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Lessons on Living From My 106-Year-Old Aunt Doris

Love, meaningfulness and the power of connection don’t stop just because we get old. Aunt Doris on her 106th birthday. By Barry Eisenberg May 22, 2019 My Aunt Doris recently passed away, exactly two weeks before her birthday. She would have been 107. I have been involved in health care for my entire professional life, as… Read more »

How A Nurse With a Hole in Her Skull Changed The Medical History of Migraines

National Library of Medicine/Public DomainBY KATHERINE FOXHALL JUNE 18, 2019 The following is adapted from an excerpt from social and medical historian Katherine Foxhall’s new book, Migraine: A History, published by Johns Hopkins University Press, and out June 18, 2019. In 1936, Alfred Goltman, a physician from Tennessee, reported on one of his cases in the prominent medical… Read more »

Nurses aren’t commodities

SARAH E. JORGENSEN, RN | POLICY | NOVEMBER 28, 2018 Corporate health care mentality set up nurses up to be inhuman while holding us to superhuman expectations. We’re told to be caring — but not allowed to do it. It’s time to demand that we stop being abandoned and dismissed by dysfunctional leadership. Early in my nursing career, I… Read more »

Please, be kind to your doctor. We need it.

DR. SARA R. AHRONHEIM | PHYSICIAN | JUNE 10, 2019 There’s always so much to write about, and there’s never any time.  I work too much; it’s become evident recently that I need to cut down.  I have started noticing that things affect me much more than they ever did; there are days I hide my tears, and days… Read more »

Women Who Are Denied Abortions May Face Long-Lasting Health Problems, Study Says

BY JAMIE DUCHARME  JUNE 10, 2019 When a woman is denied access to an abortion, research has shown that she may face threats to her mental or financial well-being. A new study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, suggests her physical health may suffer, too. “There’s a good deal of research that shows, in the short term, having an abortion is much safer than… Read more »

Why Alcohol Companies Are Betting on Non-Alcoholic ‘Booze’

BY JAMIE DUCHARME  JUNE 3, 2019 It’s a Wednesday evening in Brooklyn, NY, and bars are dead. Tea-candle-dotted tables sit empty, waiting for a happy hour rush that isn’t. But tucked away on a side street, hours before its midnight closing time, a bar called Getaway hums with activity. Metal straws clink against ice and cocktail shakers… Read more »