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What is Palliative Care? (Hint: It’s not Hospice)

I think many of us have heard of palliative care but there seems to be a lot of confusion on what it is exactly. That’s what we are going to clarify in today’s episode.  Dr. Heather Sung is a palliative care physician in Connecticut and shares what it is, how it differs from hospice and how we can incorporate palliative care in our treatment plans that can result in better outcomes and better quality of life.

How Medical Cannabis Works with Dr. Junella Chin

I have been curious about medical cannabis for many years. I’ve read articles and watched videos about it being ‘miracle medicine.’  I’ve heard it has great results for patients with Parkinson’s, epilepsy, cancer, autoimmune diseases, pain management, and the list goes on.  A friend introduced me to Dr. Chin and thought this would be the perfect opportunity to finally convince my mom that cannabis could potentially help her. 

What’s a Hospital in Japan Like?

I got to visit a hospital in Japan and it’s called the Watanabe New Heart Hospital in Tokyo.  Wow.  This is the kind of hospital I wish we had here in the States.  The doctors and nurses treat you as though you are royalty.  The accommodations are fit for a 5 star hotel.  And the food?   Wow…the cafeteria food is like eating at a Michelin star restaurant!  I was certainly impressed and inspired.

Palliative Care Part 2: Having End of Life Discussions

On starting an end of life conversation: “It starts with asking an open ended question.  And waiting long enough for the person to provide a response because we are often uncomfortable with silence and we will fill in the spaces before letting the individual to express themselves.  They will need that extra time because it …

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Hospitalists and Your Hospital Stay: Tips for a Smoother Time at the Hospital

On being a Hospitalist: “It’s not that we have a specific amount of time only to spend with patients, but we have a certain number of patients that we need to see in the course of the day. And you may have two or three patients who are really not doing well at the same …

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