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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Nation Gets 'B' for Hospital Support Care

    Oct. 5, 2011 -- Most people with serious illness -- and half of their caregivers -- may not get the care they need. The support chronically ill patients and their families need is called palliative care. It's a team-based approach that adds layers of support and coordinates the often fragmented medi

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  9. Advance Directives Shape End-of-Life Experiences

    Oct. 4, 2011 -- It's a conversation that many of us don't want to have. Maybe we are superstitious, feel that we are young and invincible, or maybe we just can't find the right time to discuss our end-of-life wishes. But a new study suggests that telling the people in your life about the type of car

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  10. Talking About End-of-Life Care Doesn't Raise Death Risk

    Sept. 28, 2011 -- Talking about end-of-life care and having advance directives doesn't make death come any more quickly, according to a new study.  Advance directives are legal documents that allow you to record your wishes concerning medical care in the event that you become incapacitated and are u

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