Tagged: suicide

The Big Debate: Reasons for the legalisation of Euthanasia - Guest Work

Jean Balchin Mar 09, 2018

In Tuesday’s post, we looked at the history of euthanasia legislation in New Zealand, and compared it with that of Canada and the Netherlands. Let us now examine the various reasons for the legalisation of euthanasia in New Zealand. (Before you ask, yes, we’ll be examining reasons against the legalisation of euthanasia, and issues with the End of Life Choices Bill in the next … Read More

The Big Debate: Euthanasia & New Zealand - Guest Work

Jean Balchin Mar 06, 2018

I shall not abandon old age, if old age preserves me intact as regards the better part of myself; but if old age begins to shatter my mind, and to pull its various faculties to pieces, if it leaves me, not life, but only the breath of life, I shall rush out of a house that is crumbling and tottering. Read More

Taking a broader approach to depression and bipolar disorder - News

Jean Balchin Feb 07, 2018

According to the authors of a guideline summary on major depression published in the Medical Journal of Australia, doctors should take a broader approach to the management of depression in their patients, with treatments “tailored to depressive subtypes and administered with clear steps in mind.” The summary, written by a large group of authors representing the Royal Australian and New Zealand … Read More

Social media can be bad for youth mental health, but there are ways it can help - Guest Work

Guest Author Dec 13, 2017

Jo Robinson, University of Melbourne; Eleanor Bailey, University of Melbourne, and Sadhbh Byrne, University of Melbourne Young people spend a lot of time on social media. They’re also more susceptible to peer pressure, low self-esteem and mental ill-health. A number of studies have found associations between increased social media use … Read More

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

Guest Author 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

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