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Real Support in a Virtual World

Carolyn Ziel | Posted 08.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Carolyn Ziel

We all know that Facebook reunites friends who haven't seen each other for years. But what some may not realize is, that it has literally changed the face of illness, death and grief, and offers a new kind of real support in a virtual world.

No Longer the Girl Next Door

Nikki Luongo | Posted 07.15.2013 | Impact
Nikki Luongo

Recently someone said to me "You're not the same person you were 10 years ago." How could I be? I've lived through more in 10 years than most people have an entire lifetime.

They Shut The Door on My Grandmother

Andrew Lam | Posted 07.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Andrew Lam

Note: I wrote the essay below almost two decades ago, at the beginning of my life as a writer. It is collected in my first book Perfume Dreams: Reflec...

Valley Fever Infecting Thousands In Agricultural Heartland

AP | GOSIA WOZNIACKA | Posted 05.05.2014 | Healthy Living

California and federal public health officials say valley fever, a potentially lethal but often misdiagnosed disease infecting more and more people ar...

Reclaiming Your Life After Being Diagnosed as Chronically-Ill

Toni Nagy | Posted 06.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Toni Nagy

I wish that during those dark days, I had access to a book that so well articulated not only how I felt, but also how I could actually come to change my viewpoint. It took me years to begin a proactive path of psychological and spiritual healing.

The Top Five Diagnoses That You Absolutely Do Not Want to Have Happen to You, Ever

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 06.26.2013 | Comedy
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

Although sources tell me that this next round of medical coding saves even more time for doctors and billing departments, little has been released with regard to the brand new collection of more than 60,000 easy-to-remember diagnostic codes.

Why Men Need To Toughen Up

Tammy Bleck | Posted 06.26.2013 | Fifty
Tammy Bleck

Let's just call it like it is. Women take pain, panic, worry, anger, hurt and fear without missing a beat and all the while, wearing a smile.

Getting the Flu: A Four-Day Forced Meditation Retreat

Matt Bieber | Posted 06.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Matt Bieber

I haven't left the house much over the last couple of days. My sheets are bunched up at the foot of the bed, clothes are strewn all over the floor, and containers of half-eaten soup and Emergen-C scan the wasteland from their perches on desktops and chairs. It's been wonderful.

What I Wish I Could Teach My Family

Lauren Cahn | Posted 05.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Lauren Cahn

I didn't choose to cultivate equanimity. It chose me. My experience has taught me that nothing is permanent. Change is inevitable; sometimes it brings pleasure, sometimes pain. While you can't avoid pain, you can choose to suffer less.

History: Tenacious Teacher or Torturer?

Soul Dancer | Posted 04.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Soul Dancer

For many, history weaves the warp of time with the weft of experience into a brilliant mosaic cloth of memories. Just how does memory serve us? In some cases, memories bless us in their teachings.

Mom Makes Disgusting Find In Common Baby Product

The Stir | Posted 03.30.2013 | Parents
The Stir

Mitzi Johnson said she always cleaned her son's nose bulb with hot soapy water after each use. But photos on her profile -- which have since been shared thousands of times -- show an open syringe chock-full of mold!

How Louis C.K. Saved My Life

Robin Amos Kahn | Posted 03.28.2013 | Fifty
Robin Amos Kahn

For almost 25 years I had it all: career, marriage, motherhood, a beautiful home -- and I was also buried under so many responsibilities for other people that I think of myself as being a member of the "Panini Generation." Worse than just a sandwich, we are squeezed and pressed.

Why Doctors Can't Make You Well

Deepak Chopra | Posted 03.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

"I am well" means much more than the absence of active disease. What the public -- and most doctors -- hasn't found out is that the cause of illness is becoming more and more murky.  

What Is True?

Fred Waitzkin | Posted 03.12.2013 | Books
Fred Waitzkin

But how does one reconcile the idea of truth-telling with an inability to differentiate between reality and fantasy? I think that question goes to the essence of great fiction and poetry making, and also perhaps to the uncanny power of dreams.

Tackling End of Life Issues

Deborah Stambler | Posted 03.10.2013 | Fifty
Deborah Stambler

A friend of mine recently asked if I would be literary executor of his estate. He's 81, in great health and a fine poet with a couple of books published. I know it's not common to talk about death over coffee, but I was glad we got over the weirdness and could talk about everything.

The Slow Death of Dementia

Terry Newell | Posted 02.20.2013 | Fifty
Terry Newell

I lost my mother about eight months ago, but she will be 99 in early February. This is the result of dementia. The woman she was is gone. The mother I knew can be reached neither by her conscious awareness nor by all my wishing that I could penetrate her darkening mind.

Mushroom-Barley Soup and Other Red Flags

Stacey Gordon | Posted 02.05.2013 | Fifty
Stacey Gordon

Mushroom-barley soup, a staple of my childhood, lovingly prepared by Grandma Mollie, was the most delicious soup I'd ever tasted. Grandma Mollie always got it just right, but this time, something was awry.

That Deadly Pinter Sneer

Sherman Yellen | Posted 02.03.2013 | Arts
Sherman Yellen

Harold Pinter nearly killed me. Not with a knife, a bullet, or a karate chop, but with that most deadly of all weapons, a lofty sneer.

Woman's Secret To Living With Chronic Pain

HuffPost Live | Posted 11.15.2012 | Healthy Living

According to the National Institute of Health, chronic pain affects more people than diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined. It is also the most...

Huntington's Disease and the Inspiration Behind The Shortest Way Home

Juliette Fay | Posted 01.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Juliette Fay

At the time that Sue and I lived together in our 20s, there was no test for the disease, as there is now. She had no way of knowing if she would begin to lose her physical and mental capacities in 10 years -- or never.

Excerpt: Saving Each Other: A Mother-Daughter Love Story

Victoria Jackson | Posted 12.29.2012 | Books
Victoria Jackson

I'm the Victoria Jackson of infomercial fame who challenged the status quo of the makeup world by honoring the natural beauty of all women. My foundation for the "no-makeup makeup" look became the crown jewel of my cosmetics company that today has sales of more than a half-billion dollars.

Friendkeeping: A Primer

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 12.26.2012 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

Friendkeeping by Julie Klam is the book you will want to give all your best friends, not as a nudge-nudge, hint-hint reminder of what it takes to be a good friend, but rather as a celebration of just how great friends can be.

What the Hell Are You Doing Back in My Life?

Pete Dorogoff | Posted 12.22.2012 | Fifty
Pete Dorogoff

It's been 35 years since my parents were together as a couple. It's odd for me to even refer to my father and my mother in some plural reference. However, life happens and unfolds in baffling ways.

How to Not Get Sick

Chloe Spencer | Posted 12.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Chloe Spencer

Everyone seems to be getting sick right now! In fact, it is very common to get sick during the transition between seasons. So while summer's currently turning into fall, which I'm very relieved to say after all this miserable heat, you should be taking extra precautions to protect your health.

Every Day Is a Miracle

Victoria Jackson | Posted 12.02.2012 | Parents
Victoria Jackson

I looked around at other moms at the pre-prom party and realized that probably no other mother was thinking of her daughter in her very special dress the same way I was thinking of Ali.