People infected with COVID-19 have a higher risk of dying after a cardiac arrest

COVID-19 patients who suffer a cardiac arrest either in or out of hospital are far more likely to die than patients who are not infected with the coronavirus. In particular, women have the highest risk of dying: they are nine times more likely to die after suffering a cardiac arrest in hospital, according to research published today in the European […]

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Is it time to reframe the assisted dying debate?

Several articles published by The BMJ today explore the debate around assisted dying, in which, subject to safeguards, terminally ill people who are near to death, suffering, and of sound mind, could ask for drugs that they would take to end their lives. The views expressed are the authors’ own and do not reflect the position of any organisation that […]

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Why are young, healthy people dying from COVID-19? Genes may reveal the answer.

—What are coronavirus symptoms? —How deadly is the new coronavirus? —Is there a cure for COVID-19? —How does coronavirus compare with seasonal flu? —How does the coronavirus spread? —Can people spread the coronavirus after they recover? Young, healthy people are dying of COVID-19 infections, even if most serious cases occur in the elderly and those with preexisting conditions. Now, scientists […]

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How dying cells prevent dangerous immune reactions

Dying cells in the body can keep the immune system in check, thus preventing unwanted immune responses against the body’s own tissues. Scientists from the German Cancer Research Center have now identified a receptor on murine immune cells that activates this protective mechanism and can thus prevent dangerous autoimmune reactions in which the immune system attacks the patient’s own body […]

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Two Meningitis B Vaccines Have Been Approved in the US. So Why Are Young People Still Dying From It?

When it came to her sons’ medical care, Aracelly Bibl did everything right. She prioritized the health of her three boys, knew their pediatrician's phone number by heart, and made sure they were up to date on their recommended vaccinations. But all of her diligence still didn't protect her oldest child, Joseph Clouse, from meningitis B, which killed him this past […]

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For dying patients, early plans can improve quality of life

Careful documentation of a hospice patient’s end-of-life wishes—and prominently noting that information in health records early—could prevent unwanted hospitalizations and medical interventions, a new study suggests. Researchers at The Ohio State University analyzed the health records of 1,185 cancer patients who had been referred to hospice and found that a verified do-not-resuscitate order, or DNR, before the last 30 days […]

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Assisted dying methods can cause ‘inhumane’ deaths

Assisted dying can cause ‘inhumane’ deaths for patients who don’t pass out and some take as long as a WEEK to die Patients may not get the correct dose due to difficulty swallowing or vomiting  International researchers said there is no defined way to achieve humane death Assisted dying is legal in some European countries and US states Assisted suicide […]

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