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  1. End-of-Life Care Talks May Miss Patient Priorities

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Nov. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Important points are often missed when doctors have end-of-life discussions with patients and their families, a new study finds. Researchers asked more than 200 older Canadians who were hospitalized with serious illnesses a

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  2. Many Americans May Get Hospice Care Too Late

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Nov. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Of the more than 1.5 million patients who received hospice care in the United States in 2013, one-third died within one week of getting it, a new report shows. "While many dying Americans are opting for hospice care

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  3. Could Fading Sense of Smell Mean Earlier Death?

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults who have trouble smelling the roses -- literally -- may face an increased risk of dying in the next several years, new research suggests. In a study of over 3,000 older Americans, researchers found those who we

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  4. Futile Care in ICU a Common Occurrence, Doctors Say

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 10 (HealthDay News) -- Critical care doctors at a major teaching hospital believe they provided futile treatment to about one in five intensive care unit patients, needlessly prolonging their lives. ICU doctors in the UCLA Health System said they

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  5. Caregiver Care: Managing Stress, Depression

    Whether you are providing palliative care for someone with a painful chronic condition or for someone actively dying, the rewards that come with caregiving are real and varied. According to a study at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, most caregivers say they developed a better relationship

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  6. Study: Shift to Hospice Care Often Comes Too Late

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 5 (HealthDay News) -- Although most people would prefer to die peacefully in a comfortable setting, a new study shows that almost one in three spend some time in the intensive-care unit of a hospital in their last month of life while a similar number

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  7. What Is Palliative Care?

    Since Kathleen Huggins was diagnosed with lung cancer last November, doctors have been working hard to try to cure her. Surgeons removed part of her lung, and soon she'll begin chemotherapy. But the 56-year-old New York City resident also benefits from a new type of medical specialty called palliati

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  8. Stroke Recovery: Tips for the Caregiver

    If you are caring for a stroke survivor, you may have a lot of questions about whether your loved one will recover and what his or her needs will be in the months and years ahead. You may also worry about how you will manage in your new role. "Caregiving can be a big load to shoulder," says Maggie F

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  9. Advance Directives: Having the Talk

    Imagine that your elderly father's emphysema has worsened dramatically. You're worried. If he becomes too ill to breathe on his own, what would he want for himself? How much should doctors intervene? If he's not able to make his own medical decisions, who would he want to speak on his behalf? You're

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  10. Poll Reveals Challenges of Providing End-of-Life Care

    Nov. 16, 2011 -- Though doctors nearly universally agree that helping patients die without pain is a more important goal than doing everything possible to prolong their lives, many say it can be tough to talk to patients about palliative care, a new poll shows. The poll results were released by the

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