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Shots - Health News
5:04 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Too Little, Too Late For Many New Yorkers Seeking Hospice

Sandra Lopez (left) and her dog, Coco, greet hospice nurse Heather Meyerend last fall. In the weeks before Lopez died, Meyerend stopped by weekly to check her physical health, pain levels and medications.
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Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 4:27 pm

Sandra Lopez and her Chihuahua, Coco, were inseparable. He followed her everywhere, and kept Lopez's mood up when she was in pain — which was often.

On Oct. 15, 2014, Lopez died at age 49 of melanoma that had slowly spread throughout her body over the course of two years.

Lopez was in and out of the hospital in 2014, but during the months she was home, a hospice nurse from the Metropolitan Jewish Health System visited once a week to help manage the pain, backed up by a 24-hour, nurse-staffed phone line that Lopez called often.

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Animals
7:31 am
Tue December 16, 2014

New York Bans The Tattooing And Piercing Of Pets

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Around the Nation
7:21 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Robot Flies Economy From LA To Frankfurt

Originally published on Tue December 16, 2014 7:31 am

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Asia
7:12 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Dozens Killed As Taliban Gunmen Storm Pakistani School

Originally published on Tue December 16, 2014 7:31 am

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Middle East
5:26 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Contestant From War-Torn Syria Wins 'Arab Idol'

Originally published on Tue December 16, 2014 6:09 pm

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NPR Story
5:11 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Sony On The Defensive After Hackers Attack Its Computer Network

Originally published on Tue December 16, 2014 6:01 pm

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NPR Story
5:11 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Hostage Drama Unfolds Violently In Sydney

Originally published on Tue December 16, 2014 9:45 pm

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5:11 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Denmark Files Claim To Portion Of The Arctic

Originally published on Tue December 16, 2014 6:11 pm

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Europe
6:15 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Element Of Marriage Proposal Damages Building

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 7:16 am

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Europe
5:58 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Hallucinogenic Mushrooms Found At Buckingham Palace

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 7:16 am

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