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Palliative Care

'Making Design Matter' -- New Uniforms for a Hospice Unit

Jeanne Dennis | Posted 01.08.2012 | Style
Jeanne Dennis

A competition to design new hospice uniforms is an opportunity to see how multi-faceted hospice care is on the broader scale, and how smaller details can make a difference in the end-of-life care patients receive.

Catherine Pearson

When 'You Have Two Months To Live' Isn't Accurate | Catherine Pearson | Posted 10.28.2011 | Healthy Living

Dr. David Casarett, chief medical officer at Penn Wissahickon Hospice, says there are some conversations that even the most seasoned doctors dread -- ...

The Ethics Of Hospice Care

Jeanne Dennis | Posted 10.01.2011 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Dennis

Any industry that has regulations -- ours has plenty and rightly so -- will have people and institutions that flout those regulations.

Thanks To Dr. Jack Kevorkian

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 08.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

I believe that he should actually be thanked because Dr. Kevorkian raised the awareness that we don't do dying well, particularly when people are suffering and in physical pain.

Novel Ways To Think About Grief

Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D.

This new grief is different. For one thing, it includes the loved one with the diagnosis. It also draws in the entire family into a prolonged crisis that some of our interviewees aptly described as "learning to live with death."

The Beginning of the End for the War on Drugs?

Joe Amon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joe Amon

This article originally appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle on November 21, 2010. A report to the U.N. General Assembly at the end of October abo...

Talking to Doctors About a Terminal Diagnosis

Judith Johnson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

You have a right to your own point of view and your own beliefs and preferences regarding the end of your life's journey.

Medical Society of New York Fights Palliative Care Information Act Despite Mounting Evidence

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Barbara Coombs Lee

A new bill instructs physicians to discuss a prognosis with seriously ill patients and ask if they would like information on hospice, palliative care and appropriate end-of-life options.

Treating Grief: The Dangers Of Diagnosis

Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D.

Given the way our culture has responded to problems such as anxiety and difficulty sleeping, it is highly likely that we stand poised to try to eradicate grief on a mass level through medication.

The Case for End-of-Life Care Gets Stronger

Zack Cooper | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Zack Cooper

A new study reinforces the case for some end-of-life interventions -- like providing access to early palliative care -- as a means for extending life, reducing suffering and saving money.

New York's Palliative Care Information Act: A Sea Change in End-of-Life Care

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Barbara Coombs Lee

Word came Sunday night from Compassion & Choices New York that Governor Paterson had signed our bill, the Palliative Care Information Act, (PCIA) ...

Study Shows Value Of Quality-Of-Life Cancer Care

AP | MARILYNN MARCHIONE | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Palliative care, which helps the gravely ill make the most of the time they have left, provided a surprising bonus for terminal lung cancer patients: ...

Hospice and Healing

Jeanne Dennis | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Dennis

Those of us in hospice care see one's final days as a continuous part of life's journey, not a land wholly separate and apart. The language and customs are familiar, not foreign, and the travelers are not strangers but are essentially like us.

18th International AIDS Conference: Action not Rhetoric on HIV and Human Rights

Joe Amon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joe Amon

The following is based upon a press release by Human Rights Watch. The upcoming 18th annual International AIDS Conference should focus on reaching th...

Assisted Suicide: Jack Kevorkian's Legacy and Where We Stand Today

David Casarett, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Casarett, M.D.

The suffering and loss of dignity that are so central to the Kevorkian/Levinson view of serious illness aren't inevitable. Although you'd never know it from this film, there are alternatives to Kevorkian's death machine.

Death Panels, Dignity, and You

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

We now need to revisit the issue of enhancing discussions of end-of-life care. Addressing these issues more fully can help us in many ways. But these are not easy issues.

You Still Won't Know Jack

Lewis M. Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lewis M. Cohen

Hollywood is masterful at both humanizing and capturing our sympathies for brave revolutionaries, but Kevorkian is not one of those champions.

Natural Burial Is a Gentler Way to Leave

Anne Dilenschneider | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Anne Dilenschneider

Commercial funeral practices put gallons of embalming fluid, and tons of metal and exotic hardwoods into the ground. And I was surprised to learn that cremation is equally polluting and energy-intensive.

A Nuanced Look at How We Die

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Michael Sigman

As medical technology continues to improve, it is more and more absurd to insist that everyone suffering the end stages of terminal diseases must be kept alive regardless of their wishes.

5 Years After Terri Schiavo: What Have We Learned?

David Casarett, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Casarett, M.D.

More than ever, we need Congress to take end-of-life care seriously. We still need legislation that will encourage physicians to take the time to talk to patients about the choices that are available to them.

Chronic Pain and Torture

Joe Amon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joe Amon

Treating severe pain is also almost entirely in the hands of governments. Political commitment is needed to overcome the regulatory barriers and lack of training of health providers worldwide.

Palliative Care Needs A Positive Spin

Dr. Elaine Schattner | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Elaine Schattner

In a specialist-driven system that aims to eradicate disease, sometimes we overlook the simpler need to alleviate patients' discomfort and distress.

The Biggest Problem With U.S. Health Care -- And How To Fix It!

Ken Dychtwald Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ken Dychtwald Ph.D.

We should focus on re-visioning healthcare's purpose: to create long-lived, productive and healthy men and women.