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Ebola: Doctors Rhink We are Fighting a Disease, But Our Worst Enemy Is Human Nature

Tim Ward | Posted 09.06.2014 | Impact
Tim Ward

While governments and doctors around the world prepare themselves for Ebola to leap across oceans, we have yet to come to terms with the most difficult enabler of the deadly virus: human nature. To combat Ebola, we have to outsmart human nature.

Combatting Ebola: Quarantine Is Vital, But Also Cultural Education

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 09.05.2014 | World
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

We must learn from responses to such epidemics in the past if we are to succeed today. Such lessons will be difficult to craft, requiring expertise in culture as well as medicine, but need to be integral parts of our global response.

Here's All The Ways We Could Have Died Last Week

Katie Tandy | Posted 09.02.2014 | Comedy
Katie Tandy

Guys, did you know that your life is in danger? Well. It is. But fret not. Because weather.com has kept a keen eye on the grim reaper and every one of his manifestations.

Why the Ice Bucket Challenge Works (And Doesn't Work)

Greta Perel, Ph.D. | Posted 08.28.2014 | Impact
Greta Perel, Ph.D.

While I certainly do not begrudge the funds raised for ALS research -- money is, after all, the only way to develop life-saving treatments through expensive research and trials -- it does raise some questions about awareness campaigns in the digital age. Why do some causes get so much attention and not others?

You Know The Ice Bucket Challenge, But You Probably Don't Know ALS

Katrina Sands | Posted 08.25.2014 | Impact
Katrina Sands

Uncle Mike was diagnosed in 2011 with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), otherwise known as Lou Gehrig's disease. I don't remember who told me, or when, but I vividly remember many conversations in the days to follow.

Why I'm Not Being a Party Pooper For Not Dumping Ice On My Head

Susie (Newday) Mayerfeld | Posted 08.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Susie (Newday) Mayerfeld

While for me personally 10 dollars may be affordable, there have been quite a few people on Facebook who have complained about not having the free cash and feeling upset that raising awareness involved a mandatory donation. So no, I'm not doing the ice bucket challenge. Instead I donated money to help a poor mother food her children. And no, I'm not a party pooper.

10 Ways to Actively Participate in Your Medical Care

Dr. Soania-Mathur | Posted 08.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Soania-Mathur

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.

The Face Of Depression

Marcia Kester Doyle | Posted 08.13.2014 | Fifty
Marcia Kester Doyle

Only those who have a personal experience with depression can understand the scope of pain from this form of mental illness. It is a debilitating disease that robs a person of the simplest joys in life. It carves a hole too deep to fill in the hearts of those who wrestle with the inner demons of this acute, medical condition.

The Importance of Destigmatizing Depression: A Conversation With Billie Myers

Mona Elyafi | Posted 08.13.2014 | Entertainment
Mona Elyafi

The actor's death should be a springboard for opening up the dialogue on what depression is really all about.

Ebola + Donald Trump = Crazy Town

Susie Sampson | Posted 08.11.2014 | Comedy
Susie Sampson

Ebola is coming and we're all going to die!!!! Actually, not really. But if you watch CNN, you'll definitely start to think so.

What We Need to Learn From the Ebola Epidemic

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 08.11.2014 | Science
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

Luckily, the two Americans who received ZMapp, the new experimental drug for Ebola, seem to be improving, which holds great promise and hope for thousands of other people but also raises broader ethical issues and questions.

A Doctor's Experience With Unvaccinated Children

Kristie Rivers, MD, FAAP | Posted 08.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Kristie Rivers, MD, FAAP

I don't like to use scare tactics to convince parents to vaccinate their children, but the experiences I have had working in a hospital are very real, and I have watched children suffer terribly because they weren't immunized.

The One Minute Blog: Ebola Cure?

Peg Melnik | Posted 08.05.2014 | Good News
Peg Melnik

The outbreak of Ebola in West Africa set off a panic. It's not surprising. The symptoms are alarming, with internal and external bleeding the most horrific. And yet, amid the panic, there is hope.

11 Tips For Dealing With A Cancer Diagnosis

Lisa Marie Wilson | Posted 08.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Lisa Marie Wilson

I'm the fifth generation of my family to get cancer, but only the second person to survive it. It's a journey through which I've learned about what to do, and what not to do, when dealing with disease. The following list is what I email to everyone who contacts me when they, or someone they love, has cancer.

World Hepatitis Day Is an Opportunity to Stop This Silent Killer, Once and For All

Hande Harmanci | Posted 07.28.2014 | Impact
Hande Harmanci

I was stunned when I learned that hepatitis kills 1.4 million people every year, making it one of the world's top-10 killers along with ischemic heart disease, HIV/AIDS and lung cancer.

Diagnosing The First Patient: Genomics To The Rescue

Techonomy | Posted 07.23.2014 | Science
Techonomy

Nic Volker. Beatrice Rienhoff. Alexis and Noah Beery. If you happen to be a scientist or clinician in the genomics field, you already know the topic of this article just from those four names. Each is a child who suffered from a mysterious or even one-of-a-kind disease.

A Love Letter To Your Teen Daughters

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 09.20.2014 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

Your moms worry that you may make bad choices that will follow you into adulthood. Here, through my lens and summarizing years of conversations with your moms, is what they actually want for you.

Is Obesity a Socially-Transmitted Disease?

Jeff Hyman | Posted 09.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeff Hyman

If you're trying to lose weight, a growing body of research suggests eating too many meals out with friends and family might jeopardize your efforts.

The Urgencies of Care: Here, There and Everywhere

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 09.10.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Access to care is an important element in the quality of both health care, and the overall public health. All too often small problems neglected for a while turn into larger problems. Barriers to care propagate just such costly misfortune.

4 Under-Represented Ways We Could Go Extinct

Ravishly | Posted 09.07.2014 | Science
Ravishly

As the morbid and jaded creatures we are, humans really get a kick out of pondering our species' ultimate demise. It's time we give some love to more obscure, but still scientifically plausible means of extinction.

Foods You Should Put In The Fridge Right Now

The Daily Meal | Posted 08.24.2014 | Taste
The Daily Meal

After a trip to the supermarket, you want to make sure that the foods that you bought stay as fresh as possible for as long as possible. But are you really putting things where they should go?

Should Cryonics, Cryothanasia, and Transhumanism Be Part of the Euthanasia Debate?

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 08.21.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

The medical field of preserving the dead for possible future life is quickly improving every year.

Solace With the Solstice

Mary McDaniel Cail | Posted 08.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Mary McDaniel Cail

We need months and days when we are faced with the reality of a hardship we might not share or fully understand. A few friends who join forces and give increments of time steadily can bring about meaningful relief in a situation that may provide little chance for it otherwise.

Cancer: Befriend, Don't Battle... It Just Might Turn Out to Be Your Best Friend

Denise DeSimone | Posted 08.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Denise DeSimone

don't think I would be here today, sharing my journey with you, had I chosen to battle and fight against cancer. I would have depleted what little physical and emotional resources I had.

A Day in the Life of a Field Biologist: The Itch-and-Scratch Complex

Meg Lowman | Posted 08.18.2014 | Science
Meg Lowman

I love insects, which is probably why I became a scientist, focusing on these extraordinary critters and their relationships with plants in the forest canopy. But insects also love me -- and a recent research trip to Ethiopia proved no exception.