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“They Made Me Feel Like A Person”: Palliative Care Counseling Changes Lives For Patients, Families

The patients are not the only ones who receive care at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Counseling for the patients and their family members is an integral part of the UAB Center for Palliative and Supportive Care.

The Palliative Psychology and Counseling Services program has provided more than 25,000 patient and family caregiver contacts since its inception in 2006.

“We partner with seriously ill patients and their families to provide patient- and family-centered care,” said Sylvia Huang, Ph.D., a psychologist with UAB’s Palliative Psychology and Counseling Services. “Our team provides professional counseling support to the patient and the caregivers in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

That adds a much needed extra layer of support when coping with serious or terminal illnesses.”

The support is integral for the care of the patient and their loved ones. For Rita Bucha

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URI Nursing Study Shows Benefits Of Delayed Umbilical Cord Clamping On Brain Development In Healthy Babies

A five-minute delay in the clamping of healthy infants’ umbilical cords results in increased iron stores and brain myelin in areas important for early-life functional development, a new University of Rhode Island nursing study has found.

“When we wait five minutes to clamp the cords of healthy babies, there is a return of the infant’s own blood from the placenta, and one of the results is a return of up to 50 percent of the baby’s iron-rich blood cells,” said URI Professor of Nursing Debra A. Erickson-Owens, a certified nurse-midwife, who conducted the study with Judith S. Mercer, also a midwife and URI nursing professor emeritus. “So when the brain needs red blood cells (and iron) to make myelin, the robustness of the iron stores make a big difference,” Erickson-Owens said.

The study, published in the December issue of The Journal of Pediatrics and funded by a $2.4 million National In

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Some Primary Care Doctors Not Prepared To Help With Cancer Treatment Decisions

The idea of team-based cancer care most often focuses on involving primary care physicians in the care of cancer survivors. But research has shown patients are discussing initial cancer treatment options with their primary care doctors.

And now a new study finds that a significant number of these physicians report notable gaps in their knowledge of cancer treatment options.

“Primary care physicians may be involved in cancer care earlier than we thought. If we are going to promote their involvement, we may need to start doing that earlier, around the time of initial treatment, and ensure PCPs have the information they need to effectively participate in the decision-making process,” says Lauren P. Wallner, Ph.D., MPH, a health services researcher at the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center.

Wallner and colleagues from the Cancer Surveillance and Outcomes Research Team surveyed 517

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New Mexico Proposed Legislation Jeopardizes Safety Of Patients Bill Would Replace Physicians With Nurses For Anesthesia Care

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) and the New Mexico Society of Anesthesiologists (NMSA) strongly oppose SB 222, which will remove physician involvement from anesthesia care in New Mexico and authorize nurse anesthetists to replace physician anesthesiologists.

ASA and NMSA urge the New Mexico Senate Judiciary Committee to vote no on SB 222, which will lower the standard of care and jeopardize the lives of New Mexicans receiving anesthesia.

“Despite advances in medicine and patient safety, surgery and anesthesia are inherently dangerous,” said ASA President Linda Mason, M.D., FASA. “Physician anesthesiologists are highly skilled medical experts who have the education and training to make critical decisions in an emergency. People want a physician to administer their anesthesia or respond in an emergency.”

Physician anesthesiologists have up to 14 years of post-graduate

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