This Month's Highlights:
Attitudes toward palliative care and end of life issues: A prospective survey in patients with metastatic cancer
Docherty et al report that palliative care (PC) resources are under-utilised. In a survey of patients with metastatic cancer, 60% believed that PC can make people feel better. 63.4% believe that PC is offered when nothing more can be done. 80% said that symptom control is more important than prolonging life.
The efficacy of bronchial thermoplasty for severe persistent asthma- the first national experience:
Watchorn et al state that thermoplasty is a bronchoscopic procedure which uses radiofrequency to reduce airway smooth muscle mass. In a series of 7 patients, the procedure resulted in significant improvement in mean asthma control scores.
A prospective analysis of the relationship between chronic diseases and adiposity in older adults: findings from the lifeways cross-generation cohort study of a thousand families 2001-2014:
O’Reilly et al in the lifeways study report that 42.4% are overweight and 32.1% are obese. The BMI showed a linear association with both diabetes and cardiovascular disease.