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  1. 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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  2. 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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  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. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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