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Will God Condemn Brittany Maynard for Ending Her Life?

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 01.03.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

Jewish tradition has a nuanced approach to this challenge. Thoughtful rabbis and scholars disagree. What is clear, however, is the various factors that matter in making the decision.

The Most Influential Organization You've Probably Never Heard Of

Robyn Stone | Posted 12.31.2014 | Fifty
Robyn Stone

Many of my friends nodded politely a few weeks back when I told them that I had been elected to the Institute of Medicine. They knew from the tone of my voice that this election was a huge honor for me. But, despite my enthusiasm, the announcement was generally met by a few moments of awkward silence. Some of my friends admitted that they had no idea what the IOM actually does.

Balancing the Patient Experience with Evidence-Based Medicine

Dr. Paul Marantz | Posted 12.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Paul Marantz

Recently, Dr. Peter Kramer published an intriguing, well-written, but poorly reasoned and potentially dangerous "thought piece" in the New York Times. His article, "Why Doctors Need Stories," contains several logical flaws and erroneous arguments, but the overarching concept is a classic "straw man" argument.

Ebolaphobia Going Viral

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 12.30.2014 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Though no one can reasonably argue that infectious diseases pose no concern or risk of spreading, as a nation, we must investigate the rational science of transmission and avoid acting on fear, baseless speculation, and apparent political expediency.

Change Happens

Margaret Anderson | Posted 12.29.2014 | Science
Margaret Anderson

You don't have to look far in medical and scientific research today to feel the shifting sands and see signs of change. At times it seems we are simultaneously tilling the soil with a set of old yet tried and true tools while making new ones. Each year, as my organization prepares to bring together leaders in medical research, we confront all of this change head on.

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.