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- June 29, 2019What to know about end-stage COPD
The symptoms of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) include frequent lung infections, difficulty eating, and shortness of breath. Coping methods typically include palliative care an …
- March 12, 2019How preventable is sepsis-related death?
New research investigates the prevalence of sepsis-related deaths and how many such fatal cases could have been prevented with better hospital care.
- November 28, 2018End-of-life symptoms of metastatic breast cancer
The end-of-life symptoms associated with metastatic breast cancer depend on where a person’s cancer has spread to, and they can include both physical and mental issues. Treatment focuses on improving …
- June 25, 2018Abnormal breath sounds: Causes and treatment
The sound a person makes when breathing is not usually noticeable. However, abnormal breath sounds may be audible with or without a stethoscope. They have a range of causes and can accompany a variety …
- May 11, 2018What happens to the body after death?
After death, the body enters a long process of decomposition, as its organic elements split into simpler components. What happens, and why learn about it?
- April 13, 2018Why does a death rattle occur?
The process of dying is complex, and a death rattle is an initial indication that death is approaching. It occurs when a person is unable to clear secretions from the back of the throat. Understanding …
- January 31, 2018What are the signs that someone is close to death?
A look at the signs of death and indications that someone is near to the end. Included is detail on when to say goodbye and how to cope with death.
- July 24, 2017How can doctors share bad news with patients?
Research shows that physicians are sometimes reluctant to have difficult conversations with their patients. Experienced physicians share their tips.
- July 7, 2017Two out of three US adults have not completed an advance directive
Advance directives are the primary tool for individuals to communicate their wishes if they become incapacitated and are unable to make their own health care decisions, particularly near the end of…
- May 8, 2017Painkillers might not work if you are sleep deprived, study suggests
A new study examines the effects of painkillers and drugs that promote wakefulness on the pain sensitivity of sleep-deprived mice.