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Your Story Matters. Here's Why.

Jamie Rautenberg | Posted 12.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Jamie Rautenberg

When I was more of a night owl, I spent a lot of time in the East Village at the theater Under St. Marks listening to one of the most powerful storyte...

Are We Playing God By Consciously Choosing Life Or Death?

Dr. Misee Harris | Posted 12.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Misee Harris

I am thankful to live in a society where such beliefs can be freely developed and expressed. My hope as a health care professional is for a higher commitment to public awareness and a deeper understanding of how the human body works.

Surgeons Perform First-Ever 'Dead Heart' Transplants

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 10.29.2014 | Science

In what's being hailed as a major medical breakthrough, surgeons in Australia have successfully performed the first-ever "dead heart" transplants--rep...

How Ebola Spreads

Abby Norman | Posted 12.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Abby Norman

If someone with Ebola sneezes and you get snot on your arm, then you have had direct contact with the virus. If someone sneezes in the room with you, and you do not get sneezed on directly, you wouldn't be exposed.

The Eyes Have It

Stanley Ely | Posted 12.22.2014 | Fifty
Stanley Ely

The doctor appeared after a while and shone more light in my right eye. "That was easy," I said, trying yet again to throw some levity his way."For you," he replied in a manner maybe humorous, or not.

Islam, Death and The Book of Life

Aamir Hussain | Posted 12.21.2014 | Religion
Aamir Hussain

I never thought that a children's film about a Mexican holiday would motivate me to delve deeper into my own religious background and my views on death.

Politicians Are No Scientists On Climate Change, But They're Happy To Give Medical Opinions On Ebola

The Huffington Post | Kate Sheppard | Posted 10.21.2014 | Politics

"I'm not a scientist, but …" has become something of a cliché among politicians who want to weigh in on climate science without actually having to ...

Kate Sheppard

How The Tech In Your Smartphone Could Help Fight The Next Ebola Outbreak | Kate Sheppard | Posted 10.21.2014 | Green

The Ebola crisis has brought new perspective to concerns about how diseases -- and people who carry them -- travel. And a number of experts following ...

Ebola Panic and Human Rights: Racism and Public Health in the United States @HuffPostBlog

Jack Healey | Posted 12.21.2014 | Impact
Jack Healey

Human rights would be empowered by a proportional and rational response, but knee-jerk fear has a history of racism in this country when it comes to public health. Unfortunately, current media reactions, prevalent in mainstream and social media, are fanning flames of xenophobia in America and withholding care from those that need it most.

The Generation Y Physician

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 12.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

We can only hope that the "giants" of medicine -- once young pioneers themselves in the face of change -- will be kind to us young physicians as we continue to define our unique identity in the face the a seemingly telescopic transformation of the field of medicine.

WATCH: Father Describes The Effects Of Silent 'Child-Killer' Virus

HuffPost Live | Ishita Singh | Posted 10.17.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Enterovirus D68 is a rare viral infection whose symptoms are similar to a common cold: a cough, runny nose, a low-grade fever. But while a cold is inn...

I'm a Hazmat-Trained Hospital Worker: Here's What No One Is Telling You About Ebola

Abby Norman | Posted 12.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Abby Norman

You can't just expect any nurse or any doctor or any health care worker or layperson to understand the deconning procedures by way of some kind of pamphlet or 10-minute training video. Not only is it mentally rigorous, but it's physically exhausting. 

Why Doctors Should Be English Majors In College

Sethly Davis | Posted 12.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Sethly Davis

When someone dies, literature can explain what happens -- more memorably, more compellingly and even, sometimes, more truthfully than my EMT and pre-med textbooks do. The best stories give readers insights into human frailty, and reading them shows the readers, in their turn, how to be more humane.

How Could an ER Miss Ebola? Let Me Explain.

Edwin Leap, MD | Posted 12.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Edwin Leap, MD

The medical pundits are wagging fingers and lecturing everyone about how best to manage this crisis. (Lecturing, that is, from the relative calm and safety of television studios, rather than the in the mind-numbing chaos of the ER.)

Brynn Duncan Is Allergic to the World -- And She's Still Managing to Make It A Better Place

Abby Norman | Posted 12.09.2014 | Women
Abby Norman

At just 20-years-old, Brynn has several serious chronic health conditions, one of which requires her to be one of the only people in the world to have a 24/7 Benadryl intravenous drip. But even though I've never met Brynn in real life, from miles and miles away I can feel the warmth, brilliance and hope that she is giving the world.

Should a Transhumanist Run for US President?

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 12.08.2014 | Politics
Zoltan Istvan

I'm in the very early stages of preparing a campaign to try to run in the 2016 election for US President. I'll be doing it as a transhumanist for the Transhumanist Party, a political organization I recently founded that seeks to use science and technology to radically improve the human being and the society we live in.

When Disease Is Stained by Fate

Samyukta Mullangi | Posted 12.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Samyukta Mullangi

My patient and I were walking down the tiled floors of the hospital ward, past the other patients' rooms, every door flung open like in a college dormitory but none of the rooms very inviting. We were almost around the bend by the elevator when he looked up at me and said: "You know something? Every man in my family has died at the age of 53."

The Ebola Outbreak: Good Medicine Against Public Panic

John P. Howe, III, M.D. | Posted 12.07.2014 | Impact
John P. Howe, III, M.D.

As a former senior health administrator in Texas, and now as the leader of a major international medical NGO, I know from experience that in the United States and other developed nations, we have the tools, experience and procedures that can halt any Ebola outbreak in its tracks.

The 6 Most Common Eye Problems

Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler | Posted 12.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler

These common eye problems can be either cured or curbed if caught early by a eyecare professional. Keeping up with your regular eye doctor appointments is the best way you can ensure healthy vision for years to come.

Hospitals Need to Teach Their Staff Hospitality

Eric J. Hall | Posted 12.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

While health,care and hospitality today are different businesses, they are the same in that both are about caring for people who come to you for a service. There are still vast differences, however, in how they approach that service.

The Appropriate Role of the Hospital

Saquib Rahim | Posted 12.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Saquib Rahim

Hospitals are often the most convenient setting for patients to receive care. Unfortunately, hospitals also are by far the highest cost setting. Curre...

Can You Catch It From a Caliph? Ebola, ISIS, and the Politics of Contagion

M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D. | Posted 12.02.2014 | Politics
M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D.

Two potent forces power the Ebola and ISIS epidemics that the media are ignoring. They're (1) breakdown of governing authority, and (2) dissolution of "social capital" -- ties of trust and cooperation that empower individuals, families, and others to forge coalitions and tackle common problems at the community level.

ER May Reveal Basic Problems in Hospitals

Frank A. Weil | Posted 11.15.2014 | Impact
Frank A. Weil

Simple common sense, coupled with organized thinking, ought to be able to produce better medical benefits and patient care at substantially lower costs.

And the Nobel Goes To...

Christopher King | Posted 11.26.2014 | Science
Christopher King

In anticipation of this latest round of awards, Thomson Reuters is once again releasing its annual list of Citation Laureates -- scientists whose achievements and quantifiable influence among their peers make them worthy of Nobel recognition.

Morey Lipton, M.D. -- Four Lessons He Taught Me About Medicine (and Life)

Dr. William Karesh | Posted 11.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. William Karesh

Dr. Lipton encouraged us to speak up on issues that we care about and occasionally risk changing lanes to raise awareness among others. He inspired me to strive to speak and write in ways that are authentic and transparent, and to care for people and our planet.