World media roundup – 27 March 2014

Categories: In The Media.

Global opioid access: WHO accelerates the pace, but we still need to do more

OUP Blog

Nathan Cherny puts the current global situation in perspective and lays out the next steps needed in the campaign to improve access to pain relief.

Algarve palliative care congress starts

The Portugal News

The 7th National Congress for Palliative Care will take be taking place in the Algarve this week. offers comprehensive information on end of life

US- National Institutes of Health

A new online resource from the National Institutes of Health aims to help people understand the most common issues faced by people who are dying and their caregivers.

Surge of suicide among cancer patients in Moscow

Russia- Gazeta

There have been reports of a rise in cancer patients in Russia committing suicide [article in Russian].

Singapore medical experts visit Sri Lanka to teach palliative care skills


Medical experts from Singapore are visiting Sri Lanka this week in a scheme which has seen them help neighbouring countries improve standards of palliative care.

Quality of dying in nursing home residents dying with dementia: does advanced care planning matter? 


Research in Europe has found that, for nursing home residents with dementia, there is a strong association between having a written advance directive and quality of dying.

25% of breast cancer survivors report financial decline due to treatment

US- Health Canal

Four years after being treated for breast cancer, a quarter of survivors say they are worse off financially, at least partly because of their treatment, according to a new study.

Cancer survivors receive artificial breasts

Kenya News Agency

At the Meru Hospice this week, 35 breast cancer survivors recieved artificial breasts, to enable them maintain their body proportions and lead normal lives.

An online generation redefines mourning

New York Times

Article about how younger adults are redefining the boundaries of traditional grief and mourning, extending them to include expressions of sympathy via text, blogs, YouTube and even Instagram.

Using the WHO guidelines on persisting pain in children

ehospice International children’s edition

Dr Julia Ambler from Umduduzi Hospice Care for Children in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, provides an easy to read overview of the WHO Guidelines on treating persisting pain in children.

The shocked caregiver

ehospice Australia

Research reveals that caregivers of palliative care patients are likely to experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) during the grieving process.

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