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Antibiotics and heart deaths – experts respond

Laura Goodall posted in on August 20th, 2014.

One of the most commonly prescribed antibiotics – clarithromycin – is linked with an increased risk of heart deaths, suggests a new study published in the BMJ. The researchers looked at over 5 million treatment courses among Danish adults aged 40-74 years from 1997 to 2011 and found that clarithromycin is linked with a 76 per cent […]

NZ ranks poorly in adolescent mortality and suicide – study

John Kerr posted in on April 26th, 2012.

Leading medical journal The Lancet has published a special series of articles focusing on adolescent health, including an international comparison of health and mortality data which highlights New Zealand’s poor ranking in youth suicide and death statistics. The 45th Session of the United Nations Commission on Population Development, which has an adolescent health theme takes […]

Euthanasia in New Zealand – expert views

John Kerr posted in on November 24th, 2011.

Record numbers of suicides among elderly people and controversies such as the sentencing of academic Sean Davison for “counseling and procuring” the suicide of his terminally ill mother, Patricia, have re-ignited the debate over euthanasia. Jump to updated comments from New Zealand experts. Today Davison was sentenced for assisting his mother to commit suicide — […]

Experts on recommendation to legalise euthanasia in Canada

John Kerr posted in on November 23rd, 2011.

Last week, the Royal Society of Canada released the final report of their expert panel on end-of-life decision making. The report lists several recommendations, among them that assisted suicide and euthanasia be legalized. The report is available here. Our colleagues at the Science Media Centre Canada collected the following comments: Wayne Sumner, Emeritus Professor of […]

Dom Post: Pig study may help police investigate crimes

Peter Griffin posted in on January 20th, 2010.

Kiran Chug of the Dominion Post reports on the work of NZ scientist Rachel Parkinson, who has been researching the decomposing bodies of both pigs and humans in a bid to better establish a person’s time of death. While techniques to do so already exist, there are no really accurate techniques – something the researcher […]

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