Tagged: Elderly Health

To Die For - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Nov 30, 2011

In commenting on the case of Sean Davison - the man who has just been convicted of assisting the suicide of his terminally-ill mother – John Kleinsman (the director of the Nathaniel Centre, the New Zealand Catholic Bioethics Centre) makes the salient point that legalising euthanasia will leave the elderly vulnerable to pressure from family, health professionals [...] Related posts: … Read More

Hard to Get - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Dec 28, 2010

Dean Scanlen makes an impassioned plea for stricter driving license laws in the Herald today. I have much sympathy with his call to make the driving test more comprehensive. I have long been an advocate of making the defensive driving and the advanced driving courses compulsory for learner drivers. This would certainly provide new drivers [...] Related posts: … Read More

May Contain Strokes… - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Sep 15, 2010

That seems to be what we should be putting on the packs of anti-inflammatory drugs on supermarket shelves (Neurofen, Cataflam et al) – at least, that is what this Herald article is suggesting. It reports that a recent Danish study shows an 86% increased risk of stroke for users of the drug Voltaren (diclofenac). This [...] Related posts: … Read More

Starving to Death - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Mar 25, 2010

I might have known that the case of Margaret Page, the woman who has decided to starve herself to death, has been taken up as a cause célèbre by the euthanasia lobby, notably Lesley Martin. It seems to me, however, that there is a substantial difference between actively participating in the ending of another person’s [...] Related posts: … Read More

Paid Parenthood - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Jan 11, 2010

I saw this headline on Stuff and thought “about time”. Parents win disabled children care payment case Sadly, it turns out only that parents with adult disabled children have won the support of the Human Rights Tribunal, not the government itself. Currently only caregivers who are not related to the disabled adult receive payment from the government. Family [...] Related … Read More

Of Mice (Brains) and Men - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Jan 09, 2010

After all the scare stories about the dangers of cell phones the Herald carries an article today that is a delicious irony. Mobile phones may improve memory – study The headline is, of course, the usual media hyperbole. The study they are “interpreting” is one on mice that have been genetically engineered to develop a disease that [...] Related posts: … Read More

Spam Journalism #65 - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Dec 11, 2009

Spam Journalism: The spurious use of sensational headlines to add spice to an otherwise pointless article. There is always plenty of spam to go around in health reporting. Journalists just love to sensationalise anything to do with medicine, preferably putting it in the worst light possible: Seeing red over high health costs Cataract surgery for Christchurch woman Glennis [...] Related … Read More

Old Age Savings (Part 2) - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Oct 07, 2009

The NZ Nurses’ Organisation tells us that rest home neglect is “all too common”. While this is certainly true, I don’t accept their reasoning when it come to causes: “These two cases are a powerful illustration of the conflict between caring and profit.” No. These cases illustrate the problem of state funding of a private institution. Nursing homes [...] … Read More

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