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Hospital Survival 101: Ask for a Private Room, Wear Your Own Pajamas and Other Secrets From a Pro

Cindy Finch, MSW, LICSW | Posted 08.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Cindy Finch, MSW, LICSW

Most nurses, doctors and technicians are not out to get you or make your life worse. They are not your enemy! They are just people like you and me, showing up for work and doing the best they can.

Let's Put Some Muscle on Those Skinny Health Care Networks

LeeAnn Hall | Posted 08.19.2014 | Healthy Living
LeeAnn Hall

The ACA is doing a tremendous amount of good, getting insurance to millions of people who otherwise would be uninsured, and lowering costs for many more -- but the use of these skinny networks threatens to undermine all the progress we've made if it's left unchecked. Here are some of the biggest problems that skinny networks can cause -- problems that are already affecting many patients.

Empathy Needs to Be Part of the Medical Treatment

Eric J. Hall | Posted 08.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

He was getting first rate medical care but he was not feeling cared for. What seems to be missing in this scenario is empathy, the ability to recognize emotions being experienced by another.

The Naked Truth: A Closer Look at Ourselves

Lisa M. Sodeika | Posted 08.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Lisa M. Sodeika

Are you comfortable in your own skin? I'm referring to being comfortable with your figurative self, stripped of any material belongings that distinguish you and boost your self-esteem.

How I Manage My Bipolar Disorder

Krystal Reddick | Posted 08.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Krystal Reddick

A stable life is highly doable. You have to take stock of your life and shape one you'd be proud and happy to live. It is a lot of work. But what in life isn't?

Not All Nurses Are Created Equal

Cindy Finch, MSW, LICSW | Posted 07.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Cindy Finch, MSW, LICSW

I've decided that there are two kinds of nurses -- those who are just punching a time clock and getting a paycheck, and those who are nursing from the heart -- helping improve not just your mood, but your health, as well. What's the difference?

9 Amazing Places You'll Want To Hurry Up And Visit Because You're Dying

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 08.01.2014 | Comedy

Whoa, you don't look so hot. Like, maybe you're on the verge of death. But wait! There are a lot of amazing places in the world you MUST see! ...

What Does It Take to Make Hospitals More Hospitable? It Might Take Just a Moment

Dr. Tiffany Chow | Posted 07.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Tiffany Chow

As horrifying as this was, I felt worst about not speaking out from behind my own curtain to let my roommates and the nurses know that this was not acceptable treatment.

10 Surprises From The First Days After Delivery

Meredith Bland | Posted 07.08.2014 | Parents
Meredith Bland

Almost every mother I know lost her shame at the hospital, and it's a darn good thing because you can't afford to have much of it when you're a mom.

What 53 Hours in a Hospital Teaches You About Your Kid

Rob Sachs | Posted 08.16.2014 | Parents
Rob Sachs

I thought horrible accidents weren't supposed to happen on beautiful weekend mornings. Certainly not when you're less than five feet away from your 6-year-old daughter, who's playing on a tree branch less than two feet off the ground.

All You Need Is...

Laurie Satran | Posted 08.11.2014 | Women
Laurie Satran

I will always be reminded how fragile we are and how unpredictable life is. And that despite how strong and independent we think we are and we think we need to be, there will come a time when we realize, all we really need is each other.

Heart Disease in Women: What You Need to Know

Mount Sinai Health System | Posted 08.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Mount Sinai Health System

Women often wait longer than men to go the emergency department, which is a mistake. It is important to pay attention to symptoms. A woman who thinks she is having a heart attack should chew a full-strength aspirin and go to an emergency department immediately.

3 Reasons Clergy Need a Healthcare Planning App

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 07.21.2014 | Religion
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

Clergy members are often asked to serve as a formal healthcare agent (also called a healthcare proxy or medical power of attorney) for parishioners like Alice.

My First Patient

Hammad Moses Khan | Posted 05.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Hammad Moses Khan

Lying before us was a man who had willingly decided that, upon his passing, his body be donated to science. That decision brought with it such powerful consequences that it affected not only the education of medical students but also the lives of the countless patients we would one day treat.

A Religious Freedom Parable

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.28.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

What follows is a modern-day parable. I think it's important to point that out up front, in order not to cause any undue offense. The scene: the near future, when Arizona (or any other state, for that matter) becomes a bastion of religious freedom by passing laws shielding businesses from penalty for discrimination on the basis of religious belief.

What A NICU Nurse Wants NICU Moms To Know

Jenni Stearman | Posted 04.23.2014 | Parents
Jenni Stearman

Everything that you would normally do to comfort and care for your baby has been taken away from you. I'm here to tell you, I understand your pain and I appreciate you.

What A NICU Nurse Wants NICU Moms To Know

Jenni Steadman | Posted 04.22.2014 | Parents
Jenni Steadman

Everything that you would normally do to comfort and care for your baby has been taken away from you. I'm here to tell you, I understand your pain and I appreciate you.

Celebrating, Continuing and Building on CHIP's Success

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Although CHIP is authorized through 2019, its funding is running out and will virtually disappear by October 2015 unless Congress takes immediate action. If funding is not continued, millions of children would lose health coverage.

'This Is Marriage'

Carrie Cariello | Posted 03.27.2014 | Weddings
Carrie Cariello

I thought; this is marriage. One day you're shopping for shoes at the outlets and just a few weeks later, the new shoes your husband reluctantly bought for himself will sit, discarded, in a room down the hall while someone else breathes for him.

Essential Guide to Surviving Hip Fracture

Hilary Young | Posted 03.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Hilary Young

Hip fractures are not easy to bounce back from. The plain and simple truth is that hip fractures can often lead to long-term complications, which can end up forcing you into assisted or nursing home living for an extended stay.

A Concrete Way to Remember and Honor Nelson Mandela

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

His commitment as a leader to South Africa's children was the extension of a principle that has governed leaders of traditional communities for generations: If the children are well, then all of us are well.

Blood Donation: Giving the Gift of Life This Holiday Season

Brian Boyle | Posted 02.22.2014 | Impact
Brian Boyle

As a former ICU patient, I experienced this first hand by observing the love and support from my parents, family, friends, and medical team. In my darkest moments in the hospital, they were there to help guide me through, and they did.

Giving Thanks for a Sweet Goodbye

Fredda Wasserman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Fredda Wasserman

In my years of working with grieving clients, I have all too frequently heard grievers lament "Why didn't we ever talk about death when she was alive?" "I wish we had been able to say goodbye." On the other hand, seldom have I heard regrets from people who did have the conversation.

How I'm Getting Acclimated To My Empty Nest

Melissa T. Shultz | Posted 12.28.2013 | Fifty
Melissa T. Shultz

Last month, a friend of mine, a widower who lives alone, woke at 5 a.m. with a crushing pain in the middle of his chest. He told me later that three thoughts came to mind.

The Shocking Truth About Medication Errors

Leah Binder | Posted 09.11.2013 | Business
Leah Binder

Let's say a physician writes a prescription for Colchicine and accidentally orders "10.0 mg," when he should have ordered "1.0 mg." That's a tiny deci...