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Scientific abstracts -- 2009 Annual Assembly, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Hospice and palliative medicine investigators presented preliminary research findings at paper sessions held during the Annual Assembly of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, in collaboration with the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, on March 25-28, 2009, at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas. (2009-03-27)

Scientists trial device to treat chemotherapy-related nausea
Trials to test acupressure wrist bands as a drug-free alternative for chemotherapy-related nausea are to take place at the University of Liverpool. (2009-03-19)

Experts convene to promote excellence in hospice and palliative medicine
The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, in collaboration with the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, will host its Annual Assembly March 25-28, 2009, at the Austin Convention Center, in Austin, Texas. (2009-03-16)

New data on link between cancer and nutrition discussed at European symposium
European experts in cancer and nutrition are meeting in Zurich, Switzerland, late this month to discuss cutting-edge research in one of the most important and fiercely debated topics in cancer prevention: the link between diet and cancer. (2009-03-12)

Studies investigate health care at the end of life
Patients with advanced cancer who discuss end-of-life care with their physicians appear to have lower health care costs in the final week of life than those who do not, according to a report in the March 9 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2009-03-09)

Nurses and allied professionals at heart of cardiovascular prevention and management programs
The management of heart failure -- whose incidence continues to increase -- is a good example; helping heart failure patients with self-care will be one of several recurring themes at this year's Annual Spring Meeting on Cardiovascular Nursing. (2009-03-06)

Caregivers not receiving the help they need, study shows
Caregivers of children with special health care needs often do not get the respite care they need, according to the findings of a recent study by researchers at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. (2009-02-12)

Study finds race and ethnicity affect use of hospice services among patients with advanced cancer
Race and ethnicity appear to have an effect on whether a patient with terminal cancer uses hospice care services, according to a study led by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. (2009-02-10)

Brown expert offers guide to end-of-life care
Joan Teno, M.D., professor of community health and medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, has co-written a guide to help doctors place their patients in the best possible hospice care. Details on the guide will be published in the Feb. 11, 2009, edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association. (2009-02-10)

Pediatrics study: Involve adolescents in end-of-life medical decisions
Conversations between adolescents suffering from chronic illnesses and their families about end-of-life wishes well before a serious event occurs won't discourage hope for recovery or cause additional emotional or mental harm to young patients, according to new research from Children's National Medical Center and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital published in the journal Pediatrics. (2009-02-09)

Alternative and complementary medicine should have role in new era of health care reform
With the Obama Administration's call for change comes new momentum for health care reform, which at its core should encompass universal coverage along with evidence-based methods of prevention, chiropractic, and complementary and alternative medicine. (2009-02-05)

End-of-life care at hospitals varies for children with cancer
Though treatment of pain and attention to end-of-life care for pediatric cancer patients has improved over the last few decades, there is still work to be done. Additionally, opioid prescriptions for pediatric cancer patients while hospitalized during the last week of life vary greatly among hospitals. (2009-02-04)

The My Child Matters awards: Improving the 80/20 divide
On Wednesday, Jan. 28, the International Union Against Cancer and partner sanofi-aventis will announce the recipients of the third My Child Matters Initiative Awards. Eight projects will receive funding up to €50,000 ($64,500) each. Awards are reported in a news item published online first and in an upcoming edition of the Lancet Oncology. (2009-01-27)

Vulnerable children fare well with relatives
Placing vulnerable children with relatives is a viable option, a new study by Cochrane Researchers suggests. In view of several recent high profile child abuse cases, the study may have important policy implications. (2009-01-20)

Study to explore ethical challenges health professionals face while caring for children with LTNMDs
The Greenwall Foundation recently awarded two core faculty members of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics a grant that will allow Drs. Gail Geller and Cynda Hylton Rushton to explore the ethical challenges health professionals face while caring for children and families affected by life-threatening neuromuscular diseases (LTNMD). (2009-01-07)

Eligibility criteria contribute to racial disparities in hospice use
A new study finds that hospice services -- care that is provided by physicians, visiting nurses, chaplains, home health aides, social workers and counselors -- have restrictions that reduce usage by many patients who are most in-need, particularly African-Americans. (2008-12-22)

ACP endorses National Priorities Partnership goals
Continuing its commitment to reforming the US health care system, the American College of Physicians has endorsed the National Priorities Partnership's goals to eliminate harm, eradicate disparities, reduce disease burden and remove waste. (2008-12-18)

Elsevier announces new partnership between the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management and the AAHPM
Elsevier is pleased to announce that, beginning in January 2009, the internationally respected Journal of Pain and Symptom Management will be the official journal of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. (2008-12-17)

Double threat: Deadly lung disease also linked to heart attacks
Patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis are three times as likely to experience severe coronary events -- including heart attacks -- than people without the disease, according to a recent study that analyzed the risk of cardiovascular disease in nearly 1,000 patients with IPF and more than 3,500 matched controls. (2008-12-05)

UT Houston launches geriatric training with $3.25 million in grant, matching funds
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston will launch a new program, Training Excellence in Aging Studies, to promote geriatrics training for physicians through a prestigious $2 million award from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation and $1.25 million in matching funds. (2008-11-21)

Anti-cancer drugs are often used off-label in children and adults, particularly for palliative care
A review reporting off-label use of anticancer drugs reports that, between 1990 and 2002, the proportion of off-label drug use in children and adults ranged between 6.7 percent and 33.2 percent. The majority of off-label prescription took place within palliative care, concludes the review, which is published in the November edition of the Lancet Oncology. (2008-10-26)

Study highlights benefits of end-of-life conversations for patients, caregivers
Despite the long-held belief by many doctors that discussing end-of-life issues with patients increases the patients' emotional distress, such conversations can actually lead to improved quality of life -- both for patients and their loved ones, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute researchers and colleagues have found. (2008-10-07)

Unmet need common among patients with advanced illness
There is often a lack of adequate communication between health care providers and those facing terminal conditions, according to a series of articles in the latest issue of the Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences (Vol. 63, No. 3). (2008-10-06)

Where you live matters when you're seriously ill
America does a mediocre job caring for its sickest people. The nation, says a new report, gets a C. Only Vermont, Montana and New Hampshire earned an A, according to America's Care of Serious Illness: A State-by-State Report Card on Access to Palliative Care in Our Nation's Hospitals, a report based on a study in the October issue of the Journal of Palliative Medicine. (2008-10-02)

Palliative care access varies widely in the US according to new study in J Palliative Medicine
There has been rapid growth of new, innovative palliative care consultation services in the nation's hospitals. More than half of larger hospitals in the US offer palliative care services to ease pain and suffering for seriously ill patients and their families. However, the availability of these services varies widely across geographic regions, according to a study published in the October 2008 issue of the peer-reviewed Journal of Palliative Medicine. (2008-10-02)

Is endoscopic ultrasound a better choice for staging of gastric cancers?
Gastric cancer is one of the most common cancers. The prognosis of patients with gastric cancer is determined by the tumor extent. EUS has emerged as one of the tests for preoperative staging of upper gastrointestinal cancers. However, the accuracy of EUS in staging gastric cancers has been varied. The goal of this meta-analysis and systematic review by Puli et al. was to evaluate the accuracy of EUS in staging gastric cancers. (2008-09-23)

New drug substantially extends survival in pancreatic cancer
A new form of chemotherapy that destroys new blood vessels that grow around tumors has produced excellent results in a phase II trial of patients with inoperable pancreatic cancer, researchers report at the 33rd Congress of the European Society for Medical Oncology in Stockholm. (2008-09-16)

Hopkins Children's study: Parents of dying newborns need clearer explanation of options
Parent-doctor discussions about whether to maintain or withdraw life support from terminally ill or severely premature newborns are so plagued by miscommunication and misunderstanding that they might as well be in different languages, according to a small but potentially instructive new study from Johns Hopkins Children's Center reported in the September issue of Pediatrics. (2008-09-15)

Better care of sickest patients can actually save hospitals money, says largest study of its kind
A new study finds that hospitals can save more than $300 a day taking care of seriously ill patients while giving them even better care. The Archives of Internal Medicine will publish the study by the Center to Advance Palliative Care and National Palliative Care Research Center in its Sept. 8 issue. (2008-09-08)

News from CA: Cancer Quality Alliance, blueprint for a better cancer care system
In this issue: Cancer Quality Alliance: blueprint for a better cancer care system; Decision making in oncology: A review of patient decision aids to support patient participation; and Aiming at a curative strategy for follicular lymphoma. (2008-09-03)

ASTRO honors Boston brain cancer survivor with Survivor Circle Award
The American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology has selected Debra DeMella as the recipient of the 2008 Survivor Circle Award. Ms. DeMella will receive her award and a $1,000 check to be given to the charity of her choice Monday, Sept. 22, 2008, at 1 p.m. during ASTRO's 50th Annual Meeting, which will take place Sept. 21-25, 2008, at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. (2008-09-03)

PET scans lead to treatment changes in majority of colorectal cancer patients
In the largest multi-institutional study to date examining the impact of positron emission tomography in changing disease management of individuals with suspected recurrent colorectal cancer, researchers found that treatment plans were changed for more than half of patients, according to an article in the September issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine. (2008-09-02)

Heart failure implementation
Heart failure is a leading cause of death and hospitalization and represents a major burden on health services. It is estimated that over 15 million people in Europe suffer from heart failure and the syndrome accounts for over 2 percent of national expenditure on health. The new guidelines on heart failure from the European Society of Cardiology are eagerly awaited. (2008-09-02)

Survey compares views of trauma professionals, the public on dying from injuries
Most trauma professionals and members of the general public say they would prefer palliative care following a severe injury if physicians determined aggressive critical care would not save their lives, according to a report in the August issue of Archives of Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. However, trauma care professionals and other individuals differ in their opinions regarding patients' rights to demand care and the role of divine intervention in recovery from an injury. (2008-08-18)

Cancer patients are not given enough information
Two thirds of cancer patients receive little or no information about the survival benefits of having palliative chemotherapy before making a decision about treatment, according to a study published today on (2008-07-31)

End of life physician-patient communication
Doctors, including oncologists and other specialists who frequently care for terminal patients, do not routinely receive training in end-of-life conversations. Participation in a program that fosters communication skills can have a positive and lasting effect on the physician's delivery of end-of-life care. (2008-07-22)

Integrating palliative care for dementia into primary care
A National Palliative Care Research Center award to Greg A. Sachs, M.D. of the Indiana University School of Medicine and the Regenstrief Institute will support the evaluation of the feasibility of incorporating an outpatient palliative care program for patients with dementia into the primary care setting. (2008-07-14)

Hematology-related training programs receive increased support
The American Society of Hematology is proud to announce the inaugural recipients of its Alternative Training Pathway Grant. The grant is given to training program directors to encourage the development and implementation of novel hematology-related training programs (2008-07-08)

First pharmaceutical drug to improve survival amongst patients with advanced hepatocarcinoma
International research involving the University Hospital of the University of Navarra, together with other hospitals in Spain, has shown that Sorafenib, an orally administered pharmaceutical medicine, results in patients with primary hepatocarcinomas to live 40 percent more on average compared to those not taking the drug. (2008-06-27)

New research group offers hope to asbestosis sufferers
The Asbestos Research Group, offering hope to sufferers of asbestos-related diseases, was launched at the Wesley Research Institute today. (2008-06-11)

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