Why Multiethnic Doctors Struggle With Patients’ End-of-Life Care

Photo: V.J. Periyakoil, MD, directs Stanford University’s Palliative Care Education & Training Program (Richard Springer) New America Media, News Report, Liz Seegert, Posted: May 05, 2015 SANTA CLARA, Calif.–A provocative examination of end-of-life care brought this question into sharp focus for journalists attending the recent Health Journalism 2015 conference here. Paul Kleyman, who moderated a […]

Stanford Program Helps Vietnamese RN Realize His Eldercare “Calling”

Nguoi Viet/New America Media, News Feature, Andrew Lam, Posted: Feb 28, 2015 SAN JOSE, Calif.–At only age 28, Chi Mai, is a dedicated registered nurse, but it’s not just his profession. “It’s my calling,” he emphasized. “I’m a devout Catholic and my ultimate goal being a nurse is to save as many lives as possible […]

Stanford Program Educates on End-of-Life Care for Indian Americans

by Reena Rathore, Special to India-West SARATOGA, Calif. — Chandra Lakhani traveled back and forth between India and the United States for several years before finally making the U.S. her base in 2004 to take care of her grandchildren after her young daughter-in-law passed away. Lakhani, now 66, has her hands full keeping up with […]

Japanese American Seniors Write Letters to the Future

by Nichi Bei Weekly/New America Media, News Feature, Tomo Hirai BERKELEY, Calif.– With a racial and age demographic shift on the horizon, Stanford University Medical School launched a mini-fellowship to educate the public on how they can serve ethnic minority seniors. Through it, gerontologist Laurie Ulrick developed a project for Japanese American seniors to pass […]

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

by Paul Kleyman, New America Media, June 2, 2014 SAN FRANCISCO—A new study questions whether doctors providing end-of-life care are “prolonging life, or are we prolonging the dying process,” said lead researcher VJ Periyakoil, MD, who directs Stanford Medical School’s Palliative Care Education and Training program. The study, titled “Do Unto Others,” reveals that even […]

One more knock against Vitamin D

Study adds to evidence that supplementation does not prevent falls in the elderly Are vitamin D supplements magic pills, or simply a waste of money? Despite hope from a few scientific papers, a new study published today in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology adds to the evidence that supplemental Vitamin D does not prevent falls […]

Risk Gene for Alzheimer’s Appears to Affect Women Differently than Men

A well known risk gene for Alzheimer’s Disease may have a more potent effect on women, according to research published today in the Annals of Neurology. Everyone has 2 copies of a gene called APOE but some people carry a form of the gene, called APOE4, that has been associated with an increased risk for […]

Advance Directives More Popular over Last Decade

A study published today finds that record numbers of people are completing advance directives to navigate end-of-life medical care. The research, published in Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, looked at data from the Health and Retirement Study, a nationally-representative sample of older Americans that is conducted by the U-M Institute for Social Research on […]

Crunching the Numbers for Long-Term Care – Most Americans are Underprepared

Photo courtesy of Rosie O’Beirne, Flickr Creative Commons. The results of a 2013 survey about long-term care for the elderly make two things clear. Americans drastically underestimate their own chances of needing future care, and they also misjudge how much that care will cost. As the U.S. population ages, these misperceptions are likely to be […]

Immigrants Facing Death Without Home Hospice Support

Photo: Alice Bian in her funeral supply store. (Alhambra Source/Daniela Gerson) LOS ANGELES–Alice Bian’s business is death. She boasts that her Valley Boulevard funeral supply store in Alhambra, Calif., carries the United States’ most extensive collection of Chinese afterlife-ritual items and clothes for the deceased: silk capes and pants with drawstrings that make it easy […]