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Bid fails to overturn UK assisted suicide law: The European Court of Human Rights has refused to hear a challenge to the United Kingdom’s ban on assisted suicide and voluntary euthanasia. The court has ruled as inadmissible applications by Jane Nicklinson, widow of Tony Nicklinson, who had locked-in syndrome and starved himself to death, and Paul Lamb, who is paralysed after a car crash. The seven judges decided that Nicklinson’s case was “manifestly ill founded” because the UK was entitled to provide that parliament should decide the issue and that Lamb had not exhausted his remedies in the domestic courts first.  
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Bid fails to overturn UK assisted suicide law: The European Court of Human Rights has refused to hear a challenge to the United Kingdom’s ban on assisted suicide and voluntary euthanasia. The court has ruled as inadmissible applications by Jane Nicklinson, widow of Tony Nicklinson, who had locked-in syndrome and starved himself to death, and Paul Lamb, who is paralysed after a car crash. The seven judges decided that Nicklinson’s case was “manifestly ill founded” because the UK was entitled to provide that parliament should decide the issue and that Lamb had not exhausted his remedies in the domestic courts first.  
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Does hyperbaric oxygen therapy improve outcome after heart attack? | Cochrane

Acute heart attacks and severe angina (heart pain) are usually due to blockages in the arteries supplying the heart (coronary arteries). These problems are collectively referred to as 'acute coronary syndrome' (ACS). ACS is very common and may lead to severe complications including death. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) involves people breathing pure oxygen at high pressures in a specially designed chamber. It is sometimes used as a treatment to increase the supply of oxygen to the damaged heart in an attempt to reduce the area of the heart that is at risk of dying.  
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Drowning

Copyrighted Material, used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons Limited. For personal use only, must not be reproduced or shared with third parties. Anyone wishing to reproduce this content in whole or in part, in print or in electronic format, should contact digitalrightsuk@wiley.com  
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Myth-busting: Azithromycin does not cause torsade de pointes or increase mortality

. Introduction . In 2012 a NEJM article by Ray et al. reported a correlation between azithromycin and cardiovascular death.  This received extensive press  
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Hospital staff caring for tracheotomy patients need better training, enquiry finds

Patients who have undergone a tracheotomy are often cared for on general wards by staff who have not been trained in their needs or in how to deal with common emergencies, says a report issued by the UK National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD).  
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Blood pressure variability is associated with increased risk of heart disease and death, study finds

Greater variability in blood pressure between clinic measurements is associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease and death, a retrospective analysis of a large US prospective cohort study has found.  
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Can health care providers who are not doctors perform abortions as well as doctors? | Cochrane

Unsafe abortion causes death and disability and remains a major public health concern in developing countries. Most of these deaths and disabilities could be prevented if safe and legal abortion were provided by trained people. This review looked at whether using mid-level providers (health care providers who are not doctors) to perform abortions is safe. It also looked at whether the abortions provided by mid-level providers worked as well as those provided by doctors.  
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A good death: Can guidelines really help? - BBC News

Can guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence improve our final moments, asks Smitha Mundasad.  
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"Dry drowning" the summer medical oxymoron

Undoubtedly you will see a child with a “near drowning” if you work in the ED during the summer. Most children are fine, even those that received some back blows, mouth to mouth or some semblance of bystander rescue maneuvers. Asymptomatic children (no respiratory symptoms) can be safely discharged home. Those that are having difficulty breathing or other symptoms should receive appropriate respiratory support and be followed closely clinically and with chest x-rays when the situation changes. All symptomatic children should be admitted to the hospital.  
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Sudden-Death Risk Double for Blacks vs Whites in Cohort Study

It also explored possible risk factors that differed between the races. "The only real way to make an impact is to predict and prevent this devastating condition before it happens," say researchers.  
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Evidence of hospital failures was not disclosed at surgeon’s manslaughter trial

An internal report into a patient’s death at a private hospital that identified “systemic failures” was not revealed at the trial of the surgeon who was later convicted of manslaughter over the death, it has emerged.  
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Avoiding a bad death requires preparation

A recent study led by Dr. Harlan Krumholz (Yale University) showed that we have become more efficient at keeping elders alive. This is not surprising. And it’s good news in the sense that technology–if used wisely–can enhance both quality and quantity of life.  
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Preventing Atrial Fibrillation - Consult QD

Atrial fibrillation (AF) affects more than 33 million individuals worldwide. In the United States and other industrial nations, the lifetime risk of developing AF is one in four from the age of 40. AF increases stroke risk fivefold, and there is also a twofold increased risk of dementia and increased risks of myocardial infarction (MI), heart failure and death.  
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Preventing Atrial Fibrillation - Consult QD

Atrial fibrillation (AF) affects more than 33 million individuals worldwide. In the United States and other industrial nations, the lifetime risk of developing AF is one in four from the age of 40. AF increases stroke risk fivefold, and there is also a twofold increased risk of dementia and increased risks of myocardial infarction (MI), heart failure and death.  
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Women & African Americans at Higher Risk for Death Following Heart Attack

New study finds that women and African Americans live shorter lives after a heart attack compared to white counterparts.  
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Fourth Death In New York Legionnaire's Disease Outbreak

55 people have been hospitalized.  
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Two Inexpensive, Generic Drugs Effective In Reducing Breast Cancer Death Risk In Postmenopausal Women

Studies show two classes of drugs can improve survival odds for postmenopausal women with early breast cancer. Two studies focused on aromatase inhibitors and bisphosphonates.  
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Preventing premature ventricular contractions can prevent heart failure - The Clinical Advisor

Premature ventricular contractions may be a modifiable risk factor for heart failure and death.  
clinicaladvisor.com
over 5 years ago