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An Election's Consequences: People Will Die

Ken Allen | Posted 12.07.2014 | Politics
Ken Allen

Elections, victors are prone to crow, have consequences. Today that gibe carries a tragic truth. One consequence of our recent elections will be deaths -- many deaths. A few thousands or tens of thousands, if we are lucky, millions if we are not. Let us specify some of the ways.

Breast Cancer History, Please Don't Repeat

Kristina Cowan | Posted 12.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Kristina Cowan

I'd rather not have ADH or FEA, high estrogen or any other cancer threat. But this journey has stretched my understanding -- of my body, my mind and my faith. And it has empowered me to take even greater charge of my health than I have in the past.

Our Bodies Wear Out

Abby Pingree | Posted 12.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Abby Pingree

Perhaps with courage and acceptance we can make friends with our own mortality, and with acceptance we can be a peaceful presence when given the opportunity to experience the death of a loved one.

What Getting Closer To Death Has Taught Me About Life

Erica Jagger | Posted 12.03.2014 | Fifty
Erica Jagger

Before I turned 50, I thought death happened to other people. I knew I was supposed to die someday, but the prospect seemed more conceptual than a reality.

I Love You, Rosie

Jodie Preiss | Posted 12.02.2014 | Women
Jodie Preiss

I will be forever grateful that I had those two weeks before the fight began. Those two weeks that seemed to be just us -- cocooned in her hospital room. Two friends, mother and daughter. A bond that had survived distance and disagreement. A bond that had lasted for almost 38 years.

How Long Will You Live? Ask Your Friends.

Wray Herbert | Posted 11.19.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Character traits are better prognosticators than either intelligence or socioeconomic status, not just for heart attacks but in general for poor health and early death. That's why one psychological scientist turned to friends instead.

Have a Little Faith

Phu Nguyen | Posted 11.13.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Phu Nguyen

What this world has become is something so undefinable and sometimes scary that I don't think anyone would make it without the belief in something bigger than themselves and people in general.

This Entrepreneur Wants You to Celebrate Your Mortality

Debra Carpenter | Posted 12.20.2014 | Small Business
Debra Carpenter

Although life's path is different for everyone, every path meets the same end eventually. This is the only true certainty we have in life. But Irina...

Why I Don't Want To Die At 75

Joan Gage | Posted 12.16.2014 | Fifty
Joan Gage

Ezekiel Emanuel is a very distinguished scientist... Needless to say, his 5,000-word piece evoked a lot of debate, although everyone agreed he makes some important and startling points. They are his reasons for saying that he hopes to die at 75 and that, after he turns 65, he plans to discontinue all his health care -- no flu shots, colonoscopies, surgery, pacemakers.

Yagana Shah

Fading Sense Of Smell Could Be Predictor Of Death

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 10.02.2014 | Fifty

They say you should trust your gut, but maybe it's really the nose that knows. Turns out, the olfactory organ we all take for granted can do more than...

We Have Stage Four Cancer: Does That Make Us Terminal?

Jennifer Campisano | Posted 11.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Campisano

The average life span for someone with my illness is still 26 months. I've never thought of myself as terminal, but many people will describe this disease with that word. I began to wonder if I was just being wishful in my thinking.

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

Kim Yi Dionne | Posted 11.02.2014 | 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 10.22.2014 | 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 09.27.2014 | 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 09.30.2014 | 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.