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2009-03-18 00:08:32

People who draw on religion to cope with cancer are more likely to receive intensive, life-prolonging medical care, U.S. researchers have found. However, senior author Holly Prigerson of Dana-Farber and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston said that as death approaches, the religious terminal patients' treatment often entails a lower quality of life in their final days. The study involved 345 advanced cancer patients at seven hospitals nationwide. Participants were interviewed about their...

2009-03-16 08:20:14

Terminally ill patients and their family caregivers often feel abandoned by their doctors and feel a sense of "unfinished business," according to a new study by an oncologist at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. The study results identified two themes.  First, before-death abandonment worries related to loss of continuity of communication between patient and physician.  The other theme includes the family's feelings of abandonment from lack of closure with the physician after, or at...

2009-03-10 08:28:06

Terminally ill patients and their family caregivers often feel abandoned by their doctors and feel a sense of "unfinished business" with them, according to a new study by an oncologist at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.The study results, published today in the Archives of Internal Medicine, identified two themes: before death, abandonment worries related to loss of continuity of communication between patient and physician; and at the time death or after, the patient's family's feelings of...

2009-03-10 00:27:33

Doctors should call caregivers as an act of closure when a patient dies because family and physician say there is unfinished business, U.S. researchers said. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, found terminally ill patients and their family caregivers often feel abandoned by their physicians, and also reported a lack of closure when patients died, but they did not associate this with abandonment. Doctors often don't realize how important this issue is for patients and...

2009-03-03 09:00:00

Hospice is about Living Life as Fully as Possible ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization wants all people to know that hospice delivers the highest quality care and services to patients and family caregivers who are coping with life-limiting illness. A recent article carried by the Associated Press ("Assisted Suicide Presents Legal Quandary," by Greg Bluestein, 03/02/09) carries a misinformed quote from an attorney who...

2008-10-13 18:00:25

Opponents of a Washington State assisted-suicide ballot initiative say hastening the deaths of terminally ill patients is "playing God." The initiative, which if approved would allow physicians to prescribe lethal doses of medication if requested by terminally ill patients, is against God's will, faith-based groups say, while proponents contend it would allow "death with dignity," The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported Monday. Washington's Roman Catholic Church has been the initiative's...

2008-10-08 18:00:34

A free one-act play about a terminally ill African American woman and the choices that she and her family must make as she approaches the end of her life will be presented as a theatrical reading by the University of Missouri-St. Louis and VITAS Innovative Hospice Care(R) of St. Louis. "Vesta," will be presented on Thursday, October 23, 2008, at the JC Penney Conference Center Auditorium at the University of Missouri-St. Louis North Campus, 8001 Natural Bridge Road. The reading will be held...

2008-10-06 15:00:40

By Karen Troianello I was governor of Oregon when voters approved our state's landmark Death with Dignity Act in 1994. I endorsed that ballot measure, and another one in 1997 in which voters reaffirmed their support after the federal government tried to take the voters' original decision away. I've followed the law closely, and now, 11 years later, I still strongly support individual freedom in end-of- life decisions. You will hear plenty of exaggerations from opponents of death with...

2008-09-23 09:01:09

TORONTO, Sept. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Sarah J. Goodlin, a geriatrician and palliative care physician in Salt Lake City, UT presented "Hope in the Hopeless Situation: Palliative Care," today at the 12th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA). This presentation focused on palliative care as a way of improving quality of life and dignity in death for patients suffering from heart failure. Palliative care takes a holistic approach in relieving symptoms while...

2008-08-25 15:01:00

BANGOR - Hospice of Eastern Maine is seeking caring men and women of all ages and walks of life to join its family of patient care volunteers. HOEM's volunteers share their time and friendship with terminally ill patients and their caregivers. Hospice care focuses on the physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of hospice patients and their loved ones. Trained medical professionals deliver the physical care; hospice volunteers provide companionship and comfort care. Volunteers...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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