end of life care
Aug 27, 2014 — The company Vital Decisions hires social workers to help people make end-of-life plans in advance, over the phone. But the counselors are paid by insurers. Critics see a conflict of interest.
Jul 1, 2014 — There's good news and bad news about aging boomers, a Census Bureau report finds. They're drinking less and voting more, but they're also heavier, which could mean less independence later.
Jun 23, 2014 — After a suicide, family members are often devastated. Depression rates are much higher than when a loved one dies naturally. But Sandy Bem's family says her approach to suicide helped them mourn.
Jun 9, 2014 — Most people don't want to die in the hospital hooked up to machines, but it can be hard to make those wishes known. A doctor's order with more force than an advance directive can help, a study finds.
May 29, 2014 — There's a big difference between the kind of death doctors say they want and the care the average person receives at the end of life. Doctors want less rather than more.
Mar 4, 2014 — No one wants to die in the hospital, hooked to a ventilator. But undergoing chemotherapy just to ease symptoms or to buy a bit more time increases that likelihood for patients with terminal cancer.
Jan 24, 2014 — Some people might find it easier to write down the care they want and the kind they prefer not to have in living wills. Others might prefer to talk more generally with their relatives about issues like life support.
Jan 10, 2014 — If a person loses all brain function, he or she is considered legally dead. But the cases of Jahi McMath and Marlise Muņoz have shown that even though doctors can declare someone dead, families and the courts might not always agree with that definition.
Nov 28, 2013 — Most people know about advance directives for end-of-life care. But many don't know about a one-page form designed to let people who are very old or sick specify just how much medical care they want. It's signed by a physician, so it's got teeth. But some disability advocates say it may go too far for some people.
Jul 4, 2013 — For 20 years, Linda Smith was a successful ER doctor. But she started to regret doing painful procedures on patients without having the time to sit down and talk with them. So she became a palliative care doctor, one of a growing number helping people deal with life-threatening illnesses.