World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 26 July 2016

Categories: In The Media.

Learning about palliative care

New Zealand – Sunlive

A German GP who works with palliative patients has visited the Bay of Plenty to learn about the local approach to future care planning.

This engineer creates volunteer groups for cancer care

 India – The Economic Times

Sridhar Pillalamarri used to be one of those people who want to do something good but do not know where to begin and when.

Senior signals: What does it mean to go on hospice?

US – The Bristol Press

Dear Attorney Tully: I was just told that my husband needs to go on hospice. Would you please explain what this means?

Kate Granger inspired all of us in the NHS to be more compassionate

UK – The Guardian

With her #hellomynameis campaign, Kate reminded me that if I lose my humanity, I am a shadow of the doctor I should be

Why Are They Trying to Make Us Kill Our Patients?

US – The Wall Street Journal

I am an oncologist/hematologist who has been practicing in California, primarily at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, for 39 years. It has been my privilege to have treated and cared for more than 16,000 patients with cancer or blood diseases and to have provided pain relief and comfort for the dying.

Dying is hard. Death doulas want to help make it easier

Canada – National Post

Before he enters the room, Craig Phillips pauses for a deep exhale. “Just to let everything go,” he says. “And to remember that I’m here for them.”

Medical marijuana has potential as Alzheimer’s treatment, study says


Could medical marijuana treat Alzheimer’s patients? One recent study found THC, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, stimulates the removal of toxic plaque in the brain, a common feature of the disease. Furthermore, the researchers discovered it blocks inflammation, which damages neurons in the brain.

Africa’s growing and neglected cancer problem: We will all suffer

US – Medical Xpress

Uganda’s only radiation treatment machine broke down in April earlier this year, provoking widespread public criticism and leaving an estimated 30,000 new cancer patients stranded.

Assisted dying

Malta – Times of Malta

Ramon Casha pleads the case for the legalisation of assisted dying eloquently. However, he focuses on what is essentially one side of the argument: the case for.

HPCA contributes 67 minutes to Woodside Special Care Centre on Mandela day

ehospice South Africa

HPCA’s staff celebrated Mandela Day at Woodside Special Care Centre on the 18 July 2016.

Burdett Trust for Nursing launches two new grant programmes

ehospice UK

The Burdett Trust for Nursing is currently taking applications for two new grant programmes which are focused on improving nurse retention and strengthening nurse leadership.