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Mortality

Two Tests to Predict How Long You Might Live

John Whyte, M.D., MPH | Posted 07.15.2015 | Healthy Living
John Whyte, M.D., MPH

Over the past couple of years, I have blogged about the "sit-to-rise test," a simple way to help predict how long you might live. Several people have...

Invoking Camus to Live

Michael Shammas | Posted 07.15.2015 | Books
Michael Shammas

In just two words of five syllables, medieval man brewed a bitter antidote to all from melancholy and regret to hubris and ostentation: memento mori.

Poem: "Advice for My Niece"

Bobby Elliott | Posted 07.17.2015 | Parents
Bobby Elliott

Depending on the kind of soul you have, it's either a digital countdown or an hourglass we carry around inside ourselves, doing the dishes or sitting on the couch in the next room as a reward for making dinner in the first place.

Cancer Mortality News, Between the Lines

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.06.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The promise of cancer prevention is far from fully kept, and deserves much more attention. The relevant medicine resides not at the cutting edge of biomedical advance, but in our lifestyle patterns, and the priorities of our culture.

What the Dying Want You to Know About Life

Joni Edelman | Posted 06.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Joni Edelman

Money is an illusion. You think you need so much. In the end, you don't really need any of it. Prioritize people and experiences over possession. Your body is just a vessel for your soul. Quit looking in the mirror. Quit obsessing over your wrinkles, your ass, your dress size.

Loss Of Smell Linked To Greater Risk Of Death

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 06.03.2015 | Fifty

Your nose could provide clues to your longevity, a new study suggests. Published today in the Annals of Neurology, the study says your ability to i...

The Problem With Beginnings and Endings

Kelly Suellentrop | Posted 06.02.2015 | Parents
Kelly Suellentrop

She is living in moments of her life that are over, moments where sometimes her children and grandchildren don't even exist. Then every now and again, she is jarred into the present. I would like to think she has points of clarity when she knows that the way her life played out was good.

Don't Waste Your Time (It's Precious)

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 06.02.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Dr. Jim Taylor

Given that my time is no more special than yours, I would recommend that you too join the ranks of timeist. Though it's not something to parade around about, I don't think there's anything to be ashamed about either.

The One Thing You Should Do More of Before It's Too Late

Danielle Posa | Posted 06.10.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Danielle Posa

Just hug. My Grandma died one year ago today. I don't believe anyone really truly dies, because I believe we are a spirit encapsulated in a physic...

Regulating Abortion and Boating: A Modest Proposal

David A. Grimes | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics
David A. Grimes

Each year about 60 times more Americans die from boating than from abortion. While the risks are not directly comparable, having a boat is clearly more dangerous than having an abortion. Hence, more boating regulations are needed.

Buckets Are For Filling Up, Not Kicking Over

Sarah Thebarge | Posted 05.27.2015 | Travel
Sarah Thebarge

I'm writing this post at 35,000 feet on a flight from Phoenix to Los Angeles. I just saw the Grand Canyon for the first time in my life!

The Girl Who Taught Me to Spell the Word 'Love'

Kathy Radigan | Posted 05.19.2015 | Women
Kathy Radigan

I went to her birthday party and brought her a Barbie. I thought it was odd that she wouldn't take the plastic off the doll's hair. Years later, it occurred to that she might have been trying to protect the doll's hair because she couldn't protect her own.

What's Funny About Dying?

Susan R. Dolan | Posted 05.11.2015 | Fifty
Susan R. Dolan

Many dying patients cling to a zest for life and a sense of humor that endear them to hospice workers.

Our Pathetic War Against Cancer: Part III

Dr. Sten Odenwald | Posted 06.14.2015 | Politics
Dr. Sten Odenwald

You have a 1 in 2 chance of getting cancer in your lifetime, and a 1 in 4 of dying from it. With those odds in Las Vegas, you would be a winner all the time. So why do you NOT fervently support cancer research to literally save your life?

Exercise: the Luminous, Latent Potential of a Little Action

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.10.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

There is an enormous benefit from even a little exercise, more benefit from more, and then a threshold past which returns diminish, but don't decline. The take-away message is that there is enormous potential for even a little bit of action to make our health, and lives, better.

Finnish study: Saunas protect against fatal coronary problems

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 06.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Alaska Dispatch News

Finnish researchers have a health tip for middle-aged men: To stay alive, spend more time in the sauna. A 20-year study led by scientists from the ...

Raising a Soulful Child

Hallie Sawyer | Posted 06.02.2015 | Parents
Hallie Sawyer

Having a child who feels so deeply and infers things at such a tender age is an amazing experience.

When I Am Old, I Want To Remember My Now-Little Boy

Kristi Rieger Campbell | Posted 05.16.2015 | Parents
Kristi Rieger Campbell

I hope that I am wrinkled and stooped and able to meet my grandchildren. I hope to tell them about their father, my now baby boy and my then-grown son. I hope to tell them about how brave he has always been.

The Surprising Impact Social Interaction Has On Longevity

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 03.12.2015 | Fifty

These days, thanks to cell phones and computers, it's easier than you'd think to spend a day without speaking to a soul other than Siri or the pizza d...

Facing death: How religion matters

David Briggs | Posted 04.19.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

A young woman held captive for months by ISIS wanted to make one point clear in a brief, handwritten letter to her family. "I remember mom always t...

In Labor and Delivery, Nurses Know How to Fight

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 04.19.2015 | Impact
Shelly Lopez Gray

I have seen the work of nurses save so many women and newborns. I have seen what we can do with little time, with little resources. Think of everything we could do if we just did things together.

The Care and Management of Mortality

Joseph Cooper | Posted 04.12.2015 | Books
Joseph Cooper

Dr. Atul Gawande's Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End provides healthy doses of reality - the realities of disease, deterioration, debilitation, decline, dementia, dependence, despondency, and demise.

Mortality

Loren Kleinman | Posted 04.11.2015 | Arts
Loren Kleinman

That first night, when everyone buzzed around the hospital, I thought about whom I'd give my books to. I thought about who'd miss me the most. I thought who'd take care of Doris. No one. Nothing. Blank. Blank.

Making Stress Your Friend: It's All in Your Mindset

Paula Davis-Laack | Posted 04.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Paula Davis-Laack

While it's no secret that sustained levels of stress are not good for your health, there is more to the stress story than "stress is bad." As it turns out, how you perceive stress is just as important as the amount of stress you're experiencing.

Newly Discovered DNA Clock Runs Too Fast -- Scientific Evidence Can Hardly Keep Up

Cecile Janssens | Posted 04.07.2015 | Science
Cecile Janssens

Aging is a process that changes the entire body and expectedly on a detailed molecular level too. Future research will identify novel biomarkers that indicate faster or slower aging on the basis of which predictive tests can be developed. But we are not there yet. And likely not even close.