Longer looks: Physicians and assisted suicide; Avoid getting sick in July

Published on July 20, 2012 at 12:48 AM · No Comments

KHN's Matthew Fleming selected these interesting articles from around the Web for weekend reading options.

ABC News: Assisted Dying: Experts Debate Doctor's Role
Peggy Sutherland was ready to die. The morphine oozing from a pump in her spine was no match for the pain of lung cancer, which had evaded treatment and invaded her ribs. … Sutherland, 68, decided to use Oregon's "Death With Dignity Act," which allows terminally-ill residents to end their lives after a 15-day requisite waiting period by self-administering a lethal prescription drug. ... But not all doctors are on board with the law. In the 15 years since Oregon legalized physician-assisted dying, only Washington and Montana have followed suit, a resistance some experts blame on the medical community (Katie Moisse, 7/13).

The Daily Beast: When Chemo Causes Cancer
Clutching George Stephanopolos's hand on the sofa next to her, (Good Morning American anchor Robin) Roberts announced that she has myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), a relatively rare blood disease that Roberts herself said she'd never heard of until she was diagnosed with it. Likely even more unfamiliar for many viewers than the name of her condition was Robert's startling remark that cancer treatment can result in other serious health problems,  including different forms of cancer,  several years after the initial cancer is in remission.  But in the medical world, it has been known for decades that cancer treatment carries with it the risk of causing another kind of cancer to develop (Casey Schwartz, 7/12). 

The Atlantic:  Spray Tanning May Cause Cancer, Too -- Ask For A Nose Filter
The chemical responsible for the 'faux glow' given by 'spray-on' tanners, may cause genetic mutations and DNA damage. One of the biggest concerns is the absorption of dihydroxyacetone, or DHA, into the bloodstream through the mucous membranes. ... The FDA advises consumers to request protection for their eyes and mucous membranes and prevent inhalation. These preventive measures include the use of protective undergarments, nose filters, lip balm, and eyewear (Charlotte Lobuono, 7/13).

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