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Should Medical Professionals Get More Training in Discussing End-of-Life Issues with Patients?

Posted on · Conversations surrounding end-of-life care aren’t easy — even for health care professionals who work closely with terminally ill patients. We discuss how Houston’s doctors and nurses handle such conversations and interpret their mandate to “do no harm” when efforts to extend a patient’s life may conflict directly with the quality of that life. We also […]

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Should Terminally Ill Patients Have the Right to Try Unproven Drugs?

Posted on · The FDA currently has an exemption that allows terminally ill patients to have access to drugs that are still in the clinical trial phase but have yet to be approved. However, the process to get what’s called “compassionate use” is lengthy and arduous. But a proposed bill in the Texas Legislature would make it easier […]

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The Importance of Being Bored

Posted on · Earlier this week, WNYC, the NPR station in New York, started an initiative to detach you from your phone. The idea came about a while ago. You might have even have heard it on NPR. The thought process behind it is that when people are bored or left sitting alone somewhere, nowadays they pull out their […]