The 4/17/12 Wall Street Journal reported that smokers who quit the habit will have a 50% lower risk of a heart one year later; heart attacks strike 935,000 Americans every year, killing 133,000 of them, and another 300,000 die of sudden cardiac arrest—often because they didn’t get help in time.
American Medical News reported on 4/16/12 that nearly 1.6 million Americans received hospice care in 2010, up from about 25,000 in 1082, according to statistics from the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. About 85% of 300+ bed hospitals have palliative care teams.
Former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona, MD, is running as a Democrat in Arizona’s Senate race; Donna Shalala, former Secretary of Health and Human Services under President Clinton, is joining the Brookings Institution as a distinguished fellow focused on health care and social policy.