September 10, 2014

Where the Dying Is Easy

1 Switzerland Attracting "Suicide Tourists”

Switzerland has become the European destination of choice for "suicide tourists" -- people who want to end their lives but live in countries where assisted suicide is illegal. In Switzerland, however, it is "not clearly regulated," according to a study conducted by the University of Zurich's Institute of Legal Medicine, and as a result over 600 people traveled there between 2008 and 2012 specifically to exercise their "right to die." The report noted that the main reasons given by the 611 individuals studied were neurological disease, cited by 47 percent, and cancer, by 37 percent. The majority of the subjects came from Germany and Britain, but the numbers from Italy and France rose the most dramatically over the four-year period covered.

More at Nbcnews.com | Posted 3 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Baby Boomers Are Driving Up Suicide Rates

Tags: Assisted Suicide, Suicide, Suicide Rates in Europe, Legal Status of Assisted Suicide, Where to Commit Suicide

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Live Near a Well? Time to Move

2 Fracking Linked to Health Problems

"Possible air contaminants" were offered as the reason why a major new Yale University study of fracking and the environment found that persons living near natural-gas wells suffer from upper-respiratory and skin problems at more than double the rate of those living further away. Specifically, 39 percent of those living less than two-thirds of a mile away from a fracking well report experiencing upper respiratory symptoms, compared to just 18 percent who live at least 1.5 miles away, while 13 percent of the former group have had rashes and other forms of skin irritation, compared to a mere 3 percent of the more distant residents. The study, which surveyed 180 households in Washington County, Pennsylvania, did not draw conclusions about causality, merely linkage.

More at Usatoday.com | Posted 3 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Air Pollution Activates Inflammatory Response

Tags: Fracking, Fracking and Air Pollution, Yale Study on Fracking, Gas Wells and Pollution, Fracking and Health Problems

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Get Some Sleep!

3 Lack of Sleep May Shrink Brain

Poor sleep may reduce brain volume and lead to brain disorders says a study published online in the journal Neurology. Researchers followed 147 adults, ages 20-84. Before completing a questionnaire on their sleep habits, participants were given an MRI to assess brain volume. A second MRI was done about 3 1/2 years later. Results of the questionnaire showed that 35% of participants had poor sleep health. Researchers found that those with sleep problems had a more rapid decline in brain volume over the course of the study. This was particularly true in participants aged 60+. Sleep problems can affect heart health, weight and memory and cause protein buildup in the brain that attacks brain cells. Future research is needed to see if improving quality of sleep improves brain health.

More at Cnn.com | Posted 3 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Sleep Disorder May Be a Sign of Impending Dementia

Tags: Alzheimer's Disease, Brain Volume, Dementia, Heart Disease, Memory Loss, Sleep, Sleep Disorders, Weight Gain

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