Tag Archives: chronic illness

Addiction: The Terminal Illness No One Talks About

Addiction and its aftermath kill millions of Americans every year

Turn on the radio or TV news today and you will probably hear something about America’s epidemic of drug abuse. Opioids (a class of drugs that includes prescription medicines like oxycodone and fentanyl as well as the illegal drug heroin), … Continue reading

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Mortality Risk Assessment: A Tool for Planning End-of-Life Care

Nurse practitioners make inroads in advanced care planning

A recent study from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners shows that sharing realistic information with patients about their medical prognosis helps facilitate discussions about end-of-life care. The study, published in the Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners … Continue reading

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Important Changes to California’s POLST Law

Nurse practitioners and physician assistants can now sign end-of-life orders

As of Jan. 1, 2016, nurse practitioners and physician assistants acting under the supervision of a physician are authorized under California’s newly enacted Assembly Bill 637 to sign Physician’s Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment forms. Also known as POLST, the … Continue reading

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What Does It Mean to Be Terminally Ill?

A new perspective on terminal illness

Each month Kathleen Clohessy offers a new perspective on living with a terminal illness. With 25 years experience caring for families and children facing life-threatening illness, she uses her extensive personal knowledge and expertise to enlighten our readers regarding the challenges … Continue reading

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Predicting Parkinson’s?

Oxford scientists say a new “resting state fMRI” scan can detect onset of Parkinson’s

An Oxford study in last week’s Neurology brings new hope to the prospect of detecting Parkinson’s disease in its earliest stages. Currently, the disorder has no cure, remaining one of the most painful chronic illnesses due to its gradually degenerative … Continue reading

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Book Review: Ann Patchett’s Truth & Beauty

A remarkable story about friendship, love, life, and death

I rarely make it through an entire book without leaving a few notes and dog-earing a couple pages, but by the end of Truth & Beauty, I was surprised to find every page unmarked and unbent.  I picked up the … Continue reading

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