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Choosing a Better Death

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 05.12.2016 | Impact
Fran Moreland Johns

The movement toward "good" death - legalized medical aid in dying - has been growing for decades in the U.S., but has been gaining momentum and attention in recent months.

A Doctor Turns Patient

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 09.09.2014 | Impact
Fran Moreland Johns

Not every doctor gets an extended view of what his or her patients experience, and some who do fail to get the message. But one who did -- and has shared both the experience and its message(s) is a recently recovered friend and end-of-life issues colleague .

Doctors' Orders: Let Gay People Marry -- It's a Healthy Thing to Do

Steve Heilig | Posted 05.06.2013 | Politics
Steve Heilig

As it turns out, according to much evidence, being part of a family can be a very healthy thing -- straight or gay. And now no less than the American Medical Association has officially opined on the issue.

Pro-Choice to the End: Taking More Control of Your Final Days

Steve Heilig | Posted 01.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Steve Heilig

Even if your state does not (yet) have a POLST option, consider documenting your preferences using other forms, like a living will, durable power of attorney for health care, and the like.

Stalking the Wild Pathogen: Viral Threats to Modern Humanity

Steve Heilig | Posted 12.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Steve Heilig

Writers and filmmakers have long liked apocalyptic stories. But out in the real world, it might well be that the most likely cause of our specie's demise will be a microscopic bug we cannot defeat, and that we vanish, or vastly diminish, not with a bang but a whimper.

Pain and Pain Medication Abuse: Two Epidemics in Tension

Steve Heilig | Posted 06.12.2012 | Healthy Living
Steve Heilig

Clearly there is much to be done in terms of addressing both epidemics of under-treated pain and pain medication abuse and addiction.

Contraception: What the Doctor(s) Ordered

Steve Heilig | Posted 04.18.2012 | Politics
Steve Heilig

I respectfully wonder if the church and political leaders opposed to contraception could meditate on that for a moment, and instead of fulminating against one of the only solutions we have, devote their time and energy towards alleviating this ongoing tragedy of suffering in the world.