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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.
Enhancing quality of life for people with serious illnesses

Enhancing quality of life for people with serious illnesses

Being diagnosed with a potentially life-threatening illness is distressing enough but a dearth of cohesive services often compounds the difficulty, according to an NAU researcher. [More]

Critical access hospitals help meet need for high-quality palliative care in rural communities

Nurses at critical access hospitals are well positioned to provide high-quality palliative care close to home for millions of Americans in rural communities, according to an article in the February issue of Critical Care Nurse. [More]
Palliative care improves care quality, reduces costs for advanced cancer patients with comorbidities

Palliative care improves care quality, reduces costs for advanced cancer patients with comorbidities

Patients with incurable cancer and numerous other serious health conditions who consulted with a palliative care team within two days of hospitalization had significant savings in hospital costs, according to a new study led by researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. [More]
Physiotherapy equipment market in India expected to grow at CAGR of over 12% during 2015 - 2020

Physiotherapy equipment market in India expected to grow at CAGR of over 12% during 2015 - 2020

According to recently published Pharmaion report, "India Physiotherapy Equipment Market Opportunities, 2010 - 2020", the physiotherapy equipment market in India is projected to grow at a CAGR of over 12% during 2015 - 2020, on account of increasing prevalence of cardiovascular and neurological diseases, expanding elderly population and escalating demand for at-home physiotherapy. [More]

Study analyzes effect of music therapy on palliative care patients

Music therapy can enhance terminally ill patients' wellbeing and relaxation. This treatment has been known since the 1970s, but there is little scientific research on the subject. A recent randomized controlled trial by Marco Warth et al. in Deutsches Ärzteblatt International (Dtsch Arztebl Int 2015; 112: 788-94) analyzes the effect of music therapy on palliative care patients. [More]
Latinos' cultural values have major impact on palliative care preferences

Latinos' cultural values have major impact on palliative care preferences

The cultural values of Latinos have a major impact on their palliative care preferences and healthcare providers should be sensitive to their perspectives, according to a research letter by physicians at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. [More]
New study identifies patient-reported barriers to quality end-of-life care among ethnic minorities

New study identifies patient-reported barriers to quality end-of-life care among ethnic minorities

A new study identifies six main patient-reported barriers to receiving quality end-of-life (EOL) care among ethnic minority populations. The biggest barrier is lack of sufficient financial resources and insurance, according to the article published in Journal of Palliative Medicine, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. [More]
Dusseldorf will be the meeting point for MEDICA and COMPAMED this week

Dusseldorf will be the meeting point for MEDICA and COMPAMED this week

In the coming week, from 16 to 19 November 2015, Düsseldorf will again become the central meeting point of the international health business. Then, for the first time on the new set of dates from Monday to Thursday (previously: Wednesday to Saturday), the world’s largest medical trade fair, MEDICA, and the international leading supplier specialist trade fair, COMPAMED taking place at the same time, are going to start. [More]
Novel genetic therapy treats ‘incurable’ leukaemia

Novel genetic therapy treats ‘incurable’ leukaemia

A new treatment that involves editing DNA has been used for the first time at Great Ormond Street Hospital to successfully treat drug-resistant leukaemia. [More]
NHPCO calls for increased awareness of hospice and palliative care

NHPCO calls for increased awareness of hospice and palliative care

In recognition of National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, NHPCO has issued the following proclamation calling for increased awareness and acknowledgement of the many accomplishments of hospice and palliative care. [More]

Governor Rick Scott declares November as Florida Hospice and Palliative Care Month

In honor of the special kind of care provided by hospice for those at the end of life, Governor Rick Scott has declared this November as Florida Hospice and Palliative Care Month. [More]
Drug that relieves opioid-induced constipation may help some cancer patients live longer

Drug that relieves opioid-induced constipation may help some cancer patients live longer

Patients with advanced cancers who took a drug designed to relieve constipation caused by pain killers lived longer and had fewer reports of tumor progression than cancer patients who did not receive the drug, according to results presented October 27 at the 2015 meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists in San Diego. This is the first study in humans to associate opioid blockade with improved survival. [More]
Hospi introduces Macy Catheter Tray at ACEP annual meeting

Hospi introduces Macy Catheter Tray at ACEP annual meeting

Hospi Corporation, a patient-centric medical device company, today introduced the Macy Catheter Tray, designed to enable rapid administration of medications or fluids to patients when intravenous (IV) or oral administration is difficult. The Macy Catheter is designed to provide a bridge or alternative to IV access, to decrease hospital admissions and to facilitate discharge of patients. [More]
Blocking the production of CHD4 protein may help increase effectiveness of AML treatments

Blocking the production of CHD4 protein may help increase effectiveness of AML treatments

Preclinical experiments led by a team of researchers at VCU Massey Cancer Center have shown that blocking the production of a protein known as chromodomain helicase DNA-binding protein 4 (CHD4) may help increase the effectiveness of first-line treatments for acute myeloid leukemia (AML), a particularly lethal blood cancer that is increasing in incidence among older adults. [More]
Presenting and discussing menu of treatment options good for patients, physicians

Presenting and discussing menu of treatment options good for patients, physicians

Presenting and discussing a menu of treatment options is good for both the patient and the physician according to Regenstrief Institute and VA Center for Health Communication and Information investigator Kurt Kroenke, M.D., writing in a commentary in the Sept. 28 issue of JAMA Internal Medicine. [More]
High dose flu vaccines significantly reduce hospitalization risk during influenza season

High dose flu vaccines significantly reduce hospitalization risk during influenza season

In the largest nursing home study to date on the effect of high dose flu vaccine, researchers found that shots with four times the strength of standard flu shots significantly reduced the risk of being hospitalized during the influenza season. There was a 1.2 percent difference (19.7 percent versus 20.9 percent) in admission for the group that received the high dose vaccine compared to the one that received the standard dose vaccine. [More]
AGS releases updated, expanded Beers Criteria to improve medication use in older adults

AGS releases updated, expanded Beers Criteria to improve medication use in older adults

The American Geriatrics Society today released its second updated and expanded Beers Criteria--lists of potentially inappropriate medications for older adults who are not receiving hospice or palliative care, and one of the most frequently cited reference tools in the field of geriatrics. [More]
New guidance statement on palliative care to be presented at 2015 Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium

New guidance statement on palliative care to be presented at 2015 Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium

A new guidance statement from the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine is being presented for the first time at the 2015 Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium in Boston. [More]
Simple tool can help predict risk of cancer death

Simple tool can help predict risk of cancer death

A new study provides compelling evidence that a simple tool can help predict which patients with cancer may be in their final year of life. The tool, known as the Surprise Question, was found to predict the risk of cancer death within one year better than factors such as cancer type or stage alone. This study will be presented at the upcoming 2015 Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium in Boston. [More]
Innovative service model leads to better results for patients with advanced cancer

Innovative service model leads to better results for patients with advanced cancer

An innovative service model that partners radiation oncology with palliative care leads to better results for patients, according to a new analysis. The model of care, established at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, is one of only a handful in the country. The study will be presented at the upcoming 2015 Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium in Boston. [More]
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