Sensationalism in the news media is a serious problem because it undermines readers’ ability to think critically about the information they are absorbing. It is particularly dangerous when the articles discuss research in health-science related fields as these articles can have a direct link to the readers’ decisions regarding their health. The media portrayal of the erroneous research done by Wakefield and his colleagues regarding the link between autism and the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine is a prime example of sensationalist news articles misleading public opinion on health-related... [+] Read more
Assisted suicide has been a controversial topic in Canada for decades. Up until now, although removing a patient from life support (with their consent) has been considered legal, it has been determined illegal in Canada to help a person end their life, although some provincial legislations have bypassed this law. Last Friday, however, the Supreme Court of Canada decided to lift the ban on doctor-assisted suicide, which means that now, terminally ill patients in critical pain who possess their mental faculties will be allowed to seek medical help to end their lives (Assisted Suicide…).
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