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Terminally Ill Boy Dies After Receiving Thousands Of Christmas Cards

BY LIFE MATTERS MEDIA STAFF PORTLAND, Maine –  Thousands of people across the world helped a terminally boy celebrate his last Christmas. As Jacob Thompson approached the end of his short life, his family asked strangers across the globe to send Christmas cards to help them celebrate his favorite holiday early. Jacob, who died Sunday at Barbara […]

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Overweight People Less Likely To Die At Home Or With Hospice Care

BY DANIEL GAITAN | daniel@lifemattersmedia.org Overweight and obese Americans who are nearing death are significantly less likely to be enrolled in a hospice program or die at home, according to a troubling new study. Researchers with the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation analyzed health records of more than 5,600 seniors who died while taking […]

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Fewer Dementia Patients In Nursing Homes Receive Feeding Tubes

Usage More Prevalent Among African-Americans BY DANIEL GAITAN  | daniel@lifemattersmedia.org Fewer nursing home residents with dementia are receiving feeding tubes, a result of increasing evidence that suggests the practice causes unnecessary suffering and does little to prolong life. The proportion of advanced dementia patients who had feeding tubes placed when they were unable eat or […]

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