New Consciousness Test Won’t Stop Dehydrations Without a Change in Values

By Wesley J. Smith There has been some media buzz about a new test that appears to show some patients, previously diagnosed as unaware (persistent vegetative state), can actually perceive.  From the New Scientist story: “[Adrian] Owen and his team used an EEG on 16 people thought to be in a PVS and compared the …

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“The Old Lady Who Would Not Die”

By Dave Andrusko Yesterday, after I thought about this the first time, the second time, and the third time, my plan was to systematically debunk a piece that had run in the British publication, the Mail. But by the time I got to reflection #4, I realized that “How I helped my mum to die” …

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NHS Meltdown: Doctors Prescribe Drinking Water to Prevent Elderly Deaths

By Wesley J. Smith Editor’s note. The following appears on Wesley’s terrific blog. There are two aspects of care in a hospital; medical treatment and what is sometimes called humane care.  The latter includes orally supplied food, water (for those who can partake), warmth, cleanliness, etc.  It isn’t “medical,” it is basic, and cannot be …

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