Simple act of feeding poses painful choices

By Lisa M. Krieger Published: November 12, 2012
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— A small plastic tube is all that stands between survival and starvation.

The benefits of a feeding tube — helping elders who have forgotten how to eat — seem so obvious that it is used on one-third of demented nursing home residents, contributing to a growing device market worth $1.64 billion annually.

Except it does little...

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