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Mortality

What We Know And Don't Know About Ebola's Collateral Damage

Kim Yi Dionne | Posted 09.02.2014 | Science
Kim Yi Dionne

The Ebola outbreak may also indirectly kill people, by causing a sharp increase in non-Ebola deaths (e.g., deaths due to Malaria, or typhoid fever). Can this "collateral damage" be larger than the recorded death toll, as several reports in the media have suggested?

The Nurse With No Empathy

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 08.25.2014 | Parents
Shelly Lopez Gray

he lived in a very rural area, and did not have much family here. Honestly, she was very young, very poor and very uneducated. But here she was in front of me, flushed, sweating and swollen. I was still a new nurse, just off of orientation, but even I knew that something was very wrong

Dying Man's Touching Farewell Letter To Family And Friends

John P. Donnelly | Posted 07.28.2014 | Fifty
John P. Donnelly

I discovered too late that I really knew so little about so many deceased friends and colleagues, and only found out about some of their remarkable exploits and achievements when reading their obituaries.

It Happens In The United States

Shelly Lopez Gray | Posted 09.21.2014 | Parents
Shelly Lopez Gray

No one thinks that this is something that could happen to them. No nurse thinks this is going to be her patient. But it can happen, it does happen, and it is happening every day in the United States.

A World Future Society Conference Speech: Everyone Faces a Transhumanist Wager

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 09.14.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a problem. Each one of us has a problem. In fact, no matter where you go on the planet, no matter who you find, every single person on Earth has this same dire problem.

Meet The 29-Year-Old Mortician Who's Changing The Way We Think About Death

Posted 07.15.2014 | OWN

As told to Abbe Wright By Caitlin Doughtry, creator of the YouTube series "Ask a Mortician" When I was 8 years old, I saw a young girl fa...

What Would You Do If You Only Had Hours To Live?

Dianne Harman | Posted 09.11.2014 | Fifty
Dianne Harman

My husband and I were in Seattle recently visiting our son and daughter-in-law. My son was debating whether or not to take a position he had been offered at a large increase in salary. We were discussing it and he made the statement, 'But I don't know how many lunches I have left.'

How to Be Human in New York

Teresa Lee | Posted 09.07.2014 | New York
Teresa Lee

It's almost a survival tactic to not be so human in New York because you simply can't be. You avert your eyes from stranger all the times because you can't afford to know their story -- good or bad -- because your life alone seems difficult enough without other people's problems.

Watch Out Cupid! Transhumanism is Going to Change Love

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 09.01.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

The next time you're in a coffee shop, don't overlook that 70-year-old sitting in the corner reading Dickens, Hemmingway, or maybe even a copy of The Transhumanist Wager. That senior citizen with their years of wisdom and experience might soon be fair game for a love interest.

We Will Never Forget

Lynn Morrison | Posted 08.31.2014 | Parents
Lynn Morrison

I look back on that week through a haze of grief, but my sister's quote stands out in my head. "I'm afraid that people will forget her." What she doesn't seem to understand is that we can never forget little Kenzie, because we see and hear her every day in my sister.

Can Fat Baboons Help Us Understand the 'Obesity Paradox'?

Jeff Ritterman, MD | Posted 08.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeff Ritterman, MD

Does our present high-sugar diet do to us what the "garbage dump diet" did to the baboons? Weight gain, pre-diabetes and alarming cholesterol elevations are all results of our diet too. Like the baboons, we humans will certainly respond to dietary insults in a variety of ways.

My Father Knew It First

Rachel Joyce | Posted 08.04.2014 | Parents
Rachel Joyce

I do not want to see her bleed, or to watch my father cry over her. I do not want to acknowledge that the same raw strength I see in him is the same raw strength that has been called forth generation after generation, in the letting-go moments.

When Parenting Breaks Your Heart

Sarah MacLaughlin, LSW | Posted 08.02.2014 | Parents
Sarah MacLaughlin, LSW

I wanted to be a mom for a long time before I became one. But I didn't know how tired I'd be. Or how angry I'd get. I had no idea that the stakes would feel so high and the losses would loom so big. Parenting is scary and painful -- it breaks your heart.

Checking Out the Meaning of Life From the Public Library

Mary Walker Baron | Posted 08.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Mary Walker Baron

Using the public library as a metaphor for how I want to live my life, I'm going to try to be more aware of my own deadline even if the date remains unknown. Just as I read library books with more focus and intention because of their due date, I will try to live my life with similar focus and intention because I, too have a due date.

It's Raining Mennonites

Holly Richmond | Posted 08.02.2014 | Religion
Holly Richmond

Question: How does a Good Girl with 17 years of Christian-school honor roll turn into a pot-smoking, godless queer feminist? Answer: Live with Mennonites for a year.

Facing Mortality

Rui Dai | Posted 07.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Rui Dai

Helplessness is not something 20-somethings are accustomed to feeling. I don't think we understand mortality until we are confronted with it in the most unexpected circumstances.

I Don't Want My Obituary to Say I Died of Cancer

Nikki Weiss-Goldstein | Posted 07.23.2014 | Women
Nikki Weiss-Goldstein

But I don't want my obituary to say that I died of cancer. Is that so wrong? I want it to say that I passed away in my sleep at the ripe, old age of 90. It's hard to be faced with your mortality at age 40.

The Biggest Worry About Transhumanism

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 07.21.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

Will technology and science that make our species more transhuman be used to create a deeper divide in society for the haves and have-nots?

My First Year Living With ALS

Stephen Finger | Posted 07.21.2014 | Impact
Stephen Finger

I was diagnosed with ALS in February 2013. A year later the shock from being told weakness in my hand was the first step of a uniformly fatal disease has worn off, but all of my fears are the same.

How Contemplating Death Can Help You Truly Live

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 05.22.2014 | Healthy Living

Many of us avoid facing the reality of our own mortality. But others, who contemplate death and accept its inevitability, often find themselves capabl...

Get A Grip: Handshake as Predictor of Longevity

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 07.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

The idea of assessing an individual by his handshake is nothing new. However recent research suggests that you may be able to judge much more than character.

It Took Me 49 Years to Truly Understand My Mom

TueNight | Posted 07.12.2014 | Fifty
TueNight

While my mother and I didn't actually share the last three decades, now I know what it means to work at a marriage, to be a working mom and to watch my children struggle and blossom.

The Freaking Autumn of My Life

Julie Gray | Posted 06.30.2014 | Fifty
Julie Gray

I'm 25 years older than OMG-he-didn't-call-me-back and 25 years younger than I-wonder-if-this-is-my-last-birthday. So I'm right where I want to be.

Life is Fragile: Say "I Love You" a Lot

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 06.23.2014 | Fifty
Dr. Jim Taylor

I remember my life in my 20s and 30s when I was single. I felt invincible. Life was so carefree. I lived in the present, didn't think much about the f...

Facing Our Mortality: The Stomach Flu of the Soul That Sets Us Free

Kari Henley | Posted 06.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Kari Henley

I have been thinking a lot about death lately. Not a fun topic, but one rich with interpretations, nuances, fears and murky voids. Our mortality is p...