When I began living in the plains of Nepal in 1987, villagers visited almost daily to ask for advice on health problems. I was studying to be a doctor but not in medicine. I was working toward my PhD in cultural anthropology at Stanford University.
For reasons I will never understand, I was made to sit about halfway up the stairs. Or maybe I chose that spot. Out of pie reach, but still able to watch the consummation of the event.
More than half of the cases of anaemia are caused by low iron levels and can be treated with iron supplements, according to global health experts. But easy-to-use, reliable, and cheap methods to detect anaemia and monitor the effects of treatment are still needed.
Elections are behind us, and many new state legislative sessions don't begin until January -- yet lawmakers are already giving us a preview of the bills they intend to pass into law first chance they get.
If you're like I used to be, you're skeptical that you'll actually make the lasting changes needed to get the health you desire. I know exactly how you feel. I've jumped on the "I'm going to get healthy" train more times than I'd like to admit.
As we approach the 20-year anniversary of Beijing, discrimination and violence against women, and the stereotypes that confine them into narrowly fixed roles must end. Women have the right to make their own decisions about their lives and their bodies.
I used to think a lot about work-life balance and often felt really out of balance. Call it what you will -- adaptive transitioning or the delayed...
True courage is about looking inwards, not outwards. Being able to stand firm in a place of vulnerability and to flourish and grow with honesty and humility is a strength beyond measure. This is the power of emotional wisdom.
So, how do moms stay positive in a world that's moving at a hundred miles an hour? There's that old saying, "If Momma's not happy, nobody's happy." As the matriarch of the family, everyone takes their cues from you.
The need to humanize teen parents -- both globally and domestically -- is urgent. The discourse surrounding teen pregnancy and parenting is too often shortsighted, lacking the broader context of the lived realities that are essential to helping young people reach their goals.
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.
What happens when this innovation puts family planning decision-making where it belongs - literally into the hands of women who want to prevent pregnancy? Although there may be challenges with promoting Sayana Press this way, the concept is fairly straightforward and should not be terribly controversial.
When women stand up and defend themselves, it works. Remember -- in 1975, 98% of women were mutilated just like I was. Today, it is 27%. That's 27% too many, but it's also the sign of a revolution. It wasn't handed down on high.
Somehow, I had the impression that an elective mastectomy was different, less invasive than one performed when cancer is present. I convinced myself that the surgery would be more like the cosmetic breast reduction I had four years ago.
Immediately, my mind began racing with questions: When am I going to die? What will people think of me? If I live, am I going to be sick for the rest of my life? And what does 'sick' even mean? I was confused, upset, afraid and angry.
Part of what makes the holidays so special is being around family, experiencing the joy of giving, the indulgence of special food and drink, and the fun of holiday parties. It's super OK to dive into all of it, we've just got to remember ways to come up for air.