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  • Faith, spirituality sustain these rare disease patients I just wrote about my patient (and friend) and the struggles of people with a rare disease. A new book, Sunita Puri’s “That Good Night: Life and Medicine in the Eleventh Hour,” reminded me how poorly the U.S. deals with palliative care—a specialty that focuses on...
  • Faith, spirituality sustain these rare disease patients I just wrote about my patient (and friend) and the struggles of people with a rare disease. A new book, Sunita Puri’s “That Good Night: Life and Medicine in the Eleventh Hour,” reminded me how poorly the U.S. deals with palliative care—a specialty that focuses on...
  • If you or a relative has a terminal illness and you've exhausted all treatment options, you might consider hospice care. Find out how hospice care works and how it can provide comfort and support. What is hospice care? Hospice care is for people who are nearing the end of life. The services are provided by a team...
  • If you or a relative has a terminal illness and you've exhausted all treatment options, you might consider hospice care. Find out how hospice care works and how it can provide comfort and support. What is hospice care? Hospice care is for people who are nearing the end of life. The services are provided by a team...
  • “Just remember data always has a face.” That was the advice that Michael Becker, a former biotechnology company chief executive who now has head and neck cancer, told the assembled executives at the Forbes Healthcare Summit in New York last month. Behind every data point in every spreadsheet, there is a human being,...
  • “Just remember data always has a face.” That was the advice that Michael Becker, a former biotechnology company chief executive who now has head and neck cancer, told the assembled executives at the Forbes Healthcare Summit in New York last month. Behind every data point in every spreadsheet, there is a human being,...
  • Experts say such care should be expanded to include people who aren’t yet in hospice. Palliative care helps relieve stress, anxiety, and depression in cancer patients. Getty Images Outpatient palliative care can improve the quality of life for people with advanced cancer. It can also improve length of life, according...
  • Experts say such care should be expanded to include people who aren’t yet in hospice. Palliative care helps relieve stress, anxiety, and depression in cancer patients. Getty Images Outpatient palliative care can improve the quality of life for people with advanced cancer. It can also improve length of life, according...
  • Q: Are hospice and palliative care the same thing? A: People often confuse palliative care with hospice. Both types of care ease the suffering severe illness can bring — pain, troublesome symptoms, depression and more. The difference is in their timing. You can begin palliative care at any time. It is usually given in...
  • Q: Are hospice and palliative care the same thing? A: People often confuse palliative care with hospice. Both types of care ease the suffering severe illness can bring — pain, troublesome symptoms, depression and more. The difference is in their timing. You can begin palliative care at any time. It is usually given in...
  • A furrowed brow and flailing arms were all we had to go on. The grimacing, the way the patient flung his head from side to side — all of it signified an unvoiced anguish. We tried talking, listening, morphine. His agitation only grew. All cancers have the power to ravage a body, but each assails in distinctive ways....
  • A furrowed brow and flailing arms were all we had to go on. The grimacing, the way the patient flung his head from side to side — all of it signified an unvoiced anguish. We tried talking, listening, morphine. His agitation only grew. All cancers have the power to ravage a body, but each assails in distinctive ways....
  • FRIDAY, Feb. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Do you have things you want to do before your time's up? If so, consider sharing that so-called "bucket list" with your doctors. Those discussions could help your doctors provide health care that fits your life plans, researchers say. And for people with a chronic or even...
  • FRIDAY, Feb. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Do you have things you want to do before your time's up? If so, consider sharing that so-called "bucket list" with your doctors. Those discussions could help your doctors provide health care that fits your life plans, researchers say. And for people with a chronic or even...
  • To many people, the word “doula” refers to a childbirth coach. But doulas aren’t only available for when life begins — they can help when life ends too. An end-of-life doula is a nonmedical professional trained to care for a terminally ill person’s physical, emotional, and spiritual needs during the death process....
  • To many people, the word “doula” refers to a childbirth coach. But doulas aren’t only available for when life begins — they can help when life ends too. An end-of-life doula is a nonmedical professional trained to care for a terminally ill person’s physical, emotional, and spiritual needs during the death process....
  • MONDAY, July 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The amount spent on end-of-life care for cancer patients varies widely across the United States, and is largely influenced by doctor preferences, new research finds. "Numerous studies have shown that greater spending and more care at the end of life do not contribute to better...
  • MONDAY, July 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The amount spent on end-of-life care for cancer patients varies widely across the United States, and is largely influenced by doctor preferences, new research finds. "Numerous studies have shown that greater spending and more care at the end of life do not contribute to better...
  • THURSDAY, June 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- While nearly all physicians say end-of-life conversations are important, many report lacking the training to have such conversations, according to a brief report published online May 23 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Terry Fulmer, Ph.D., from the John A....
  • THURSDAY, June 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- While nearly all physicians say end-of-life conversations are important, many report lacking the training to have such conversations, according to a brief report published online May 23 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Terry Fulmer, Ph.D., from the John A....