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C-reactive protein, symptoms and activity of daily living in patients with advanced cancer receiving palliative care. Amano K, Maeda I, Morita T, et al J Cachexia Sarcopenia Muscle. 2017 Jun;8(3):457-465. A secondary data analysis of a cross-sectional study looked at the associations between C-reactive protein (CRP) level, manual muscle testing of limbs, symptoms and activities […]

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Pejorative Words or ‘The bed blocker with acopia in bed 14 that passed away, having lost her fight’

By Dr Ollie Minton (Consultant in Palliative Medicine, somewhere in London town), Dr Erica Borgstrom (Medical Anthropologist, Open University), Dr Mark Taubert (Consultant in Palliative Medicine, somewhere in Wales)               When The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was first published, readers were not much disturbed by Mark Twain’s use of the n-word, let […]

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Retrospective review of serotonergic medication tolerability in patients with neuroendocrine tumors with biochemically proven carcinoid syndrome. Shi DD, Yuppa DP, Dutton T, et al. Cancer. 2017 Jul 15;123(14):2735-2742 A retrospective review of patients with metastatic carcinoid tumours and elevated serotonin levels who received serotonergic antidepressants was performed to evaluate the effect of serotonergic antidepressants on […]

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Prevalence and incidence of chronic pain with or without neuropathic characteristics in patients with cancer. Bouhassira D, Luporsi E, Krakowski I. Pain. 2017 Jun;158(6):1118-1125. A prospective observational study in France recruited 1805 cancer patients attending out-patients for cancer treatment from 12 oncology units. A clinical examination, DN4 questionnaire and Brief Pain Inventory were used to […]

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News and updates from www.palliativedrugs.com

Selected items from the News and Latest Additions sections of www.palliativedrugs.com, the world’s leading palliative care website with over 30,000 members from 169 Countries.   Safety updates Denosumab: reports of osteonecrosis of the external auditory canal UK MHRA have highlighted that there have been reports of osteonecrosis of the external auditory canal with the use […]

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Grief at Hay

by Carys Durie and Sioned Edwards 4th year Medical Students, Cardiff University   The 2017 Hay Festival of Literature and Arts set in the Welsh town of Hay-on-Wye, celebrated its 30th anniversary this year. Speakers included the likes of Tracey Emin, Bernie Sanders, Stephen Fry and Ed Balls. Pianist James Rhodes closed the first weekend […]

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