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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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Obese Persons Receive Lower-Quality End-of-Life-Care, Study Shows

An article published this week reveals findings from the first study to look at obesity and hospice care

Research published this week in Annals of Internal Medicine reveals that obesity is linked to reduced hospice enrollment rates, fewer in-home deaths and greater Medicare expenditures six months before death. The research was published by John A. Harris, MD, MSc, … Continue reading

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A Giant Porcelain Prozac Pill For Carrie Fisher’s Ashes

One last laugh for the beloved actress, writer, legendary wit and mental health advocate

The acting career of Carrie Fisher, who died last month after suffering a heart attack, is impressive enough to solidify her status as an icon. She will be remembered for her portrayal of Princess Leia Organa in the original “Star … Continue reading

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Do Women Make Better Doctors?

Hospitalized elderly patients live longer when a female doctor cares for them, Harvard study finds

A new study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine shows that women may make better doctors than men, at least some of the time. Led by Harvard professor Dr. Ashish Jha, researchers analyzed the outcomes of almost 1.5 million … Continue reading

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New, Greener Alternatives to Cremation and Burial

A Swedish biologist has invented a process she calls "Promession", in which bodies are freeze-dried rather than burned

As interest in sustainable disposition grows, enterprising individuals are creating new, greener alternatives to cremation and traditional burial. These innovative solutions dispose of dead bodies efficiently, without chemicals or materials that take up space and don’t biodegrade. Among them is … Continue reading

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Cremation Rates Exploding In The United States

More Americans are choosing cremation over burial for its environmental and economic benefits

In 1960, about 3.6 percent of the population opted for cremation. However, that number has risen steadily ever since. The Cremation Association of North America reports that in 2014, the national cremation rate reached 46.7 percent. That’s an astounding 1211.80 percent … Continue reading

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