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Americans Don't Plan on Dying

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 12.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

Many people who do not want to die in an intensive care unit, intubated, on a respirator, pierced by a web of intravenous lines are dying this way. For these individuals, this is worse than death. We cannot prevent death, but we can dictate how we want to be cared for at the end of our lives.

I on Beauty: Chapter 7 - The Loss of Joan Rivers Highlights End-of-Life Care Issues

Irene Michaels | Posted 11.21.2014 | Fifty
Irene Michaels

Joan Rivers' recent medical condition required her daughter, Melissa Rivers, to make perhaps the most difficult decision of her life.

Transhumanism and All My Mortal Friends

James Moore | Posted 05.06.2014 | Technology
James Moore

Transhumanism is an idea that we can transcend mortal definitions of our lives. There are already discussions about uploading consciousness and memory to computer networks to enable the human experience to continue even if only in an incorporeal form.

Valentine's Day Gifts - Living Wills, Advance Directives, DNRs

Joseph Cooper | Posted 04.13.2014 | Books
Joseph Cooper

Two of the most notable books published in the U.S. in 2013 "trouble" readers with medical, ethical, moral, emotional, psychological and legal struggles that arise when a loved one is succumbing to insidious pain and irreversible incapacity.

Glenwood Gardens Case Provides a Teaching Moment: CPR Saves Lives

Mary M. Newman | Posted 06.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Mary M. Newman

Bystander intervention can mean the difference between life and death.

How I Accidentally Wrote a Book on Alzheimer's Caregiving

Marie Marley | Posted 04.27.2013 | Fifty
Marie Marley

I wrote Come Back Early Today: A Memoir of Love, Alzheimer's and Joy as a love story. It's about the powerful 30-year relationship I had with Edward Theodoru, a delightfully colorful, wickedly eccentric Romanian gentleman and scholar.

WATCH: Divorced Dads' Rights: Father Fights For Say In Son's DNR Order

HuffPost Live | Posted 11.06.2012 | Divorce

While single-parent homes are more common than ever, less than 18 percent of custodial parents are fathers. Jack Frost, President of Father and Famili...

The Exorbitant Cost of Dying

Paul Raeburn | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Raeburn

Krieger reports that feeding tubes can help some patients initially, but they can also keep them alive long past the time that they would have died.

Making Final Arrangements for a Terminally-Ill Loved One

Marie Marley | Posted 09.26.2012 | Fifty
Marie Marley

It's painful to think about a loved one's eventual passing, but it's important to make the arrangements sooner rather than later.

If You Could Turn Back the Clock, How Old Would You Want to Be?

John Blumenthal | Posted 04.04.2012 | Fifty
John Blumenthal

Some say they'd like to be young again, but only if they knew what they know now. Really? To me, this makes no sense. Why would you want to know beforehand that love and lust are not the same thing?

New Law Allows Younger Kids To Hunt

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 11.15.2011 | Detroit

Opening day for firearm deer hunting season in Michigan will see younger hunters in the woods due to a state law that went into effect Sept. 1. Th...

Does God Choose When The Spirit Leaves The Body Or Do We?

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 06.16.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

Do you think that God gave us the knowledge to be able to create these technologies, and then, as humans are want to do, we use them way beyond their original intent?

Once Again, Race Matters-But How?

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Barbara Coombs Lee

The key to the peaceful death most of us want, surrounded at home by loved ones and free from tubes and machines, is a frank talk with one's doctor. S...

Uncovered in South Carolina: Bear Abuse for Show

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Wayne Pacelle

Many animal rights activists believed that the cruel process of "bear baying" disappeared in the 19th century. We now know it is alive and well, but so repulsive as to require immediate action.