Palliative care may prolong life, reduce suffering

Cancer, Medical Economics, Spiritual Health
Do you know the difference between “palliative care” and “hospice care”? I must confess that for sometime I did not. Now that I'm more educated on the topic, I'm finding that many patients – and even many doctors – confuse palliative medicine with hospice (a form of palliative care for people in the last six months of life). Other patients mistakenly worry that doctors won't work as hard to cure them if they ask for palliative care. (more…)
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Osteoporosis drugs may increase risk for atypical leg fractures. So, why do I say “don’t worry”?

Bone Health, Woman's Health
Bisphosphonates are oral medications designed to prevent bone breaks in older women. Name brands include Boniva, Fosamax, and Actonel) . Now there are reports saying these drugs may actually increase the risk of a rare form of leg fractures. The most recent is a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. (more…)
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