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    Healthcare: The Physician Gate Keeper

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    surgical procedures or other medical treatments with higher yields instead of medicine or a less costly treatment option are presented to patients and their families. For most individuals seeking treatment this can be a highly stressful time. Decisions sometimes have to be made in a rushed manor leaving patients subjected to making quick decisions and being potentially taken advantage of with unnecessary costs and risks. According to the Webster dictionary the medical definition of “gatekeeper” is

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    Dementia And Dementia

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    will suffer Alzheimer’s due to aging of the general population, specifically the baby boomers. Total cost to society ranges from $157- $215 billion (Associated Press). Some would assume the cost of Alzheimer’s to be incurred by pharmaceuticals or medical costs, however RAND Corp suggests dementia cost to society is from care rather than treatment. Therefore, assistance provided by informal providers and directs caregivers incur a majority of the financial and social cost. Currently, the workforce

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    GeHS (Guardian eHealth Solutions, Inc.) began in 2009. However, VRI, the provider of our backend monitoring service, was established as a medical alert company more than 20 years ago. VRI added medication adherence 13 years ago and has provided vital sign telemonitoring services for the last 6 years. Its core competency is engaging at-risk patients in RPM (Remote Patient Monitoring) to keep them safe in their homes, and rapidly getting accurate alerts into the hands of the healthcare providers.

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    bed ridden and some in vegetative states. In these situations, there is no quality of life. Physician assisted suicide is when a physician provides the necessary information to a terminally ill patient allowing them to end their life on their own terms at the time that they see fit. While it is still looked down upon by many, legalizing physician assisted suicide would be providing a great benefit and sense of relief

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    Watts et al. (2009) conducted a qualitative case -review, which evaluated the strengths of utilizing nursing-practitioner led, multidisciplinary teams in the treatment of chronic conditions. This study reviewed shared medical appointments (SMA’s) in patients with chronic care issues (diabetes, hypertension, heart failure) where the nurse practitioner acted as the team leader. The researchers compared their skills with the chronic care model (CCM), which includes self-management, decision support

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    For instance, Brittany Maynard was diagnosed with brain cancer and was literally left with no hope for a recovery. She stated in an article on CNN “I do not want to die. But I am dying. And I want to die on my own terms” (Maynard). Brittany wants to take the matters into her own hands, and she deserves to control her own future. When diagnosed with an incurable disease that will ultimately lead to death she should be able to decide the time and place instead of slowly

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    her to communicate properly or be themselves. Adversaries of euthanasia will argue that “medical research is essential if medicine is to advance further,” and through the use of euthanasia, it threatens the advances of medicine by changing the focus from curing the condition to killing the individual with the condition. Is it ethical to make an individual suffer through unbearable pain just to advance medical research when he or she would rather die? As it has been mentioned, incurable illnesses are

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    lives lost amidst limited health care budgetary concerns.5 Disease management programs have been widely endorsed by both the private and government health sector as a potential solution for addressing growing healthcare costs and improving quality of medical care.1,6 Designed using elements from the chronic

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    She’s been struggling everyday of her life for the past 10 years; battling and fighting this horrible disease has made it hard on her and her family. The cancer has now metastasized, making it difficult for her to take care of everyday responsibilities and participate in daily activities. Her 13-year-old daughter is watching as her mother suffers and becomes brittle and weak. Nobody wants to experience this great hardship, watching someone you love turn into almost nothing. I believe the concept

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    Legalizing the Use of Medicinal Marijuana

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    Marijuana is a very controversial topic because of its high use as a recreational drug. However many people do not know that there are some positives to this drug. Studies show that at least 50 percent of people do not know the health risks and benefits of this drug (Shortsleeve Cassie). Legalizing the use of Medicinal Marijuana would impact people with terminal illness, those who suffer from chronic illness, as well as those who experience intense pain from injuries without the negative side effects

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