Saturday, March 28, 2015
  1. The Truth about Medical Consent

    Daniel Sokol

    The Truth about Medical Consent


     asks how doctors can balance the imperatives of providing full information and maintaining hope.

    us doctor and child Laura Smith/Flickr

    Balancing the need to maintain patients' hope with the imperative of informed consent for medical procedures is a delicate task. Understanding why many doctors struggle with it is the first step toward ensuring that patients' consent truly is informed. READ MORE

  2. A Safer Path to Asylum

    Peter Sutherland

    A Safer Path to Asylum


     urges the EU to allow refugees to apply for protection without being forced to risk their lives.

    Syria refugee boy with bike Mustafa Bader/ZumaPress

    The majority of the 190,000 people who risked their lives to cross the Mediterranean last year are likely to be granted asylum in Europe. It is time for the European Union to separate the discussion of this humanitarian crisis from its debate about immigration and start to live up to its obligations under international law. READ MORE

  3. Facing Up to Chronic Disease

    George Weisz

    Facing Up to Chronic Disease


     explains why the medical profession must place greater emphasis on long-term illnesses.

    Newsart for Facing Up to Chronic Disease

    As infectious illnesses have been brought under control and people live longer, the incidence of chronic diseases like cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes has risen. That is why health-care systems must focus on providing appropriate and less expensive care. READ MORE

  4. The Migration Opportunity

    Peter Sutherland

    The Migration Opportunity


     urges the EU to craft a robust plan for accommodating asylum seekers.

    Refugee support rally boy with sign Takver/Flickr

    In the last year, more than 4,000 people have lost their lives attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea from Africa to Europe. As EU commissioners prepare to debate an immigration strategy, they must overcome the temptation to grasp at knee-jerk solutions and instead develop a robust plan of action both at home and abroad. READ MORE

  5. The Parkinson’s Mystery

    Gill Nelson, ET AL

    The Parkinson’s Mystery

    & 1

    &  focus on environmental and occupational factors as potential causes of Parkinson's disease.

    Crystal brain cell neurology Crystal brain cell/PhOtOnQuAnTiQuE/Flickr

    Around 2% of people over 65 develop Parkinson's disease, but its causes remain a mystery. One promising area of research is focusing on environmental and occupational exposure to pesticides, heavy metals, and solvents, which may combine with a genetic predisposition to the disease. READ MORE

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