Morally-Relevant Similarities and Differences Between Assisted Dying Practices in Paradigm and Non-Paradigm Circumstances: Could They Inform Regulatory Decisions?
AbstractThere has been contentious debate over the years about whether there are morally relevant similarities and differences between the three practices of continuous deep sedation until death, physician-assisted suicide, and voluntary euthanasia. Surprisingly little academic attention has been paid to a comparison of the uses of these practices in the two types of circumstances in which they are typically performed. Acomparative domains of ethics analysis methodological approach is used in the paper to compare 1) the use of the three practices in paradigm circumstances, and 2) the use of the practices in paradigm circumstances to their use in non-paradigm circumstances. The analytical outcomes suggest that a bright moral line cannot be demonstrated between any two of the practices in paradigm circumstances, and that there are significant, morally-relevant distinctions between their use in paradigm and non-paradigm circumstances. A thought experiment is employed to illustrate how these outcomes could possibly inform the decisions of hypothetical deliberators who are engaged in the collaborative development of assisted dying regulatory frameworks.
For a depressed patient, a single day without symptom improvement means yet another day of suffering. The currently available antidepressants require weeks or months to achieve appreciable symptom remission and remain ineffective in a large number of patients. Severely depressed patients are at high risk of suicide, making delayed symptom improvement a life-threatening unresolved problem in psychiatry. Therefore, there is an urgent need to develop new strategies to treat depression more rapidly and more effectively to achieve fast and sustained symptom relief.
CONCLUSION: Study findings will guide the development of resources trusted by AI/AN youth. PMID: 29161455 [PubMed - in process]
An Oregon appeals court has ruled that a state board was wrong to permanently revoke the license of a psychologist who advised a baby bottle and "tummy time" for a troubled 9-year-old patient who later attempted suicide
Authors: Sabat R, Tsaousi A, Rossbacher J, Kurzen H, Fadai T, Schwichtenberg U, Schneider-Burrus S, Kokolakis G, Wolk K Abstract Acne inversa (AI)/hidradenitis suppurativa is a chronic, recurrent, immune-mediated dermatosis characterized by deep inflammatory nodules, abscesses, fistulas, and undermined scars in skin areas bearing apocrine glands. In addition to the cutaneous manifestation, numerous AI patients show metabolic changes, spondyloarthritis, and depression. AI leads to a strong reduction in the quality of life and an impairment of the sexual life of affected individuals and often culminates in ...
From thisReuters/Yahoo article:"Dr. Brian Halloran, a vascular surgeon at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, starts planning his garden long before spring arrives in southeast Michigan. His tiny plot, located in the shadow of the 537-bed teaching hospital, helps Halloran cope with burnout from long hours and the stress of surgery on gravely ill patients. "You really have to find the balance to put it a little more in perspective," he said.Hospitals such as St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor have been investing in programs ranging from yoga classes to personal coaches designed to help doctors become more resilient. But nati...
To investigate and discuss the correlates between TBI and incarceration, as well as the additional difficulties associated with repeat offense as it relates to mental health (i.e., psychiatric hospitalization, suicide attempts) , physical health, and social interaction and functioning (i.e. employment, social support).
ConclusionThe findings of the present study suggest that suspiciousness may serve as a risk indicator for suicide in clinical practice for UHR individuals. It is crucial to focus on the risk of suicide in the UHR population, as they require sufficient clinical attention and proper management for crises related to their unusual and confusing experiences.
ConclusionsThese pilot results suggest that SD might be a unique dimension of vulnerability to depression and suicidality/self‐harm in adolescence. Also, they encourage assessment of SD as part of a suicide risk assessment, particularly in the context of risk for subsequent psychosis.
Long-term treatment with valbenazine for tardive dyskinesia (TD) appears to be safe and well-tolerated while maintaining treatment effects seen in an earlier short-term trial, according to areport in theJournal of Clinical Psychiatry. In April, the Food and Drug Administrationapproved Ingrezza (valbenazine) capsules to treat adults with TD —a serious side effect associated with chronic use of antipsychotics—making it the first FDA-approved product for the condition. This approval was based in part on the results of asix-week trial, which compared changes in involuntary movements in patients with moderate-t...
More than 1.6 million deaths due to drugs, alcohol, and suicide in the United States are projected during next decade, a 60% increase compared to the previous decade.Medscape Medical News