Elderly residents given intensive therapy in the last weeks of life jumped 65 percent, a study shows, raising questions about financial incentives

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The opioids bill that passed Congress includes a measure to let hospice workers destroy unneeded medications

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An organ donor had cancer cells in her body that were accidentally transmitted to four transplant recipients. Three died from the disease

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The Spanish flu outbreak of 1918 offers important lessons in balancing truth and panic during public health crises

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A man is suing a cryonics firm for allegedly not respecting his late father’s wishes—or contract—to have his entire body cryogenically preserved. Instead, the firm severed and stored the man’s head, sending his cremated remains to his son

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“The victims’ deaths, that is Robert Skidmore and John Snyder, their deaths were caused by this neglect of the defendant,” Goggins read from his opinion, “in [Nick Lyon’s] failure to act appropriately with regarding to disseminating notices to the public.”

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Any day spent in a hospital emergency department shows how the illusion that we are in control of our lives can be shattered by the laws of nature, which can catastrophically change everything, unexpectedly rendering us helpless, damaged or dead

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Then opioid prescribing dropped. In a small, randomized trial, researchers showed that this intervention — aimed at making the abstract issue of safe prescribing individually tangible — led to a slight reduction in the amount of opioids these clinicians prescribed

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