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Study Finds Sticker Shock with Newspaper Obituary Prices

More families are avoiding high newspaper obituary costs

If a close loved one died, would you buy space for an obituary in your local newspaper? A recent study found that 88 percent of respondents would. However, many of these same respondents were surprised to find out just how … Continue reading

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Canada’s Arbor Memorial Funeral Homes Caught Deceiving Consumers

An undercover investigation showed widespread upselling and other deceptive practices

A recent investigation by CBC/Radio Canada revealed some interesting practices at funeral homes run by Canada’s largest provider of funeral and cemetery services, Arbor Memorial, Inc. CBC’s Marketplace joined the Toronto Star in the investigation, which looked at six Arbor … Continue reading

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Patients with Cystic Fibrosis Survive Longer in Canada than in the U.S.

New research reveals startling survival gap between Canadians and Americans with genetic disease, raises questions about how to improve care

A new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine and reported by Fox News shows that Canadians with cystic fibrosis live up to 10 years longer than Americans who have the same illness. The study, funded by the United States Cystic … Continue reading

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How Will the “Opioid War” Affect People with Cancer?

Both the federal and state regulations may force cancer survivors to endure chronic pain

The United States is at war on a number of fronts. But here at home, a war is waging that might best be called the “Opioid War.” And like most wars, it is having a number of serious and unintended … Continue reading

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Foster Parent Only Takes in Terminally Ill Foster Children

Mohamed Bzeek has cared for many children whose lives were cut short

Most people will not take in foster children at any time in their lives. It’s a difficult thing to care for a child for most of their life, only to see them leave (possibly forever) once they become an adult. … Continue reading

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Diabetes the No. 3 Cause of Death in US, Study Finds

Oftentimes diabetes is not listed as the underlying cause of death

Diabetes is now the third-leading cause of death in the United States, according to a new study from the University of Pennsylvania. The disease and its complications lead to roughly 12 percent of deaths in the nation, the study finds. This … Continue reading

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