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Thursday, May 16th 2013
If you found out you were at high risk for breast cancer, what would you do?
Angelina Jolie made a very brave decision when she recently opted for, and announced, she had undergone a prophylactic double mastectomy after finding out she carried a genetic mutation.
More: Prophylactic Mastectomy: Why This Woman Chose It
Tuesday, May 14th 2013
Mushrooms and Your Health: You Either Love Them or Hate Them, but Here Are Reasons to Try to Love Them
Many years ago, after I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I visited an herbalist. At the time—this was more than 20 years ago—herbs were something I thought of as growing in your garden and being used to enhance the flavor of foods, not something you ingested in liquid, capsule or pill form.
But this herbalist was extremely well-respected, knowledgeable and progressive, and I was anxious for advice to keep myself healthy.
Tuesday, May 07th 2013
About 10 years ago, I decided I needed to add some variety to my workout routine. I also craved something a bit slower-paced and meditative. So I took up yoga.
I loved the way it stretched out my body. I loved the way it forced me to slow down and relax. I loved the way I felt when I took that special time out from my busy life.
Monday, Apr 29th 2013
If you're like me (and lots of other people out there), these recent weeks have been tough ones in the news due to the Boston Marathon bombings and other tragedies around the world. However, there's also been some encouraging news on the health front.
Perhaps you'll find something here that is important to you or to share with someone you love.
Kidney Stones and Calcium
Monday, Apr 22nd 2013
I'm a little late to announce that March was colon cancer awareness month. I guess I'm guilty of what a lot of us do when it comes to colon cancer awareness: ignore it or procrastinate thinking about it.
But what's important to realize is that colorectal cancer is an "equal opportunity employer," striking both men and women. It is responsible for 150,000 diagnoses (that's about 16 people every hour!) and 50,000 deaths annually in the United States.
Tuesday, Apr 16th 2013
Yesterday morning, concerned about a problem I was having after having some injections weeks before for varicose veins in my legs, I called my doctor. I'll be taking a five-hour flight later this week and wanted to make sure there would be no problem. Ever since writing about deep vein thrombosis, I've had it on my mind.
Tuesday, Apr 02nd 2013
My husband loves to recount this story: When we were first married, he came down with the flu. One night, he was having a particularly tough time sleeping.
"Honey, wake up. I don't feel well."
I barely moved.
"Honey, please. Wake up. I can't sleep."
The pleading got a bit more insistent until I managed to register that someone was talking to me, and I wasn't dreaming.
Monday, Mar 25th 2013
While watching the Today Show last week, I was jolted into that familiar feeling of "Huh? Where has the time gone?" when it was reported that next month marks 10 years since the sudden and tragic death of 39-year-old journalist David Bloom. Ten years!
Tuesday, Mar 19th 2013
Memory is a funny thing. There are many things we'd like to forget—like bad haircuts, lousy meals and upsetting fights with loved ones. And then, there are those things we would love to remember—such as where we parked the car, the name of that restaurant we want to recommend to our friends and a word that we've used a hundred times before but is now stubbornly stuck on the tip of our tongues.