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4 Under-Represented Ways We Could Go Extinct

Ravishly | Posted 07.08.2014 | Science
Ravishly

As the morbid and jaded creatures we are, humans really get a kick out of pondering our species' ultimate demise. It's time we give some love to more obscure, but still scientifically plausible means of extinction.

Foods You Should Put In The Fridge Right Now

The Daily Meal | Posted 06.25.2014 | Taste
The Daily Meal

After a trip to the supermarket, you want to make sure that the foods that you bought stay as fresh as possible for as long as possible. But are you really putting things where they should go?

Should Cryonics, Cryothanasia, and Transhumanism Be Part of the Euthanasia Debate?

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 06.23.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

The medical field of preserving the dead for possible future life is quickly improving every year.

Solace With the Solstice

Mary McDaniel Cail | Posted 06.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Mary McDaniel Cail

We need months and days when we are faced with the reality of a hardship we might not share or fully understand. A few friends who join forces and give increments of time steadily can bring about meaningful relief in a situation that may provide little chance for it otherwise.

Cancer: Befriend, Don't Battle... It Just Might Turn Out to Be Your Best Friend

Denise DeSimone | Posted 06.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Denise DeSimone

don't think I would be here today, sharing my journey with you, had I chosen to battle and fight against cancer. I would have depleted what little physical and emotional resources I had.

A Day in the Life of a Field Biologist: The Itch-and-Scratch Complex

Meg Lowman | Posted 06.18.2014 | Science
Meg Lowman

I love insects, which is probably why I became a scientist, focusing on these extraordinary critters and their relationships with plants in the forest canopy. But insects also love me -- and a recent research trip to Ethiopia proved no exception.

Applying Current Technology to Positively Change Disability for Tomorrow

Trisha Lynn Sprayberry | Posted 06.03.2014 | Impact
Trisha Lynn Sprayberry

While we as a society were dreaming of that better future for all, one without injury, disease, or disability, we completely dropped the ball for those with disabilities now, who aren't fortunate enough to be rich and/or famous.

Father's Day Heroes

Andrea Pett Joseph | Posted 05.29.2014 | Impact
Andrea Pett Joseph

Imagine watching your child face each day with pain and suffering, when even gentle hugs can bring about tears and every day is a challenge just to take a bath or walk up stairs.

Contagion: The Costs of Global Panic

Lyric Hughes Hale | Posted 05.29.2014 | World
Lyric Hughes Hale

Physician, do no harm. The same caution should be applied to philanthropists, public officials, and other well-meaning agents of globalization. In the realm of health care, quite ironically avoiding one risk could actually lead to a worse outcome overall.

Who Invented Memorial Day?

Jim Downs | Posted 05.25.2014 | Politics
Jim Downs

The nation's Memorial Day observations were divided. In the North, the federal government created national cemeteries for men who died in the war, while state governments from New York to Michigan gradually made Decoration Day an official holiday throughout the 1870s.

Social Media Can Facilitate the Grieving Process

Dianne Gray | Posted 05.13.2014 | Technology
Dianne Gray

Facebook introduced me to a world of people who have suffered the unimaginable loss of a child and, more importantly, to people who lost children to the same disease that claimed my son.

Old Bones Show Black Death Had 'Silver Lining'

LiveScience | Stephanie Pappas | Posted 05.12.2014 | Science

The Black Death, a plague that first devastated Europe in the 1300s, had a silver lining. After the ravages of the disease, surviving Europeans lived...

Soy Sauce: Great On Sushi And Maybe A Treatment For HIV

Newser | Posted 05.07.2014 | Weird News

Picture the soy sauce bottle on most sushi restaurant tables, yep, the one with the red or green top. Those omnipresent bottles are the product of the...

The Way Forward To Kicking Our Carbon Addiction

Keith Gaby | Posted 07.07.2014 | Green
Keith Gaby

The disturbing news is all here: Threats to agriculture from drought, danger for coastal residents and businesses from rising seas, more frequent intense hurricanes, more asthma attacks for kids, the spread of insect borne disease, and much more. But the good news is that this disease has a cure.

5 Basic Rules for Dealing With Chronic Illness and Your Career

Ilana Jacqueline | Posted 07.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Ilana Jacqueline

There's a long list of people you don't have to talk about your disease with. Your employer is on that list. Legally, you don't have to disclose shit about your disease. And hey -- if your illness never has and never will affect your job performance, you go on with your bad self, baby. Nobody needs to know your business.

Introductions With the Dead

Rui Dai | Posted 07.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Rui Dai

Introductions with living patients tend to be hard, because you are asking a stranger to trust you with the utmost intimate details of their lives. Introductions with the dead are harder. They tend to be the most enigmatic patients.

State of Confusion: One-Third of American Parents Continue to Link Vaccines and Autism

Sally Greenberg | Posted 06.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Sally Greenberg

We must not allow anti-vaccination rhetoric to undermine these critically-important methods for keeping children and adults safe from illness or disease.

The Best Cities for Asthma Sufferers

Napala Pratini | Posted 06.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Napala Pratini

To help asthma sufferers identify the best and worst cities to live in the U.S., NerdWallet analyzed available data on asthma prevalence, air quality, cost and access to asthma care in the 50 largest U.S. cities.

30 Years After Discovery of HIV Virus: The Vital Role of the Social Sciences

Kim Blankenship | Posted 06.25.2014 | Impact
Kim Blankenship

AIDS is as much a social disease as it is one determined by a virus. It is simply not possible to prevent, treat or cure it without understanding and addressing its social dimensions. For this, we need the tools of the social sciences.

5 Things to Do When Symptoms Are Not 'All in Your Head'

Deborah J. Cornwall | Posted 06.11.2014 | Health and Fitness
Deborah J. Cornwall

You don't need to be an M.D. to take charge of your own diagnosis in this way, but you do need to be patient, persistent, and knowledgeable enough to share the right information and ask the right questions of the right medical partners.

What Hula Is... and Isn't: Celebration of Culture on Target to Outshine App Controversy

Trisha Kehaulani Watson | Posted 06.07.2014 | Hawaii
Trisha Kehaulani Watson

Native Hawaiians explain that hula is not simply a dance or a recreation, but a way of life.

Awareness of Parkinson's Disease

Connie Lawn | Posted 06.06.2014 | DC
Connie Lawn

April is Parkinson's Awareness Month. It is also a time for awareness of other causes and diseases. I am constantly aware of Parkinson's, however, since I was diagnosed with its symptoms three years ago, when I was 67.

Chronically Employed: Are There More Options Than Disability?

Ilana Jacqueline | Posted 05.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Ilana Jacqueline

When I was diagnosed with primary immune deficiency and dysautonomia -- diseases which complicated every part of my immune and autonomic nervous system -- I thought my career was over. I would have to rely on the system to support me for the rest of my life. And I was only twenty-years-old.

Under the Skin: How Childhood Adversity Takes Its Toll

Wray Herbert | Posted 05.12.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

These findings highlight an important and previously unreported link between early misfortune, unhealthy living and serious health risks in early adulthood. It's not to suggest that this is the only mechanism at work, but these hopeful findings identify actual behavioral targets.

The Art of Uncertainty in Medicine

Marlene Pearce | Posted 05.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Marlene Pearce

I've long felt that the art of general practice is being comfortable with uncertainty. In my first training term in general practice, I frequently ca...