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Mortality

Facing death: How religion matters

David Briggs | Posted 02.19.2015 | 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 02.17.2015 | 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 02.10.2015 | 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 02.10.2015 | 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 02.06.2015 | 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 02.05.2015 | 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.

Aging Gratefully

Donna Wick, Ed.D | Posted 01.14.2015 | Parents
Donna Wick, Ed.D

I remember looking forward to getting older when I was a child. I wanted to be a teenager, and then as a teenager, I desperately wanted to be an adult. When I had young children, I spent several years looking forward to watching them get older.

The Time For Living Is Now

Jessica Rosenberg | Posted 01.14.2015 | Parents
Jessica Rosenberg

Saving is important. So is being prepared for various horrible things that could maybe happen down the road. But what's the point of saving and scrimping for a possible future when we have a life to live today?

Talking to My Toddler About Death, Faith and Other Oddities

Amber Nichols-Buckley | Posted 01.09.2015 | Parents
Amber Nichols-Buckley

A few days ago, my 3-year-old, Jane, who is inquisitive by nature and has a recent interest in mortality, looked up from her dolls and asked, "Will I get new eyes when I die?"

Yagana Shah

The Longevity Benefits Of Vitamins May Be Overrated

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 01.09.2015 | Fifty

We've all heard about the widely-touted benefits of antioxidants and supplements, including promises of a long, disease-free life and longer-lasting y...

An Election's Consequences: People Will Die

Ken Allen | Posted 02.06.2015 | Politics
Ken Allen

Elections, victors are prone to crow, have consequences. Today that gibe carries a tragic truth. One consequence of our recent elections will be deaths -- many deaths. A few thousands or tens of thousands, if we are lucky, millions if we are not. Let us specify some of the ways.

Breast Cancer History, Please Don't Repeat

Kristina Cowan | Posted 02.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Kristina Cowan

I'd rather not have ADH or FEA, high estrogen or any other cancer threat. But this journey has stretched my understanding -- of my body, my mind and my faith. And it has empowered me to take even greater charge of my health than I have in the past.

Our Bodies Wear Out

Abby Pingree | Posted 02.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Abby Pingree

Perhaps with courage and acceptance we can make friends with our own mortality, and with acceptance we can be a peaceful presence when given the opportunity to experience the death of a loved one.

What Getting Closer To Death Has Taught Me About Life

Erica Jagger | Posted 02.02.2015 | Fifty
Erica Jagger

Before I turned 50, I thought death happened to other people. I knew I was supposed to die someday, but the prospect seemed more conceptual than a reality.

I Love You, Rosie

Jodie Preiss | Posted 02.01.2015 | Women
Jodie Preiss

I will be forever grateful that I had those two weeks before the fight began. Those two weeks that seemed to be just us -- cocooned in her hospital room. Two friends, mother and daughter. A bond that had survived distance and disagreement. A bond that had lasted for almost 38 years.

How Long Will You Live? Ask Your Friends.

Wray Herbert | Posted 01.19.2015 | Science
Wray Herbert

Character traits are better prognosticators than either intelligence or socioeconomic status, not just for heart attacks but in general for poor health and early death. That's why one psychological scientist turned to friends instead.

Have a Little Faith

Phu Nguyen | Posted 01.13.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Phu Nguyen

What this world has become is something so undefinable and sometimes scary that I don't think anyone would make it without the belief in something bigger than themselves and people in general.

This Entrepreneur Wants You to Celebrate Your Mortality

Debra Carpenter | Posted 12.20.2014 | Small Business
Debra Carpenter

Although life's path is different for everyone, every path meets the same end eventually. This is the only true certainty we have in life. But Irina...

Why I Don't Want To Die At 75

Joan Gage | Posted 12.16.2014 | Fifty
Joan Gage

Ezekiel Emanuel is a very distinguished scientist... Needless to say, his 5,000-word piece evoked a lot of debate, although everyone agreed he makes some important and startling points. They are his reasons for saying that he hopes to die at 75 and that, after he turns 65, he plans to discontinue all his health care -- no flu shots, colonoscopies, surgery, pacemakers.

Yagana Shah

Fading Sense Of Smell Could Be Predictor Of Death

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 10.02.2014 | Fifty

They say you should trust your gut, but maybe it's really the nose that knows. Turns out, the olfactory organ we all take for granted can do more than...

We Have Stage Four Cancer: Does That Make Us Terminal?

Jennifer Campisano | Posted 11.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Campisano

The average life span for someone with my illness is still 26 months. I've never thought of myself as terminal, but many people will describe this disease with that word. I began to wonder if I was just being wishful in my thinking.

What We Know And Don't Know About Ebola's Collateral Damage

Kim Yi Dionne | Posted 11.02.2014 | Science
Kim Yi Dionne

The Ebola outbreak may also indirectly kill people, by causing a sharp increase in non-Ebola deaths (e.g., deaths due to Malaria, or typhoid fever). Can this "collateral damage" be larger than the recorded death toll, as several reports in the media have suggested?

The Nurse With No Empathy

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 10.22.2014 | Parents
Shelly Lopez Gray

he lived in a very rural area, and did not have much family here. Honestly, she was very young, very poor and very uneducated. But here she was in front of me, flushed, sweating and swollen. I was still a new nurse, just off of orientation, but even I knew that something was very wrong

Dying Man's Touching Farewell Letter To Family And Friends

John P. Donnelly | Posted 09.27.2014 | Fifty
John P. Donnelly

I discovered too late that I really knew so little about so many deceased friends and colleagues, and only found out about some of their remarkable exploits and achievements when reading their obituaries.

It Happens In The United States

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 09.21.2014 | Parents
Shelly Lopez Gray

No one thinks that this is something that could happen to them. No nurse thinks this is going to be her patient. But it can happen, it does happen, and it is happening every day in the United States.