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The Deadly Aftershocks of Medical Debt on Your Credit Report

Jerry Ashton | Posted 05.22.2015 | New York
Jerry Ashton

Thanks to muscular promptings by NY State Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, the three major U.S. credit reporting agencies announced changes in the way in which medical debt will be scored when they deliver an individual's credit report.

What I Learned While in Hospital: 4 Questions to Transform Suffering

Susanna Barkataki | Posted 05.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Susanna Barkataki

Not only was I sick physically, but I also felt lost and confused. I felt a temporary disconnection from spirit and creative flow that led me to prioritize healing. I also started to ask lots of questions.

Five Spiritual Lessons from a Bike Wreck, Broken Collarbone, and Nine Rib Fractures

Henry G. Brinton | Posted 05.14.2015 | Religion
Henry G. Brinton

These truths might not be popular, especially among people who like to stay busy and cyclists who like to travel in groups and draft behind one another. But they are insights that could only be gained by several days in a ditch, ER and hospital -- my own school of hard knocks.

This Inflatable Hospital Is Helping Earthquake Victims In Rural Nepal

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 05.11.2015 | Impact

An inflatable hospital in rural Nepal is bringing much needed relief to earthquake victims. The 20-bed, 1,000-square-foot temporary structure has b...

Delivery in the Disaster Zone

Nate Clark | Posted 05.04.2015 | World
Nate Clark

According to a hospital director in Nepal: "At the moment of the first tremor, we were performing caesarean sections. We brought the patients outside and successfully completed the surgeries. These doctors and nurses never left the patients."

A Handy Guide to Rate Your Doctor's Bedside Manner

Susan Krauss Whitbourne | Posted 05.04.2015 | Fifty
Susan Krauss Whitbourne

The older we get, the more likely it is we need doctors. Finding the best physician, or other healthcare provider, can become a challenge no matter what your age. It's particularly challenging for midlifers and beyond, however. You may be older than your healthcare provider, have more complex medical issues, or be used to a model of care that is no longer followed today.

Nurses: Crimefighters Without Capes

Davian Hoffman | Posted 05.04.2015 | Crime
Davian Hoffman

Nurses contribute to the criminal justice system every day, but they rarely get recognized for it. A friend who is a nurse, remembering my story, used the Internet to help the police identify an unconscious Jane Doe who landed in her ICU, shaving hours off of notifying her family.

To Those Caring for Sick Children

Lexi Behrndt | Posted 04.29.2015 | Parents
Lexi Behrndt

As a parent of a child who was deeply cared for by a medical team for nearly seven months before he passed, I cannot describe the respect and admiration we, as parents, have for you who are in the medical field.

Fainting

Richard Abrons | Posted 04.27.2015 | Fifty
Richard Abrons

I tell her that I don't want to be a burden and I mean that with all my heart. "You should never have married an older man," I say.

What Does It Feel Like to Be Bitten By a Black Widow Spider?

Quora | Posted 04.24.2015 | Weird News
Quora

It was a sunny Sunday morning in the summertime of 2006 in Redwood City, California, and the Mrs. was back East with her gal pals for a weekend of recharging her batteries and reconnecting with old friends.

Being Grateful For Time

Laurel Lederman | Posted 05.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Laurel Lederman

Time has allowed me to experiment. Time allows me to try on different roles, learn from people and experiences and dust myself off and try again.

Jonathan Cohn

Rick Scott And Florida Republicans Are Throwing An Anti-Obamacare Tantrum

HuffingtonPost.com | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics

An unusual and revealing political fight over health care has been unfolding in Florida. It's unusual because it pits Rick Scott, the Republican g...

Attention Walmart Shoppers: Don't Look for Health Care Answers Here

Robert J. Szczerba | Posted 04.21.2015 | Business
Robert J. Szczerba

As we've seen in the recent battles over the Affordable Care Act, the answers are not obvious and both sides seem to be entrenched in their positions. However, most would agree that the status quo is simply not sustainable.

Death Takes a Weekend

The New England Journal of Medicine | Posted 04.20.2015 | Healthy Living
The New England Journal of Medicine

The sick person's calendar is marked out in difficult days and sleepless nights, or in agonizing hours, but it takes no notice of days of the week, makes no distinction between time and overtime.

My Very Own Miracle

Tricia McCallum | Posted 04.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Tricia McCallum

Threading needles is out, as is focusing my beloved 35 mm Nikon. But I've embraced the digital world of photography. I can't bowl or play tennis to save my life and you wouldn't want me pitching for your ball team. The fact is I couldn't do any of that before anyway.

Six Frightening Facts You Need to Know About Health Care

Robert J. Szczerba | Posted 05.25.2015 | Business
Robert J. Szczerba

Regardless of your political persuasion, there are some facts about the health care industry that are not well known to the general public but are key to the realization that the system is broken and that change is desperately needed.

Five of the Highest-Rated Hospitals in Illinois

Reboot Illinois | Posted 05.13.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Truven Health Analytics' annual "Top 100 Hospitals" study, which evaluated 3,000 hospitals in the U.S., has recognized 10 Illinois hospitals as among the best in the country.

Senior Malnutrition: A National Nutrition Crisis

Robert B. Blancato | Posted 05.10.2015 | Politics
Robert B. Blancato

A lot of appropriate attention is focused on hunger and food insecurity as well as obesity. However, malnutrition, also known as undernutrition, is a bigger threat because of the deeper health consequences it creates.

Life After Death: How Many Soulmates Can a Person Have?

Melissa Gould | Posted 05.10.2015 | Women
Melissa Gould

I needed to hear that. Yes, I was Joel's wife, but he had a ton of meaningful relationships and was loved by so many. He had best friends, soulmates of his own, the ripple effect of his death reaches far and wide. Because of that, I feel less alone, and connected by this shared experience, horrible as it is.

Hospital Systems Should Be Insurers, Too

Robert Whitcomb | Posted 04.28.2015 | Business
Robert Whitcomb

Let's hope that state and federal regulators don't put too many roadblocks in the way of many more hospital systems becoming insurers. Extending Medicare to everyone might be the most cost-effective reform but Washington will prevent that, at least for the foreseeable future.

Health Reform War Won

Jim Jaffe | Posted 04.27.2015 | Politics
Jim Jaffe

The basic principles were ratified in Obamacare and are no longer under serious challenge. The change hasn't relied entirely on government action, but reflects private sector movement in the same direction.

Life After Death: A Surreal Reality

Melissa Gould | Posted 04.19.2015 | Women
Melissa Gould

Joel was my husband and the love of my life. He died 15 months ago, and what seemed so surreal for the first year is now simply real, although still impossibly hard to comprehend.

A Positive Story About Muslims and an Example for All of Us

Stephen Wallace, M.D., J.D. | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics
Stephen Wallace, M.D., J.D.

Photograph by Stephen Wallace, M.D., J.D. In 1937 the Muslim Free Hospital was established in Rangon, Burma. It was created by a group of Muslim...

Dog Escapes, Runs 20 Blocks Away To Comfort Owner In Hospital

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 02.12.2015 | Green

"Dogged determination" has a mascot, and it's a miniature schnauzer named "Sissy." On Sunday, the dog escaped from her yard in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, ...

This Abandoned Hospital in Detroit Is Reality, Not a Set on 'The Walking Dead'

Pixable | Posted 04.13.2015 | Detroit
Pixable

Originally designed to house the Southwest Detroit Hospital, which was closed in 1993, it was sold to Detroit businessman Harley K. Brown who re-opened the building as United Community Hospital. It was sitting vacant for nine years when I arrived in mid-January 2015 for our feature series Inside Detroit.