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Program Aims to Make Treatment More Accessible for Diabetes Patients

By: Keely McCormick
Posted Nov 23, 2022

CLEARWATER, Fla. – A Clearwater man with diabetes is spreading the word about a program that is making life easier for him: an at-home patient monitoring system powered by CopilotIQ.

David Coarsen has been living with diabetes for two years. He said the shift to virtual care saves him time and effort.

“It was just more convenient having things coming to me all the time rather than me going out somewhere to see a doctor,” Coarsen said.

CopilotIQ ships all the tools needed to test blood sugar levels to the patient’s doorstep. They then use a cellular-powered device that sends the patient’s readings back to the medical team.

Canadian Man Claims Assisted Suicide is Being Pushed on Him by Hospital

By Michael Kaplan
November 8, 2022

Roger Foley alleges in a lawsuit that health-care workers at the government-affiliated Victoria Hospital in London, Ontario, Canada, encouraged him to end his life rather than rack up a costly medical bill.

Roger Foley does not want to die yet – but he claims that the Canadian government is encouraging him to end it all.

“I’ve been pressured to do an assisted suicide,” he told The Post, alleging this happened with caretakers at Victoria Hospital, a primarily government-funded center in London, Ontario.

Pet Ownership Brings ‘Huge Benefits’ To Adults With Autism, Study Finds

by Shaun Heasley | November 4, 2022

Pet ownership leads to better mental health outcomes in adults with autism, new research suggests, and the gains exist no matter what type of companion animal an individual has.

In a study of 735 adults, 326 of whom had autism, researchers found that pets helped people with the developmental disorder better manage their mood and socialize.

“We looked at loneliness, social isolation, social anxiety, social support and overall satisfaction with life,” said Liam Cross of Edge Hill University in England who worked on the study published recently in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. “Pet ownership led to a higher quality of life, less anxiety and a wide range of other benefits.”

Some Doctors are Reluctant to Care for Patients With Disabilities, Study Finds

Details of three focus groups offer disturbing details about the challenges individuals with disabilities face when seeking care By Jessica Bartlett Globe Staff,Updated October 6, 2022

Clinicians participating in focus groups said they experienced many barriers to caring for people with disabilities, with some suggesting they avoided caring for them as a result.

Dr. Lisa Iezzoni pulled her wheelchair up to the screen and asked the physicians on the video call about their experiences and attitudes caring for people with disabilities.

Canadian Mom’s Harrowing Tale Shows the Real Dangers of Legal Euthanasia

J-P Mauro – published on 10/13/22

When Margaret Marsilla found out her 23-year-old son scheduled his own death, she started her race against time.
An October 11 report from Common Sense tells the harrowing tale of a Canadian mother who discovered that her son scheduled himself to die. Her story offers a real-life account of the dangers that legalized euthanasia can pose to individuals in distress, the families they leave behind, and society as a whole.

Ontario Man Applies for State-Sponsored suicide Over Homelessness

“I don’t want to die but I don’t want to be homeless more than I don’t want to die,” 54-year-old Amir Farsoud said. Joshua Young
Youngsville North Carolina
Oct 18, 2022

A 54-year-old man from Ontario, Amir Farsoud, is applying for Canada’s state-sponsored euthanasia program, Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD), because he is about to lose his house and does not want to be homeless.

According to City News Everywhere, Farsoud told the outlet, “I don’t want to die but I don’t want to be homeless more than I don’t want to die.”

Canadians Unaware of Diseases That Lead to Blindness, Survey Says

Daniel Bertrand Digital Content Producer
Sergio Arangio Videojournalist
Published Oct. 13, 2022

A new survey from the Canadian Ophthalmological Society and the Canadian Association of Optometrists says many Canadians – especially younger people – are under-informed about diseases that lead to blindness.

This news has eye doctors reminding people to get their vision checked. They say individuals could be living with a preventable or treatable disease and not even know it.

“We detect any early eye disease or even general health issues. It’s important because most eye diseases, such as glaucoma, diabetes, macular degeneration the earlier they’re diagnosed, the better the outcome is,” Dr. Janelle Morin, a Timmins-area optometrist, told CTV News.

‘Darker Side’: Canada’s Euthanasia Laws a Threat to Disabled, Experts Say

By Maria Cheng The Associated Press
Posted August 11, 2022

Alan Nichols had a history of depression and other medical issues, but none were life-threatening. When the 61-year-old Canadian was hospitalized in June 2019 over fears he might be suicidal, he asked his brother to bust him out as soon as possible.

Within a month, Nichols submitted a request to be euthanized and he was killed, despite concerns raised by his family and a nurse practitioner.

His application for euthanasia listed only one health condition as the reason for his request to die: hearing loss.

Press Release: Young Man with Developmental Disabilities Denied Care from Community Living BC

JUNE 13, 2022

“They are- just hoping that he takes care of the problem through overdosing or killing himself” – RB’s mother

Community Living BC (CLBC) is a government agency with a mandate to support people with developmental disabilities with housing, social connection, professional
and social development, and other forms of support. Through CLBC, people with developmental disabilities can access care and support in the community,
and avoid unnecessary hospitalizations, periods of houselessness, and disenfranchisement.

‘Outraged and Distraught’: Reaction to Disabled B.C. Woman’s Approval for Medically-Assisted Death

Penny Daflos
CTV News Vancouver Multi-Media Journalist
Published June 8, 2022

A B.C. woman speaking out about “death care” being easier to access than adequate health care is sending shockwaves throughout the country, with disabled advocates, doctors and observers holding up her experience as a potent example of the slippery slope of expanded dying with dignity legislation.

The topic of Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) is in the spotlight and many experts, patients and advocates have testified at a special committee that the elderly, chronically ill and disabled are at risk of feeling pressured or cornered into choosing to die under expanded legislation – which is exactly what “Kat” described.