Monthly Archives: April 2013

May Day? May Day!

The first of May is May Day. For some that is a day of celebration, others a time of demonstrations, and starting in 1927, May Day became an internationally recognized distress call for ships at sea. The transition from radios … Continue reading

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‘Our Feel-Good War on Breast Cancer?’

PEGGY ORENSTEIN writes in last Sunday’s NY Times magazine: “By coincidence, just a week after my diagnosis, a panel convened by the National Institutes of Health made headlines when it declined to recommend universal screening for women in their 40s; evidence … Continue reading

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A Lost Language

“I didn’t know it at the time, but starting that night, my deeply simpatico friendship with my father was done. My confidant, mentor, nudge, needler, teacher, audience, sage, cheerleader would never come back. The tPA, miracle drug for some, was … Continue reading

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For the Elderly, Diseases That Overlap

Alzheimer’s disease, high blood pressure and heart disease are the three most common chronic conditions in assisted living facilities: 82 percent of residents have at least one of them, according to a new government study. But what is alarming is … Continue reading

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Hospital Dangers for Patients With Parkinson’s

Surgery and anesthesia, the disrupted medications, an incision that subsequently became infected — all contributed to a tailspin that lasted nearly three months. Mr. Anderson developed delirium, rotated between rehab centers and hospitals, took a fall, lost 60 pounds. “People … Continue reading

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U.S. health care system has almost worst of all worlds

Fareed speaks with Steven Brill, founder of Court TV and The American Lawyer magazine, and David Goldhill, author of ‘Catastrophic Care: How American Health Care Killed My Father – and How We Can Fix It,’ about the problems with America’s … Continue reading

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What is palliative care and why should we talk about it?

Typically, palliative care is directed toward patients who have a serious illness, regardless of the state of their diagnosis. Palliative care is similar to hospice care, in that it focuses on relieving patients suffering and compliments traditional medical care. The big … Continue reading

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