4:22 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

Map Reveals The Distinctive Cause Of Death In Each State

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 9:36 am

There's no getting around the strangeness of a map that shows the most distinctive cause of death in each of our 50 states and the District of Columbia.

In Texas, it's tuberculosis. In Maine, it's the flu. And in Nevada, it's the ominous "legal intervention."

But what does it mean to label a cause of death distinctive?

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9:03 am
Tue February 3, 2015

Pain And Suffering At Life's End Are Getting Worse, Not Better

A lot of time and money has gone into trying to improve end-of-life care.

Originally published on Wed February 4, 2015 2:39 pm

It's been more than 15 years since the Institute of Medicine released its seminal 1997 report detailing the suffering that many Americans experience at the end of life and offering sweeping recommendations on how to improve care.

But the number of people experiencing pain in the last year of life actually increased by nearly 12 percent between 1998 and 2010, according to a study published Monday. And the number of people with depression in the last year of life increased by more than 26 percent.

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11:52 am
Sun June 16, 2013

The Mystic's Almanac - Pueo

Missy Rogers

Pueo, the indigenous Hawaiian owl, reminds me that death dwells among the living.

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10:00 am
Sun February 17, 2013

The Mystic's Almanac - Death Poem

Missy Rogers

Aired Sunday 2/17, 2013

In Asia, a death poem is a gift to friends and family, a final distillation of a life.

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