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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.
Majority of states not measuring up on legislative solutions that fight cancer, shows report

Majority of states not measuring up on legislative solutions that fight cancer, shows report

A majority of states are not measuring up on legislative solutions that prevent and fight cancer, according to a new report released today by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN). [More]
Researchers examine reason for patients being discharged from hospice care

Researchers examine reason for patients being discharged from hospice care

About 1 in 5 Medicare patients is discharged from hospice care alive, whether due to patients' informed choice, a change in their condition, or inappropriate actions by the hospice to save on hospitalization costs related to terminal illness. [More]
EGPAF and ACS partner to improve access to essential pain medications for HIV people

EGPAF and ACS partner to improve access to essential pain medications for HIV people

Today the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) and the American Cancer Society (ACS) announced a new partnership to improve access to essential pain medications for people living with HIV in Swaziland. [More]
First Edition: July 29, 2014

First Edition: July 29, 2014

Today's headlines include coverage of the latest Medicare trustee report and the details of the veterans care legislation on Capitol Hill. [More]
Study: 27% of hospice patients still take antibiotics in the final week of their life

Study: 27% of hospice patients still take antibiotics in the final week of their life

New research suggests that use of antibiotics is still prevalent among terminal patients who have chosen hospice care as an end-of-life option, despite little evidence that the medications improve symptoms or quality of life, and sometimes may cause unwanted side effects. [More]
Palliative care delivered early during hospitalization can cut costs for critically ill patients

Palliative care delivered early during hospitalization can cut costs for critically ill patients

Palliative care delivered early during hospitalization can help cut costs for critically ill patients, finds a new study in Health Services Research. [More]
HHS grant to support new model of care for patients with complex cancer

HHS grant to support new model of care for patients with complex cancer

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced a three-year grant to University Hospitals Case Medical Center Seidman Cancer Center totaling $4.7 million to support a new national model aimed at improving care for patients with complex cancer. [More]
State highlights: Illinois Medicaid digital shift delayed; N.C. hospitals fight cuts; heroin in New England

State highlights: Illinois Medicaid digital shift delayed; N.C. hospitals fight cuts; heroin in New England

Alexian Brothers Health System is suspending its effort to launch a new Medicaid program, blaming the difficulty of connecting physicians using different electronic records systems. The Arlington Heights, Ill.-based health system was spearheading a so-called accountable care entity (ACE) to coordinate the care of about 46,000 patients on Medicaid, the state-federal health insurance program for the poor and disabled. The ACEs are a form of managed care, one of Gov. Pat Quinn's initiatives to focus on preventative treatment to keep patients healthy and reduce health care costs (Schorsch, 6/17). [More]
First Edition: June 18, 2014

First Edition: June 18, 2014

Today's headlines include a report that the cost of health law subsidies may push the measure's overall price tag beyond projections. [More]
New tool helps doctors talk to dying patients and families who are praying for miracle

New tool helps doctors talk to dying patients and families who are praying for miracle

Cancer clinicians and a chaplain at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center have developed a new tool to help doctors, nurses and other health care providers talk to dying patients and families who are, literally, praying for a miracle. [More]
Longer looks: When an ER doctor becomes an ER patient; visualizing end-of-life treatments; Google Glass inside operating rooms

Longer looks: When an ER doctor becomes an ER patient; visualizing end-of-life treatments; Google Glass inside operating rooms

If you are shot or stabbed in or around Oakland, you are likely to be sent [to Highland Hospital). Oakland has the highest violent crime rate in the nation, so I have indeed seen my fair share of victims over my long career here. [More]
Palliative support services help caregivers of patients with advanced cancer

Palliative support services help caregivers of patients with advanced cancer

Dartmouth researchers have found that those caring for patients with advanced cancer experienced reduced depression and felt less burdened by caregiving tasks when palliative support services were offered soon after the patient's diagnosis. [More]
Healthcare providers reluctant to ask heart failure patients about end-of-life plans

Healthcare providers reluctant to ask heart failure patients about end-of-life plans

Healthcare providers are reluctant to discuss end-of-life care with heart failure patients and their families because they feel uncomfortable broaching the topic or lack time, according to a new study presented at the Quality of Care and Outcomes Research 2014 Scientific Sessions. [More]
Phone-based palliative care support program helps alleviate caregiver depression, burden

Phone-based palliative care support program helps alleviate caregiver depression, burden

The earlier a specific phone-based, palliative care support program can be introduced to caregivers, the better they will be able to cope with the caregiving experience, according to research conducted by University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing investigators. [More]
Palliative care can reduce pain and other distressing symptoms

Palliative care can reduce pain and other distressing symptoms

When three-year-old Rachel was diagnosed with cancer, it was one of the worst days of her mother's life. Tests, medications, surgery—young Rachel's life turned upside down. [More]
Discontinuing statins in patients with advanced illnesses improves quality of life

Discontinuing statins in patients with advanced illnesses improves quality of life

People in the late stages of cancer and other terminal illnesses are not only unharmed by discontinuing statins for cholesterol management, they may benefit, according to a study presented Friday by researchers at Duke Medicine representing a national research network. [More]
Older people who undertake exercise are less likely to be admitted in hospital

Older people who undertake exercise are less likely to be admitted in hospital

Older people who undertake at least 25 minutes of moderate or vigorous exercise everyday need fewer prescriptions and are less likely to be admitted to hospital in an emergency, new research has revealed. [More]

Health Ethics Australia aims at improving literacy, compassion around death

Knowledge and information empowers people facing a terminal diagnosis or end of life, delegates heard at the National Medicines Symposium in Brisbane last week. [More]
Lung cancer screening guidelines could cost Medicare billions

Lung cancer screening guidelines could cost Medicare billions

A study of Medicare beneficiaries with a history of heavy smoking found that new lung cancer screening guidelines would likely double the proportion of lung cancers found at an early stage, but at a steep cost of more than $9 billion over five years. [More]
Psychologists and physicians help address barriers to improved primary health care

Psychologists and physicians help address barriers to improved primary health care

Primary care teams that include both psychologists and physicians would help address known barriers to improved primary health care, including missed diagnoses, a lack of attention to behavioral factors and limited patient access to needed care, according to health care experts writing in a special issue of American Psychologist, the flagship journal of the American Psychological Association. [More]