World media roundup – 12 December 2013

Categories: In The Media.

Nurses fill numerous end of life care roles


Hospice nurses prepare patients nearing death and their families for the inevitable while helping them live life to the fullest during their remaining days.

Palliative care can be incredibly intense, richly rewarding for hospitalists

US- The Hospitalist

Comfort-focused treatment approach maximizes patients’ quality of life, gives physicians an emotional lift and reduces hospital costs.

‘Right-to-die’ trial begins today

US- KOB Eyewitness News 

A doctor and patient are suing the state for the right to “physician aid-in-dying” in New Mexico. It would allow doctors to prescribe pills that would speed up and ease the dying process.

Are interns too green for end of life talks?

US- Chicago End of Life Care Coalition 

In discussing end of life care with patients, young clinicians have to learn by doing rather than by special schooling, suggest the results of a first-of-its-kind randomized trial.

Two undergraduates raise awareness on palliative care

Singapore- Lianhe Zaobao

Two students from the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, Mr Mervyn Lim and Mr Shawn Lin, initiated “Project Happy Apples” to recruit more youths to work in hospices and raise awareness about palliative care (article in Mandarin).

Allianz Worldwide Care announces new benefits and enhancements to standard healthcare plans

Business Wire

International private medical insurer Allianz Worldwide Care has announced a number of new benefits and enhancements to its standard healthcare plans. New and renewing group and individual clients will benefit from increased healthcare cover in a number of areas, including palliative care and long term care.

China’s largest funeral provider is trying to make death a luxury event

China- Quartz

Custom sculpted tombstones, celebrity-studded cemeteries, and funeral packages that cost up to 500,000 yuan ($82,356) are the new must-have luxury items in China—at least if the country’s largest “death care services” provider has anything to say about it.

The 5 Stages of Grief and other lies that don’t help anyone

The Huffington Post blog

“There is no set pattern, not for everyone and not even within each person. Each grief is unique, as each love is unique. There are no stages capable of containing all the experiences of love and pain. There are no stages of grief,” writes Megan Devine.

Is an AIDS-free generation possible?

ehospice South Africa

South Africa now has the largest HIV treatment programme in the world, with about two million people on treatment, the infection rate appears to have stabilised and fewer South Africans are dying of AIDS-related illnesses. But TB is still the leading cause of death (11%) in the country and we still have the largest number of people living with HIV in the world. So there is still much to be done to “get to zero”.

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