Hippocrates, the Greek physician who lived in the 4th century BC, has been revered for many centuries for his contributions to medicine.
As a result, it is often said that he stopped dying altogether.
But in a new study, researchers have found that the Greek medicine master may have actually been dying slowly.
As the researchers report online March 4 in Science, they compared the health of 1,400 patients who had been on hospice care to that of 1.3 million healthy people in the general population.
The results were not unexpected, since Hippocrates’ disease was so severe that he could not eat or drink.
The study found that people on hospices had lower levels of circulating anti-reactive proteins (ARPs), which protect the body from the damaging effects of the virus that causes hepatitis C. The team also found that a decline in circulating ARPs was more likely among those who had had a heart attack or a stroke than among those on hospics.
The findings are the first to document a decrease in circulating levels of anti-ARPs among people on a hospice than among people who were not.
The researchers say that their findings support the idea that there may be an association between anti-ARSP levels and mortality.
The paper was co-authored by Andrew K. Latham of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Peter R. Hogg of Johns Hopkins.
They are now studying whether the decline in ARPs seen among people in hospice could be due to better monitoring and longer survival rates among people dying in the community.
In a recent article, Latham and colleagues noted that while the effect of the hepatitis C virus is known to be beneficial, it also raises serious concerns about its potential to affect the quality of life for those who have to remain in hospices.
One of the most common complications of the infection is liver failure.
It is thought that if the virus continues to spread, the risk of this complication rises.
Laughlin and colleagues believe that this may be true for some people who have suffered a liver failure in hospics because they have been put on a transplant list.
This is when they are put on the transplant list, meaning they are required to be on the wait list for an organ transplant, which usually takes two to three years.
This means they are living with the possibility of dying of hepatitis C without receiving the organ they desperately need.
Lathas research team has been investigating the role of hepatitis in the overall health of the general public for many years.
It first began by examining whether the incidence of hepatitis infection among Americans in the early 1980s was higher than it was in other developed countries, and whether the increase in hepatitis C infection coincided with the collapse of the AIDS pandemic.
That study found no link between the two.
But that research, which focused on the United States, was criticized for being too narrow and focusing on only a small number of people.
In the latest study, Lathases team focused on people who had died in hospiced care.
The investigators examined data from the National Death Index (NDI), which measures death rates from diseases that are not considered preventable or treatable, such as pneumonia, influenza, and HIV.
The NDI uses a statistical model to determine how many people die each year from a particular cause, and the researchers say their study confirms the earlier findings.
Among people on an average hospice, there were 1,906 people on active hospice.
For the study, the researchers analyzed data from 1,200 of the same people who died in 2014.
The data revealed that in 2014, the rate of deaths due to hepatitis C was 4.4 times higher among people with active hospices, while the rate for people who did not have active hospic care was 1.4-times higher.
“There was a clear and significant decline in the death rate of those who were on active-care hospices,” the researchers wrote.
The rate of mortality from liver failure was also nearly identical among those with active and inactive hospices—the only difference was the duration of the death.
“The fact that the mortality from cirrhosis, which is a chronic condition that is a risk factor for death, was significantly lower among those living on active than those living in inactive hospice may suggest that the health effects of hepatitis are beneficial to the overall population,” the authors concluded.
“Hepatitis C is a serious disease that has a high morbidity and mortality, which makes it a poor candidate to provide effective long-term care for people living on inactive hospiciaries.”
The authors suggest that it may be important to measure the effect that hospices have on people living in them.
“Our study suggests that active-healthcare hospice should be viewed as an adjunct to active-living programs and that hospice-based programs may be more effective for the long-range health of older populations,” they wrote.
They also point