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Hospital Discharges are like Expeditions to Antarctica: Be Prepared

Millions of older people enter the hospital each year for elective treatment of serious medical issues such as cancer, heart disease, and quality of life surgeries like joint replacement. Like an Antarctic expedition, a successful hospitalization is almost entirely determined...

/ October 6, 2018

Can We Find the Right Formula for Legal Physician-Assisted Death?

"Such a shame" people remarked about the deaths by suicide of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade, others said the same about the repeal of the End of Life Option Act (EoLOA), the law that governs physician-aided suicide/death in California. Welcome to...

/ July 2, 2018

Giving Shingles the Short Shrift: New vaccine could make shingles just a bad memory.

There aren't too many non-lethal conditions more dreadful than shingles, also known as varicella zoster. Although shingles can be lethal too if the host is immunocompromised –– i.e. if they have a weakened immune system. I have terrible memories of...

/ April 24, 2018