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January 11, 2013
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News for physicians caring for the seriously ill

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  • Dying nurse teaches students about hospice care
    Nursing students in Massachusetts learned about caring for terminally ill patients from nurse Martha Keochareon, who called her alma mater, Holyoke Community College, and volunteered herself as a study subject. Keochareon, who died of pancreatic cancer, encouraged nursing students to spend time at her bedside, ask questions and examine her so that they had more than a textbook education on palliative and hospice care. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/10)
  Palliative & Hospice Care Update  
  • Research finds alternate route to treating cancer fatigue
    Treating symptoms such as pain, vomiting and nausea can help relieve fatigue in advanced cancer patients. The report in the Journal of Clinical Oncology said the regimen included a patient-specific care plan created from a series of meetings in which nurses asked patients about their symptoms and physicians prescribed treatment based on palliative care guidelines. Medscape (free registration) (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Book gives in-depth answers to 81 palliative care questions
    A new book called "Evidence-Based Practice of Palliative Medicine" contains two chapters authored by GeriPal's Dr. Eric Widera. The book has a question-and-answer format that answers 81 questions on palliative care in areas such as symptom management, communications and disease topics, Widera writes. GeriPal blog (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Nurses can help terminally ill patients cope, researchers say
    Terminally ill patients go through certain psychological responses to dying, and nurses can help reduce the emotional impact, University of Granada researchers wrote in the International Journal of Nursing Studies. Patients' responses included acceptance, seeing an opportunity for growth or the re-evaluation of their lives, according to the study based on interviews with 24 patients. MedWire News (U.K.) (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  Patient & Family Perspective  
  • Early end-of-life care talks are best, writer says
    Freelance writer Deborah Stambler was glad she was able to talk with an elderly colleague about what he wanted done with his poetry and writings after he died while he was still healthy and working. While that conversation centered around being a literary executor, she says she also has had end-of-life health care talks with family members and suggests people can find resources through the nonprofit group A Caregiver Story and the AARP about how to have such conversations. The Huffington Post/The Blog (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Medical Research  
  • Regular vitamin D intake may not help ease arthritis pain
    Vitamin D supplements failed to yield significant improvements on pain measures among adults with knee osteoarthritis, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The vitamin D group and the placebo group had the same changes in knee cartilage volume as well as knee function, researchers said. Reuters (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Scientists identify "itchy" nerve cells
    University researchers in the U.S. and China identified specific nerve cells in mice that relay the sensation of itchiness, but not pain, from the epidermis to the spinal cord. The findings, reported in the journal Nature Neuroscience, could lead to drugs that alleviate itchiness as well as drugs that do not include itchiness as a side effect. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy & Practice  
  • FDA asks drugmakers to study safer painkiller formulations
    The FDA is calling on drugmakers to study drug formulations that would prevent people from abusing treatments, part of an effort to curb the misuse of prescription painkillers. The FDA issued a draft guidance on kinds of studies to perform to gauge the efficacy of new formulations as well as how the FDA will assess safety claims. HealthDay News (1/10), (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Kathleen Sebelius will remain HHS secretary
    HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will not be stepping down as some other members of President Barack Obama's Cabinet have done, administration officials announced. Sebelius had been expected to remain in the job. The Affordable Care Act's biggest provisions will be put in place next year, and Senate confirmation of a replacement could be difficult to obtain given Republican opposition to the law. The Hill/Healthwatch blog (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology  
  • How to refine medical error reporting
    The U.S. health system spends about $17.29 billion in avoidable expenses each year because of medical errors, many of which go unreported. This article offers three steps to enhance the way medical errors are reported: integrating medical error reporting into EHR systems, adopting mobile technologies that include ways to capture and report medical error data and using data analytics. Government Health IT online (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AAHPM News  
  • Medical schools, teaching hospitals generate billions for economy
    The nation's medical schools and teaching hospitals infused $587 billion into the economy while supporting nearly 3.5 million jobs in 2011, according to a new economic impact analysis of AAMC member institutions by the consulting firm Tripp Umbach. The total $587 billion represents a 15% increase over the impact institutions had on the economy the last time the analysis was conducted in 2008. The report also includes an appendix of the economic impact of publically funded research on the economy. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How can you stay inspired and up to date on the latest advances in hospice and palliative care?
    Join the more than 2,400 hospice and palliative care professionals who meet once each year to gain knowledge directly from leaders in the field at the 2013 AAHPM & HPNA Annual Assembly. Learn the latest scientific advances. Share best practices. Build long-lasting relationships. Save $100 with early bird rates if you register before Feb. 1. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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