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U.S. hospices vary widely in prescribing of “comfort kit” medications

When a person nearing the end of their life enters hospice care, their hospice agency’s doctors may prescribe a “comfort kit” of small amounts of medications that their caregivers can give them in case of urgent, distressing symptoms such as severe anxiety, agitation, delirium, nausea and more. They may also get other prescriptions as their […]

Posted inEnviro

Climate change to increase U.S. electricity costs over next century by billions of dollars more than forecasted

ANN ARBOR, Feb. 7, 2017 —Climate change is likely to increase U.S. electricity costs over the next century by billions of dollars more than economists previously forecast, according to a new study involving a University of Michigan researcher. The study shows how higher temperatures will raise not just the average annual electricity demand, but more […]

Posted inSci/Tech

PTSD has its roots in very real, physical processes within the brain – and not in some sort of psychological “weakness”

ANN ARBOR, Mich. Oct. 7, 2016— For decades, neuroscientists and physicians have tried to get to the bottom of the age-old mystery of post-traumatic stress disorder, to explain why only some people are vulnerable and why they experience so many symptoms and so much disability. All experts in the field now agree that PTSD indeed […]