Monthly Archives: May 2013

Episcopal preist finds fulfillment as hospital chaplain

The Southern Illinoisan reports: “Sheryl Black has served as spiritual care manager and chaplain at Herrin Hospital for the past two years. She was a late entrant into ministry, beginning her studies in her mid-40s, after leaving a career in the … Continue reading

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Bridging the racial divide in how we die

A fast-growing number of terminally ill Americans are choosing hospice care, which focuses on providing comfort and support at the end of life rather than curative treatments. But a clear racial divide has emerged. The latest figures show only 8.5 … Continue reading

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Empathy: The Human Connection to Patient Care

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Gut Bacteria’s Belch May Play A Role In Heart Disease

Scientists have discovered what may be an important new risk factor for heart disease. And here’s the surprising twist: The troublesome substance seems to be a waste product left behind by bacteria in our guts as they help us digest … Continue reading

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God and Doctor

“He’s refusing any blood product transfusions. He’s a Jehovah’s Witness.” The Jehovah’s Witnesses are a religious group that believes, among other things, that only a minority of people reach heaven. They also believe that it is wrong to receive the … Continue reading

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Exercises to Prevent Dementia?

Endurance exercise is undoubtedly good for the brain, with studies in lab animals showing that moderate aerobic exercise, the equivalent of jogging, doubles or even triples the number of new neurons in the brain’s memory center, compared with the brains … Continue reading

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Coated vs. Uncoated Aspirin

“The rationale for the coating on aspirin is that it protects the stomach against bleeding. But that benefit has never been borne out in research, he said. So the message of his study is that there is no reason to pay extra … Continue reading

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