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A Hospice Diary For Us Who Will Be Left Behind

Hospice was one of the worst words I ever heard in my life!

Hospice? Now What? Be Thankful! Are You or a Loved One Starting Hospice Care? Let Me Share My Story With You.

This is my own personal story about when Hospice came into my life. Let me give you a short background of how I got there.

My mother is now 85 and has always been healthy; nothing major wrong in her life until 4 years ago. She started having trouble with her breathing but medications were given which helped for about a year. Her breathing problems started to get worse and I was constantly taking her to the emergency room where they would pump her up with steroids and antibiotics and send her on her way. This would be beneficial to her for a couple months and off to the emergency room we would go again and repeat the same process.

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FDA Warns Consumers Against Eating Pistachios Amid Salmonella Scare

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — In another food scare sure to rattle consumers who watched the national salmonella outbreak in peanuts unfold, federal food officials are now warning people not to eat any food containing pistachios, which could carry contamination from the same bacteria.

The Food and Drug Administration said central California-based Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella Inc., the nation's second-largest pistachio processor, was voluntarily recalling more than 2 million pounds of its roasted nuts shipped since last fall.

"Our advice to consumers is that they avoid eating pistachio products, and that they hold onto those products," said Dr. David Acheson, assistant commissioner for food safety. "The number of products that are going to be recalled over the coming days will grow, simply because these pistachio nuts have then been repackaged into consumer-level containers."

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The First Step to Quitting Smoking

This article goes over the first step people should take before they try to quit smoking. Understanding this really helps make quitting smoking a lot easier to stick to because you understand why it doesn't make sense to smoke in the first place, and greatly improves your chances of successfully becoming a non-smoker. There are a few insights regarding the thought processes of smokers in here that many smokers actually already know but usually never think about. It is a good start for people who are thinking about quitting smoking but don’t know where to start or need a little persuading to actually start quitting.

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Washington DC Experiencing HIV/AIDS Epidemic

D.C. Health Department report released Monday says Washington, D.C. is experiencing an HIV/AIDS epidemic.

The Washington, D.C. Health Department released the study that finds that three percent of all residents of the nation's capital are living with HIV or AIDS. The United Nations classifies an HIV infection rate that exceeds one percent as an epidemic.

Earl Fowlkes, Jr. is Executive Director of the District of Columbia Comprehensive AIDS Resource and Education Consortium - a non-profit organization that provides assistance to people with the disease.

"Those of us who do the work in the district know that the rates of infection are very high," said Earl Fowlkes. "We see these cases all the time."

This year's report shows a 22 percent increase in HIV/AIDS cases since 2006. It says that among reported cases, nearly 70 percent are men and 76 percent are African American.

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Night Shifts Spark Cancer Pay-Out

The Danish government has begun paying compensation to women who have developed breast cancer after long spells working nights.

It follows a ruling by a United Nations agency that night shifts probably increase the risk of developing cancer.

BBC Radio Scotland's The Investigation has been hearing from experts and union leaders in Scotland who said the UK government should be doing more to tackle the dangers.

For years there has been growing evidence that night shifts are bad for you.

Among the symptoms: disturbed sleep, fatigue, digestive problems and a greater risk of accidents at work.

But these are the first government payments to women who have developed breast cancer after long spells on the night shift.

Ulla Mahnkopf is one of those who has been compensated.

Long hours

She spent 30 years as a flight attendant for the big Scandinavian airline SAS.

Long hours and disturbed working patterns came with the territory.

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Vegetarians 'Get Fewer Cancers'

A vegetarian diet may help to protect against cancer, a UK study suggests.

Analysis of data from 52,700 men and women shows that those who did not eat meat had significantly fewer cancers overall than those who did.

But surprisingly, the researchers also found a higher rate of colorectal cancer - a disease linked with eating red meat - among the vegetarians.

Writing in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition the team said the findings were worth looking into.

Although it is widely recommended that people eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day to reduce their risk of cancer and other diseases, there is very little evidence looking specifically at a vegetarian diet.

In the latest study, researchers looked at men and women aged 20 to 89 recruited in the UK in the 1990s.

They divided participants into meat-eaters, fish-eaters, vegetarians and vegans.

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A Macaque Model of HIV Infection

“We can quite accurately recapitulate the early stages of infection.” Paul D. Bieniasz

Researchers have taken a major step toward developing a better animal model of human AIDS. Such a model could greatly improve researchers’ ability to evaluate potential strategies for preventing and treating the disease.

Researchers have lacked a reliable animal model in which to study HIV infection, because the virus replicates poorly in most other animals. But now a team assembled by Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) investigator Paul D. Bieniasz of the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center (ADARC) has genetically modified the human virus so that it can infect a species of rhesus monkeys. Viral infection in the monkeys mimics the early stages of HIV infection in humans.

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Researchers Cast Doubt On Role Of Free Radicals In Aging

For more than 40 years, the prevailing explanation of why we get old has been tied to what is called oxidative stress. This theory postulates that when molecules like free radicals, oxygen ions and peroxides build up in cells, they overwhelm the cells’ ability to repair the damage they cause, and the cells age.

An industry of “alternative” antioxidant therapies -- such as Vitamin E or CoQ10 supplements in megadose format --has sprung up as the result of this theory. However, clinical trials have not shown that these treatments have statistically significant effects.

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Clean Living Way To Beat Cancer

Over 40% of breast and bowel cancer cases in rich countries are preventable through diet, physical activity and weight control alone, experts say.

Simple measures like cycling to work and swapping fatty foods for fruit can make all the difference for these and many other cancers, they say.

Globally, each year there are millions of these preventable cancer cases, the World Cancer Research Fund estimates.

Its report makes recommendations for "clean living" policies.

According to the report, about a third of the 12 most common cancers in high-income countries and about a quarter in lower income countries could be prevented through diet, exercise and weight control.

This include cancers of the throat, lung and bowel.

Not inevitable

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Drinking Tea Reduce Risk of Stroke

Drinking three or more cups of tea a day may significantly reduce the chances of having a stroke, scientists claim.

At least three cups of Indian or Chinese tea reduces the risk of a stroke by more than a fifth, according to researchers.

A major study carried out by scientists at the University of California in Los Angeles found that tea could well be a powerful weapon in the fight against strokes.

"By drinking three cups of tea a day, the risk of a stroke was reduced 21 per cent," said Dr Lenore Arab, professor of medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine.

The more you drink, the better your odds of staving off a stroke, the professor added.

"That's why these findings are so exciting," Professor Arab said. "If we can find a way to prevent the stroke, or prevent the damage, that is simple and not toxic, that would be a great advance."

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