palliative care

What Are Opioids?

What are opioids? That’s simple: Morphine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, and fentanyl are opiods. Heroin is an illegal opioid. Opioids are derived from the opium poppy (or synthetic derivatives) and act on the nervous system to relieve pain.

What’s not so simple is why the United States is in the midst of … Read More

ALS: What Is Lou Gehrig’s Disease?

ALS—the abbreviation for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis—is a rare neurological disorder that's eventually fatal. It was July 4, 1939, when Lou Gehrig made his famous "luckiest man alive" speech at Yankee Stadium, an event that helped give widespread attention to ALS. Gehrig, when he was … Read More

The Palliative Care vs. Hospice Decision

“All hospice care is palliative, but not all palliative care includes hospice,” says the Hospice Foundation. No wonder palliative care vs. hospice presents such a quandary for those dealing with a serious illness. As confusing as that definition is, however, it’s spot on.

When you do a side-by-side comparison of  Read More

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