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Better Communication Needed on End-of-Life Directives

Increasing numbers of people have advanced care planning, but a survey found that almost 40 percent of them didn’t discuss their preferences with the people they designated as their representatives.

Low-Risk Prostate Cancer and Radiation Dosage

Men who have low-risk prostate cancer don’t benefit from increased radiation dosage, according to a new study from Penn Medicine.

The researchers, who published their findings in JAMA Oncology, found that an increased radiation dosage is linked to higher survival rates in men with medium- and high-risk prostate cancer. Already-high survival rates for men with low-risk prostate cancer were unaffected by higher radiation dosages compared to lower radiation dosages.

3 Reasons A Balanced Life Is A Better Life


Life sometimes can seem off kilter as responsibilities mount and people plow all their physical and mental resources into what seems to be the most pressing crisis of the moment.

But Lumbie Mlambo says that’s a good time to take a step back. Everyone has the potential to shine in life’s darkest moments, but the key to achieving goals and an overall better existence is to maintain a balance so that one aspect of your life isn’t consumed by another.

People Who Screen Positive for Dementia but Refuse Diagnostic Testing

Two thirds of people 65 and older who screened positive for cognitive impairment refused subsequent evaluation according to the first study of its kind to examine older adults' willingness to undergo diagnostic assessment. The Indiana University Center for Aging Research, Regenstrief Institute and Eskenazi Health study of approximately 500 older adults found that people living alone were the least likely to agree to diagnostic assessment following a positive screening test for dementia.

Safer Shooting and Brain Training

 

While an “itchy trigger finger” is thought to be the cause of unjustified shootings, scientists say that the problem may indicate an “itchy brain” instead.

The finding, by researchers from Duke University, was published in the journal Psychological Science.

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