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May 1, 2017

Delirium appears to act independently of the pathologic processes of classic dementia — and “multiplicatively” — in driving cognitive decline, according to findings from a novel neuropathological study combining data from three population-based cohorts.

May 1, 2017

Evidence is growing that advance care planning (ACP) interventions can improve the quality of end-of-life care, family satisfaction, and concordance between preferences for care and the care actually received.

May 1, 2017

Not long ago it fell to me to deliver some unhappy news to my 92-year-old mother. I have been doing that a lot lately. Her 91-year-old cousin, Rita — my mother’s last first cousin and lifelong best friend — had passed away in her sleep. Although they had lived half a continent apart for the past 35 years, they kept in touch by phone several...

May 1, 2017

An increasing number of individuals infected with HIV are living longer and are expected to need long-term care. Will nursing homes be ready to accommodate them?

May 1, 2017

I spent much of February and March attending (and sometimes presenting at) a variety of professional meetings, starting with the Idaho Health Care Association, then the American Academy of Hospice & Palliative Medicine’s annual meeting, then the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California, followed by the AMDA – the Society for Post-...

May 1, 2017

Everyone wants to know what’s ahead for health care, but currently no one has the answers. However, Diane E. Meier, MD, director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care in New York City, has some words of advice and of comfort for those practicing in post-acute and long-term care, especially those committed to palliative care.

May 1, 2017

Funding from pharmaceutical companies and device manufacturers is crucial for medical research and education. By 2001, industry sources accounted for as much as $60 billion in research and funding development. Study results published in 2007 showed that 94% of U.S. physicians had some kind of relationship with industry. Almost two-thirds of...

April 29, 2017

The objectives of this study were to update the reference values of grip strength, to estimate the prevalence of low grip strength, and to examine the impact of different aspects of measurement protocol on grip strength values in Chinese adults.

April 29, 2017

Working conditions in nursing homes (NHs) may hamper teamwork in providing quality end-of-life (EOL) care, especially the participation of NH physicians. Dutch NH physicians are specialists or trainees in elderly care medicine with NHs as the main workplace, whereas in Norway, family physicians usually work part time in NHs. Thus, we aimed at...