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March 1, 2013
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  • Memory training improves nutrition in dementia patients
    A small study of dementia patients found that using memory-training techniques to help them eat regular meals improved their nutrition and led to healthy increases in BMI, according to researchers in Taiwan. The study on the website of the Journal of Advanced Nursing also showed that the therapy reduced depression scores. HealthDay News (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Palliative & Hospice Care Update  
  • Cal State program teaches chaplains about palliative care
    The California State University Institute for Palliative Care at Cal State San Marcos is expanding a pilot project for chaplains into a certificate program through HealthCare Chaplaincy. The program covers spiritual and emotional support, cultures and religious beliefs, and end-of-life care. Father Calin Tamiian, a Byzantine Catholic priest, says the course could help "standardize the way that spiritual care is provided at the end of life." California HealthCare Foundation Center for Health Reporting (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Cancer patients suffer from persistent fatigue, study says
    Cancer patients who suffer fatigue around the time they are treated are more likely to develop persistent severe fatigue a year later, according to Dutch research published in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. Depression and impaired sleep also were risk factors, and researchers recommended cognitive behavioral therapy for fatigued patients soon after cancer treatment is finished. MedWire News (U.K.) (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • In mother's death, health policy becomes personal
    ProPublica reporter Charles Ornstein writes about his family's experience with deciding what to do when his mother went into a coma. The family knew her wishes but had questions about how to judge her prognosis and asked for additional tests. "I will always remember that behind the debate about costs and end-of-life care, there are real families struggling with real decisions," Ornstein writes. The Health Care Blog (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Elder-care attorneys help clients plan end-of-life care
    Elder-care attorneys say that ensuring your preferences for end-of-life care are followed means using legal documents designated by state law, such as living wills, and communicating your wishes to the people who will be called on when you can't make decisions for yourself. Attorneys say they spend a lot of time urging clients to consider end-of-life wishes and then helping them select the best people to be their advocates. U.S. News & World Report/The Best Life blog (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Health Policy & Practice  
  • Public health, medical research to suffer from sequestration
    Sequestration will have a major impact on public health and medical research, both of which have been restricted by years of underfunding and cuts. "These cuts are going to have a real impact," Washington state Health Secretary Mary Selecky said. "In the next six to eight weeks, we're going to have to say we're closed on Fridays or we can't provide this or that service anymore." Researchers who depend on NIH grants also have expressed concern that their work will have to be scaled back. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Plan to fix Medicare doctor payment gains some steam
    House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., garnered some support Tuesday for his plan to solve the Medicare physician payment issue. Revised cost estimates for addressing the problem could help after the Congressional Budget Office lowered the projected price tag to $138 billion over the next 10 years from $245 billion. Kaiser Health News/Capsules blog (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FDA reiterates safety, efficacy of generics
    Generic drugs show safety and efficacy comparable with those of their brand-name counterparts, the FDA stated. The agency said patients whose decisions may be swayed by price should not avoid generic medicines simply because of their lower costs. (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 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. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • What do you know of pediatrics, adolescents and developmentally appropriate care?
    HPM FAST, 2nd edition, is an online practice test with 25 questions to test your knowledge of pediatrics. It includes explanations and up-to-date reference to provide guidance for further study on developmentally appropriate care of pediatric and adolescent patients. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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