Timeline: Key Dates in the End-of-Life Debate
Issues surrounding the end of life have been debated since long before New York became the first state to explicitly outlaw assisted suicide in 1828. This timeline looks at major events on the topic in the U.S. since the 1960s.
Religious Groups’ Views on End-of-Life Issues
In these summaries, religious leaders, scholars and ethicists from 16 major American religious groups explain how their faith traditions’ teachings address physician-assisted suicide, euthanasia and other end-of-life questions.
To End Our Days
The Social, Legal and Political Dimensions of the End-of-Life Debate
Views on End-of-Life Medical Treatments
Most Americans say there are circumstances in which doctors and nurses should allow a patient to die, but a growing minority says medical professionals always should do everything possible to save a patient’s life.
Americans see U.S. losing ground against mental illness, prescription drug abuse
The public views a number of public health problems as serious, but while prescription drug abuse does not top the list, it stands out as a problem that Americans say is getting worse.
Obesity and poverty don’t always go together
Obesity in the U.S. varies considerably by gender, race, ethnicity, income and educational level, but not necessarily how you might expect.
Public Agrees on Obesity’s Impact, Not Government’s Role
A majority of Americans see obesity as a very serious public health problem affecting society more broadly, but the public has mixed opinions about what, if anything, the government should do about the issue.
Public has mixed view on banning trans fats
A nationwide survey finds 44% in favor of prohibiting restaurants from using trans fats in foods, while 52% oppose the idea.
A downside to an up economy? Mortality rates increase in better times
A new study finds that mortality rates increase during upward cycles in the economy, and decrease during downward cycles.
Rising Environmental Concerns in China
The Chinese public is increasingly worried about the quality of the country’s air and water. There is also widespread concern about inflation, inequality and corruption, and the safety of consumer goods and food.