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2018 Health Care Heroes finalist: Dr. Manish Srivastava
Dr. Manish Srivastava is medical director of TriHealth Palliative Medicine and Hospice of Cincinnati. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - February 16, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: Nikki Kingery Source Type: news

2018 Health Care Heroes finalist: Dr. Manish Srivastava
Dr. Manish Srivastava is medical director of TriHealth Palliative Medicine and Hospice of Cincinnati. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - February 16, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Nikki Kingery Source Type: news

Zimbabwe:Zimpapers Donates U.S$10,000 to Island Hospice
[The Herald] The Zimbabwe Newspapers Group yesterday handed over $10 000 to Island Hospice& Healthcare -- an institution established out of the need to have direct home-based palliative care for those with life-threatening illnesses and their families, as well as a comprehensive bereavement service. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 14, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Only U.S. Cryotherapy Trial for Mesothelioma Finds Success
Thoracic surgeon Dr. Shanda Blackmon at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, believes there is a place for cryotherapy in the future multidisciplinary treatment of pleural mesothelioma. She wants to show it with this groundbreaking clinical trial. “We think [cryotherapy] could play an important role in treatment,” Blackmon told Asbestos.com. “So far, things look promising, but you can’t say anything specific without more numbers. Right now, it’s a little like telling a story.” Cryotherapy involves destroying cancer cells, or any abnormal tissues, by freezing them with controlled nitr...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - February 14, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Daniel King Tags: ADI-PEG 20 cryoablation cryotherapy intrapleural measles virus Mayo Clinic mesothelioma clinical trial Opdivo pacific mesothelioma center pleural mesothelioma pleuroscopy Shanda Blackmon Surgery for Mesothelioma After Radiation Thera Source Type: news

Member Highlights: North Pocono Public Library, Moscow, PA
NNLM MAR is pleased to share successes of health outreach projects and activities in our region. Learn what your amazing colleagues are doing to increase access to quality health information for the communities they serve. Life Planning Series This community education series is designed to address difficult life planning decisions such as funeral arrangements and budgeting, important legal documents, and palliative and supportive care for the elderly. It is targeted at mid-life individuals caring for parents or older family members, older people who would like to be proactive in their planning, or mid-life individuals who...
Source: NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region Blog - February 13, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Hannah Sinemus Tags: Member Highlights Source Type: news

80% of Patients in US Have Access to Palliative Care 80% of Patients in US Have Access to Palliative Care
The Center to Advance Palliative Care successfully disseminated palliative care via its hallmark training initiative known as Palliative Care Leadership Centers.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nursing News Source Type: news

Most Patients in US Have Access to Palliative Care Most Patients in US Have Access to Palliative Care
The Center to Advance Palliative Care successfully disseminated palliative care via its hallmark training initiative known as Palliative Care Leadership Centers.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Internal Medicine News Source Type: news

What are dying children's words of wisdom? Doctor reveals
Dr Alastair McAlpine from  Paedspal Cape Town paediatric palliative care, tweeted saying young patients love going to the beach, reading books, playing with toys and being with their families. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Doctor shares dying children's wishes: 'Be kind and eat ice cream'
Paediatrician shares inspiring thoughts of kids in his palliative care and has overwhelming response. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - February 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Early access to palliative care linked to better quality of life
Patients with advanced cancer have a better quality of life in the weeks before they die if they receive palliative care early on, according to a new study. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - February 1, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What are the signs that someone is close to death?
A look at the signs of death and indications that someone is near to the end. Included is detail on when to say goodbye and how to cope with death. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - January 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Palliative Care / Hospice Care Source Type: news

Early access to palliative care associated with better quality of life
(University of Leeds) Patients with advanced cancer have a significantly better quality of life in the weeks before they die if they receive early access to palliative care, according to research published today. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - January 31, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Study: Talc Pleurodesis a Viable Option for Mesothelioma
Some patients with mesothelioma should consider the less-invasive talc pleurodesis procedure instead of aggressive, tumor-removing surgery, based on recent research from doctors at Mount Sinai Hospital. Although talc pleurodesis is considered only palliative, survival time often is not significantly different between the two procedures, according to the study published by Journal of Thoracic Disease. “There should be comprehensive conversation with your physician about treatment options, not only about survival, but about quality of life,” Dr. Emanuela Taioli, department of thoracic surgery, Icahn School of Me...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - January 29, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Daniel King Tags: Emanuela Taioli extrapleural pneumonectomy Institute for Translational Epidemiology Journal of Thoracic Disease Maaike van Gerwen mesothelioma surgery Mount Sinai Hospital pleural effusions pleural mesothelioma pleurectomy and decorticat Source Type: news

New radiation techniques could improve quality of life for lung cancer patients
(Lawson Health Research Institute) While palliative radiation therapy is used to ease pain in patients with advanced lung cancer, it often has adverse effects on the esophagus which leads to symptoms like heartburn and difficulty swallowing. Through the PROACTIVE clinical trial, Lawson Health Research Institute scientist Dr. Alexander Louie is testing new palliative radiation techniques to spare these effects on the esophagus and improve quality of life for lung cancer patients. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - January 29, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

What Can Chaplains Do in Outpatient Palliative Care? What Can Chaplains Do in Outpatient Palliative Care?
Can a brief, chaplain-delivered intervention address spiritual concerns in patients with advanced cancer?Medscape Nurses (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nursing Viewpoint Source Type: news

Palliative Sedation: When Suffering Is Intractable Palliative Sedation: When Suffering Is Intractable
Palliative sedation is offered to ease suffering at end of life, but concerns regarding the practice remain.Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nursing Journal Article Source Type: news

Interpersonal violence exposure and chronic pain in adult sickle cell patients - Ford JD, Grasso DJ, Jones S, Works T, Andemariam B.
Almost half of sickle cell disease (SCD) patients develop chronic, debilitating physical pain with uncertain genesis for which they primarily receive opiate-based palliative treatment. Psychological trauma exposure, especially interpersonal victimization, ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 23, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

A palliative approach to falls in advanced dementia - Iaboni A, Van Ooteghem K, Marcil MN, Cockburn A, Flint AJ, Grossman D, Keren R.
Falls are viewed as a preventable cause of injury, functional loss, and death in older adults with dementia, and have been used as a marker of quality of care in long-term care facilities. Despite intensive intervention around fall prevention in these sett... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

GPs told to test all patients with one or more blood cancer symptoms
GPs should ensure all patients presenting with one or more symptoms of blood cancer are given a blood test, a cross-party group of MPs has warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - January 17, 2018 Category: Primary Care Tags: 12 Care of People with Cancer and Palliative Care Source Type: news

Music Therapy Offers an End-of-Life Grace Note
Music therapy is becoming more common in nursing homes and hospices, where it has been shown to improve a patient ’ s quality of life. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: SHARON OTTERMAN Tags: Music Hospice Care Alzheimer's Disease Death and Dying Elder Care Nursing Homes Hebrew Home at Riverdale Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care American Music Therapy Association Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center Source Type: news

RPS Wales seeks views on the role of pharmacy in palliative and end of life care
Directed by the Welsh Pharmacy Board, the role of pharmacy palliative and end of life care will be a key priority for RPS Wales throughout2018. The basis for the work will be a policy that will highli (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - January 15, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Videos:2017 Kidney Cancer Association Patient & Survivor Conference
Conclusions.01/09/2018 (Source: Kidney Cancer Association)
Source: Kidney Cancer Association - January 9, 2018 Category: Urology & Nephrology Source Type: news

Palliative Specialists Urge Collaboration With Geriatric Care
Palliative care and geriatric care share plenty in common, but the two fields aren ’t always on the same page. It’s time for a better relationship to improve patient well-being toward the end of life, palliative specialists told colleagues at the 2017 World Congress of Gerontology& Geriatrics, presented by the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics. (Source: Caring for the Ages)
Source: Caring for the Ages - December 29, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: Randy Dotinga Source Type: news

Few Patients With Dementia, Surgical Abdomen Get Palliative Care Few Patients With Dementia, Surgical Abdomen Get Palliative Care
Patients with dementia who develop acute surgical abdomen have high rates of in-hospital mortality and non-routine discharge, but rarely receive palliative care, according to a new U.S. study using data from the National Inpatient Sample (NIS).Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines - December 28, 2017 Category: Surgery Tags: General Surgery News Source Type: news

RT Without Chemo for Dysphagia in Advanced Esophageal Cancer RT Without Chemo for Dysphagia in Advanced Esophageal Cancer
Palliative radiotherapy is slightly less effective but much less toxic than palliative chemoradiotherapy for dysphagia in patients with advanced esophageal cancer, according to results from a randomized trial.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Radiology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Radiology Headlines - December 27, 2017 Category: Radiology Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

Early palliative care for adults with advanced cancer
This Cochrane Review found that early palliative care interventions may have more beneficial effects on quality of life and symptom intensity among patients with advanced cancer than among those given usual/standard cancer care alone. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - December 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Partnership provides palliative care for kids; synerG to pair leaders, teachers
Advanced Home Care, Cone Health and Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro have formed a partnership to provide community-based palliative care for children with serious illnesses, often terminal, and their families. The partnership links palliative care with primary and specialty clinics; home health; and services such as social work, counseling and spiritual care. In the partnership, Cone Health coordinates care through its pediatric and palliative programs, while Advanced Home Care provides… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - December 22, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Partnership provides palliative care for kids; synerG to pair leaders, teachers
Advanced Home Care, Cone Health and Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro have formed a partnership to provide community-based palliative care for children with serious illnesses, often terminal, and their families. The partnership links palliative care with primary and specialty clinics; home health; and services such as social work, counseling and spiritual care. In the partnership, Cone Health coordinates care through its pediatric and palliative programs, while Advanced Home Care provides… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - December 22, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Source Type: news

Africa:WHO Deems Cannabis Compound Cannabidiol Non-Addictive
[This is Africa] The World Health Organisation's Expert Committee on Drug Dependence conducted an initial review of Cannabidiol, a cannabis compound, with increased interest from member states on its use in palliative care. The Committee posted a positive review, declaring the compound non addictive. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 21, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Walking the Shoreline: Erosion, Regrowth, and Professional Formation
In an essay for JAMA based on her speech at this year's White Coat ceremony, Kathryn B. Kirkland, MD MED ’86, a professor of medicine and the Dorothy and John J. Byrne, Jr., Distinguished Chair in Palliative Medicine, uses the metaphor of the erosion of shorelines to guide medical students, residents, and physicians to understand the reshaping through the erosive forces inherent with the professional formation and changes of a medical career. (Source: News at Dartmouth Medical School)
Source: News at Dartmouth Medical School - December 20, 2017 Category: Hospital Management Authors: Derik Hertel Tags: News News & Announcements Source Type: news

Doctors struggle to help anxious terminally ill patients
More support needed for palliative care doctors Related items fromOnMedica Palliative care NHS can ’t afford not to transform end-of-life care Palliative/end-of-life care provision a ‘postcode lottery’ in England High staff turnover major barrier to improving end-of-life care in care homes First guideline on end-of-life care launched by NICE (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 19, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Chemotherapy or Palliative Care: How to Decide? Chemotherapy or Palliative Care: How to Decide?
The sign of a mature oncologist is knowing when not to treat someone, says Dr Kerr. A new tool may bolster that knowledge.Medscape Oncology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - December 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology Commentary Source Type: news

Half of patients visiting GP with cancer diagnosed within 40 days
Half of patients presenting to their GP with cancer are diagnosed within 40 days, but one in five encounter delays, according to 'the most detailed and accurate picture to date' on cancer diagnosis in the UK. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - December 15, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: 12 Care of People with Cancer and Palliative Care Source Type: news

Palliative Care for Cancer Survivors? Palliative Care for Cancer Survivors?
Is palliative care appropriate for someone who has survived cancer and is doing well?Medscape Nurses (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - December 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nursing Case Challenge Source Type: news

End-of-Life and Palliative Care Health Literacy: Improving Outcomes in Serious, Advanced Illness (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
Funding for research focused on identification of the key barriers to effective end-of-life and palliative care (EOLPC) health literacy in diverse settings and populations, and to create novel strategies, interventions, and models of care to improve EOLPC health literacy, with the goal of improving outcomes for individuals with serious, advanced illness and their families and caregivers. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - December 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

End-of-Life and Palliative Care Health Literacy: Improving Outcomes in Serious, Advanced Illness (R21 Clinical Trial Optional)
Funding for research focused on identification of the key barriers to effective end-of-life and palliative care (EOLPC) health literacy in diverse settings and populations, and to create novel strategies, interventions, and models of care to improve EOLPC health literacy, with the goal of improving outcomes for individuals with serious, advanced illness and their families and caregivers. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - December 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Advancing the Science of Geriatric Palliative Care (R01 - Clinical Trial Optional)
Funding for research grant applications focused on palliative care in geriatric populations. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - December 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Advancing the Science of Geriatric Palliative Care (R21 - Clinical Trial Optional)
Funding for exploratory or developmental research grant applications to develop new tools, methods, and models focused on palliative care in geriatric populations. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - December 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

ESMO publishes new position paper on supportive and palliative care
(European Society for Medical Oncology) ESMO, the leading professional organization for medical oncology, published a position paper on supportive and palliative care in its leading scientific journal, Annals of Oncology today. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - December 14, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Study: Preoperative Chemotherapy Useful for Mesothelioma
Oncologists in France are exploring the use of bidirectional chemotherapy as a pre-operative tool for peritoneal mesothelioma, increasing the eligibility of patients for aggressive surgery. Their bidirectional chemotherapy — which typically includes a pemetrexed (Alimta) and cisplatin combination — is delivered directly into the abdominal cavity to reduce tumor burden and make cytoreductive surgery more manageable. Doctors at Gustave Roussy, one of Europe’s premier cancer centers, documented this novel use in a study published in the November issue of Annals of Surgical Oncology. “This is the first ...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - December 13, 2017 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Daniel King Tags: bidirectional chemotherapy cytoreductive surgery Gustave Roussy hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy Paul Sugarbaker peritoneal mesothelioma Washington Cancer Institute Source Type: news

PCOC finds most people are not in pain when they die
Researchers from the University of Wollongong in Australia found that improvements in palliative care have made death more comfortable. But not everyone who needs the care, receives it. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Most people are NOT in pain when they die
Researchers from the University of Wollongong in Australia found that improvements in palliative care have made death more comfortable. But not everyone who needs the care, receives it. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Federal palliative care bill aims to improve end-of-life services for dying Canadians
A private member's bill is about to become law and its goal is to make end-of-life health care better for Canadians from coast to coast. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Windsor Source Type: news

For leukemia patients, transfusion needs may delay hospice care
(Brown University) Researchers report that thousands of leukemia patients who received frequent transfusions had very short stays in hospice at the end of life, suggesting that transfusion dependence presents a barrier to making meaningful use of palliative care. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - December 9, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Horowitz Chosen to Lead URMC Division of Palliative Care
Robert K. Horowitz, M.D., has been named Chief of the Division of Palliative Care and the Georgia and Thomas Gosnell Distinguished Professor in Palliative Care at the University of Rochester Medical Center. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)
Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases - November 28, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: University of Rochester Medical Center Source Type: news

End-of-life care: CQC briefing
Dr Devin Gray discusses how CQC inspectors assess a practice's approach to end-of-life care. (Source: GP Online Education)
Source: GP Online Education - November 27, 2017 Category: Primary Care Tags: 12 Care of People with Cancer and Palliative Care Source Type: news

I hurt so: hypnotic interventions and palliative care for traumatic brain injury - Moss D.
This article presents a case study in which self-hypnosis, hypnosis-assisted psychotherapy, and palliative care strategies were provided within a multi-modal integrative treatment program for a 38-year-old woman with traumatic brain injury (TBI) secondary ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 24, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Low-dose Paroxetine for Pruritus in a Palliative Care Patient Low-dose Paroxetine for Pruritus in a Palliative Care Patient
Pruritus is a distressing symptom commonly seen in cancer patients in palliative care. Might paroxetine be an effective treatment?Journal of Medical Case Reports (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - November 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology Journal Article Source Type: news

Nursing Home Residents Eligible for Palliative Care Often Don ’ t Get It Nursing Home Residents Eligible for Palliative Care Often Don ’ t Get It
Many nursing home residents who might benefit from palliative care to make them more comfortable and improve their quality of life don ’ t receive it, a small U.S. study suggests.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - November 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

‘Diana’ palliative care nurses should be extended across Scotland
A paediatric palliative care model pioneered by a hospice charity in Scotland should be extended across the country, according to a new report. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 22, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news