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Date:3/3/2008

ognitive scores all improved, and sleep duration increased in patients treated with donepezil, compared with those treated with placebo. This study is published in the March issue of the journal CHEST.


CPAP THERAPY IMPROVES PROGNOSIS FOR PATIENTS WITH OSA, HEART FAILURE

New research shows continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy provides many benefits for patients suffering from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and heart failure, including an improved prognosis. In the study, Japanese researchers determined the effect of CPAP therapy on the prognosis for 88 patients with heart failure and OSA. The patients were categorized into two groups; CPAP-treated (65) and untreated (23). Those in the CPAP-treated group were further classified according to therapy compliance. The frequency of death and hospitalization was analyzed using multivariate analysis, and after the follow-up period, nearly half of the patients had died or were hospitalized. Researchers concluded that the risk for death and hospitalization was greatly increased in the untreated group, as well as in the patients who used, but were less compliant with, the CPAP therapy. This study is published in the March issue of the journal CHEST.


ICU FAMILY MEMBERS AND END-OF-LIFE DECISION-MAKING

Family members of patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) are often called upon to make end-of-life decisions regarding their loved ones care. In an effort to help improve decision-making and family outcomes, a new study from the University of Washington, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Seattle, Washington, determined patient and family characteristics and processes of care associated with family satisfaction with end-of-life decision-making. Researchers administered surveys to 356 families of ICU patients dying in 10 Seattle-Tacoma medical centers. There was an overall response rate of 41%, and the surveys included summary scores for family satisfact
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