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The Cost Of My Catastrophe

Harshada Rajani | Posted 03.15.2013 | TED Weekends
Harshada Rajani

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgI'm still just a naive fighter, struggling through every single day. So let me ask you all: Is this a curse or a blessing, a tragedy or an opportunity, a punishment or merely, just a gift?

WATCH: Disease Could Be Affecting Millions Who Don't Even Know It

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Wilkes-Edrington | Posted 03.01.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Multiple sclerosis affects more than 2.1 million individuals worldwide. But there is another disease that affects the central nervous system and is fa...

Can Olive Oil and Nuts Prevent Heart Attacks?

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 04.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

I think the Mediterranean diet would be worth adopting for the sheer pleasure of it, and the health benefits are just another great reason to go Mediterranean.

What You Need to Know About Your Blood Sugar Results

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 04.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

You are the most important member of your medical team. Ask your physician for a copy of your lab work. Learn about the important lab values and track them each visit. Your doctor should welcome such active participation.

Why Older People REALLY Need To Stop Smoking

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 02.21.2013 | Fifty

Good news for older people who smoke: If you quit smoking, you will reap the benefits in a fairly short period of time. A new study by researchers ...

Taking Back My Happiness

Harshada Rajani | Posted 04.22.2013 | Good News
Harshada Rajani

I've realized that I've been searching for happiness in all the wrong places; the places in which I had learned to subconsciously associate with incredible amounts of happiness.

The Dangerous Myth of 'Fat but Fit'

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 04.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeff Schweitzer

Yes, in rare circumstances we can point to a few obese individuals who do not appear to be at increased risk for heart disease; few things are absolute with biology. But that should offer no consolation to Gov. Christie or anyone else carrying excess weight.

What Women Need To Know About Heart Disease, From Dr. Nancy Snyderman (WATCH)

Posted 08.14.2013 | MarloThomas

Heart disease is a major issue for women -- even if no one in your family has a history of it. Dr. Nancy Snyderman, Chief Medical Editor for NBC News,...

The Long Path To Repairing A Damaged Brain

Richard C. Senelick, M.D. | Posted 03.12.2013 | TED Weekends
Richard C. Senelick, M.D.

We know from both animal and human research that with the right amount and type of therapy, we can both instruct other areas of the brain to take over the function of the damaged brain and also direct the damaged axons to connect with nerve cells that work.

A Stroke of Insight For All of Us

Lucy L. Brown, Ph.D. | Posted 01.06.2013 | TED Weekends
Lucy L. Brown, Ph.D.

I don't think that the right versus the left brain are responsible for our balance or imbalance, but it doesn't really matter exactly why she felt that way, or whether it is our right/left hemisphere balance or not.

The Woman With Two Brains

Benjamin K. Bergen | Posted 03.08.2013 | TED Weekends
Benjamin K. Bergen

The two hemispheres of the brain are extremely similar from their global organization down to the minute details like the distribution of specific neurotransmitters used in particular corresponding regions across the two hemispheres.

My Insights Into Stroke Prevention

Richard W. Besdine, M.D. | Posted 03.07.2013 | TED Weekends
Richard W. Besdine, M.D.

For the sake of the 600,000 people who will have a stroke this year, I'd like to offer a short overview of how you can "make your own luck" by improving your odds of avoiding a stroke.

The Balancing Brain: Finding Harmony And Awareness

Robert M. Bilder, Ph.D. | Posted 03.06.2013 | TED Weekends
Robert M. Bilder, Ph.D.

The most powerful approaches to self-improvement may aim to promote the dynamic balance of forces in the brain rather than the quieting of some to release others. Since antiquity, seekers of truth, beauty, and harmony have traveled paths that balance opposing forces.

Some Songs Just Can't Be Heard

Ben Thomas | Posted 03.06.2013 | TED Weekends
Ben Thomas

Dr. Taylor tries to tell us, in the most precise language possible, what it was like to watch her thoughts fall away as she fell into timeless bliss. Truth be told, though, your own subjective experience is just as unique as hers -- and, ultimately, just as immune to exact translation.

My Love/Hate Relationship With The Brain

Harshada Rajani | Posted 03.06.2013 | TED Weekends
Harshada Rajani

I know that as a medical student and a fellow miraculous survivor, I should, like Jill Bolte Taylor, maturely and gracefully appreciate the awesome intricacies and tenacious strength of the brain. Instead, I'm totally disgusted by it.

Does Our Planet Need A Stroke of Insight?

Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor | Posted 03.06.2013 | TED Weekends
Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor

2013-01-03-boltetaylorpullThe issues of mental health and global health are closely linked -- if not one and the same. Similar processes we use to improve our mental health can help us make better, more responsible decisions as a society -- by focusing on the compassion and integrity of our right brain, rather than the judgment, punishment and deception of our left brain.

The New Year's Talk Every Family Needs to Have

Richard C. Senelick, M.D. | Posted 02.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Richard C. Senelick, M.D.

We tend to think that medical decision making discussions are primarily for the elderly or for those with cancer. Yes, they need to plan, but this blog is directed at the rest of you who have completely ignored this issue.

I Found My Voice in a Hopeless Place

Harshada Rajani | Posted 02.12.2013 | Good News
Harshada Rajani

My horrible experience, my months of forced introspection, and my unquenchable desire to be heard, gave me a powerful yet vulnerable voice.

The One Way To Turn On Your Body's Own Pharmacy

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 11.13.2012 | Fifty

Transcendental meditation has been around since the 1950s, a simple practice that employs the recitation of a mantra to reduce stress and improve focu...

'Somewhere Beautiful' -- a Different Soundtrack of our Lives

Ilene Angel | Posted 01.09.2013 | Fifty
Ilene Angel

I used to play what I referred to as "the nursing home circuit." It was a chance to spend a little time performing music without any agenda and simply bring joy to people.

A New Breed of Humans?

Georgianna Donadio, MSc, Ph.D., D.C. | Posted 01.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Georgianna Donadio, MSc, Ph.D., D.C.

With all these changes in modern medicine, technology and our bodies' ability to adapt and change along with it, are we in essence creating a new breed of humans?

Even Fit Baby Boomers Won't Escape This Health Issue

AP | LINDSEY TANNER | Posted 11.05.2012 | Fifty

CHICAGO -- Here's a reality check for health-conscious baby boomers: Even among those in good shape, at least 1 in 3 will eventually develop heart pro...

How Sleeping Saved My Brain

Geil Browning, Ph.D. | Posted 12.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Geil Browning, Ph.D.

When I was discharged from the hospital, the doctor suggested that I take a nap every afternoon. I didn't think too much about this, but in hindsight I realize that this was not just a friendly suggestion. Sleeping -- and naps in particular -- were critical to my recovery.

Counting Candles

Jeanine Celeste Pang | Posted 10.25.2012 | Women
Jeanine Celeste Pang

"Amazing genes!" many would say when learning the ages of my 99-year-old grandfather and 94-year-old grandmother. "You'll live to be 100." "101," I would reply, as if entitled to some borrowed fortitude.

Chiropractic Manipulation Can Cause a Stroke

Richard C. Senelick, M.D. | Posted 12.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Richard C. Senelick, M.D.

The word "stroke" conjures images of a bolt out of the blue. No one ever imagines that they will have a stroke, much less that it might happen as a result of a chiropractic treatment for neck pain -- but it does.