Topic: Health and Medicine

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    Read an excerpt from a new book on medical technology costs and our health care system by Daniel Callahan, who advocates “an open discussion on what counts as good or bad choices, wise or imprudent ones, and our social obligations to our community as we make them.” More

    November 6, 2009 | 0 Comments

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    “I want to just go peacefully. The only medications I want are going to be the ones that would comfort me. That’s all I want,” says Jill Steuer, a nurse with advanced-stage breast cancer who has decided to stop any kind of treatment and receive hospice care. More

    October 9, 2009 | Comments (17)

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    "More is not better," says South Florida health care system CEO Brian Keeley. "We know that more health care services can result in lower levels of care." Health care costs are double the national average in Miami, where Keeley says specialists use more medical resources and technology.

    July 24, 2009 | Comments (6)

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    Patients at this hospital in Madurai, India are among the world's poorest people. It was founded by a pioneering eye surgeon who was a disciple of the spiritual teacher Sri Aurobindo, and its business success and social mission have long made it a model in public health textbooks.

    July 2, 2009 | Comments (9)

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    Alzheimer’s disease gets progressively worse and there is no known cure. After a certain point, should an Alzheimer’s patient be kept alive with a feeding tube? Many family members say, of course: they should do everything possible to prolong a loved one’s life. But some doctors say inserting a feeding tube is inhumane, because it can just prolong a vegetative state for years. More

    January 23, 2009 | Comments (22)

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    “Do you want to reconstitute immune systems or do you want to reconstitute lives?” asks Dr. Joseph Mamlin, who runs a clinic in Kenya that now serves over 60,000 patients. “We’ve decided to go after lives.” More

    December 5, 2008 | 0 Comments

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    Camp Ray of Hope is like no other. People grieving the death of a spouse, a child, or a friend, attend in order to learn how to accept that death and go on. It is filled with laughter, beauty, and pain. More

    October 17, 2008 | Comments (1)

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    My vision of better care for elders in late life is not a call for a nostalgic return to some imagined romantic past when the lone family doctors sat by the bedside by candlelight tending the ill.

    August 15, 2008 | 0 Comments

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    Read a Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly e-mail interview with Dr. Dennis McCullough, author of MY MOTHER, YOUR MOTHER: EMBRACING SLOW MEDICINE, THE COMPASSIONATE APPROACH TO CARING FOR YOUR AGING LOVED ONES.

    August 15, 2008 | 0 Comments

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    Some doctors are proposing that their patients consider “slow medicine”. It is a practice that tries to let nature take its course rather than aggressively fighting the ravages that sometimes accompany old age. More

    August 15, 2008 | 0 Comments

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