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February 1, 2013
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Inform and Empower
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  Palliative & Hospice Care Update  
 
  • Multiple factors affect palliative referrals after stroke
    Gender, age and stroke type factor into whether stroke patients get palliative care referrals, with older, female patients who had a primary intracerebral hemorrhage most likely to get services, Australian researchers reported in BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care. The most common reason for a referral was for end-of-life care, which the authors said may show that other health care professionals are not aware of the spectrum of palliative services available. MedWire News (U.K.) (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Energy balance, inflammation are linked in advanced cancer
    Energy intake and density are linked to energy balance in advanced cancer patients but are adversely affected by systemic inflammation, according to Swedish research published in the journal Clinical Nutrition. Researchers said it's important to target inflammation when using nutrition support to prevent or treat cancer cachexia, and they suggested using energy-dense foods and beverages because weight loss shows a negative energy balance that leads to poorer outcomes. MedWire News (U.K.) (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Patient & Family Perspective  
 
  • Palliative care NP solves pneumonia mystery for Ind. patient
    Don Johnson of Anderson, Ind., had repeated hospitalizations for pneumonia but it took palliative care nurse practitioner Kathy Glass less than two hours to figure out the reason was that he was aspirating food into his lungs. Johnson has other medical issues, such as heart failure and asthma, but he has not been hospitalized for pneumonia since he started the palliative care program last September, and his wife says the program has helped him to cope. The Herald Bulletin (Anderson, Ind.) (1/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • PCORI searches for advisers for 4 panels
    The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute is looking to fill four advisory panels that will work on enhancing health care systems; assessing prevention, diagnosis and treatment options; patient engagement, and addressing disparities. "The differences between comparative effectiveness research and patient-centered outcomes research are evaporating. Our ambition is to erase that line altogether," PCORI executive director Dr. Joe Selby said. Healthcare IT News (1/30), Bloomberg BNA (free content)/Health Care Blog (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Panel doubts agents' role in improving Alzheimer's diagnosis
    The Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee showed a lack of confidence in the use of imaging agents to detect brain plaques linked to Alzheimer's disease risk. Only one of the 12 voting members expressed intermediate to high confidence that the agents will help improve outcomes in patients showing early signs of memory problems. This lack of confidence may lead to CMS reimbursement problems for Eli Lilly & Co.'s FDA-approved imaging agent Amyvid. Lilly said it is confident of the usefulness of its product in evaluating patients suspected of having Alzheimer's. Reuters (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology  
  • Study shows GPS devices help dementia patients, families
    Researchers in Norway said giving patients with dementia GPS devices helped foster greater feelings of security and freedom, as well as a higher quality of life. Five municipalities helped the research team with the study, which found that a location and alarm system was unobtrusive for patients in the early stages of dementia while providing peace of mind for caregivers. United Press International (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AAHPM News  
  • 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
  • Are you up-to-date with the changes in the hospice environment?
    AAHPM has designed products to advance your competence and confidence in the clinical, administrative and regulatory aspects of your work as a hospice medical director. These AAHPM products, The Hospice Medical Director Manual, the go-to, easy reference book, and the Hospice Medical Director Course recordings from the 2011 course. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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A man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame somebody else."
--John Burroughs,
American naturalist and essayist


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