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Palliative Care (宁养服务)

Palliative care is available to acutely ill patients, may be provided along with disease-specific, life-prolonging treatment. Meticulous attention to be prevention and relief of pain and other burdensome symptoms is a basic part of quality palliative care. Yet, comprehensive palliative care includes much more. Psychosocial and spiritual care, counseling, and guidance in choosing among treatment options, and assisting with practical support for patients and caregivers are all equally fundamental components of comprehensive palliative care. It is critical to stress that palliative care should be provided from the time of diagnosis of a serious, debilitating, or life-limiting illness. Palliative care should be an integral part of healthcare aimed to achieve best possible outcomes including optimal quality of life, function, and opportunities for personal growth across the life span. Palliative care can and should be provided along with any disease-modifying treatments. And, yes, for some people with advanced illness, palliative care may be the main focus of care.

寧養服務適用於任何人——無論什麼年齡, 種族, 文化, 背景或宗教, 而且大多數服務是免費的。您可以在病情的任何階段使用寧養服務,這並不僅僅是為生命即將到達終點的人而設。使用寧養服務並不意味著生命沒有希望,您已經“放棄”或您的家庭不在乎您。您可以在接受寧養服務的同時繼續治療。

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Is laughter good for your health?

As soon as you give way to laughter, electrical impulses are triggered by nerves in your brain, which set off chemical reactions there and in other parts of the body. Your endocrine (glandular) system orders your brain to secrete its natural tranquilizers and relieve pain. Other substances released in the wake of laughter aid digestion, while others make the arteries contract and relax, improving blood flow (except for patients with asthma), and possibly alleviating high blood pressure. To say laughter is the best remedy for what all you are going too far, but if you call it good medicine, few doctors will disagree.

Is Laughter Good for Your Health?

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COVID-19 (Reading & Sharing)- We’ll never know exactly when and where it began, and we still don’t know how it will end.

Figure is Ultrastructural morphology of SARS-Co V-2

Pathophysiology of COVID-19 Infection:

SARS-CoV-2 is a single-stranded RNA virus that belongs to the Orthocoronavirinae subfamily. It consists of 16 nonstructural proteins and 4 structural components: spike glycoprotein (S), envelope protein, membrane glycoprotein, and nucleocapsid phosphoprotein (N). However, the viral types can differ across infections at different times and at least 116 mutations have been identified in the beginning of 2021. The S proteins are critical for binding to the host cell surface receptors, whereas the N proteins are essential for viral survival and expansion.

How Virus Works:

SARS-CoV-2 is transmitted through exposure to respiratory droplets from a person with COVID-19 that are inhaled or deposited on the host’s mucous membranes. Respiratory droplets may be airborne or can land on surfaces and objects, which when exposed to a host cell with the entry receptor ACE2 (angiotensin-converting enzyme 2) in the presence of TMPRSS2 (transmembrane protease serine 2) interacting with its spike protein to gain entry. Upon binding to the ACE2 receptor, the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein is activated through proteolytic cleavage by TMPRSS2, inserted into the cell membrane, and fuses the viral and cellular membranes so that transfer of the viral RNA into the host cell cytoplasm can occur, followed by viral replication. The cell then releases the new viruses to infect more cells.

In addition to varying entry routes into host cells, questions remain regarding how SARS-CoV-2 gains access into the central nervous system (CNS), referred to as neurotropism or the ability to infect nerve tissue. The nasal-olfactory nerve route, blood-nervous stem barrier breakdown, blood-nerve barrier or blood-cerebrospinal fluid barrier permeability, lymphatic drainage system of the brain, retrograde transmission from the enteric, lung, or kidney nerve routes, or macrophage/ monocyte cargo routes have all been suggested pathways by which the SARS-CoV-2 virus reaches the CNS.

The immune system has several layers of defense, including killer T cells, which attack cells overcome by viruses. Eventually, new antibodies are created that can neutralize viruses before they infect cells. When reproducing viruses can make mistakes in their genetic material or even reassort with other viruses. Mutation can create new viruses that the immune system can’t recognize.

For now, general precautions (masks, social distancing, and frequent handwashing) remain in place to control the virus, as COVID-19 vaccinations are taking place worldwide. Testing for COVID-19 infection remains a critical component of the COVID-19 detection and surveillance efforts. In the meantime, we have learned to live with the pandemic, which has changed our lives in ways large and small.

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Determining Prognosis: Patients with End-Stage Cardiac Disease (Reading & Sharing)

The principles for determining when patients with end-stage cardiac disease require end-of-life care, are actually similar to those for determining prognosis of patients with advanced pulmonary disease.

Disabling Dyspnea or Chest Pain

  • Dyspnea or chest pain with rest or minimal exertion and can therefore classified as New York Heart Association class IV (NYHA class IV)
  • Ejection fraction less or equal 20%, if available
  • Persistent symptoms despite optimal medical management with vasodilators and dialectics, or
  • Inability to tolerate optimal medical management due to hypotension and/or renal failure
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Euthanasia- Good Death vs Killing on Request (Reading & Sharing)

The word euthanasia is combination of the Greek eu= good, and thanatos = death. Literally and etymologically it therefore means “good death”. Historically and scholarly, euthanasia in the strict- and in the Dutch context the only proper- sense refers to the situation in which a doctor kills a person who is suffering “unbearably” and “hopelessly” at the latter’s explicit request (usually by administering a lethal injection)… and euthanasia is in the Netherlands reserved for killing on request. In concrete terms, euthanasia invovles injecting the patient with two types of eubstances: barbiturates to induce coma, followed by neuromuscular blockers which cause respiratory muscle paralysis. The consequent anoxia and cardiac arrest bring on immediate death.

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