June 26, 2010

Landmark Ruling by Highest Court

1 Germany Legalizes Assisted Suicide

Germany’s top criminal court ruled to allow assisted suicide, overturning a case where a lawyer was convicted of attempted manslaughter after telling a client to stop tube feeding her mother who'd been in a coma for five years. The Court approves assisted suicide when it’s carried out based on a patient’s previous request and recognized that the 71-year old woman had indicated that she didn’t want to be kept alive before falling into the coma. Said German Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, "There can't be forced treatment against a person's will. This is about the right of self-determination and therefore a question of a life in human dignity until the end." The ruling makes it legal to help end a person’s life, if it is their wish, rather then letting them die.

More at CBSNews.com | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Health News About Suicide

Tags: Germany, Suicide, Assisted Suicide, Legalized Suicide, Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, Right to Die, Patient Rights, End of Life, Terminally Ill

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Prevent "Dropside” Deaths

2 Two Million Baby Cribs Recalled

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled two million baby cribs that could be dangerous. Most of the recalled cribs have a drop-side, in which the entire side rail moves up and down to make it easier for a parent to lift a child. This can get stuck, possibly trapping a baby’s head. Companies involved in the recall are: Child Craft: "Crib 'N' Double Bed" full size stationary-side cribs with dowel, Child Craft: Drop-side cribs, Delta Cribs: Drop-side cribs and all fixed and drop-side cribs using wooden stabilizer bars, Evenflo: Jenny Lind Cribs, LaJobi, Jardine, Million Dollar Baby: Drop-side cribs and Simmons: Drop-side cribs. The companies will provide repair kits to fix the potential problem and parents should contact the manufacturer of their crib directly.

More at CBSNews.com | Hat tip to Walletpop.com | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: News About Infant Death

Tags: Consumer Product Safety Commission, Infant Death, Crib Recall, Evenflo, Lajobi, Jardine, Million Dollar Baby, Simmons, Child Craft, Delta Cribs, Drop Side Cribs

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Let the Controversy Begin

3 SF to Pass First Ever Cell Phone Emission Law

In a controversial move, San Francisco supervisors voted 10 to one in favor of an ordinance that requires cell phone retailers to disclose their products’ SAR, or specific absorption rate. SAR measures the amount of radiation a person using a cell phone handset absorbs. The Federal Communications Commission has set the SAR at a maximum of 1.6 watts per kilogram of body tissue although finding information about radiation levels emitted by specific phones is not readily available to consumers. The debate rages on as whether or not long-term cell phone use causes brain tumors. Mayor Gavin Newsom said he will sign the ordinance into law. Said Tony Winnicker, a Newsom spokesperson, "We're playing a role that we've often played, which is to be at the forefront of a debate."

More at NYDailyNews.com | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Tags: Cellphone Cancer Link, Cellphone Use and Cancer, San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Mayor Gavin Newsom, Tony Winnicker, Federal Communications Commission, SAR, Specific Absorption Rate, Radiation Levels, Controversial Ruling

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