California assisted suicide law clears hurdle

case because it found doctors opposed to the law had no right to sue to block the law. The court said the doctors failed to show they were harmed because they could choose not to help terminally ill patients die.

The End of Life Option Act allows adults to obtain a prescription for life-ending drugs if a doctor finds they have six months or less to live.

The ruling reversed Riverside County Superior Court Judge Daniel Ottolia’s judgment in May that declared the law unconstitutiona because it was adopted during a special legislative session that was supposed to address improving the medical system and health of Californians.

The appellate ruling written by Presiding Justice Manuel Ramirez has no immediate impact on the current status of the law because the appeals court had put the trial court judgment on hold during the state attorney general’s legal challenge.

News that the lower court ruling had been reversed buoyed advocates of doctor-supported death.

“Our patients will be tremendously relieved,” said Dr. Catherine Sonquist Forest, a family physician in Northern California who has six terminally ill patients considering the option. “Thousands across the state will find great solace in knowing this option is there.”

The ruling is probably not the last word on the matter and could set the stage for future legal actions. The case was sent back to the lower court and the lawsuit could be amended and refiled.

The court even spelled out how groups challenging the law might be able to show harm to plaintiffs.



Suicide Bombers Storm Chinese Consulate In Pakistan

Gunfire and an explosion were heard as three suicide bombers of a Pakistani insurgent group possessing hand grenades and weapons attempted to enter the Chinese consulate in Karachi, Pakistan, police officials have confirmed.

According to witnesses, the weapons were fired near the consulate in Clifton Block 4 around 9.30am local time (4.30am GMT). At least two policemen were shot dead in the attack and a security guard was wounded. Local media reported that the injured had reached Jinnah hospital.

It is not yet clear whether Chinese officials were harmed but Karachi police chief Amir Shaikh confirmed the attackers were not able to get inside the consulate.

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Dutch Politician Dies In Apparent Suicide After Sharing Islamic Gang Rape Nightmare

A Dutch politician from the Geert Wilders-led Party For Freedom (PVV) reportedly committed suicide shortly after posting an eerie video claiming she had been raped by a Muslim gang last year.

Willie Dille, 53, was serving as city councillor in The Hague when she shared a video to social media on Wednesday, alleging that she had been “raped and tortured” by a gang of Moroccan Muslims who sought to silence her and punish her for speaking out against Islamization.

In Dille’s video, she claimed a disgruntled former fellow partymember who had converted to Islam and now serves in the Islam Democraten party was behind her attack, and that his name had been referenced by her assailants.

Dille contends that her attackers berated her with questions such as, “Do you respect Mohammed? Do you respect Allah?”

According to those familiar with her usual appearance, she looked emaciated and nervous in the video, which she concluded by verbally resigning her post on the council and apologizing to her family and friends for her inability to ‘go on.’

Police say they made an effort to probe Dille’s claims, but that she declined to file a formal complaint.

“Mrs. Dille did not file a report of a sexual offense or threat, so the police could not conduct a criminal investigation. But we did have several conversations with her and also offered her assistance,” a police spokesperson told local media.

“In the past, and also recently, there was contact with Mrs. Dille. Rape and threats were discussed. In that talk we pointed out the possibilities of reporting, but she did not do that. For that reason we could not launch a criminal investigation.”

The Hague Mayor Pauline Krikke confirms that Dille had shared her disturbing tale in private, but refused to file a police report because she ‘feared for her life.’

“In conversations with me, Willie Dille talked about a kidnapping, threats, rape,” Krikke said. “I always urged her: report it. I’m in the dark about why Mrs. Dille did not.”

Geert Wilders, head of PVV, expressed his grief and condolences in a party press release.


Teen suicide is soaring

The suicide rate for white children and teens between 10 and 17 was up 70% between 2006 and 2016, the latest data analysis available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although black children and teens kill themselves less often than white youth do, the rate of increase was higher — 77%.


U.S. life expectancy drops again due to drugs, alcohol, suicide

Life expectancy in the U.S. has fallen for the second year in a row, thanks to a combination of drug and alcohol use and suicides, according to a new reportreleased Wednesday.

The drop was particularly large among middle-age white Americans and those living in rural communities, experts said in a report in the BMJ, formerly known as the British Medical Journal.


Franklin Township family believes Tamiflu led to teen’s suicide

A Franklin Township teen took his life, just days after being diagnosed with the flu. His family worries the medicine prescribed to help him may be to blame.

Charlie Harp’s loved ones say he was thriving in his classes and excited about his involvement on the wrestling team. They say they believe the extreme decision to commit suicide may have been caused by severe side effects from the medicine he was taking for the flu.

“He’s an amazing child full of life, happy all the time; you just never see him without a smile on his face,” said Jackie Ray, Charlie’s aunt and guardian.

The 16-year-old boy was diagnosed with the flu last Thursday, and like many flu patients, he was prescribed Tamiflu.


Algorithm can identify suicidal people using brain scans 

Nearly a million people worldwide die by suicide every year, and predicting suicide remains difficult, especially because many people feel uncomfortable talking about the issue. In a study published today in the journal Nature Communications, researchers observed the brain activity of two groups of adults — one who had suicidal thoughts and one who didn’t — while they thought about words such as “evil” or “praise.” They fed this data to an algorithm that learned to predict who had suicidal thoughts with 91 percent accuracy. It also predicted whether someone had attempted suicide before with 94 percent accuracy.

The algorithm isn’t perfect — and a medical test would have to be. It may also not become widely used since brain scans are expensive. But “it’d be nice to have this additional method,” says study author Marcel Just, a psychologist at Carnegie Mellon University.