Emergency doctors and paramedics commonly misinterpret documents for end-of-life care choices

I wasn’t too surprised to learn that a pair of new studies finds that emergency care providers vary in their understanding of a type of medical order intended to communicate seriously ill patients’ choices for life-sustaining treatments. Coincidentally, part two of my extensive interview with Nancy Berlinger, Ph.D., a research scholar at The Hastings Center, appears today in Covering Health. Berlinger stressed […]

It’s Heart Health Month

1 and 99. Two numbers to remember – this month and every month Heart Disease is the #1 cause of death in the U.S. for both men and women. 99 percent of us need to improve our heart health. Take care of your heart. It’s the best Valentine’s present you can give to yourself – […]

Many Women with Breast Cancer Have Poor Knowledge About Their Condition

A new analysis finds that many women with breast cancer lack knowledge about their illness, with minority patients less likely than white patients to know and report accurate information about their tumors’ characteristics. This further supports the need to better educate women about their health conditions so they can make more informed treatment decisions.The findings appear in the online version of […]

Don’t Worry, Be Happy. It’s Good for Your Heart.

People who have upbeat outlooks on life are twice as likely to have better cardiovascular health, than those whose outlooks are less rosy, according to a recently published study that looked at links between optimism and heart health.  “Individuals with the highest levels of optimism have twice the odds of being in ideal cardiovascular health compared to their more pessimistic counterparts,” […]

Don’t Worry, Be Happy. It’s Good for Your Heart.

People who have upbeat outlooks on life are twice as likely to have better cardiovascular health, than those whose outlooks are less rosy, according to a recently published study that looked at links between optimism and heart health.  “Individuals with the highest levels of optimism have twice the odds of being in ideal cardiovascular health compared to their more pessimistic counterparts,”…Read more Don’t Worry, Be Happy. It’s Good for Your Heart.