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Palliative Care Helps Parkinson's Patients

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Stories From the Waiting Room

Patients beset by chronic illness often set limits to interventions they want to receive in a hospital, particularly in the last months of life. A recent study looked at the cases of 1,800 such patients and whether those instructions were followed.

It found that in more than one-third of cases, received care was potentially discordant with their wishes. This happened most often when patients came to hospitals because of a trauma, not their chronic illness. On the other hand, patients with dementia were more likely to receive care that complied with their wishes.

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Never Say Diet

The Major League Eating speed-eating record for Moon Pies (a confection of graham cookies, marshmallow and chocolate coating) is 85 in 8 minutes, held by Matt Stonie. (Eating more than one Moon Pie, which contains 385 calories and 35 grams of sugar, is lunacy.)

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