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Shortage of Quality Palliative Care Alarms Canadian Cancer Society

Posted on 09. Jun, 2010 by .

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The needs of patients who choose to die at home often ignored.

There is not enough quality palliative care available for dying cancer patients in Canada, according to a Continue Reading

Alcohol: Enabler of HIV Disease

Posted on 09. Jun, 2010 by .

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A Miami study says HIV-positive heavy drinkers are nearly three times at risk.

Moderate and heavy drinking might accelerate HIV disease development on patients who consume two or more alcoholic drinks every day, says a study in Miami.

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Caregivers and Brain Cancer Patients Don’t See Eye-to-Eye

Posted on 02. Jun, 2010 by .

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Do you know what important role caregivers play on rating quality of life?

Compared to other types of cancer, malignant gliomas or primary brain tumor has huge effects on a patient’s personality, language function, and overall functionality. Yet people afflicted…

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AIDS Survivors Face Greater Risk of Cancer

Posted on 02. Jun, 2010 by .

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A clinical trial suggests antiretroviral drugs can cause serious side effects.

The longer an AIDS patient survives his condition, the more they are likely to develop cancers. New research has found high rates of cancers not previously associated with AIDS…

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Restrictions to Opioid Drugs, A Legal and Moral Issue

Posted on 26. May, 2010 by .

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Eastern European countries have the most limitations, impeding proper patient care.

A study in Europe cries foul over government regulations restricting access to opioid-based drugs such as morphine. Curbing the availability and access of the painkillers violates a patient’s human…

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Young White Adults Show Increased Incidence of Lower Stomach Cancer

Posted on 26. May, 2010 by .

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Study suggests new infection patterns may have been unmasked.

More whites ages 25 to 39 develop cancer of the lower stomach, said researchers from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the National Institutes of Health. They…

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Health Reform Law to Boost Hospice Care Popularity Among Patients

Posted on 19. May, 2010 by .

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Medicare requires giving up all curative treatments, which turns people off.

Medicare offers hospice care to any terminally ill individual with only six months or less to live. But many people refuse to join the program, because of one simple…

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Palliative Sedation in the Eyes of NHPCO

Posted on 19. May, 2010 by .

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The organization draws the line between palliative sedation and many issues, including euthanasia.

Families and health care providers should consider palliative sedation as an option for imminently dying patients with intolerable pain, and unresponsiveness to other interventions, the National Hospice…

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County Public Health Office Scores Big on Palliative Care

Posted on 19. May, 2010 by .

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Lung patient was hospital-free for 5 straight weeks.

New York state’s Washington County has launched a new palliative care program that will keep chronically ill patients out of hospitals and in the comforts of their own homes.

Since it’s October…

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Palliative Medicine Goes Beyond Physical

Posted on 12. May, 2010 by .

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Clinicians should get involved in taking care of a patient’s spiritual needs.

Each member of a palliative care team should take up roles outside of their niche by looking after a patient’s physical, as well as psychological, social and spiritual…

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