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Passed And Present: Keeping Memories Alive

Making Mourning the Most Active of Verbs with Author Allison Gilbert  BY DANIEL GAITAN| GLENVIEW, Ill. – After the death of a loved one, many bottle-up their emotions. But that’s not healthy, according to noted author Allison Gilbert, who spoke about loss and “living in the present” this month at the Chicago Botanic Garden. […]

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Patients Facing Heart Disease Benefit From Palliative Care

BY DANIEL GAITAN | Proper pain and symptom management could benefit hundreds of thousands of Americans facing cardiovascular disease. Palliative medicine should be fully integrated into cardiology because it helps frail patients live better and reduces unnecessary hospitalizations, said Dr. Keith Swetz during NorthShore University’s Annual Hospice and Palliative Care Symposium. “Palliative care has […]

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Addressing Spiritual And Cultural Aspects Of End Of Life Discussions

A diverse panel of end of life care experts spoke about fostering end of life discussions between physicians and patients of various faiths and ethnic groups at the recent Hospice and Palliative Care Symposium at the Chicago Botanic Gardens. The expert panel included Rabbi Samuel N. Gordon, vice-president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, […]

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Problem Vs Goal-Centered Approach To End Of Life Care

Doctors treating seriously ill patients must shift from a problem-centered approach to a goal-centered approach to care, said Dr. Charles von Gunten, keynote speaker for the recent Hospice and Palliative Care Symposium at the Chicago Botanic Garden. “Some doctors look at the parts and some doctors look at the bigger picture,” said Von Gunten, an […]

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Dementia And Advance Care Planning: Hospice And Palliative Care Symposium

Every 68 seconds, someone in America becomes diagnosed with dementia, Dr. Shellie N. Williams, of the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, told physicians and medical professionals Wednesday during her lecture “Dementia and Advance Care Planning.” As part of the Hospice and Palliative Care Symposium at the Chicago Botanic Garden, Williams encouraged physicians to […]

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