iOS app Android app

Chronic Illness

The Fault In Our Stars and the Truths Behind It

Kendall Ciesemier | Posted 08.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Kendall Ciesemier

Let's be honest, if you're young, you're most likely healthy. Therefore it feels exponentially more isolating to be a young person battling a disease than an old person battling a disease.

The Difference Between Living And Being Alive With Chronic Illness

Ilana Jacqueline | Posted 08.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Ilana Jacqueline

Life with chronic illness is just like any other -- a life full of obstacles. It's easy to lay down and not get back up. But if you're not moving, you're not living. So even when the obstacles become too great, the treatment stops working, the doctors stop telling you the good news, even when you lose support, you lose sight of what you're moving towards -- you keep moving.

Health Care or Disease Care: Which Would You Choose? 5 Questions to Ask Yourself and Why

Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D | Posted 08.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D

The new science of "health" care that has emerged in the 21st century is creating the opportunity to be successful in preventing and treating chronic diseases. In a successful therapeutic relationship, practitioner and patient work in partnership to create health rather than treat disease.

The Economics of Solving Chronic Disease

James Maskell | Posted 08.03.2014 | Healthy Living
James Maskell

If we look at chronic disease from this angle, it is an empowering proposition. It is clear that we need to focus policy and incentives at this level to correct the "market failure" at its source, first and foremost minimizing these negative externalities.

10 Ways to Stay Active While Coping With Illness

Danea Horn | Posted 07.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Danea Horn

When you don't feel well, the motivation to do something active can be nonexistent. It is much easier to turn the TV on, check out and give into your symptoms. However, with chronic illness, this isn't always the best thing to do.

Maybe Technology Adoption in Health Care Isn't as Hard as It Seems

Mark Wagar | Posted 07.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Wagar

With all the talk in the past about how difficult it is to incorporate technology into our health care system, I believe there are too many excuses. M...

World IBD Day: It's Not All Sunshine and Flowers

Rebecca Kaplan | Posted 07.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Rebecca Kaplan

When people hear about Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, they do not hear these stories. However, to get a full understanding of how serious these diseases are, it's essential that these stories are shared.

CML Is Not Yet Cured: Reaction to the #OneDown Campaign

Erin Havel | Posted 07.11.2014 | Impact
Erin Havel

The word cure evokes powerful images of treatments ending, and a survivor stepping away from the carnage to begin a new life. It is the hope many cancer patients reach for. This is why OHSU sparked outrage this week when they began their One Down Campaign.

3 Tips to Find Inner Peace With Lyme Disease or Chronic Illness

Mark W. Guay | Posted 07.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark W. Guay

Adversity puts you on a road, a journey, where you will face challenges and in the process learn more about who you are and what the deeper meaning of life is for you. That is the takeaway.

5 Basic Rules for Dealing With Chronic Illness and Your Career

Ilana Jacqueline | Posted 07.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Ilana Jacqueline

There's a long list of people you don't have to talk about your disease with. Your employer is on that list. Legally, you don't have to disclose shit about your disease. And hey -- if your illness never has and never will affect your job performance, you go on with your bad self, baby. Nobody needs to know your business.

Who Needs to Learn the Lessons Of Grief?

Megan Devine | Posted 07.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Megan Devine

There might be lessons here, about trusting your own heart, leaning into the places you are deeply broken. There might be places to explore, ways to find out if any of your deep self remains, given what you have endured. So learn, yes. Study your own heart, yes.

My Conversation With Robin Roberts: 'Everybody's Got Something'

Tavis Smiley | Posted 06.30.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

A broadcaster for more than 20 years, Roberts has earned multiple Emmys and done extensive reporting around the globe. After overcoming breast cancer and, five years later, a rare blood disorder, she writes in her memoir, Everybody's Got Something, that she discovered she was much stronger than she thought.

28-Year-Old Erin Little Is Changing Diabetes Care in India

Riva Greenberg | Posted 06.18.2014 | Impact
Riva Greenberg

Erin has been living inside the Jnana Sanjeevini Medical Center for the poor in Bangalore. She is working tirelessly to better the health of people who live in India's villages and have no access to health care.

Sugary Drinks May Increase Stroke Risk

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 06.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeff Ritterman, MD

A new study from researchers at the prestigious Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden looked at whether sugary drinks increase the risk of a stro...

Syrian Civil War Is Killing Kids' Chances Of Beating Cancer

Jay Scott | Posted 05.25.2014 | Impact
Jay Scott

The inaccessibility to health care in Syria is only adding to the death toll of the war. A country that was once envied for its government-funded healthcare system is now only a shell of that, with 60 percent of its hospitals destroyed or damaged, and many doctors exiting the country as swiftly as everyone else.

Chronically Employed: Are There More Options Than Disability?

Ilana Jacqueline | Posted 05.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Ilana Jacqueline

When I was diagnosed with primary immune deficiency and dysautonomia -- diseases which complicated every part of my immune and autonomic nervous system -- I thought my career was over. I would have to rely on the system to support me for the rest of my life. And I was only twenty-years-old.

Sugar Kills! How Do We Decrease Consumption?

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 05.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeff Ritterman, MD

Our advice could be simple: "Eat real food. If they advertise it, don't buy it." The explanation simple as well: They advertise food and beverages because they want you to eat and drink products that are unhealthy."

Don't Rush to Judgment: Medical Homes Can Improve Outcomes, Save Lives

Kenneth Thorpe | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics
Kenneth Thorpe

When it comes to health care and decisions that affect the well-being of millions of Americans, immediacy shouldn't guide reforms or drive policy changes. It's prudent to assess research-grabbing headlines by taking a deep breath, maintaining a sense of perspective and not jumping to hasty conclusions.

A Body's Betrayal: Woman's Fight Against a Deadly Disease

Courtney Perry | Posted 05.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Courtney Perry

Twenty-year-old Brynn suffers from a disease that could debilitate most people, but Brynn finds healing and purpose in educating others about her life-threatening and incurable illness called mast cell disease.

Anatomy of an Excellent Doctor

Elizabeth Scarboro | Posted 05.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Scarboro

We all have stories of the teacher who changed our lives. If you spend enough time in the landscape of serious illness, and you're lucky, you have that story about a doctor. Here's mine

The Reward of Healing: How to Feel Your Emotions

Amie Valpone | Posted 04.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Amie Valpone

Although it's less apparent, tending to your feelings is just as crucial as important in maintaining a healthy heart and body.

Protecting Yourself

Richard M. Cohen | Posted 04.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Richard M. Cohen

Anyone struggling with a chronic condition, especially one invisible to others, faces that vexing question. What do we tell prospective employers, what do we owe them -- at the same time protecting ourselves. There is no easy answer.

Chronic Illness' Opportunity for Patients and Providers

Riva Greenberg | Posted 04.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Riva Greenberg

While I don't think anyone with a chronic illness would chose it, many of us have found it has added something to our lives we're not sure we want to give up. And in many ways, it has made us the best of ourselves.

Dying to Be Heard

Eric J. Hall | Posted 03.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

People diagnosed with progressive chronic illness face two basic choices: They can conclude that their life is over and retreat into a shell of detachment from the world of the healthy, or they can choose to stay connected to their pre-illness existence by sharing their experiences.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 03.27.2014 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week in Davos, one of the hottest topics cutting through the cold mountain air was health care. The debate has now moved beyond how to best pay for hugely expensive interventions -- that's sick-care -- to true health care for individuals, communities, countries and our planet. At the moment, 75 percent of U.S. health care spending is on chronic, preventable diseases -- many of them related to stress. For example, diabetes now afflicts over 340 million people worldwide. That's not sustainable, so we need to redefine what we think of as successful outcomes, both in health care and in our lives. Health is our most precious natural resource. Whether it's a renewable or non-renewable resource is up to us. (You can find HuffPost Live's on-location Davos coverage here.)