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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. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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