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New treatments for hep C: aging patients, unconscionable prices, missing voices

Promotional video by Gilead pharmaceuticals, makers of a new drug, urging people to talk to their doctor about treatments<p>"We have a cure we cannot …

Does citalopram help with agitation in Alzheimer disease?

Most patients with Alzheimer’s disease will develop neuropsychiatric symptoms, including agitation, at some point in their illness. These symptoms …

Ramelteon for the prevention of delirium in the hospital

About half of the patients that I saw on or palliative care consult service last week were delirious. This is in line with reported incidence of …

Tell CMS to protect appropriate palliative care prescribing

Attention all Geriatric, Palliative Medicine, and Primary Care Providers:<p>Act now to prevent the adoption of strict, punitive regulations impacting …

Why is Forest Laboratories discontinuing Namenda?

Why is Forest Laboratories discontinuing Namenda (memantine HCl) 5 mg and 10 mg tablets on August 15, 2014? Is it because there were no significant …

Still Needed

As a (geriatric) primary care provider and (palliative medicine) specialist who cares for patients with heart failure (HF), the 2013 American College …

“Can't go home, can't be admitted” – the emergency room purgatory

A 92-year-old woman with a history of stroke comes to an emergency department and is found to have fractures of her cervical spine. Neurosurgery sees …

Antibiotics in hospice

by: Alex Smith @AlexSmithMD<p>Case 1: You have a 94 year old woman with multiple medical problems in hospice who develops a fever (subjectively hot to …

Does vitamin E and/or memantine help in mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease?

Alpha-tocopherol (vitamin E) and dementia have had a long and confusing history. For the prevention of dementia, Vitamin E has generally been shown …

The Dementia Caregiver: Improving their Mental Health and Quality of Life

There are few harder things than being a caregiver for a family member with dementia. These caregivers are the unsung heroes of the US health system. …

How Your Name Can Influence Your Health

<i>"We find ourselves in something of a quandary when it comes to making up our minds about the phenomenon which Stekel calls the 'compulsion of the</i> …

What to give Uncle Ernie, Grandma Mabel and Great Aunt Rose?

I’m literally running out the door for last minute shopping. I wanted to make time, though, to share with GeriPal good gifts for older adults that my …

Communication training: is simulation enough?

A video example of palliative care communication techniques in the wrong hands<p><p>by: Alex Smith, @AlexSmithMD<p>Major paper in JAMA about palliative …

Oral Ketamine for Depression and Anxiety in Hospice

by: Alex Smith, @alexsmithMD<p>Journal of Palliative Medicine recently published a nice exploratory open label study of daily oral ketamine for …

10 Serious Illnesses & the Number of Times "Palliative Care" Was Mentioned In Wikipedia #HPM

Every time I listen or talk to Diane Meier I get inspired. Today was no different. She inspired me to do a quick search looking for how closely …

Should My Patient Get an Amyloid PET Scan for the Diagnosis of Alzheimers?

In April, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved florbetapir F-18 (Amyvid) PET scans to identify areas of accumulation of amyloid plaques. …

The Quality of Palliative Care: It Can and Must Be Measured

Is it important to provide high quality palliative and supportive care in patients with serious illness? Does it matter if we treat pain in patients …

Using Tech to Engage Patients in Advance Care Planning

Advance care planning is a process; a seemingly hard to do, hard to document process that we just aren’t very good at doing. No wonder, as to do it …

Doing the Right Thing and Making It Pay

Advanced care and palliative care can reduce healthcare costs for people with serious chronic illness. It’s hard to dispute that this is a good …

A Better Health System for Frail and Disabled Elders

"The current 'care system' provides disjointed specialty services, ignores the challenges of living with disabilities, tolerates routine errors in …

Dumb Policy: 3-Night Hospital Requirement for Medicare SNF

by: Alex Smith @AlexSmithMD<p>The patient was elderly and was hospitalized for a COPD exacerbation. Fortunately, her breathing problems were easily …

Adding Prognosis to Cancer Screening Decisions: The ePrognosis Cancer Screening App

The goal of cancer screening is to identify asymptomatic cancer well before it causes symptoms or death. This means that there is a long “lag time" …

A Fascinating Case Over Who Has the Right Over The Remains of a Loved One

On June 12, Betty Jean Collins of Warsaw, Missouri, executed a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care Choices (DPOA-HC) and Health Care Directive …

Transfers from the Hospital to Nursing Home: An F- Grade For Quality

Huge numbers of older persons transition from hospitals to the nursing home. Often, an older hospitalized patient needs skilled nursing care before …

Community Health Workers: Key to Reducing Disparities in End-of-Life Care

Despite recent attention, dying in the United States is a complex and often suboptimal experience for patients and providers alike.<p>The reasons are …

Outcomes of In-Hospital CPR: Not as Rosy as Some May Say

Back in March, the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) published a study of long-term outcomes among survivors of in-hospital cardiac arrest by …

A Hospice Nurse's Experience of Assisted Suicide

<i>by: Amy Getter, RN, MS. is a Hospice nurse who delivers care to the dying. Stories about hospice care at</i> <i>hospicediary.org</i><i>. The name and identifying</i> …

The Fellowship Match Game: Gearing Residents and Programs up for the NRMP Match

Now is the time of year that residents are starting to interview at programs across the U.S. in preparation for the NRMP Specialty Match and the …

Inappropriate Management of Hypertension and Diabetes in the Hospital

A great Viewpoint in JAMA Internal Medicine describes an important and common cause of over treatment and medication errors in hospitalized patients: …

Research Amplifies Need for Patient-Centered Goals of Care Discussion

<b>How important is reducing the risk of one ailment if it increases the risk of another?</b><p>A class of drugs to treat hypertension (antihypertensives) is …