Zumba's slogan is "join the party." One of the best decisions I ever made was joining the party. There is rarely a "maybe later" in life or dance. Moving in the moment is the only way to heal sometimes.
Instead of "why," I need to instead continually ask "how." How, as I approach middle age, can I avoid succumbing to a similar fate? How can I best handle the stresses of modern life? How can I treat my own periods of loneliness and depression? This is what I believe my father was trying to tell me.
This is an argument for understanding the role that gender plays in problems and their effective solutions. Factors that contribute to higher risks for women are gender role expectations, gendered poverty and the impact of boy preference on education, nutrition and resource allocation -- before, during and after events.
Parents of children who suffer from addiction are a special group. They're members of a club nobody wants to be a member of. In this case, membership doesn't really have any privileges.
There are some points to consider in the Ebola outbreak, whose first case dates back to December 2013, when a two years old child died in Guéckédou, Guinea.
Suicide is still such a taboo that most people are afraid to open up about what's going on with them without fear of some kind of judgment. It's important to be able to confront these incredibly scary issues without so much fear.
The need for these drugs is greatest in the countries where the epidemic is raging. Their residents come first. Because clinical trials for safety and efficacy can be carried out only in such countries, even the "compassionate use" of an unproven drug in severely limited supply should be granted first to inhabitants of the nations that have been most severely affected.
White men, who hold the position of highest privilege in society, tend to have less experience facing negative or stigmatizing experiences as compared to other groups who may have spent a lifetime learning to cope with such experiences.
The reason so many people don't get the treatment they need is simple: Mental illness and addiction are still shrouded in stigma. It's 2014, but people suffering from mental illness often times don't want to ask for professional help because they fear being labeled as "crazy" or a "whack job."
My father said to me "live your life," and I believe he was telling me to be myself. It took a lot of strength to make radical choices and changes, but I feel more aligned with my authentic self than ever, more energetic and happy to face each day.
You must be actively involved in the management of your disease in order to live well with a chronic illness, actively seeking solutions to problems that arise and take on a proactive approach to life in general. Being a passive bystander won't get you the quality of life that you seek.
I was born without lower legs and a hand with missing fingers that we called "the claw." Leslie was born with an underdeveloped upper body. Her shoulders and arms are thin as reeds, and she has no hands.
I knew I could never make any sense of this depthless horror. But now I can say, 25 years on, that I'm able to understand a bit better what it was that killed my dad, the path his death propelled me down, and the healing that would happen in the most unlikely of ways.
We compare notes on our physical health. We share tips on eradicating migraines, we recommend doctors and we review hip replacements. Yet we can't bring ourselves to talk openly about depression, anxiety and mental health disorders.
This is the life of someone who is depressed and anxious. Only a few people knew the whole back story until now. I hope this encourages someone to continue living as well as they can, because each day, every day, there is something to live for.
Clinical assessment that includes a test of the knee jerk reflex is fine. Clinical decisions driven by it are not, but they too, are out there.
The American College of Physicians has issued a controversial new guideline recommending against performing the annual pelvic exam in non-pregnant women who have no gynecological symptoms that may require medical attention. Is it time to celebrate and cross that dreaded exam off your to-do list?
What I wanted for my life, in my choice of career, was a way to live a meaningful existence. Not have "just a job" -- something that I had to do for money to survive or thrive, but rather a fulfilling of a calling.
The question of what these sweeteners do to our body -- and by what mechanism -- is far from settled, but this study adds to the realization that looking just at calorie counts, without thinking a little more about the actual ingredients, might not be enough to lead to long-term weight control and health.