In health care, we’re always looking for a magic pill or new technology to save us. But in this case, the focus on experimental drugs — who gets them, how much there is of them, when will there be more — is a distraction from what the Ebola-stricken countries really need.
Is the Ice Bucket Challenge about raising awareness and money for a disease that has no cure, or is it just about showing off?
If we feel compelled to do something in memory of this man who made us laugh and who brought us happiness, let it be connecting with one other human being we care about.
Why do we ignore this kind of violence when it is done to children?
This is a can of social media worms that I’d rather not open.
Adults continue to throw parties, to drink with the young, to chuckle over the cuteness of a two-year-old taking his first sip, to reinforce the iron connection between booze and fun.
As myopic and unplanned as my 24-year-old life was, I knew what I didn’t want: an unplanned pregnancy.
While I don’t know if boxing was, on balance, the right thing to do for my mind and body, I do know that it was good for my soul.
After having cataract surgery, Barbara Beckwith got much more than just sharper vision.
When humor is the best medicine.
The decisions to use contraceptives…were the employees’ decisions alone, just as the burden of the Court’s decision will be theirs alone to bear.
One woman’s regret over the Supreme Court ruling, and a wish to move away from a fight over lines on the sidewalk.
The world is slowly acknowledging the need to talk about toilets.
If “mental health” is again on the docket for discussion in news outlets and on opinion pages, you can guarantee that we’re in the wake of more high profile violent crimes.
Every artful touch of the ball, exquisite pass, explosive burst of speed and thundering shot on goal, begins in the cortex of evolution’s greatest achievement: the human brain.
Blame the salesman, sure. But those who knowingly buy snake oil aren’t without fault.
Bans and lawsuits raise awareness, labeling educates consumers further and an added sugars disclosure on the Nutrition Facts label seals the deal.
A greater understanding of healthcare economics could lead not just to lower costs — but to better care.
Gnashing over the mechanics of healthcare reform masks a deeper fear: that our idealized view of individual care, rooted in personal relationships, will be forever lost.
Could moving the health care system from a pay-for-service to a pay-for-performance model save money and improve patient outcomes?
My cheeks would swell, my skin turn slippery, and I’d find myself suddenly annoyed with whoever I was with at the time.
Whose priorities count? When doctors disagree, it’s the patient who loses out.
The Affordable Care Act could realign the future of politics and policy in America.
In the wake of random sexual attacks, women get all kinds of advice about how to stay safe. But in reality, only a small portion of assaults are perpetrated by strangers.
The next great innovation in health care is already in your possession.
Children are not supposed to die. But when they do, they become our teachers. Their legacy is to show the rest of us how to confront the unimaginable.
As I hurtled into motherhood, the boundaries of being an adult child shifted, too. My parents needed more, and I had a tiny newborn who needed — and deserved — everything.
As my condition worsens and things become more difficult, I know I will need to let more people in.
With opposition strong enough to force a government shutdown, does the Affordable Care Act herald revolutionary transformation or insidious rationing of health care? Or both?
His approach — making yoga accessible to everybody — is not sweaty or sexy. Which isn’t to say that it’s easy.
Just as I was beginning to accept my contrary locks, I lost them altogether to chemotherapy. I began wearing a wig and sheepishly gathering compliments from friends and strangers alike.
In spite of all the psychiatric dysfunction passed down along generations of my birth family and my built family, we are also the lucky heirs to a special gift: the ability to transform emotional chaos into things of beauty.
A young British doctor was drawn to work with the elderly and specialize in palliative medicine. And then came her own terminal diagnosis.
Expiration dates can be misleading. A much more reliable indicator of whether products have gone bad? Your nose.
Why do some decide to give a kidney, bone marrow, a portion of a liver, or sign up to be an organ donor?
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I admire the writer’s honesty and the way the piece leaves the questions there to think about, rather than posing answers.