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Pollution Linked to 9 Million Deaths in 2015, Study Shows

Air pollution contributed to the most deaths, followed by water and job-related pollution

A new report released by The Lancet has linked pollution of all kinds to roughly 9 million deaths in 2015. This equates to about 16 percent of total deaths worldwide, with air pollution contributing to the most deaths (6.5 million). … Continue reading

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A New Study Finds That Patients Are Using Hospice Care Too Late

Researchers discover that patients may get more benefit from earlier care

If you had a terminal illness, how long would you wait before using hospice care? A new study finds that many terminally ill patients wait far too long to make this decision. Researchers from Yale studied the patterns of hospice … Continue reading

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A Hospital Gown Redesign Empowers Patients Through Fashion

Multiple hospitals are rethinking the classic backless blue smock

If you find yourself wearing a hospital gown, being fashionable is probably going to be pretty low on your list of priorities. Yet the clothes we wear, including utilitarian outfits like hospital gowns, do have an impact on our mood and … Continue reading

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A Virtual Reality Bucket List Helps Dying Patients Travel the World

Virtual reality headsets are giving terminally ill patients once-in-a-lifetime experiences

Diving enthusiast Matthew Hill had always wanted to explore the Great Barrier Reef. But when Hill was diagnosed with bowel cancer, he was forced to put this dream aside. The cancer left Hill’s body in a weakened state. He couldn’t even sit … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Bucket List”

The comedic buddy film challenges us to think about terminal illness and life itself

“The Bucket List” is not only a comedic buddy movie, but also a unique and thought-provoking look at terminal illness. Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson share the screen as the film’s protagonists, Carter Chambers and Edward Cole. The two characters’ … Continue reading

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Short Story Review: “The Evening and the Morning and the Night” by Octavia Butler

Butler's novelette explores the isolation experienced by those who have terminal illnesses

What if researchers discovered a cure for cancer, but in the process, unwittingly triggered a deadly genetic disease? This is the premise behind “The Evening and the Morning and the Night,” a short science fiction story by Octavia Butler. Although the … Continue reading

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