Melissa’s Recent Stories
Health Apr 10Lethal plans: When seniors turn to suicide in long-term care
A six-month investigation by KHN and PBS NewsHour finds that older Americans are quietly killing themselves in nursing homes, assisted living centers and adult care homes.
Nation Jun 26Dementia presents a unique challenge to gun safety
As America copes with an epidemic of gun violence that kills 96 people each day, there has been vigorous debate about how to prevent people with mental illness from acquiring weapons. But a little-known problem is what to do about…
Nation Jan 27As doctors drop opposition, aid-in-dying advocates target next battleground states
Efforts to expand physician-assisted death, which is legal in six states and Washington, D.C., are met with powerful resistance from religious groups, disability advocates and the medical establishment.
Health Oct 26‘No one is coming.’ Hospice patients abandoned at death’s door
An analysis by Kaiser Health News of 20,000 government inspection records revealed that missed visits and neglect are common for patients dying at home. Families across the country have called for help in times of crisis and been met with…
Health May 26As elderly population swells, some doctors see benefits of palliative care in the ER
Emergency room physicians are struggling with how to deal with elderly patients with life-limiting conditions in an environment where most clinicians default to lifesaving techniques.