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S.Z. Berg
Bio: S.Z. Berg is an award-winning journalist with credits in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Marie Claire, Consumer Reports, Consumers Digest,, and other publications of note. She is the co-author of the William Edwards book series, an adventure series for kids of all ages, and author of The Other Side of the Window, a suspenseful, uplifting, inspirational medical mystery.

Entries by S.Z. Berg

Curing a Lack of Government Funding for Disease Research Through Crowdfunding

(1) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 5:25 PM

Credit: Stacey Quattlebaum

Bake sales, car washes, and 5K races are all good fundraising events, but nothing has raised funds so fast and furious as crowdfunding for one man who is using it to fund medical research at the same level as major...

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Adverse Effects Attributed to Medications May Be From Food for Some People

(1) Comments | Posted March 13, 2013 | 1:00 PM

People with medical conditions such as celiac, non-celiac gluten sensitivity, or food allergies should know that they may not be sensitive or allergic to the medicine to which they reacted. Rather, their reactions may have been from the food contents in the drugs.

FDA regulations requiring the clear labeling of...

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Food Allergies: Doctors Disagree on Peanut-Free Schools/Classrooms Plus Talk on Bullying

(5) Comments | Posted January 2, 2013 | 2:33 PM

The number of school-aged children reported to have food allergies rose 18 percent from 1997 through 2007. Currently, nearly 8 percent of children in the U.S. have at least one food allergy. Attempts by parents and doctors to keep these children safe has stirred public debate...

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Singer Allie Moss Talks About Gluten Sensitivity

(1) Comments | Posted October 22, 2012 | 4:05 PM

An estimated 18 million individuals in the United States have a gluten sensitivity, according to clinical data from the Center for Celiac Research. Another 3 million people are believed to have celiac disease, as does William Edwards, the main character in a new novel...

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Teen Star Kenton Duty on Food Allergies and Bullying

(0) Comments | Posted October 18, 2012 | 3:05 PM

What do you do when you're a kid who has life-threatening food allergies and you have to deal with other kids who don't understand what that means exactly? Well, in my new novel, William Edwards and the Wizardly Glasses, William Edwards has friends who use their magical powers...

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Jennifer Esposito Takes on a New Leading Role: Celiac Advocate

(4) Comments | Posted September 25, 2012 | 3:08 PM

If ever there were a misunderstood and highly overlooked medical condition in modern times, it is celiac disease. Celiac disease affects an estimated 3 million individuals, many of them children. Left untreated, this disease can damage the quality of life in so many ways -- from neurologically-based depression...

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Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity: An Interview With Medical Experts

(20) Comments | Posted September 13, 2012 | 8:11 AM

In honor of National Celiac Disease Awareness Day and to kick off my William Edwards book series, a new series of novels for kids ages 8-12 years in which the main character, William Edwards, has celiac and a food allergy, I'm writing a series of posts about celiac,...

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Why Cindy Crawford Is Partnering With St. Jude (Plus, You Could Win a New Home)

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2012 | 3:25 PM

We all know Cindy Crawford as the beautiful, carefree-looking supermodel. However, her life hasn't been picture perfect. She was just shy of 10 years old when her brother, almost four years old, passed away from leukemia. Back then, her family didn't have much money, she said, and she watched as...

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How Jewel Inspires

(1) Comments | Posted March 13, 2012 | 12:28 PM

I've often wondered how some people became enormously successful when they came from poverty. When Jewel told me about her life, from growing up in a rugged saddle barn without running water and without electricity in the wilds of Alaska; when she told me how her family had lived off...

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Former Congressman Patrick Kennedy's Mission: A Moonshot Into the Mind

(2) Comments | Posted March 8, 2012 | 10:38 AM

Years ago, former Congressman Patrick Kennedy said to me that health insurance doesn't cover just certain parts of the kidney, why should it cover only certain parts of the brain? He was in the midst of his fight to get brain disorders - the ones that carry the extra burden...

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Actress Patty Duke's Fantasy: A March on Washington

(0) Comments | Posted January 18, 2012 | 9:36 AM

Several years ago, Emmy-award winning actress Patty Duke shared a story with me. Back in 1970, at age 24, she'd walked off the set of a show on which she was guest starring. The actors had been told to take lunch and leave a tired crew behind to fix technical...

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A Conversation With Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter About Stigma, Discrimination, and Brain Disorders

(2) Comments | Posted December 28, 2011 | 7:54 AM

Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter has been an unrelenting crusader for people suffering from mental illness (which I refer to here as brain disorders). For more than 40 years she's been working on promoting awareness of the issues, public policy, making health care insurance coverage for these brain...

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The Politics, Stigma and Experience of Brain Disorders: A Blog Series

(3) Comments | Posted December 23, 2011 | 11:28 AM

The holiday season is a good time to talk about brain disorders. The kind I'm talking about are more commonly referred to as mental illness, but I think that term detracts from the fact that depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, dementia and other such conditions arise in the brain....

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Jillian Rose Reed: Why Awkward's Sassy "Tamara" Is Sweet On Curing Diabetes

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2011 | 2:54 PM

Jillian Rose Reed stars on MTV's offbeat comedy Awkward (which has been picked up for a second season) as the sassy and fun-loving best friend Tamara. Now 19, Jillian was only 9 years old when her older brother developed diabetes. He was away at college, which she notes made it...

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Mark Salling: Glee's Noah "Puck" Puckerman on His New Puppy, New "Child Hunger Ends Here" Campaign, and New Season

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2011 | 6:13 AM

Mark Salling, who's best known for his mean jock character Noah "Puck" Puckerman on Glee, has every reason to be excited. He just got a new puppy, an Australian cattle dog (which he named Noah), and there's a lot in store for his character on Glee this season. He told...

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Jane Kaczmarek: From a Pain in the Groin to a Hip Woman

(1) Comments | Posted September 22, 2011 | 1:15 PM

Jane Kaczmarek, who played Lois, the hard-nosed and embarrassing mother on FOX's Malcolm in the Middle, has joined the cast of the new NBC sitcom Whitney, where she plays, you guessed it, another outspoken mother.

But what you might not have guessed is that toward the end...

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Leeza Gibbons on Remembering Alzheimer's Caregivers

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2011 | 6:29 PM

Anyone who's had a child sick with the flu knows how stressful it can be to take care of him or her. Now imagine what it's like to become a caretaker to a chronically sick child, parent, or other family member.

Some 13 years ago, Leeza Gibbons, former co-host...

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ESPN's Erin Andrews Helping Small Charity Score Big With Fan Support

(0) Comments | Posted September 13, 2011 | 5:28 PM


After an exciting game between Notre Dame and Michigan, ESPN Sportscaster Erin Andrews got on a plane and headed to New York City where she spent the tenth anniversary of 9-11. She's not afraid of much, but this was different, and she admits...

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"Trapper John" Reveals How He Became a Business Star

(3) Comments | Posted September 13, 2011 | 12:49 PM

Wayne Rogers, best known for his role as Trapper John on the now classic TV series M*A*S*H, is a man with many hats. He's weaved in and out of acting roles to take such leads as a founding shareholder of six banks, real estate developer, and co-owner of a vineyard,...

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General Hospital Star Reveals Deep Fear

(1) Comments | Posted September 1, 2011 | 1:54 PM

Carolyn Hennesy is not a starving artist. She has ongoing roles on General Hospital and Cougar Town and is the author of the Pandora Series young adult novels and, as of mid-April, has a New York Times bestseller, The Secret Life of Damian Spinelli. Yet, she told me, she is...

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