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Woman Posts A “Note Before I Die” On Eve Of Her Death

Holly Butcher posted the letter on Facebook to impart some final thoughts

Holly Butcher of Grafton, New South Wales, Australia, died on Jan. 4, 2018, at the age of 27. On the eve of her death, she posted a “note before I die” letter on Facebook summarizing a few important lessons she’d … Continue reading

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New Algorithm May Help To Provide Better Palliative Care

The algorithm predicts when patients may die, which can help palliative care teams to know when to intervene

The ways in which technological advancements can help to improve end-of-life care are numerous. One such breakthrough comes from Stanford University, where researchers recently developed a deep neural network algorithm to help doctors decide when to implement palliative care. The algorithm uses … Continue reading

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A Father Sends Birthday Gifts from the Grave

Knowing he was dying, a Tennessee dad arranged special gifts for his teenage daughter

I have written many times about the importance of making memories with our loved ones before we die. Leaving the people who love us and will miss us with something wonderful to hold on to is an act of generosity … Continue reading

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Causes of the “Merry Christmas Coronary”

The culprits behind the phenomenon of heart attack increases during the holidays

The “Merry Christmas Coronary” or “Happy Hannukah heart attack” is a term that describes the increase in heart attacks around Christmas and New Years. A well known phenomenon, it’s  been the subject of research for more than a decade. A … Continue reading

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Heart Surgery May Be Best Performed In the Afternoon

A new study shows that patients who underwent heart surgery in the afternoon fared better than their morning surgery counterparts

Researchers  who have studied the effect of the body’s circadian rhythms on patients undergoing complex heart surgery have found that the time of day has an effect on the outcome of the surgery. Collecting data on nearly 600 patients who … Continue reading

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Memorializing The Hands of The Dying

Trish Rogers provides plaster casts of the hands of the dying as a unique memorial for families

“Some hands are worn,” says Trish Rogers. “You can tell they’ve been through many things in life. Some hands are smooth because they’re kind of young and innocent.” She’s talking about the hands of the dying. Trish Rogers has studied … Continue reading

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