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Dying 29-Year-Old Launches Campaign for Death With Dignity in California, Nationwide

Death-with-dignity advocate Brittany Maynard & husband Dan Diaz at their wedding
Source:PRNewsFoto/Compassion & Choices

With the few weeks she has left to live, 29-year-old California native Brittany Maynard is launching a campaign in partnership with Compassion & Choices to raise awareness about the need to expand death-with-dignity laws nationwide. Death-with-dignity laws authorize the medical practice of aid in dying, which offers mentally competent, terminally ill adults with less than [...]

Get Vaccinated: Flu Is Bigger Threat To You Than Ebola, Says USciences Prof

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With the 2014-15 flu season officially underway, pharmacy professor Daniel Hussar, PhD, at Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, urges people to stop worrying about Ebola and get a flu shot instead.  The flu is far more deadly in the US compared with Ebola, and resulted in 131 flu-related deaths [...]

An End To Needle Phobia: Device Could Make Painless Injections Possible

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Imagine no tears during infant vaccines and no fear of the needle for those old enough to know what’s coming. Such painless injections could be possible with a device that applies pressure and vibration while the needle is inserted in the skin, according to a study presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014 annual meeting. “As many [...]

Monitoring Heart Failure

New CardioMEMS HF System
Source: St. Jude Medical Inc.

A new miniaturized, wireless monitoring system, implanted in the pulmonary artery, is helping keep patients with severe heart failure out of the hospital. Houston Methodist Hospital is the first institution in Houston to offer this to heart failure patients. A study of patients with Class III heart failure showed the CardioMEMS HF System from St. [...]

Innovative Delivery Design Could Lead to Do-It-Yourself Flu Vaccinations

Eric Krex, 6, reacts as he is held by his mother, Margaret, while a nurse gives him a FluMist influenza vaccination in St. Leonard, MD. According to a study released Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, members of the military who squirted vaccine up their noses were as well-protected as others who got it from health care workers. There's no reason civilians couldn't do the same, especially for children who might be less scared if vaccine was given by mom or dad, the study leader said. Source: AP Photo/Chris Gardner

There’s no reason civilians couldn’t do the same, especially for children who might be less scared if vaccine was given by mom or dad, the study leader said. “A parent could easily administer it. You can’t go wrong,” and having a DIY option might improve vaccination rates, said Eugene Millar of the Uniformed Services University [...]