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Death and Dying: Personal Goals at End of Life
An alarming -- but not altogether surprising -- recent study shows that far too often, patients in
intensive care receive what their own doctors judged to be "futile care." Published in JAMA
Internal Medicine, the study of five intensive care units across a Los Angeles health care system
found that nearly 20 percent of patients, one in five receive "futile" or "probably futile" treatment.
In the study, doctors said they frequently provided care that did not meet patients' goals.
"Treatment that cannot achieve a patient's goals or that simply maintains a state such as ICU
dependence or permanent coma is contrary to professional values, inappropriately uses health
care resources, and creates moral distress," concluded the study.
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NYPD Detective Liu's Funeral this Weekend
Slain NY Police Detective Liu had 100's of police officers from New York and around the
country attend his wake Saturday afternoon. Airlines provided free flights for the Liu family
coming from China as well as the attending officers from outside the area. The mayor, police
commissioner and Governor Cuomo were also in attendance. The visitation took place at Aievoli
Funeral Home. His funeral will take place Sunday.  
Dying and Profits: The Evolution of Hospice
The influx of for-profit companies into the hospice field has benefited patients, advocates say,
because the commercial companies made big investments in technology, focused on efficiency
and made care more accessible.

But a Washington Post analysis of hundreds of thousands of U.S. hospice records indicates that,
as those companies transformed a movement once dominated by community and religious
organizations into a $17 billion industry, patient care suffered along the way.

On several key measures, for-profit hospices as a group fall short of those run by nonprofit
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"Little" Jimmy Dickens,
(b. 1920) country musician
(Grand Old Opry), died from
cardiac arrest after suffering a
stroke on Christmas, at 94.
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