Russia has strict rules on dispensing painkillers. Family members say some cancer patients killed themselves because they could not obtain the medicine and the pain was too great

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Expect political controversy. The Obama administration plans to pay doctors to hold end-of-life planning conversations with patients, a controversial decision that will almost certainly revive the “death panel” debate that has long dogged the Affordable Care Act.

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Senate Bill 128, the End of Life Option Act, had already cleared the state Senate, but faced opposition in the Assembly Health Committee. That included a group of southern California Democrats, almost all of whom are Latino, after the archbishop of Los Angeles increased its advocacy efforts in opposition to the bill

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When Jennifer Glass goes to Sacramento on Tuesday to deliver testimony in favor of the California End-of-Life-Options Act, the trip will require some complex logistics

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Experts called on Tuesday for urgent, root-and-branch changes to the World Health Organization after an inadequate response to West Africa’s vast and deadly Ebola outbreak. The U.N. agency “does not currently possess the capacity or organizational culture to deliver a full emergency public health response”, a panel of independent experts said in a report on the handling of the Ebola crisis

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Sepsis

July 2, 2015

The largely unknown condition that puts one million people in the hospital each year

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The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 opinion, says the sedative used in Oklahoma’s lethal injection cocktail does not violate the U.S. Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment

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An Eye For An Eye

June 25, 2015

The United States wins its case to put bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death as capital punishment comes to a new crossroads

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