These dimples in my skin represent the meals and belly laughs I now share with friends. They represent the time and energy I have claimed and now use to focus on my goal and dreams instead of ever-thinner thighs.
Jim's tragedy seemed insulting to my already-injured family. Jim died on Sept. 5; my mom died on Sept. 7. She was 46 and I was 15. Jim was 47 and his oldest child was 15. History, cruel beast, had repeated herself in a mocking chorus of eerie parallels.
Teens probably pay the least attention to health warnings, so how can we get the group that drinks the most soda to notice?
Most people with serious mental illness have different goals from their doctors and other mental health clinicians. While the doctors may want to relieve them of their symptoms, patients generally want something different -- to function well and have a life of relationships and contribution.
Feminism cuts both ways, and too often, men are not protected against cruelty -- especially in regards to their bodies -- in the same way women are, based on the presumption that they're men and can deal with it. This notion is, of course, deeply offensive to both genders.
The ways that your job can impact your life extend far beyond working hours. If you suffer from a significant level of work stress, the consequences can be devastating for your physical well-being, your mental health and even your relationships.
On September 17, 2014, Jacob George, just 32 years old, took his own life. It was not an act of cowardice or selfishness on his part, but a failing on ours. We failed Jacob as a community of veterans and a country as a whole.
A letter published online in the Lancet on Oct. 10, by a distinguished group of scientists, ethicists and physicians from all over the world, makes an urgent plea for embarking on research for experimental Ebola treatments that would not randomize patients to a control arm that provides only conventional care or conventional care along with a placebo.
It is medicine that is safe, generally inexpensive, pleasurable, stunningly powerful, and potentially accessible to all. It is suitable for children and octogenarians alike; it is safe during pregnancy. It is medicine that can do more to advance the human condition than any other.
While I can accept that some of their critiques have solid foundations -- I love selfies and have now switched most of my newspaper and magazine subscriptions over to my iPad -- I won't stand by and watch an entire generation be labeled "whiny."
Runners, like toddlers can be both peculiar and charming. We often lack table manners, can cry at any given moment and need help with the most basic tasks. You know what else is funny? The fact that we will also drop everything to smile and run for something shiny.
When we challenge ourselves to not "fat talk," we give an incredible gift to our daughters, our family members and our friends. Casually engaging in fat talk with our friends actually reinforces painful body shame and the dieting mind, despite our best intentions.
In all, the implications for powering algorithms and analyzing real-world patient data are enormous -- and they point toward more responsibility, along with freedom of choice, for the individual.
Some common misperceptions and incorrect assumptions about TBI and PTSD among warriors are pervasive and must be changed. We must eliminate the stigma and rapidly expand effective treatment offerings to those who need them most.
In my mind, I went from being a "normal," healthy person who was typically busy from early in the morning to late at night -- to someone who had to reconcile that I was living with a chronic, neurological illness that put the brakes on all that activity I had taken for granted.
We need to start creating a difference between health and weight. Being healthy does not have to mean being skinny. I encourage proper nutrition, I support being active, I enjoy strength training, not because of the way it makes me look, but because of the way it makes me feel.
Fifty-one thousand American troops have come home from Iraq or Afghanistan diagnosed with brain injury. What's become of them?
These simple recommendations to eat a plant-based diet, be physically active each day, and avoid alcohol can help our girls avoid breast cancer in later life.
If someone with Ebola sneezes and you get snot on your arm, then you have had direct contact with the virus. If someone sneezes in the room with you, and you do not get sneezed on directly, you wouldn't be exposed.