review of new rules for sexual abuse counseling has come too late to save a South Auckland mother who died four days after her claim for ACC-funded counselling [...] Related posts: … Read More

Euthanasia (Part 3) - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Dec 26, 2009

Quality of Life Issues (voluntary euthanasia) In end-of-life euthanasia, there is, at least, some objective standards which we can use to determine whether a patient is truly dead. When the discussion moves to quality of life, the criteria are far more subjective. What, exactly, determines quality of life? Productivity? Mobility? Social Activity? Dignity? Any and all [...] Related posts: … Read More