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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Music Therapy May Ease Anxiety of Cancer Patients

    Aug. 10, 2011 -- Listening to recorded music or working with a music therapist may reduce anxiety levels of cancer patients and have other positive effects as well, a new study shows. Listening to recorded music, singing, playing an instrument, or otherwise participating in music making apparently a

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  5. People Living Longer With HIV

    June 2, 2011 -- The number of people living with HIV continues to rise. That’s mainly because of highly effective drugs that allow people infected with HIV to live longer, healthier lives, the CDC says. But another reason is that prevention efforts and educational programs have helped reduce infecti

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  6. DNR Orders May Affect Surgical Outcomes

    April 18, 2011 -- People with do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders may be more than twice as likely to die soon after surgery, regardless of the urgency of the procedure or health status before surgery. A new study shows 23% of people with DNR orders died within 30 days after surgery compared with 8% of

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  7. Number of Alzheimer’s Caregivers Is Increasing

    March 15, 2011 -- The number of Alzheimer's disease caregivers in the U.S. is far larger than previously believed, according to a new report issued by the Alzheimer's Association. "The number of Americans living in the U.S. as caregivers to someone with Alzheimer's or a different type of dementia is

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  8. The Palliative Caregiver

    No matter when you get the news that a loved one has a painful or terminal condition, it's a shock. Deciding to become their caregiver, to help them manage their pain and suffering -- or manage it for them -- is a difficult choice. That choice may be made in the blink of an eye, particularly when a

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  9. Pediatric Palliative Care: Easing Your Child's Suffering

    Karen Zrenda remembers the first time she took her newborn son Tommy outside. Tommy's respiratory defect had kept him at Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital for nearly the first year of his life. The sun shined on him for the first time. "It seemed like such a normal thing, but it was so exciting. It

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  10. Coping With a Life-Threatening Illness

    "I'm sorry, but there's nothing more we can do." No patient wants to hear that. No doctor wants to say it. And with good reason: It isn't true. It is true that in the course of many illnesses, cure ceases to be an option. But no hope of a sure cure does not mean no hope at all. It certainly does not

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