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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

Elderly Japanese Dying at Home Rather Than in Hospital Elderly Japanese Dying at Home Rather Than in Hospital
After he was diagnosed with leukaemia in July, Katsuo Saito decided not to treat it and opted for palliative care. He had a hard time finding a bed at a hospice or hospital, so he spent most of his remaining weeks at home.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - November 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Nursing home residents eligible for palliative care often don ’t get it
(Reuters Health) - 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. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Commissioning children's palliative care in England: 2017 edition
This report highlights that only a third of CCGs in England are implementing NICE clinical guidance to the prioritisation of palliative care for babies, children and young people. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - November 16, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Early Palliative Care in Advanced Cancer: Who and When? Early Palliative Care in Advanced Cancer: Who and When?
With mounting evidence of benefits from early outpatient specialty palliative care, an international consensus on referral criteria could help clinicians to decide who to refer and when.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - November 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

Commissioning children's palliative care in England: 2017 edition
This report describes what CCGs and local authorities are claiming they do to plan, fund and monitor care for the 40,000 children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions in England. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - November 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

UAB nurse earns grant to examine pediatric care for infants in the Deep South
An assistant professor in UAB's nursing school has received a grant to make a difference in the health care of children in the Deep South. Erin Currie has received a two-year, $154,000 grant from the National Palliative Care Research Center. It's a career development award to examine the pediatric palliative care needs of infants and neonatal intensive care units and their parents in the Deep South.  “Pediatric palliative care — which focuses on comprehensive and holistic care for the families… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - November 14, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: Tyler Patchen Source Type: news

UAB nurse earns grant to examine pediatric care for infants in the Deep South
An assistant professor in UAB's nursing school has received a grant to make a difference in the health care of children in the Deep South. Erin Currie has received a two-year, $154,000 grant from the National Palliative Care Research Center. It's a career development award to examine the pediatric palliative care needs of infants and neonatal intensive care units and their parents in the Deep South.  “Pediatric palliative care — which focuses on comprehensive and holistic care for the families… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 14, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Tyler Patchen Source Type: news

Impaired mobility associated with an increased likelihood of death in children: a systematic review - Nissen S, Purssell E, Shaw K, Bailey C, Efstathiou N, Dunford C.
Improved identification of children with an increased likelihood of death can support appropriate provision of integrated palliative care. This systematic review aims to consider immobility and the associated likelihood of death in children with disabiliti... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 13, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

What do people say before they die?
Macmillan palliative care nurses at Royal Stoke University Hospital in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, say one couple asked for their beds to be pushed together so they could hold hands. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Thousands would consider Dignitas assisted death but can't afford it
Charity calls for changes in the law on assisted dying so Britons can die at home Related items fromOnMedica Palliative care End-of-life care standards not universally high, says regulator Only half of clinicians feel patients ’ end-of-life needs are met Nursing leaders update guidance on assisted suicide End-of-life care ‘improving’ (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - November 13, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Patients with depression and advanced cancer survive longer with palliative care intervention
(Dartmouth College) A new Dartmouth-led study finds that patients with depression and advanced cancer live longer when exposed to palliative care interventions designed to improve quality of life. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - November 10, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Nigeria:Improving Cancer Symptom Management With Palliative Care
[Guardian] With investigations revealing that millions of cancer patients suffer severe symptoms at the last years of life, experts in cancer care have called for palliative end of life care to improve life of the dying patient. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 9, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

End-of-Life and Palliative Needs of Adolescents and Young Adults (AYA) with Serious Illnesses (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
Funding for research on the unique perspectives, needs, wishes, and decision-making processes of adolescents and young adults with serious, advanced illnesses; and research focused on specific end-of-life/palliative care (EOLPC) models that support the physical, psychological, spiritual, and social needs of AYA with serious illness, their families and caregivers. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - November 8, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

End-of-Life and Palliative Needs of Adolescents and Young Adults (AYA) with Serious Illnesses (R21 Clinical Trial Optional)
Funding for research on the unique perspectives, needs, wishes, and decision-making processes of adolescents and young adults with serious, advanced illnesses; and research focused on specific end-of-life/palliative care (EOLPC) models that support the physical, psychological, spiritual, and social needs of AYA with serious illness, their families and caregivers. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - November 8, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Time to Have the Talk! Sex and the Cancer Patient Time to Have the Talk! Sex and the Cancer Patient
Sexuality is not a topic that gets a lot of attention among cancer patients, especially in the palliative care setting.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - November 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

A second class ending: exploring the barriers and championing outstanding end of life care for people who are homeless.
This report draws on research findings which explored the challenges to palliative care for homeless people in London. It explores homeless peoples'views and experiences of palliative care and aims to understand how they believe support could be improved. It includes a series of case studies and recommendations. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - November 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

URMC Palliative Care Program Earns Top National Certification
The Palliative Care Program at UR Medicine ’s Strong Memorial Hospital has once again earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Palliative Care Certification. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)
Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases - November 1, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: University of Rochester Medical Center Source Type: news

Key Elements in the'Palliative Care Syringe' Identified Key Elements in the'Palliative Care Syringe' Identified
Oncologists often ask what it is, exactly, that palliative care clinicians do. New findings identify the most consistent elements in palliative care.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

How to Talk to Patients About Their Terminal Diagnosis How to Talk to Patients About Their Terminal Diagnosis
What is the best way to discuss a terminal diagnosis with a patient? Experts in palliative care weigh in.Medscape (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today Commentary Source Type: news

Early Palliative Care Is Key Driver in Reducing Costs Early Palliative Care Is Key Driver in Reducing Costs
Palliative care, especially when initiated early in the treatment paradigm, can substantially curb costs in advanced cancer.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

Psychological Roots of Palliative Care Benefit in Cancer Psychological Roots of Palliative Care Benefit in Cancer
Early palliative care can improve coping strategies, which in turn are associated with subsequent improved quality of life and reduced depression.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

Small Study Calls for Change in SNF, Medicare Hospice Benefit
In-hospital palliative care consultations that focused on goals of care in the context of poor prognoses did little to steer older patients away from nursing home admission under the Medicare skilled nursing facility (SNF) benefit and from an “aggressive” rehabilitative focus of care, a small qualitative study has found. (Source: Caring for the Ages)
Source: Caring for the Ages - October 28, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: Christine Kilgore Source Type: news

Ensuring Meaningful End-of-Life Conversations Ensuring Meaningful End-of-Life Conversations
How can you communicate with difficult family members about end-of-life decisions? How can you get the conversation started? Palliative care experts offer their suggestions.Medscape (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today Commentary Source Type: news

Better palliative care essential as Canada considers medically assisted death for youth, pediatricians say
The Canadian Paediatric Society is urging improved palliative care for children and youth, as well as consultation with bereaved parents who have lost a child to terminal illness, as legislators consider extending the option of medically assisted death to patients under age 18. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - October 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium (PCOS) 2017 Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium (PCOS) 2017
Read clinically focused news coverage of key developments from PCOS 2017.Medscape Oncology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Conference Coverage Source Type: news

The role of care homes in end of life care
The resources include two briefings'Care home bed provision and potential end of life care need in people aged 75 or older in England'and'Place and cause of death for permanent and temporary residents of care homes'. There is also an infographic, a slide set, and links to the End of Care Life Profiles (which now include a new domain) and results of a national survey of palliative care support to adult care homes. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - October 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study Finds No Need to Expand Mesothelioma Palliative Care
Earlier palliative care for patients with pleural mesothelioma failed to improve quality of life or extend survival time in a recent study presented at the World Conference on Lung Cancer in Yokohama, Japan. The randomized control study took place in Australia and the United Kingdom, disputing an earlier recommendation by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) that called for expanding palliative care for mesothelioma patients. “Blindly offering palliative care to all, that doesn’t appear to be a benefit,” Dr. Fraser Brims, study presenter from Curtin University in Perth, Australia, told Asbest...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - October 23, 2017 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Tags: American Society of Clinical Oncology Curtin University Dr. Fraser Brims epithelioid GHQ-12 Institute for Respiratory Health mesothelioma palliative care Perth Australia pleural mesothelioma quality-of-life variables Sir Charles Gardne Source Type: news

Palliative Care Is About the Life That's Left, Not the End of Life Palliative Care Is About the Life That's Left, Not the End of Life
Palliative care is not synonymous with hospice and differences between the two are commonly misunderstood. Dr Cassoobhoy discusses the nuances of palliative care medicine with experts in the field.Medscape (Source: Medscape Internal Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Internal Medicine Headlines - October 23, 2017 Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Internal Medicine Commentary Source Type: news

Looking to the future: Robot-assisted surgery offers hope for Brendan
Brendan Randolph focuses on the lane in front of him, takes a few steps and lets the ball fly down the lane. He waits to see where it lands and then turns back, grinning with satisfaction: With all ten pins down, it’s a strike. Bowling is one of his favorite pastimes, and he’s thrilled to be back at it. That’s no small feat for this 17-year-old, who underwent brain surgery just a few months ago. Brendan and his parents, Joanne and Chris Running out of options for epilepsy Brendan began experiencing seizures within just a few hours of his birth and was diagnosed with epilepsy, believed to be the result of ...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - October 23, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Jessica Cerretani Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories Dr. Phillip Pearl Dr. Scellig Stone epilepsy epilepsy center robotics seizures Source Type: news

Nigeria:Reps Advocate Free Drugs, Chemotherapy, Radiotherapy for Cancer Patients
[Leadership] The House of Representatives yesterday, urged the federal government to provide subsidies for palliative care drugs and chemotherapy for cancer sufferers and also radiotherapy machines for government hospitals. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 20, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

& quot;Massive & quot; Suffering: Pain Relief in Less Affluent Countries & quot;Massive & quot; Suffering: Pain Relief in Less Affluent Countries
In much of the world, patients suffering from serious illness and injury have little to no access to palliative care and adequate pain relief.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Hematology-Oncology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hematology-Oncology Headlines - October 18, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

' Massive' Suffering: Pain Relief in Less Affluent Countries'Massive' Suffering: Pain Relief in Less Affluent Countries
In much of the world, patients suffering from serious illness and injury have little to no access to palliative care and adequate pain relief.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

Research examines benefits of palliative care in heart failure treatment
(University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences) University of Pittsburgh and UPMC researchers reviewed existing evidence and found that heart failure patients receive significantly less palliative care than patients with other illnesses, despite evidence that such care improves symptom management and quality of life. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 18, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

The Lancet Commission on Global Access to Palliative Care and Pain Relief - Alzheimer's Society comments
More than 25.5 million people around the world are dying each year with serious physical and psychological suffering caused by disease, injury or illness, according to a major new report. (Source: Alzheimers Society)
Source: Alzheimers Society - October 17, 2017 Category: Geriatrics Source Type: news

NAM Announces Recipients of Awards, Honors
The National Academy of Medicine presented two prestigious awards at its annual meeting today, as well as announced the 2017 class of NAM Fellows. The 2017 Gustav O. Lienhard Award for Advancement of Health Care was given to Diane Meier, professor of geriatrics and palliative medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, for her leading role in driving awareness and adoption of palliative care services in the United States. In addition, the Academy awarded the 2017 Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health was awarded to Joseph Coyle, whose research laid the foundation for integrating neuroscience ...
Source: News from the National Academies - October 16, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

RCT in Mesothelioma Finds No Benefit From Early Palliative Care RCT in Mesothelioma Finds No Benefit From Early Palliative Care
Although early palliative care was found to improve survival and quality of life in patients with lung cancer, no such benefits were seen in patients with mesothelioma.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

Diane Meier receives Lienhard Award from National Academy of Medicine
(National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine) For her leading role in driving awareness and adoption of palliative care services in the United States, the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) today awarded the Gustav O. Lienhard Award for Advancement of Health Care to Diane Meier, professor of geriatrics and palliative medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York City. The award, which recognizes Meier's achievements with a medal and $40,000, was presented to her at the National Academy of Medicine's annual meeting in Washington, D.C. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 16, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Early palliative care provides no quality of life benefits for recently diagnosed MPM patients
(International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer) Early specialist palliative care for patients that were recently diagnosed with malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) does not impact quality of life (QOL) measures, according to research presented by Prof. Fraser Brims of Curtin University in Australia, at the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) 18th World Conference on Lung Cancer (WCLC) in Yokohama, Japan. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - October 16, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Hospices praised by inspectors
Care Quality Commission says 95% of hospices rated “Good” or “Outstanding” Related items fromOnMedica High staff turnover major barrier to improving end-of-life care in care homes Palliative/end-of-life care provision a ‘postcode lottery’ in England Government commits to personal choice in end-of-life care Poor palliative care workforce data could prompt key shortages in next few years Deaths in hospices double over 20 years (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 16, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Around the World, Too Little Relief for Pain
High drug costs in low-income countries are to blame, says new report Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Medicines, Pain, Palliative Care (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - October 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Senegal: Senegal Makes Strides On Palliative Care
[HRW] When it comes to end-of-life care and pain treatment, Francophone Africa has a long way to go. But, Senegal is one country working to change this. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 13, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Senegal:Senegal Makes Strides On Palliative Care
[HRW] When it comes to end-of-life care and pain treatment, Francophone Africa has a long way to go. But, Senegal is one country working to change this. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 13, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

More than 25 million people dying in agony without morphine every year
Concern over illicit use and addiction is putting morphine out of reach for millions of patients globally who need it for pain reliefMore than 25 million people, including 2.5 million children, die in agony every year around the world, for want of morphine or other palliative care, according to a major investigation.Poor people cannot get pain relief in many countries of the world because their needs are overlooked or the authorities are so worried about the potential illicit use of addictive opioids that they will not allow their importation.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - October 12, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Sarah BoseleyHealth editor Tags: Drugs Health Medical research Science Society Source Type: news

High-tech mannequin lets students practice end-of-life talks
(University of Houston) To address the limited clinical opportunities nursing students have to experience palliative care and end-of-life conversations, the University of Houston College of Nursing is now using a high-fidelity mannequin to simulate these challenging interactions. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 12, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Seeking Editorial Assistant and Systematic Reviewer - Cochrane Pain, Palliative and Supportive Care, Oxford, UK
Main Area: Pain MangementHours: Full time, 37.5 hours per weekLocation: Oxford, UKSalary:£26,565 to £35,577 per annumClosing: 19 October 2017Interviews: 20 November 2017We would like to invite applications for this interesting and challenging opportunity to support the day-to-day running of the editorial office, and to contribute to the development of Cochrane systematic reviews in the field of pain, and palliative and supportive care.The Cochrane Pain, Palliative and Supportive Care Review Group (PaPaS) is part of Cochrane. This is an international network of individuals and organisations committed to preparin...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - October 10, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

I ’ ve Been Seeing a Therapist for Years, So Why Am I Not Getting Better?
The answer: We need to address what’s happening inside the office as well as stigma. During the creation of the documentary Going Sane I interviewed Cindy Bulik. She is perhaps the most important researcher on anorexia today. She lives between UNC where she is a distinguished Professor of Eating Disorders and Sweden where she is a professor at the Karolinska Institute. Her current research is exploring genetic influences on anorexia and by the end of our interview she asked if my entire family would be willing to give a sample of blood for the study. She is not the single-minded professor oblivious to social customs...
Source: Psych Central - October 10, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Josh Sabey Tags: Disabilities Disorders Editorials Essays Medications Motivation and Inspiration Policy and Advocacy Psychology Psychotherapy Suicide Treatment Child Development child therapy Clinical Outcome evidence-based practices evidence Source Type: news

Placebo Might Be Superior to Antipsychotics for Delirium Placebo Might Be Superior to Antipsychotics for Delirium
Is risperidone or haloperidol effective for dementia in patients receiving palliative care?Evidence-Based Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry Journal Article Source Type: news