No physician can monitor your body on a daily basis. Being in touch with and aware of subtle but persistent changes in your health -- and taking action by seeking professional care to either rule out or identify a problem -- may save your life.
One key to an entirely new kind of medicine is suggested by the placebo effect. But for this promise to come true, we need to see placebos as part of a holistic system.
My mom's strength was an inspiration that would fuel the proudest accomplishment of my life. My mom's dream became spreading life-saving awareness of ovarian cancer to as many people as possible. It was my dream too.
You are either preventing or not preventing illness all the time. There is no such thing as benign neglect. The feedback loop is inescapable. Rather than considering that a threat, we can create a new model of well-being that gives you much more control over your health for life.
Unlike the treatment of cancer, the future of personalized drug selection in treating hypertension is not likely to result from filling in a genetic map. It lies instead in understanding better, and making better use of, the clinical clues that can guide us.
The human body is the most precise instrument on our planet. It puts a Formula 1 Ferrari to shame. Use your health care providers like a pit stop crew, but remember you are the driver. You win the trophy at the end of the race, not the crew.
Whether we are Democrats or Republicans, all Americans can agree that our health care costs are unsustainable -- and the sooner we acknowledge that, the better. A new report from the Institute of Medicine reveals the truth about the way our health care dollars are spent.
Does any of this sound familiar? You're halfway through what will be six rounds of chemotherapy when you notice a dense fog rolling over your brain. You grow forgetful. The responsibility of making even small decisions overwhelms you.
I became an advocate in the fight against cancer as I saw how powerful my own mother was when her body was at its weakest. As she found the strength to fight, I found a greater sense of purpose in my responsibility as her daughter.
America helped restore the ozone layer through a combination of scientific understanding, public pressure, bipartisan support and industry innovation. I believe we can marshal those same forces to fight climate change, but we are not there yet.
Life is supposed to be pretty simple when you are 10 years old. My life, though, became very complicated when I was diagnosed with cancer in 2008.
Roughly half of the U.S. population lives with at least one chronic condition, such as diabetes, lupus, multiple sclerosis, chronic back pain, migrain...
I am a pancreatic cancer survivor. The reason I'm alive today is because some incredibly gifted researchers dared to think out of the box, with the support of Stand Up To Cancer.
For people like me with stage IV cancer, new treatment options are a fresh opportunity to try to beat back this merciless disease. I urge you to support Stand Up To Cancer, which supports innovation in the name of accelerating the delivery of new cancer treatment options.
I am better for having "met" this little girl and her mother. This story is uniquely theirs, yes, but it is also universal. It is the tale of too many Donnas and too many Sheilas.
Standing under the tent, watching the rain come down, it occurred to me that storms and cancer appear to have a lot in common. We can't control when it comes or what it will do when it gets here. We pray the storm will be contained and not spread.