Palliative Care Beyond Hospice Is Spreading to More States

Much of the “confusion” Sinclair referred to is that many people don’t understand the difference between palliative care and hospice.

Palliative care is given to patients with serious illnesses or injuries to relieve their symptoms and stress. Its goal is to improve the quality of life for patients and their families. It can be provided from the onset of an illness, and is often delivered by a team of doctors, nurses, social workers and sometimes chaplains.

Patients in hospice are not expected to live long, usually six months or less. Hospice patients do receive palliative care, but you don’t have to be in hospice to be a palliative care patient.

Even if death is not imminent, palliative care may be the best strategy for patients whose top priority is maximizing quality of life, not extending it by any means necessary.

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The long echo of WW2 trauma

After the existence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was officially recognised by the US government in 1980, in the wake of Vietnam, researchers began to take an interest on the illness on soldiers’ families. Studies were already suggesting that the children of Holocaust survivors could be severely affected by the trauma experienced by their parents. “It would also be easier to believe that they, rather than their parents, had suffered the corrupting, searing hell,” wrote the author of the first paper on intergenerational trauma among Holocaust survivors.

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This diet is easier (and cheaper) than the Mediterranean diet

This article on the Nordic diet makes claims about improvements for people with dementia.


The Nordic Diet is the brainchild of a team of scientists, nutritionists and chefs birthed back in 2004 as a method of mitigating a growing obesity trend in Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, and Iceland. Although many experts have already pointed out that some of the foods featured in the diet weren’t actually around when the ancient Nords reigned, the fundamental personality of the diet is based on the produce intake adopted by the Scandanavians.

Already, in its young life, it has been studied to promote weight loss, without restricting calorie intake. Moreover, because the diet champions food that is locally sourced and sustainably farmed, votaries also get to pride themselves on being environmentally conscious.  The rules are simple enough: eat a ton of berries, vegetables, legumes, potatoes, whole grains, nuts, seeds, rye, breads, fish, seafood,  low-fat dairy, herbs spices, and canola oil (more on that one in a bit). Occasionally eat free-range eggs,  cheese, and yogurt, eat red meat and animal fats even less, and steer resolutely clear of sugar-sweetened beverages, added sugars, processed meats, food additives, and refined fast foods.  Simply put, the Nordic Diet is a critique of the excessive sugar and fat intake of the western diet, with double the fiber and seafood to boot.

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‘Life is wonderful’ being pain-free after 40 years

Alison Cameron, from Dorset, was 17 when she had appendicitis and went into hospital.

“I had my appendix out and I remember I came round out of the anaesthetic screaming, the pain was something else.”

It was the start of a “horrendous” three years of investigation before “they came to the conclusion through a process of elimination, it was nerve damage”.

Over the next 30 years, Alison had more than 50 injections, known as cryoblocks, to freeze the site of her abdominal pain, but none of them stopped the pain for more than six months.

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Can Reading Really Improve Your Mental Health?

So how can books re-balance the self? Well, above all, as the panel agreed, they provide a form  of escapism that is more intense than in any other artform. “With a film or TV show, you’re given the visuals whereas with a novel you’re inventing them yourself, so it’s actually much more of a powerful event, because you’re involved,” as Berthaud noted. Wheatle offered a powerful example of the transportative effect of fiction when he recalled discovering Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn while living in a children’s home in South London. “It was quite brutal, and so [the book] was a place where I could escape my everyday turmoil. At least, come 9 or 9.30pm, I could hide under the covers with my little torch and go through those pages, and imagine I was floating down the Mississippi River, coming across steamboats and making my own decisions about where I was going to eat and rest.”

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How It Feels To Have Anxiety And Depression At The Same Time

Depression and anxiety each have their own sets of symptoms and challenges. And as if living with one of the conditions isn’t frustrating enough, research also shows that it’s not unusual to experience the two of them simultaneously.

HuffPost reached out to people living with both depression and anxiety ― as well as experts who treat the conditions ― to explain how it really feels to live with them on a daily basis. Take a look at them below. (Then share it with others who could possibly benefit from gaining a better, more compassionate understanding of the experience, too.)

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Andrew Solomon ted talk on depression

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How Greek crisis helped removed taboo on mental health

“Until a few years ago, society did not give this issue any attention,” said Dr Kyriakos Katsadoros, the founder of Klimaka, Greece’s only suicide prevention clinic. “The crisis has brought problems that were being ignored to the forefront.”

Conservative attitudes are changing as a result. In 2009, 63.1% of Greeks agreed with the statement that depression is a sign of personal weakness. By 2014, that number had dropped to 36%. Continue reading

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The power of music: Vicky McClure’s dementia choir

For most people dementia progresses slowly, meaning they live with it for many years.

There is no cure, though doctors can try to prevent further damage and slow the progress of the disease in patients with some types of dementia, vascular dementia for example. In other cases, treatments focus on alleviating symptoms and helping patients to live well with the illness.

That’s where music comes in. There is growing evidence that music can play a part in helping people with dementia live happy and fulfilled lives after they are diagnosed.

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How One Mother’s Battle Is Changing Police Training On Disabilities

Working with people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, like Down syndrome or autism, can be complex and challenging even for those with years of training. But one group — law enforcement — often encounters people with these conditions in high-stress situations, with little or no training at all.

Patti Saylor knows all too well what the consequences of that can be.

Her son Ethan, who had Down syndrome, died after an encounter with law enforcement when he was 26. It’s a tragedy she believes could have been prevented.

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