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Atul Gawande

How Doctors (And Patients) Can Reduce Medical Errors

Kare Anderson | Posted 05.09.2016 | Healthy Living
Kare Anderson

If even a short part of the end of your interaction feels especially positive to the patient it will positively color the whole experience. Consequently, when you first meet the patient and in your parting comments:

Is Biking Manhattan On Your Bucket List?

Millie Grenough | Posted 03.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Millie Grenough

Jane took living -- and dying -- seriously, and with humor. Her husband said, "She had a whole file on dying..." Two weeks before she took her last breath, Jane insisted that I read Being Mortal by Atul Gawande so I would know how she wanted to go.

What the End-of-Life Movement Can Learn From the Natural Childbirth Movement

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 03.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

Those of us who long for a similar breakthrough in the end-of-life movement would be wise to study this history and the "lessons learned" from decades of struggle for a humane, respectful and dignified approach to the special event of birth.

My Transgender Life: Many Little Deaths

Grace Anne Stevens | Posted 02.18.2016 | Queer Voices
Grace Anne Stevens

As a transgender woman, I have morphed my outer shell more than once. No matter how many times I may have felt down, or sad or unhappy, I learned and accepted that each time, it would lead me to change something; another life; a new skin; a rejuvenated body.

Repeat After Me: 'Hospice Means More Care, Not Less.'

Steve Landers MD,MPH | Posted 02.08.2016 | Healthy Living
Steve Landers MD,MPH

It is a practical and tangible way to help people continue to live at home and in the community, to live life to its fullest with dignity and comfort, to live more connected to family, friends, and faith, to live more reflective on one's history and more intentionally about one's legacy.

Mindfulness Health Insurance: How We Heal the System (And Ourselves)

Steven Crandell | Posted 11.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Steven Crandell

It's time we joined our Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and started leveraging health solutions at the site of greatest opportunity: the individual. Mindfulness can unlock this vast and under-utilized health resource. So what is mindfulness?

Fears, Goals and Trade-offs: The Makings of a Meaningful Conversation

Rabbi Edward Bernstein | Posted 09.23.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Edward Bernstein

As we go through life, we are not always prepared for the roars of the cannon, momentous changes that alter the course of our lives. For example, any one of us or our loved ones may seem perfectly healthy one day, then receive a serious diagnosis of illness the next.

A Doctor Examines Mortality, Asks How He Can Help His Patients

Elizabeth A. Havey | Posted 08.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth A. Havey

And that is what Gawande emphasizes in this book: choice. The cases he relates are all about allowing the patient to decide: should I have another surgery when death could be less than weeks away?

3 Important Steps (at Any Age) to Prepare for Dying

Kyrié Sue Carpenter | Posted 06.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Kyrié Sue Carpenter

The simple view is that medicine exists to fight death and disease, and that is, of course, its most basic task. Death is the enemy. But the enemy has...

Life: Sexually-Transmitted and Fatal

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 06.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Fran Moreland Johns

Life is a sexually-transmitted condition that is invariably fatal. That well-phrased truth -- often attributed to British author Neil Gaiman -- led o...

The Care and Management of Mortality

Joseph Cooper | Posted 04.12.2015 | Books
Joseph Cooper

Dr. Atul Gawande's Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End provides healthy doses of reality - the realities of disease, deterioration, debilitation, decline, dementia, dependence, despondency, and demise.

Playing With Fire and Facing Death in Savage Park

Linda Flanagan | Posted 03.24.2015 | Books
Linda Flanagan

It was the subtitle of Amy Fusselman's new book, Savage Park, that got my attention: A Meditation on Play, Space, and Risk for Americans Who Are Nervous, Distracted, and Afraid to Die.

When Cancer Pain Flares

Barbara Dehn | Posted 03.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Barbara Dehn

When considering what to do for a loved one who may be suffering from cancer pain, it's important to talk to them about what they want at multiple points in the journey.

Elder Suicide Pill: Bad Idea

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 01.20.2015 | Fifty
Fran Moreland Johns

A suicide pill for everyone over 85? Not the wisest plan to suggest right now. But it is, in fact, a possibility put forth by Joyce Appleby, Professor Emerita of History at the University of California, Los Angeles.

The Education Paradox Requires New Ways to Think About Schools

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.18.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

It is physically impossible for every teacher to know everything necessary to teach every student. Is it possible to solve this paradox? Yes. But it requires doing things a little bit differently.

We Are Not Ready, But We Could Be: On Gawande's 'Being Mortal'

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 01.10.2015 | Fifty
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

We are not ready. We are not ready to become almost totally dependent on one another, to be helped out of bed, to be helped to walk, to be helped to eat, to be helped to -- and perhaps in -- the shower, to be helped to -- and perhaps on -- the toilet.

Amanda Gutterman

Why We Need To Start Talking About Death Again

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Gutterman | Posted 11.04.2014 | Books

Whether you call it “assisted suicide” or “death with dignity,” stories about people choosing to die on their own terms have been making the n...

What the Ebola Virus and Sen. Barbara Boxer Can Teach Us About Health Care Systems

Saquib Rahim | Posted 01.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Saquib Rahim

Now is the time for medical communities everywhere to examine existing processes critically, pursue thoughtful advances in how we deliver care, and promote a culture that engages staff in the improvement process. Taking care of patients is not only about the therapies we provide but also having the most effective care delivery systems possible. By that metric, American health care still has significant room to grow.

Famous Surgeon: 'Our Health System Has Failed Brittany Maynard'

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 10.13.2014 | Healthy Living

The case of Brittany Maynard — the 29-year-old woman with brain cancer electing to undergo physician-assisted suicide Nov. 1 — has made headlines ...

WATCH: The Alma And Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series Featuring Atul Gawande

Posted 10.10.2014 | Impact

Watch Live at 12:00 - 1:30 pm EDT. The Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series will feature Atul Gawande, staff writer at New Yorker magazine and pr...

When Cancer Isn't Just A Word: Translating Medicine's Native Language

Hippo Reads | Posted 07.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Hippo Reads

What's in a word is more than just language -- there's assignment of culpability, patient personhood, a world of feeling that is often, and for critical reason, removed from the linguistics of medical speak.

Label Yourself and Your Business Before Someone Else Does

Kare Anderson | Posted 04.02.2014 | Business
Kare Anderson

Interestingness is the instigator, the hardy pigeon that can carry your message most anywhere. Interestingness makes a message get heard above the noi...

Health Policy Gurus Gather: The UCSF Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies at 40

Steve Heilig | Posted 05.19.2013 | San Francisco
Steve Heilig

At the recent 40th anniversary dinner of the UCSF Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies at San Francisco's beautiful City Hall rotunda, a tablemate remarked "If the big quake hit now and this place collapsed, American health care would have to start all over."

How The Cheesecake Factory Works

Posted 08.06.2012 | Home

Food writer Michael Ruhlman has remarked on the Cheesecake Factory, "The fact that any of the 146 [restaurants] around the country can put out this as...

Bradley Manning, Solitary Confinement and Occupy 4 Prisoners

Bill Quigley | Posted 04.24.2012 | Crime
Bill Quigley

One of the major complaints of prisoner human rights activists is the abuse of solitary confinement in prisons across the U.S.