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Reality of caring for a dying parent

There are two things that movies consistently get wrong: sex and death. Unfortunately, as a society, we spend far too much time thinking of sex and too little time devoted to death – especially of a parent.

Critical blood shortage prompts emergency call for donations

Every two seconds in the United States, blood is needed to respond to patient emergencies, including accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant procedures, and patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease.

Counseling Corner: Facing the challenge of mid-life dating

Dating isn’t something just for young people. While dating is a chance for the parents of teens to worry, and a chance for twenty-somethings to find a serious relationship, today there’s a whole new age group, those 30 and over, ...

Warning signs of a heart attack

Predicting a heart attack before it happens can be difficult.

Counseling Corner: Tips for encouraging good behavior in your children

As parents, we all would like to have perfect, well-behaved offspring of whom we can always be proud.

The many layers of skin health

Summer is here, and having fun in the sun is no longer just a daydream. But for humans, exposure to the sun reminds us of how important the skin is, and the many health concerns associated with our skin.

Counseling Corner: What are your dreams trying to tell you?

When you wake up each morning, do you remember your dreams in vivid detail? Or do you rarely, if ever, recall a dream? Whichever the case, researchers tell us that we all do dream every night. In fact, they’ve found ...

Environmental racism persists

Environmental racism is the disproportionate impact of environmental hazards on people of color. The lead poisoning of children in Flint is only the latest example of environmental racism in the U.S.

Should vaccines be required?

Vaccination has long been a familiar, highly effective form of medicine and a triumph of public health.

Counseling Corner: Taking steps to minimize memory loss

Everybody forgets things at times. But as we age, most of us may become aware that our memories are not quite as sharp as they once were. We may find it happening more often that we forget where we left ...

A new way to die: Legal intervention

We are forced to accept a new category is listed among the leading causes of death in America: legal intervention.

Risk of the Zika virus growing in the U.S.

As the seasons change from warm to hot, residents should be very cautious of not only the heat but also the rising health risks, such as the Zika virus. “With summer coming, the Zika threat will get worse,” said Claude ...

Are you getting the most out of that family vacation?

Summer vacations are a fairly recent innovation, becoming popular around the middle of the 19th century.

Gluten and FDA food labeling

An estimated 3 million Americans suffer from celiac disease, a genetic autoimmune digestive disorder that damages the small intestine

Drinking water to beat the heat

As the weather gets warmer, drinking enough water is more important than ever.