Study Raises Concerns About Doctor-Assisted Suicide For People With Mental Disorders
Research in the Netherlands, where assisted suicides for people with severe psychiatric problems is allowed, found that depression and loneliness were cited by patients as reasons they wanted to die. And NPR reports on another public health study the looks into the impact of gender imbalance in animal testing.
The New York Times:
Assisted Suicide Study Questions Its Use for Mentally Ill
A new study of doctor-assisted death for people with mental disorders raises questions about the practice, finding that in more than half of approved cases, people declined treatment that could have helped, and that many cited loneliness as an important reason for wanting to die. The study, of cases in the Netherlands, should raise concerns for other countries debating where to draw the line when it comes to people’s right to die, experts said. (Carey, 2/10)
A Fix For Gender-Bias In Animal Research Could Help Humans
There's been a male tilt to biomedical research for a long time. The National Institutes of Health is trying to change that and is looking to bring gender balance all the way down to the earliest stages of research. As a condition of NIH funding, researchers will now have to include female and male animals in their biomedical studies. (Bichell, 2/10)