May 10 2019 This Week in Cardiology May 10 2019 This Week in Cardiology
Spin in the cardiovascular literature, palliative care for cardiac patients, tPA for acute stroke, and whether institutional volume affects AF ablation complications are the topics discussed this week.theheart.org on Medscape (Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines - May 10, 2019 Category: Cardiology Tags: Cardiology Commentary Source Type: news

Teenager recovers from near death in world-first GM virus treatment
Bacteria-killing viruses known as phages offer hope of solution to antibiotic resistanceA British teenager has made a remarkable recovery after being the first patient in the world to be given a genetically engineered virus to treat a drug-resistant infection.Isabelle Holdaway, 17, nearly died after a lung transplant left her with an intractable infection that could not be cleared with antibiotics. After a nine-month stay at Great Ormond Street hospital, she returned to her home in Kent for palliative care, but recovered after her consultant teamed up with a US laboratory to develop the experimental therapy.Continue readin...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 8, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Hannah Devlin Science correspondent Tags: Medical research Antibiotics Science Society UK news Health Source Type: news

Few Cardiologists Referring Patients for Palliative Care Few Cardiologists Referring Patients for Palliative Care
Palliative care is not just for patients at the end of life but can be helpful at any stage of a serious or life-changing illness, authors of a new study stress.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines - May 8, 2019 Category: Cardiology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

New book explores hospice and palliative care interventions
(University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing) Behavioral Intervention Research in Hospice and Palliative Care: Building an Evidence Base sets forth research considerations and guidelines to build evidence-based interventions to improve end-of-life care. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 3, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

RCGP president elections launched
Seven candidates for president unveiled Related items fromOnMedica Online triage ‘not a solution’ to GP workload pressures Better GP/consultant relations key to improving outpatients Qualms about data sharing hampering pharmacists ’ palliative care role No more sticking plasters for primary care, insists England ’s GP leader Only one in five GP trainees plan to work full-time (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 2, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Drug use beyond the licence in palliative care: a systematic review and narrative synthesis - Hagemann V, Bausewein C, Remi C.
BACKGROUND: Drug use beyond the licence (off-label use, off-label drug use) is a common practice in palliative care and respective recommendations can often be identified in the literature. It is both risky and offers opportunities at the same time and, th... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 26, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

The glass half-full: How optimism can bias prognosis in serious illness
(Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont) A new study in the journal Psycho-Oncology, details how a seriously ill patient's optimism can impact a clinician's survival prognosis in palliative care conversations, impacting end-of-life decision-making and potentially, quality of life in the end-of-life setting. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - April 25, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Poor people have worse end-of-life care
Low socioeconomic position raises risk of hospital death, and not having specialist palliative care Related items fromOnMedica Emergency admissions at end of life set to sky rocket Social prescribing can free up GPs ’ time and save resources Experts urge radical action on mental health crises GPs and pharmacists have cut quit-smoking prescriptions by 75% CCGs vary hugely in provision of continuing health care (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - April 25, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Can Palliative Care Make a Difference in Parkinson Disease? Can Palliative Care Make a Difference in Parkinson Disease?
As a serious, chronic disease with no cure, can quality of life be improved for patients with Parkinson disease?Medscape Nurses (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - April 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nursing Case Challenge Source Type: news

A match is found: Nova Scotia transplant advocate gets 2 new lungs
A Nova Scotia woman has received a double lung transplant just months after she thought the financial burden of the procedure would force her into palliative care. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Nova Scotia Source Type: news

We need to talk about death: I was not prepared for how lonely grief would be | Vanessa Billy
When my father died I lost the ability to liveSix months ago, on 9 October 2018, it was a beautiful and unusually warm day in my native city of Paris. There, in the leafy surroundings of a palliative care centre, my father took his last breath.I was there with my husband. Our three year old, playing in the room next door, was blissfully unaware of what was happening. We had been in France for five weeks and had spent a lot of time with my father. I remember thinking “this is hard, but I am strong, I’ve got this”. I helped organise his funeral, stayed with my mum a few weeks after he passed away and then f...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 22, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Vanessa Billy Tags: Mental health Psychology Depression Source Type: news

Norton Chosen to Lead SON Research Mission
Sally Norton, a nationally recognized expert in palliative care research, has been named the new associate dean for research at the University of Rochester School of Nursing. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)
Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases - April 16, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: University of Rochester Medical Center Source Type: news

Role of Oncology Nurses in Primary Palliative Care Growing
Oncology advanced practice registered nurses can play a critical role in providing primary palliative care to patients with cancer. (Source: CancerNetwork)
Source: CancerNetwork - April 11, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Leah Lawrence Source Type: news

Triggering Palliative Care in Late-Stage Dementia Triggering Palliative Care in Late-Stage Dementia
A pilot randomized trial demonstrates a way to provide access to palliative care for patients with late-stage dementia.Medscape Nurses (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - April 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nursing Viewpoint Source Type: news

Dying father wrongly told he had been put on the waiting list for a heart transplant
Paddy Brolly suffered a heart attack last September and was allegedly told he had been placed on the list then. He is now receiving palliative care at his daughter's home in North Ayrshire. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pancreatic cancer patients could live for FIVE TIMES as long with new treatment
Doctors and researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota found giving terminal patients chemo, radiotherapy and surgery in that order – instead of palliative care – could add years onto their lives. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Parenteral-Opioid Shortage Linked to Worse Pain Control in Palliative-Care Patients Parenteral-Opioid Shortage Linked to Worse Pain Control in Palliative-Care Patients
Patterns of opioid prescribing in palliative care changed significantly after the parenteral-opioid shortage was announced, and patients were less likely to achieve clinically improved pain, according to new findings.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - April 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Anesthesiology News Source Type: news

Survival Improves for Peritoneal Mesothelioma Patients in Finland
Survival time improved significantly for peritoneal mesothelioma patients in Finland who underwent a combination of surgery and chemotherapy, according to a recently released study. The five-year survival rate was 66 percent. The median survival was 62 months. According to a smaller, previous study in Finland, the median survival without treatment was just four months after diagnosis. “Despite these advances in treatment…the majority of patients with malignant peritoneal mesothelioma receive only palliative care of systemic chemotherapy, leaving many eligible patients without the benefit of this more invasive...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - April 1, 2019 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Source Type: news

Minority Business Leader Awards: Monica Escalante
For Monica Escalante, a chance encounter at work turned into a volunteer opportunity that morphed into a new career path. While working in marketing for a Silver Spring company, Escalante was assigned a campaign for the Hospice and Palliative Care Network of Maryland. “As part of that campaign, I was trying to understand what hospice was about,” Escalante says. “I really became fascinated with end of life ca re.” To Escalante, the idea of a team of clinicians going into homes to provide… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - March 29, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Emily Van Zandt Source Type: news

Hopkins Nursing—Standing Against Violence and No. 1 Ranking
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Source: Johns Hopkins University and Health Systems Archive - March 28, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Palliative Care Should Start at Diagnosis for HSCT Patients Palliative Care Should Start at Diagnosis for HSCT Patients
For patients undergoing stem cell transplants for cancer, palliative care should be introduced at diagnosis to provide care focused on the person, argues an expert.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Hematology-Oncology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hematology-Oncology Headlines - March 27, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

Quality of palliative pain relief better with specialist nurses
Patients at home who are approaching the end-of-life experience substantially better pain relief if they receive specialist palliative care from a nurse, according to researchers. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - March 22, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Deal puts WellSky's EHR tech in Florida-based health system
A Florida-based health care provider with at least 26 facilities will adopt WellSky's electronic health record technology suite supporting hospice, palliative care and home health. The fast-growing Lenexa company will partner with Chapters Health System to implement Consolo Hospice and Palliative Care software, as well as WellSky Home Health software. Through the partnership, Chapters Health and its affiliates will enhance the continuum of post-acute patent care services in eight Florida counties.… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - March 12, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Lily Lieberman Source Type: news

South Africa: Children Are Dying in Pain Because They Cannot Get the Medicines They Need
[GroundUp] Government has not implemented its palliative care plan (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 11, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Hospice merger looms in Triad
Hospice and Palliative Care of Alamance-Caswell and Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro serve a combined 3,000 patients annually. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - March 6, 2019 Category: Health Management Authors: John Joyce Source Type: news

' That Good Night' Perfectly Explains How Palliative Care Differs From Hospice
Many people do not understand the difference between palliative care and hospice. " That Good Night " provides an eloquent explanation in the hope we will live more fully. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - March 2, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Judy Stone, Contributor Source Type: news

Framework for provision of pain services for adults across the UK with cancer or life limiting disease
The guidance aims to improve pain services for adults across the UK with cancer or life-limiting disease with closer integration of pain management, oncology and palliative care services. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Hospice names president for Centerville chronic care facility
Ohio's Hospice has named a president for its forthcoming Pure Healthcare center in Centerville. Anthony Evans will lead the new medical center when it opens this summer, said Craig Schrolucke, senior director of mission engagement at Ohio's Hospice. Evans also will serve as executive vice president of Ohio’s Hospice "where he will lead new population health initiatives and facilitate pay or relationships for hospice, home health and palliative care services," according to a release. The approximately… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - February 26, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Hannah Poturalski Source Type: news

Leg Amputation in ESRD Patients Should Prompt Palliative Care Discussion
Lower - extremity amputation signals poor prognosis with end - stage renal disease (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - February 21, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Critical Care, Nephrology, Orthopedics, Psychiatry, Surgery, Journal, Source Type: news

Leg Amputation in ESRD Patients Should Prompt Palliative Care Discussion
THURSDAY, Feb. 21, 2019 -- Nearly one in 10 patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) undergoes lower-extremity amputation in their last year of life, according to a study published online Feb. 19 in the Journal of the American Society of... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 21, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

How gaming technologies can help cancer patients communicate better
(Lancaster University) Lancaster University is sharing in a € 4m project to use gaming technology to improve the care of both adults and children with cancer.The project -- called 'MyPal: Fostering Palliative Care of Adults and Children with Cancer through Advanced Patient Reported Outcome Systems' funded by EU Horizon 2020, has 16 partners in seven countries.It aims to investigate the use of apps and electronic games created and adapted specifically to the personal needs of patients. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - February 15, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

' When a child dies'; the development of a collaborative education programme to enhance care and support
Nurse leaders within the Clinical Simulation Centre (CSC) at Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (GOSH) developed an education programme in collaboration with Bereavement, Chaplaincy, Mortuary and Palliative Care services. This aided staff in developing their skills in caring for a dying child and supporting families through this critical time. The programme aims to improve the quality of care provided to families and ensure signposting to further services to meet their needs. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Neuropalliative Care: A Practical Guide for the Neurologist Neuropalliative Care: A Practical Guide for the Neurologist
Which patients with neurological disease may benefit from palliative care? This paper examines the unique palliative care needs of these patients and the skills essential to palliative care delivery.Seminars in Neurology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - February 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery Journal Article Source Type: news

Hospitals Serving More Minorities May Offer Less Palliative Care Hospitals Serving More Minorities May Offer Less Palliative Care
Patients may have less access to palliative care at U.S. hospitals that primarily serve minorities, a study suggests.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Hospitals serving more minorities may offer less palliative care
(Reuters Health) - Patients may have less access to palliative care at U.S. hospitals that primarily serve minorities, a study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Palliative Care in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Palliative Care in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
Is a patient recently diagnosed with IPF a good candidate for palliative care?Medscape Nurses (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - February 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nursing Case Challenge Source Type: news

Site of care may affect patients' access to palliative treatment
(Brigham and Women's Hospital) Studies have found that racial and ethnic minorities are less likely to receive end-of-life palliative care than their counterparts. A new study conducted by investigators at Brigham and Women's Hospital set out to understand why and has revealed that site of care may be a key contributing factor to this difference among patients with advanced, metastatic cancer. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - February 1, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

More than half of palliative home care patients suffer medication errors
Improvements to out-of-hours palliative care are urgently needed to protect people from harm and unnecessary  suffering, researchers have warned. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - January 29, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

N.S. family blames hospital staff for 'hastened' death
The family of Donnie Taylor continues to push for answers 17 months after his death. His loved ones allege that palliative care staff in Truro, N.S., failed to turn on his oxygen for 13 hours, which they say caused him to suffer on his final day. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - January 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Nova Scotia Source Type: news

Specialist-led bereavement service may help curb legal action after hospital deaths
(BMJ) Hospital bereavement services that are led by senior doctors and nurses and the person responsible for quality and safety may help to curb patient complaints and legal action in the wake of a difficult death, suggest the results of a pilot study, carried out at one NHS hospital trust and published online in the journal BMJ Supportive& Palliative Care. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Home Remedies: Rose geranium oil treatment for cancer patients
ROCHESTER Minn. -- Rose geranium oil may help to ease the symptoms of nasal vestibulitis, a common and painful nasal condition linked to cancer drug treatment, according to the results of a small observational study, published online in the journal?BMJ Supportive& Palliative Care. The findings build on anecdotal evidence for the use of rose [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - January 16, 2019 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Better Palliative Care in Cancer: HealthLeaders Media
(MedPage Today) -- Also, upcoming trends in virtual care (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - January 15, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Palliative Care Formulary launches on MedicinesComplete
The online Palliative Care Formulary (PCF) is now available on the MedicinesComplete platform. The formulary is the go-to resource for healthcare professionals in palliative and hospice care and now s (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - January 11, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Record £3.7m research grant to ‘transform’ palliative care for dementia
Researchers in London are aspiring to create a “step-change” in dementia care through an innovative study funded by a record-breaking grant. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - January 11, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Florida hospice doctors seek exemption from drug database
Less than a year after the Florida Legislature passed a sweeping bill that requires physicians to check a statewide database before ordering opioids for patients, lawmakers are being asked to consider an exemption for doctors who care for dying people. It’s not because the requirement is burdensome for the doctors, said Stephen Leedy, a board-certified hospice and palliative care physician. Instead, it’s because checking the prescription-drug database each time controlled substances are ordered… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - January 9, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Christine Sexton Source Type: news

Best supportive care in advanced lung cancermore than a label?
Key messages from this viewpoint article include the fact that lack of consensus on what best supportive care is contributes to unwarranted variation in the quality of palliative care. A high integrity health system approach should reduce unwarranted variation in practice. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Palliative Care | Medscape Palliative Care | Medscape
Review in-depth clinical information, latest medical news, and guidelines on palliative care therapy and hospice care. Review information on palliative care nursing and palliative care training. (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - December 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Resource Center Source Type: news

Medical establishment joins together against harmful NHS charging policy
Following a string of media reports revealing the harm caused by NHS charging to Doctors of the World patients and others, the Royal College of Physicians (RCP), Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and the Faculty of Public Health (FPH) have today joined together to call for a suspension of the charging regulations pending an independent review.   In doing so, they’ve joined other voices, including the British Medical Association Council Chair, Dr Chaand Nagpaul and Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, Jonathan Ashworth, who have ...
Source: Doctors of the World News - December 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martina Villa Tags: Uncategorised Source Type: news