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February 20, 2013
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News for physicians caring for the seriously ill

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  • Most severe symptoms may not cause greatest distress
    Hospice patients with end-stage heart failure have an average of 12 symptoms, but the most severe were not always the ones that prompted the most distress, according to a study in the Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing. University of South Florida researchers said the most severe symptoms included difficulty breathing while lying flat, lack of energy and pain outside the chest, while those causing the most distress were weight gain, sleeping problems and palpitations. MedWire News (U.K.) (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Palliative & Hospice Care Update  
  • GeriPal co-founder spreads word about AAHPM annual meeting
    GeriPal co-founder Dr. Eric Widera says the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine's Annual Assembly, from March 13 to 16, will bring together professionals from diverse health care backgrounds. He points to Dr. Shaida Talebreza of the University of Utah School of Medicine, who will hold a workshop before the conference on how early career professionals can have more of an impact by focusing on producing better abstracts and presentations. GeriPal blog (2/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Aging inmates will increase hospice needs at Colo. prison
    Colorado's inmate population over the age of 50 increased 720% from 1991 to 2009, which will increase the need for medical and hospice care at the Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility. Inmates are trained to provide comfort for fellow prisoners such as William Cowieson, whose lung cancer spread. "Here in hospice you can kind of be in peace," he said. The Denver Post (2/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Patient & Family Perspective  
  Medical Research  
  • Multidisciplinary approach aids cancer patients at critical time
    Cancer patients who participated in an intervention aimed at improving their overall well-being had higher quality-of-life scores compared with the standard care group, according to a study in the journal Cancer. Six months after the program, researchers surveyed the patients again and found that that the "intervention is helpful at a critical time, but doesn’t have a lasting continuous enhancing effect." (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Older patients with recent diagnoses have milder IBD
    A study of French patients found those who developed inflammatory bowel disease at older ages had milder cases than those diagnosed at younger ages. Among the older patients with Crohn's disease, abdominal pain, diarrhea and systemic issues were less common, while rectal bleeding and anal fistulas were more common. For ulcerative colitis patients, rectal bleeding and abdominal pain were less common among the older patients. Healio (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Blood vessel damage found in brains of people with Alzheimer's
    Researchers compared the brains of people with and without Alzheimer's disease and found that those with Alzheimer's had greater areas of blood vessel damage than those without the condition. They also found blood vessel damage in people suffering from mild memory problems. The study appeared online in JAMA Neurology. HealthDay News (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy & Practice  
  • Gift bans influence prescribing of brand-name drugs, studies find
    Physicians who attended medical schools that restricted industry-provided meals and gifts were less likely to prescribe brand-name drugs than those whose schools did not implement such restrictions, a study in BMJ revealed. Another study published in Medical Care supported the findings, noting lower prescribing of widely promoted, brand-name drugs after gift bans became common. American Medical News (free content) (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology  
  • 2 apps nab cash prize from GE hospital quest contest
    GE has already selected two mobile applications to each receive a $5,000 prize in its hospital quest challenge. The Discharge Roadmap app was created to boost communication between providers in communities and care teams in hospitals. Request-a-Porter app was developed to enable hospital staff to use text messaging to oversee transport requests. Developers have two more days to enter, and GE will unveil the winners, including eight receiving grand prizes, next month. (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AAHPM News  
  • Opioid REMS and safe use practices: What are the implications today?
    Learn about risk evaluation and mitigation strategies associated with long-acting and extended-release opioids. This online activity, developed by CO*RE, in partnership with Medscape, offers CME/CE credit for learners. No fee required. 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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