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Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual.
Researchers study the impact of "animal interventions" in healthcare settings for children

Researchers study the impact of "animal interventions" in healthcare settings for children

While many people have an opinion on whether animals can help to improve wellbeing and care for patients in hospitals, does anyone really know whether there are benefits both for the patients and the animals themselves? [More]

Study: A record number of elderly people are completing living wills to guide end-of-life medical treatments

A record number of elderly people are completing living wills to guide end-of-life medical treatments - up from 47 percent in 2000 to 72 percent in 2010 - according to new research from the University of Michigan and the Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor Healthcare System. [More]

New studies mark key advances in understanding role of spiritual interventions in healthcare

Four new studies mark important advances in understanding the role of spiritual care in treating people facing serious illness. [More]

Studies reveal role of spiritual care in treating people facing serious illnesses

Two of six studies released today, reveal important advances in understanding the role of spiritual care in treating people facing serious illness, including cancer and ALS. Until now, no empirical data has existed on the contributions of chaplains in health care. [More]
Study: Sexual dysfunction common with lung cancer

Study: Sexual dysfunction common with lung cancer

Many lung cancer patients suffer difficulties with sexual expression and intimacy, yet for too long the topic has been ignored by doctors and researchers, experts have said at the 4th European Lung Cancer Conference (ELCC). [More]
Hepatitis C drug fuels cost debate

Hepatitis C drug fuels cost debate

A panel of experts said this week that the drug represents a "low value" to the health system because of its cost. [More]

First Edition: March 12, 2014

Today's headlines include stories about the Obama administration's latest tallies regarding how many Americans have signed up for Obamacare coverage and the outcome of a Florida special election that was marked by health law themes. [More]

Report calls for better palliative and EOL care for patients that relapse following transplant

Haematological disorders of the blood and bone marrow, such as leukaemia, are commonly treated with a bone marrow transplant. However relapse is common and often leads to treatment failure and death. [More]
Fred Hutchinson, SCCA researchers receive Seattle Business Magazine's 2014 Leaders in Health Care Awards

Fred Hutchinson, SCCA researchers receive Seattle Business Magazine's 2014 Leaders in Health Care Awards

Researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) were recognized in several categories of Seattle Business Magazine's 2014 Leaders in Health Care Awards, including the publication's Lifetime Achievement Award, given to Frederick R. Appelbaum, M.D., executive vice president and deputy director of Fred Hutch and president of SCCA. [More]
Pediatric docs argue against retail health care clinics

Pediatric docs argue against retail health care clinics

In the meantime, a big push for greater price transparency in what health care costs is readied, and the prominence of palliative care grows. [More]
First Edition: February 24, 2014

First Edition: February 24, 2014

Today's headlines include continuing coverage of Medicare Advantage payment rates, as well as a range of stories about the health law's Medicaid expansion and online insurance marketplaces. [More]
Research roundup: Palliative care and ACOs; employers and Supreme Court case on contraception

Research roundup: Palliative care and ACOs; employers and Supreme Court case on contraception

In preparation for the new ACO environment, leaders recognized the contribution palliative care can make to health care "value," especially in the care of our sickest (and most expensive) patients ... [More]

Nurses who completed practice-based educational pathway report greater confidence in end of life care

District and community nurses who completed a practice-based educational pathway reported greater confidence in delivering palliative and end of life care to patients. [More]
Highlights: N.D. hospital and abortion docs; Calif. sugary beverage bill; aging home care workers in Texas

Highlights: N.D. hospital and abortion docs; Calif. sugary beverage bill; aging home care workers in Texas

A Democratic candidate who has explicitly defended Obamacare holds a slight lead in a special congressional election in Florida that both parties are eyeing as a test of the political impact of the healthcare law. A poll released Thursday by the Tampa Bay Times shows Democrat Alex Sink leading her Republican opponent, David Jolly, 42% to 35% among people considered likely to vote in the March 11 special election. [More]
UofL professor named finalist for national award recognizing leadership in long-term care

UofL professor named finalist for national award recognizing leadership in long-term care

Patrick J. Murphy Jr., M.D., director of the University of Louisville Home Call Program and professor of geriatrics in the Department of Family and Geriatric Medicine, has been named one of six finalists for a national award recognizing leadership in long-term care. [More]

Hospi receives FDA clearance for Macy Catheter

Hospi Corporation, a privately-held medical device company focused on nurse invented products that optimize patient care, today announced receipt of 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its first product, the Macy Catheter. The Macy Catheter is the only device designed and approved solely for ongoing rectal delivery of medications and liquids. [More]
Johns Hopkins cardiologist receives first Harrington prize for innovation in medicine

Johns Hopkins cardiologist receives first Harrington prize for innovation in medicine

Johns Hopkins pediatric cardiologist and geneticist Hal Dietz, M.D., has been awarded the first Harrington Prize for Innovation in Medicine for his work identifying the cause and a treatment for Marfan syndrome. [More]

UAB's Continence and Urogynecology Care Clinics reaccredited with Center Of Excellence designation

The National Association For Continence has reaccredited the University of Alabama at Birmingham's Continence and Urogynecology Care Clinics as a Center of Excellence for Continence Care. [More]
Global atlas identifies greatest need for palliative care in low-and middle-income countries

Global atlas identifies greatest need for palliative care in low-and middle-income countries

Only 1 in 10 people who need palliative care - that is medical care to relieve the pain, symptoms and stress of serious illness - is currently receiving it. This unmet need is mapped for the first time in the "Global atlas of palliative care at the end of life", published jointly by the WHO and the Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance. [More]

Scientists receive $10M grant to continue development of Palliative Care Research Cooperative Group

Duke University and the University of Colorado schools of medicine have received a $10 million grant from the National Institute for Nursing Research (NINR), part of the National Institutes of Health, to continue the development of the Palliative Care Research Cooperative Group (PCRC) over the next five years. [More]