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He Taught Me to Live Before He Died

I'll never forget helping John die. No, I didn't kill him. Cancer killed him, but I helped him die by telling him what to expect, how to protect his functional independence for as long as possible, reframing and contextualizing the whole beautiful and awful business, giving him drugs, calling cancer a bitch, and holding his hand.

Rock-Climbing Injuries Soar

As more people rise to the challenge of rock climbing for fun and exercise, the number of injuries related to the sport also increases, according to the first national study on the subject. 

More than 40,000 people sought treatment in U.S. emergency rooms from 1995 to 2012 for fractures, sprains and other ailments related to rock-climbing -- a 63 percent increase during that time.

Problems in Obstetric Nurse Care

Obstetric nursing is the specialty dealing with the care of a woman and her offspring during pregnancy, childbirth and the puerperium. This field of nursing is often further specialized into Perinatal Nursing and Labor & Delivery Nursing. Modern day obstetric nurse care begins with the antenatal care which is vital for satisfactory perinatal outcomes. Obstetric nurses also need to identify high risk factors like pre-eclampsia, abnormal placentation or abnormal fetal presentation and give suitable interventions.

About Those Ultrasounds: What if Doctors Just Say No?

"In the case of abortions, where time is essential and providers may not be easy to find, delays in care are unconscionable. To enforce a waiting period violates the doctor’s ethical duty to provide appropriate, timely care and to avoid causing the patient unnecessary grief. The law forces us to violate our ethics. To force us to perform ultrasounds, transvaginal or otherwise, is battery."


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