Tagged: suicide

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

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