World Media Roundup – 12 January 2015

Categories: In The Media.

Strengthening our understanding of ‘Access to Opioid Medication in Europe’ (ATOME): Highlights of results and achievements

Article by Eugenia Larjow, sociologist at the University Hospital of Bonn, Germany on behalf of the ATOME Consortium.

Palliative care in Barbados – a life-changing experience

IAHPC Newsletter, January 2015
Sue Krauter, a US hospice physician, reports on the 2014 conference and workshop in Barbados, where she took an active role.

First-ever college unit sets an example in palliative care

The New Indian Express
The students of KMEA Engineering College have set up an organised unit to take care of the terminally ill patients.

How Americans’ refusal to talk about death hurts the elderly

US – Vox
“Recently, the most interesting stories in healthcare have been about death: the situations where all the hospitals, doctors, and drugs in the world cannot halt the inevitable.”

Tomorrow’s nursing homes must integrate palliative care

US – McKnight’s
“Palliative care should be the standard of practice for all elderly patients with complex illness in nursing homes,” writes Diane Meier, director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care.

End of life instructions find no place in electronic health records

US – Politico
The government has spent billions helping doctors and hospitals digitize patients’ lives, but there are still many holes in the electronic records including a big one: We can’t list end of life wishes.

Muiris Houston: Have you ever thought about how you would like to die?

The Irish Times
“It has been suggested we should ‘stop wasting billions to cure cancer’ because terminal cancer is the best way to die.”

Are teenagers capable of making life-or-death decisions?

Interview with Dr Eric Kodish, a paediatric oncologist, on giving minors control over their medical fates.

Euthanasia advocate Philip Nitschke teams up with terminally ill UK comedian Mel Moon for Edinburgh comedy debut

ABC News
The Darwin-based 67-year-old will take to the stage at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August, teaming up with UK comedian Mel Moon, who has been diagnosed with a tumour, for a show tentatively titled Dying Laughing.

Sierra Leoneans want to understand Ebola, and we can help them

The Telegraph
International development specialist Morris Marah, recently back from Sierra Leone where he was advising the government on how to cope with the ebola crisis, says while funding is vital, they also need knowledge, training and expertise.

Q&A: Barbara Gelb, Chief Executive of Together for Short Lives

ehospice UK
Barbara Gelb, CEO of Together for Short Lives, was awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours list. ehospice caught up with her to ask about the Honour, the work of the national charity and what challenges she sees for the sector in the coming year.

Iris House Children’s Hospice: Meet Ruan

ehospice South Africa
Having a special needs child is “special” to say the least. Whilst the child deals with whatever challenges he or she may have, their parents have huge challenges to ensure that the child receives the best possible treatment during their life-threatened or life-limited existence.

Research looks to prevent chemotherapy side effects

ehospice Australia
Researchers at the University of Adelaide are investigating the possible prevention of severe gut problems for patients undergoing cancer chemotherapy.

Rural doctor launches startup to ease pain of dying patients

ehospice USA
In rural Humboldt County, in the far northern reaches of California, Dr. Michael Fratkin is essentially the only doctor in a 120-mile stretch who does what he does.

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