Oct 22, 2012 — Novelist Jodi Picoult explores life and death, while oncologist David Agus models new health practices, virologist Nathan Wolfe tracks emerging diseases, Dava Sobel reflects on Copernicus, and Charles Shields looks at novelist Kurt Vonnegut.
Mar 26, 2012 — Many Americans hope to die peacefully at home surrounded by their loved ones, but it usually doesn't turn out that way. In The Best Care Possible, Dr. Ira Byock argues that the way most Americans die is a national disgrace — and will only get worse as baby boomers age.
Mar 13, 2012 — Novelist Jodi Picoult isn't afraid to traverse morally fraught terrain in her tense family dramas, making her an unlikely fixture on the best-sellers charts. Her latest, Lone Wolf, follows two siblings who disagree about whether to continue medical care for their comatose father.
Mar 8, 2012 — In Jodi Picoult's Lone Wolf, debuting at No. 3, siblings debate how to care for a comatose father.
Jul 25, 2011 — NPR coverage of Twelve Breaths a Minute: End-of-Life Essays by Lee Gutkind, Karen Wolk Feinstein, and Francine Prose. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 25, 2011 — Twelve Breaths a Minute: End-of-Life Essays captures the experiences of family members, doctors, caregivers and others who have learned valuable lessons from witnessing life's final moments.
Aug 10, 2010 — Juggling a caregiving role with a full-time job is daunting. But it can be even more difficult working during the end stages of a loved one's life. Some companies are exploring initiatives to help their employees manage the ultimate transition.
Jan 27, 2007 — When Pauline Chen became a doctor, she was troubled by inconsistencies in the ways that fellow physicians dealt with the emotional aspect of death and dying. Chen tackles the subject in her new book: Final Exam: A Surgeon's Reflections on Mortality.
Dec 4, 2006 — Journalist Stephen Kiernan's new book is Last Rights: Rescuing the End of Life from the Medical System. Kiernan writes that doctors are not well-trained in end of life procedures, and that half of those who die in hospitals suffer untreated pain, while those in nursing homes risk abuse and personal bankruptcy. Based in New England, Kiernan has written for the Boston Globe, the Burlington Free Press and other publications. He received the George Polk Award for medical reporting and the Joseph Breckner Center's Freedom of Information Award.
Jan 31, 2006 — The new Medicare prescription drug plan is complex, confusing, and irrational, according to health policy expert Jonathan Oberlander. A month after the rollout of the new Medicare prescription drug plan, many seniors are finding it difficult to get the drugs they need.