A Death with Dignity program, in which physicians can assist cancer patients with a prognosis of less than 6 months to end their lives, has been well-accepted by patients and their families, and received growing support from the physicians involved.
Canadian researchers have found that an increase in stillbirth rates over the past decade is due primarily to higher numbers of pregnancy terminations for congenital anomalies, and is not related to changes in spontaneous stillbirth rates.
The deactivation of an implantable cardioverter defibrillator should not be done against the wishes of a patient or their family and surrogates, even when continuing the treatment is medically futile, a survey of electrophysiology practitioners suggests.
Around 2.2 million prison detainees worldwide are anti-hepatitis C virus positive, estimate the authors of a global meta-analysis, who say that more must be done to identify and treat HCV in this population.
Substantial improvements in perioperative outcomes of bariatric surgery over the past decade are not attributable to a restriction in Medicare coverage to patients receiving the weight loss operation at centers of excellence, report researchers.