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Journal of the American Medical Association

‘Silver Tsunami’ Sweeps U.S. As Dementia Rates Rise

BY DANIEL GAITAN | The nation is already facing negative effects from the “Silver Tsunami” – and it’s going to get worse. Currently, more than five million Americans are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or some other form of dementia. As the massive baby boomer population ages, the number of those facing cognitive decline will […]

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Fewer Dementia Patients In Nursing Homes Receive Feeding Tubes

Usage More Prevalent Among African-Americans BY DANIEL GAITAN  | 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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JAMA Perspective Critical Of POLST

BY DANIEL GAITAN |  The Journal of the American Medical Association has published a perspective highly critical of the Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment paradigm, a medical order regarding end of life treatment for those with serious illness. Co-authored by a team of University of Pennsylvania medical researchers, the JAMA article questions the rapid nationwide expansion […]

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Doctors Receive Less Aggressive End Of Life Care, Less Likely To Die In Hospital

Two new studies published in the Journal of the American Medical Association measure the intensity of end of life treatments and the likelihood of dying in a hospital between physicians and the general population. In one study, Joel S. Weissman, of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and colleagues examined whether physicians receive higher or lower intensity end […]

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