Monthly Archives: July 2013

A setback on polio

ONLY A few months ago, there was great optimism that polio was on the verge of eradication. The world saw only 223 cases in 2012, the lowest level in history, and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, an umbrella group, unveiled … Continue reading

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Dying people display range of emotions to hospice workers

Melissa Sandberg has spent a large portion of her life preparing and comforting people nearing the end of their lives. The longtime social worker has consoled dying mothers who won’t see their children grow up, and also helped those at … Continue reading

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NPR’s Scott Simon takes Twitter to a new frontier: His mother’s hospital bed

On July 23, Scott Simon, the longtime host of NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday, posted a tweet to his 1.2 million followers: “I just want to say that ICU nurses are remarkable people. Thank you for what you do for our loved … Continue reading

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Universal Flu Vaccine May Be Possible

U.S researchers have reported a prospective new way to create vaccines that may even have the ability to act as a universal flu shot, according to BBC. A study on animals concluded that a single shot could protect against multiple … Continue reading

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Too many patients with cancer die in acute care hospitals despite palliative options: report

Almost half of all adult cancer deaths in Canada — 45% — happen in acute care hospitals, although many people would have benefited from palliative care at home or in hospices, states a report from the Canadian Institute for Health … Continue reading

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The Truth About Prognosis

We’ve known for years that cancer patients think their life expectancy is considerably greater than it really is–and that their oncologists think it is. This kind of wishful thinking has serious consequences: patients who believe they have years to live … Continue reading

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A palliative care success story: Helping Make the Best of the End of Life

” Unsurprisingly, palliative care does not generate large amounts of revenue, nor is it the sort of service that many hospitals choose to advertise. But it when it is done well, it can make a huge difference. Over one million … Continue reading

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WHEN DOCTORS TELL PATIENTS WHAT THEY DON’T WANT TO HEAR

Beyond the comedic exaggerations lies an age-old tension: Will our patients still like us if we tell them things they don’t want to hear? The challenge of communicating unpleasant, possibly profoundly upsetting information to patients is timeless. What has changed, … Continue reading

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Chaplain writes book about chronic illness

According to the National Health Council, incurable and ongoing chronic disease affects approximately 133 million Americans – 45 percent of the country’s total population. The council also reports that the daily activities of about one-fourth of them are limited by … Continue reading

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DNR by Another Name

The phrase “allow a natural death.” Even though they mean the same thing in this experiment, when the fake doctor framed the option as “do not resuscitate,” 61 percent asked that CPR be performed. But only 49 percent of participants … Continue reading

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