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An ongoing multistate outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to imported Maradol papayas from Mexico has resulted in more illnesses than any other U.S. outbreak in 2017 so far. More than 200 people from 23 states have been connected to this outbreak, and one death has been reported. Papayas sourced from a number of farms in Mexico have been identified as the likely outbreak source. However, the... Read More
Advance care planning is a process that allows an individual to discuss and document his or her preferences and values regarding medical care in the case of a serious or life-limiting disease. This medical and legal process seeks to ensure that patients receive the care they want in the setting of their choice. It may also reduce stress on family members and avoid conflict among them. Ideally,... Read More
Pam Pilote, minister to senior adults and congregational care at First Baptist Church of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, has held the position since it was created in 1996. A former social worker and rehabilitation counselor, Pilote says she functions as a minister and “parish nurse.” She helps congregants to advocate for themselves within the health system, takes them to doctor’s... Read More