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MEMBERS of the news media who gathered for the American Medical Association's (AMA) 14th Annual Science Reporters Conference in Miami, Fla, which was held in cooperation with Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, and the University of Miami School of Medicine, were able to catch up on the latest developments in a wide range of medical topics—from advanced medical directives to xenotransplantation.
At the conference, representatives of the AMA, American Bar Association (ABA), and American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) released a jointly produced patient guide that they hope will help educate the public about the need for advanced health directives and make it easier for patients and their families to plan ahead for important medical decisions.
The groups are urging the US Department of Health and Human Services to distribute the guide, Shape Your Health Care Future With Health Care Advance Directives, to all Social Security recipients. The booklet
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