In honor of National Healthcare Decisions Day: A reminder for patients to address end-of-life issues

When San Jose, Calif. residents Shirley and Eddie Jones wanted to discuss their end-of-life wishes, they encountered resistance from an unexpected source. As detailed in the video above, their beloved children refused to participate in the conversation. As with the Jones, the people who love you the most may not be willing to help you because they care too much – and your doctors may be largely silent as they’re uncomfortable broaching this sensitive topic for fear of offending you. So, when it comes …  Continue »

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More than 20 million Americans, one in 10 adults, have some form of chronic kidney disease. For those suffering from chronic kidney disease or end-stage renal disease, dialysis is a commonly recommended treatment. But a story published today in the New York Times reports that for older patients the treatment is increasingly being seen as an […]

Veteran’s Day 2014: Jerry Romano’s end-of-life care testimonial

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As the population is aging, there is a great need for quality patient-centered, family oriented care for all older adults and their families. Over the past decade, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has been well recognized for the very high quality of care provided to seriously ill veterans and their families. In fact,  the […]

Study: Doctors Choose Different Plan for Dying Patients Than for Themselves

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One more knock against Vitamin D

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