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Too Many Patients Are Delaying Hospice Care

Although hospice can benefit terminally ill patients over a period of time, one in six cancer patients enroll it in only during the last three days of life, according to a new study.

The findings, by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, also revealed a profile of the kind of patient who is most at risk of these late admission.

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: For a Good Cause…or Foolishness?



By Carole Brody Fleet

It all began quite simply.

A novel idea to raise awareness about a lesser-known terminal disease.

The idea: Dump a bucket of ice water over your head and donate $10.00. Choose against dunking and instead donate $100.00 (or whatever you are able).

An idea that took on a life of its own and catapulted awareness – and fundraising - to unprecedented heights.

An idea that also brought out the cruel in some people who – let’s face it – just do not get it.

Staph and A Secret Weapon

Researchers are getting closer to understanding the workings of Staphylococcus aureus, a bacterium that causes more than 60,000 infections each year. And that could lead to better treatment for the infections.

The bacterium, S. aureus, is often a harmless organism found in the nose and skin of 30 percent of people. But it can cause serious infections if it gets into deeper tissues.

His Cheating, Your Health

By Eve Marx
The news isn’t pretty. Your husband has been having sex with someone else, and you’ve been having sex with your husband. Just as you were congratulating yourself for having a happy, healthy sex life when so many of your married friends are complaining their sex life is over, you discover the downside of your husband’s strong libido: He’s been indulging his erotic desires with another woman.

New Superfoods to Tackle Heart Disease & Diabetes

A new generation of superfoods that tackle heart disease and diabetes could be developed following research into a protein that helps keep cells in our bodies healthy, according to researchers at the University of Warwick Medical School in the UK. The team found that the protein, called Nrf2, continually moves in and out of the nuclei of human cells to sense the cell's health and vitality. The study was published in September 2014 in Antioxidants and Redox Signalling.

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