World Media Roundup – 17 October 2014

Categories: In The Media.

Study shows inpatient palliative care reduces hospital costs and readmissions

Health Canal

Palliative care provided in the hospital offers clinical benefits and cost savings, and a new study shows that hospitals can get the expertise they need through a collaborative relationship with a community hospice.

Scientists find ‘hidden brain signatures’ of consciousness in vegetative state patients

Medical XPress

Scientists in Cambridge have found hidden signatures in the brains of people in a vegetative state, which point to networks that could support consciousness even when a patient appears to be unconscious and unresponsive.

Vivid dreams comfort the dying

Scientific America

A new study has found that vivid and meaningful dreams and visions experienced by people just before dying are a source of personal comfort.

German parliament discusses euthanasia for terminally ill patients


A group of prominent German MPs have listed a set of requirements to legalise euthanasia in the country. They discussed assisted death in parliament as a German court ruled in favour of a coma patient’s decision to die.

Dementia-care MOOC set to transform more lives

Health Canal

The world’s first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on dementia is changing lives, literally.

Ebola crisis: WHO signals help for Africa to stop spread

BBC News

The World Health Organization is to “ramp up” efforts to prevent Ebola spreading beyond the three countries most affected by the deadly virus.

Life and death through the eyes of an Ebola nurse

The New York Times

Ben C. Solomon is a Times video journalist reporting on Ebola. His video today, about a team of ambulance workers in Monrovia, Liberia, shows the dangers they face every day.

How to stop an Ebola outbreak: lessons from Nigeria and Senegal

International Business News

Nigeria and Senegal, both with significantly weaker healthcare systems than the US, have so far staved off the virus that’s killed more than 4,500 people in their region in a mere three months.

Five necessary traits for palliative care social workers


There are many traits that the palliative social worker needs to be able to demonstrate in order to be effective in his or her role.

The revival of death: two decades on

End of life studies blog

Article by Professor Tony Walter, director of the University of Bath’s Centre for Death & Society and author of ‘The revival of death’, on how dying, funerals, mourning and afterlife beliefs are continually evolving.

Hospice management teams meet for leadership and governance workshop

ehospice Kenya

Hospice management teams from across the country met in Nairobi for a leadership and governance workshop to deliberate on how to strengthen the organisations that they lead.

Tea, cake and mortality: behind the doors of a death cafe

ehospice UK

Laura Middleton-Green, Lecturer and Researcher in Palliative and End of Life Care, reflects on her experience of hosting a death cafe, alongside colleagues from the Hospice of St Francis.

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