Prevention and Treatment
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Future of Personal Health
Prevention and Treatment
Education and Research
Recognizing the Medical Heroes Who Participate in Clinical Trials
Behind every medicine and available treatment are the people who gave the extraordinary gift of participation in clinical trials.
6 Tips for Celebrating the Holidays with Friends and Family Living with Alzheimer’s
The holidays can be stressful for families whose lives have been changed by a dementia diagnosis. These tips can help us all enjoy the season.
Giving All Moms and Babies a Healthy Start
More moms are dying from pregnancy and childbirth complications, making our country the most dangerous place in the developed world to give birth.
Doctors: Understand Black Culture Before Treating Black Patients
When assessing a patient, medical history is key — and so is cultural history.
One Woman’s Journey to Recovery After a Rare Stroke
When Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor had a rare form of a stroke in 1996, she approached her recovery with fascination rather than fear. She believed in her brain’s ability to recover.
Country Singer Ben Rue on His Experience with Type 1 Diabetes
Ben Rue recounts being in high school while suffering from diabetes and shares his experience as a brand ambassador for Accu-Chek Guide.
Joan Lunden on Caring for a Parent with Dementia
Journalist Joan Lunden knows what it’s like to be a caregiver. Her mother had dementia and now Lunden wants to help others care for their loved ones.
Singer-Songwriter Mary Lambert’s Personal Journey to Self-Love and Acceptance
Singer-songwriter Mary Lambert, a passionate advocate for mental health, body positivity and LGBTQ rights, is sharing her story.
A Lack of Awareness Around This Cancer Is Costing Black Lives
A lack of awareness surrounding multiple myeloma is costing lives, but one organization is stepping forward to make change.
How Two People Found Each Other After a Lifesaving Donation
Marcus Cato was diagnosed with myeloid leukemia with little hope of a cure until a young woman decided to donate her bone marrow to a complete stranger.
How Rebecca Black Found Her Voice After “Friday”
For plenty of 13-year-olds, scoring a viral hit sounds like a dream come true. For Black, the star of 2011’s “Friday,” it wasn’t quite so simple.
The True Price of a Costly Medical Education System
When medical school costs the same as a home, low-income students often abandon their dreams of entering the physician workforce.
Battling with Stage IV Cancer and the Journey to a Full Recovery
Chuck Colletti, volunteer for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, talks about how his young daughter inspired him to find every way possible to fight his cancer diagnosis.
Country Singer and Actress Jana Kramer’s Journey to Motherhood
Jana Kramer opens up about her journey to motherhood, including her struggles to conceive, miscarriages, morning sickness and her eventual pregnancy.
Jennifer Garner is Putting Farm-Fresh Baby Food on the Market
You’ve heard of farm-to-table. What about farm-to-highchair? Actress Jennifer Garner and fellow mom and co-founder Cassandra Curtis are bringing fresh, organic food to busy parents and their little ones.
How One Pharmacist Is Boosting Diversity in the Healthcare Industry
Dr. Martez Prince, CEO of a successful independent and black-staffed Charlotte pharmacy, discusses the importance of diversity within the healthcare industry.
Meet the Women Championing Women’s Heart Health
When it comes to health, nothing is more dangerous to women than heart disease. Luckily, a group of very diligent ladies is promoting awareness.
Oklahoma Mom on a Mission Reflects on Daughter’s Rare Diagnosis
Mother of five Rachel Petties refuses to let her daughter’s rare genetic disorder define the lives of their family.
The Latinx Community Has a History of Downplaying Mental Illness
Speaking about mental illnesses is the first step in a national movement to prioritize mental health for Latinx individuals.
A Lifeline of Support to Help You Through the Caregiving Process
Fight isolation and loneliness during the Alzheimer’s journey with support groups, educational resources and help organizations that can help you stay engaged with your community.
A Mother’s Mission to Educate the World About Arrhythmia
For 25 years, one woman has been a passionate advocate for people with arrhythmia. Her advocacy started in the U.K. and is having global impact, including here in the United States.
New Research Shows Differences in Mental Health Among Races
Focusing on the unique mental health struggles of different populations can lead to improved access to care.
Three Ways to Support Teen Mental Health
Validating your teen’s anxiety is the first step in supporting their mental health. Here are some tips on talking to your teen.
One Teen’s Cross-Country Crusade to Raise Awareness for Rare Diseases
Gabriel Low was diagnosed with hypokalemic periodic paralysis at a young age, but it took his mother decades to receive her own diagnosis. He decided to bike 3,000 miles to raise money and awareness for other rare diseases.
Q&A with Social Media Influencer and Body Positivity Advocate Kelly U
Social Media Influencer and Body Positivity Advocate, Kelly U found her road to recovery by rethinking today’s beauty standards. Here, she opens up about the hurdles and triumphs.
The NBA Pairs up with a Grassroots Nonprofit for Rare Diseases
RUN partners up with the NBA to honor families struggling with rare or undiagnosed diseases.
Can I Have an STD and Be Sexually Healthy?
Learn why a positive diagnosis doesn’t mean that you are unhealthy or that you are unworthy of a satisfying sex life or positive relationships.
Jewel is Using Her Platform to Promote Mindfulness
The genre-busting, award-winning singer/songwriter has touched millions with her music, but now she hopes to spread the message of fuller living through mindfulness.
How to Make Children’s Mental Health a Priority
Most mental illness develops in childhood or adolescence, and the sooner it is treated, the better the prognosis. Here’s why prioritizing the needs of children will benefit us all.
How an NFL Player’s Advocacy for Duchenne Is Touching the Lives of Children
Most people know Clay Matthews as the Green Bay Packers linebacker. I know Matthews as a person with a soft heart, and a passion for advocacy.
America’s Mothers and Babies are Facing an Urgent Health Crisis
March of Dimes believes that every baby deserves the best possible start. Unfortunately, not all babies get one.
How One Man Is Winning Against a Devastating Diagnosis
Thanks to serious determination, a strong support system, top-of-the-line care and a willingness to experiment with clinical trials, this stage IV pancreatic cancer patient is shattering life expectancies.
The Future of Cancer Research Depends on Federal Funding
For many cancer patients, clinical trials offer new hope. Therefore, government funding is a necessity in bettering the chance to cure cancer once and for all.
Trans, Genderqueer, Nonbinary? Just Be You
It’s easier than ever to find trans-queer voices online, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to come out. Consider these tips on safety and communication as you develop your coming out plan.
It’s Time to Tear Down the Stigma Surrounding Periods
A passionate young advocate sheds light on period poverty and explains how battling it can build a brighter future for all women.
Model Hunter McGrady Is Pioneering Body Positivity in the Media
As a size 2 teen, she was told she’d need to lose weight to cut it as a model. Now she’s a social media maven, modeling the biggest fashion brands in magazines and on the runway.
Maria Shriver’s Mission to Save Your Mind
Not a day goes by that strangers don’t approach Shriver to share their personal connection to Alzheimer’s Disease or ask for advice. She never shies away from the conversation.
How Everyday Heroes Are Changing Medical Research
“Medical heroes” are those who selflessly choose to participate in clinical trials, allowing for medical innovations that have the power to change lives.
Artists Raise Awareness of the Rare Disease Community with an Intimate Art Exhibit
Intimate portraits of children living with rare diseases bring much needed awareness to a once near-invisible community.
YouTube’s Ingrid Nilsen Wants Your Help Repealing the “Pink Tax”
What do Porsches and menstrual pads have in common? The answer may surprise you — and it may be impacting your income, too.
Debunking the Myths Surrounding Cancer Trials and Research
In order to further our knowledge of cancer diagnoses and treatments, a greater number of diverse clinical trial participants are needed.
How Technology Is Transforming Clinical Trials Today
As clinical trials increase their reach to a global scale, companies like Medrio are helping to accelerate and enhance research operations with eClinical technology.
Bernie Williams on His Father’s Long Battle with Pulmonary Fibrosis
Former Yankee Bernie Williams honors his father’s struggle with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis by raising awareness and starting his own charity organization.
How “Broad City’s” Ilana Glazer Is Blazing a Trail of Sex Positivity
The comedian, writer and actress, best known as co-creator and co-star of Comedy Central’s “Broad City,” opens up about staying in touch with the youth, embracing fluidity and becoming an accidental feminist icon.
Finding Purpose and Meaning in the Midst of Changing Cognitive Abilities
The touching and inspirational stories of those with dementia and Alzheimer’s — and those that love and care for them — illustrate that there is still lots of life left to live in the face of disease.
How Man’s Best Friend Can Provide a Key Link to the World of Hearing
Read the touching tale of Dominic and Plato, a dynamic team that shows us a novel — and adorable — solution to overcoming the challenges of deafness in a noisy world.
5 Things You Didn’t Know About Alzheimer’s Caregivers
As the population of family caregivers continues to grow, it’s important that all Americans understand more about their needs too.
7 Rights for All Stroke Survivors
Three key words are the backbone of the Global Stroke Bill of Rights and point towards a more empowered future for all survivors.
A Private Sector Solution to the Opioid Epidemic
As the opioid epidemic continues to ravage our country, the private sector is working to change the landscape of addiction treatment for the better.
Charging Capitol Hill to Discuss Alopecia Areata
Professionals and patients are joining forces to raise awareness and effect change for patients living with alopecia areata.
Peanut Foods for Your Infant? Yes, If You Want to Prevent Peanut Allergy
“Jane the Virgin” star Justin Baldoni and his wife discuss their experience with introducing peanuts to their infant son in an effort to avoid allergies later on.
How One Mother’s Worst Nightmare Lead to a Patient Safety Movement
Ilene Corina experienced the worst and best of health care. Now she’s dedicated her life to helping other patients take charge.
A Day in the Life of a Pediatric Oncology Nurse
Pediatric oncology is a dynamic, challenging field. Nurses balance treatment with the utmost care for the smallest patients.
Leonard Nimoy: A Prosperous Life Cut Short, But Not Forgotten
Julie Nimoy retraces her father Leonard’s battle with lung disease — stressing how fans and at-risk individuals can limit their chances of following in his footsteps.
How a 23-Year-Old Cancer Survivor Is Inspiring Her Peers to Stay Strong Despite Their Diagnosis
Twenty-three-year-old Brianna Bossotti knows no one lives forever, but after a battle against cancer she won in 2017, she knows how important it is to fight for that life.
Daniel Franzese on How TV and Movies Impact HIV and AIDS
Actor, activist and ambassador for the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, Daniel Franzese is passionate about raising awareness of the LGBTQ community on HIV/AIDS.
How Gunnar Esiason Persists in the Face of Cystic Fibrosis
A young man opens up about his battle with cystic fibrosis and shares why he’s spreading awareness.
Jaime King On Her Fertility Struggles and Staying Positive
Jaime King, producer, actress, model, wife and mother, talks about how perseverance prevailed in the face of her struggles with fertility.
A Mom’s Journey From Concerned Parent to Rare Disease Advocate
Patricia Weltin shares her and her daughters’ long quest for the proper diagnosis, a quest that empowered her to raise awareness for all people living with a rare disease.
How Gloria Gaynor Survived and Thrived Through Osteoarthritis
The world-renowned disco superstar has long been an icon of perseverance. She used that grit to get through her pain and continue her work inspiring fans to find their inner strength.
Learn How the Internet Is Empowering the Rare Disease Community
Diagnosing rare conditions often requires dauntless, collaborative efforts by stakeholders. Sharing information widely and openly can help speed diagnoses and form new communities.
Hearing Loss: Many Faces with Shared Experiences
Hearing loss affects more people than you realize. The Hearing Health Foundation wants to change that with their “Faces of Hearing Loss” campaign.
Reflecting on the Legacy of Landmark Rare Disease Legislation
2018 marks the 35th anniversary of the Orphan Drug Act, which provided incentives for the development of drugs for patients with rare diseases.
Making the Medical Field Accessible for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People
Traditional medical practice tends to favor auditory over visual communication, like PA systems. But not everyone communicates through speaking and hearing.
PGA’s Erik Compton Talks About His Two Heart Transplants
Even with two heart transplants throughout his life, Compton has managed to have an incredible professional golf career.
Natural Parenting Advocate Xza Higgins Offers New Moms a Sense of Community
When it comes to balancing work, life and motherhood, the founder of MommyCon believes sharing experiences with other parents can be truly uplifting.
Give All Students a Proper Start to Their Day With Free Breakfast
Students can’t learn when their stomachs are growling. Does your school provide breakfast for those who need it most?
HIV Treatment Works, But Access Falls Short
Though life-saving treatments are available, we need to get better at increasing availability and making patients feel empowered to access care.
Lambda Legal Fights in the Workplace for People with HIV
Scott Schoettes, Counsel and HIV Project Director at Lambda Legal, discusses the unique challenges facing people with HIV in healthcare and the workplace.
Reinventing an Old Idea to Prevent Infant Sleep Deaths
A doctor shares his thoughts on the persistent problem of infant sleep death and shares an age-old technique that could provide the solution.
Caregiving Around the Clock
Most jobs don’t require you to be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Yet for many family caregivers, that is exactly what’s expected of them.
A Salute to the Unsung Medical Heroes of Clinical Trials
Who are the individuals that participate in clinical trials and what is being done to guide them along their crucial journey?
Encouraging Education Before Participation
We need more participants in clinical trials, but before you or a loved one signs up, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons.
How One Pulmonary Fibrosis Patient Gets by with a Little Help from His Friends
Living with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis isn’t easy. But with a whole village of love and support behind him, this patient is making the most of every day.
Actor Greg Grunberg Vows to End the Stigma Surrounding Epilepsy
The former "Alias" and "Heroes" star is committed to raising awareness about a condition that's deeply personal.
November Is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, Here’s How You Can Help
Trying to make a difference during Lung Cancer Awareness Month can be overwhelming. Here are three ways you can spread the word.
Weighing the Treatment Options for Prostate Cancer
Men with prostate cancer face a difficult and often confusing decision among many available options, which range from active surveillance, surgery, or various types of radiation therapy. How should each patient make this decision?
Care for Veterans Means Addressing the Problems of Opioid Abuse
Veterans are disproportionately affected by chronic pain and mental health disorders like PTSD, which often lead to tragedies such as substance abuse and suicide. Americans owe it to their veterans to address these issues head on.
Football Legend Michael Haynes Tackles Prostate Cancer Awareness
Hall of Fame defensive back and prostate cancer survivor Michael Haynes tackles the challenges surrounding cancer awareness.
How Prostate Cancer Can Impact a Whole Family
One in eight men will get prostate cancer in their lifetime but the disease doesn’t just affect guys. The whole family is impacted.
How a Stem Cell Donor Became a Hero to a 9/11 Rescue Worker
A lifelong, cross-continental bond was formed between a New York City police officer and the woman who donated the stem cells that allowed him to beat leukemia.
A Former NFL Quarterback’s New Goal: Ending Pediatric Cancer
In an exclusive interview, Jesse Palmer shares what inspired him to become an advocate for the thousands of children in America facing a cancer diagnosis.
The Incredible Journey of an Infant Cancer Patient and His Bone Marrow Donor
Read how man’s bone marrow donation saved the life of Brantley Brooks, an infant cancer patient, creating a lifelong bond and a ripple through an entire community.
Advancing the Future of Personalized Cancer Care
We sat down with radiation oncology specialist Jadranka Dragovic, M.D. of Henry Ford Cottage and Susan Burke, president of the Association of Pediatric Hematology Nurses, to discuss the promise and challenges of radiation therapy.
Treating Cancer: Why Acting Quickly Is So Important
On average, it takes 29 days for a cancer patient to begin treatment. The clock starts at diagnosis but getting prompt care is essential.
Join the Fight to Promote Physical Education for All Students
The Every Student Succeeds Act promises to boost the physical fitness of students across America, but now that funding challenges face the legislation it's all the more important to advocate for ESSA.
How the Families of Sandy Hook Are Connecting Communities in the Wake of Tragedy
In the years since 20 first-graders and six educators were killed in a mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., families of the victims have been hard at work.
Take a Page From Brooke Burke-Charvet’s Parenting Playbook
The dynamic entertainer and entrepreneur behind ModernMom has learned a thing or two while raising her four children, but knows that there are always opportunities for growth, especially when it comes to finding balance for mom and kids alike.
Why We Need LGBTQ-Inclusive Sex Ed
As a gender-fluid, pansexual person, I’ve had my share of experiences in sex ed classes that just don’t mention my identity or the identities of many of my friends.
Advocating for Your Child's Needs in School
When seeking accommodation for their child’s needs in schools, parents are often unaware of all of their rights and how to work most effectively with administrators.
Eating Disorders Are the Unspoken Public Health Crisis of Our Time
Eating disorders are the deadliest of all mental illnesses. It’s time to put stigma aside and start saving lives.
Breaking the Myths Surrounding Epilepsy
To many Americans, epilepsy is a mystery — but for approximately 2.5 million in the U.S., the condition is all too real.
Too Young for Arthritis? Think Again
When Kathryn Sundquist started suffering from chronic pain at age 7, her family never expected she’d be diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis.
How One 9/11 First Responder Reclaimed His Health
After serving for 20 years, he was one of the first officers forced to retire due to 9/11-related medical issues. Today, Terrence Jordan reflects on the difficult, inspiring trek to stay healthy.
Brooke Burke: Changing Lives Forever
Actress, model and advocate Brooke Burke-Charvet reflects on her time spent volunteering with Operation Smile.
Olympic Gold Medalist Shannon Miller Shares Her Ovarian Cancer Journey
Seven-Time Olympic Medalist Shannon Miller sat down with Mediaplanet to talk about her battle with ovarian cancer and how it changed her life forever.
Fates Intertwined by a Bone Marrow Match
A personal loss inspired one young man to give back by donating bone marrow. A perfect DNA match saved a boy’s life and lead to a deep new friendship.
5 Tips for Parents of a Child with a Rare or Undiagnosed Disease
Life is anything but easy for the parents of a child with a rare or undiagnosed disease. Here are 5 ways to make things feel a little easier.
4 Powerful Messages From Breast Cancer Warriors
A person’s life is drastically changed when they are diagnosed with cancer. Read below for moving words from cancer fighters and survivors who have something to say.
Mental Health in the Mainstream Media
Film and TV has seen a recent influx of accurate and responsible depictions of mental health. This timeline details media and actors that have made a difference.
Encouraging Patients with Rare Diseases to Speak Up
For patients struggling with a rare disease, simply talking about their experience can make a huge difference.
Mobilizing to Support Mental Health
Although society perpetuates a stigma around mental health, each and every person can help to fight that stigma and create a culture of support.
U.S. Congresswoman Supports Stroke Victims Through Legislation
As a stroke survivor, Representative Joyce Beatty knows the importance of getting back to work after a major health crisis.
Actress Lisa Vidal Shares Her Breast Cancer Story
Actress Lisa Vidal was scared and feared the unknown when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2016.
Olympian Summer Sanders’ Skin Cancer Scare
The gold medalist swimmer learned the hard way that protecting the health of your skin is a full-time job. Now she wants to help others learn from her mistakes.
A Transplant Nurse Reflects on 20 Years of Service
Transplant nursing advocate Sandra Cupples shares the moment she got “hooked” on the field and never looked back.
Industry Leaders Speak Up on Workplace Injuries
For construction workers, workplace injuries are an all-too-common threat. Here’s what employers are doing to help save lives.
Why Metastatic Breast Cancer Research Needs More Funding
Although breast cancer research funding covers many areas of prevention and treatment, it doesn’t properly address needs for those with stage 4 cancer.
Providing Support During Chemotherapy
Dealing with cancer treatment and chemotherapy can be extremely challenging for both the patient and caregiver.
Joining Forces With Patients for a New Paradigm in Transplants
With long waits and antirejection drug regimens, transplants are currently far from perfect. A new patient-centered summit hopes to lead advocacy for a healthier, more efficient system.
6 Ways to Re-engage in Your Community Following a Stroke
These suggestions will help you or your loved one adapt to life after a stroke, a time when it’s more important than ever to stay active and social.
Finding Power on the Powder: Paralympian Michelle Salt’s Transplant Triumph
Paralympian Michelle Salt shares what motivated her to get back on a snowboard after an accident resulted in limb loss.
Why We Need to Create More Access for Feminine Products
There is a tremendous shortage of accessibility for feminine products in the United States. The solution? Just talk.
Paralympian Billy Lister’s Epic Tale of Going for the Gold
After a stroke left him paralyzed, Lister found his calling as a paratriathlete. Now he has his sights on Tokyo 2020.
Sonequa Martin-Green On Her Family’s Battles with Cancer
“The Walking Dead” star Sonequa Martin-Green discusses how to care for a family member with cancer and how women can be their own health advocates.
Actress Torrey DeVitto on Growing up With Anxiety
The “Chicago Med” star opens up about her personal struggle with anxiety and the importance of being an advocate.
4 Myths and Facts About Bipolar Disorder
Since many negative and inaccurate misconceptions surround bipolar disorder, it’s important to question myths surrounding the condition and to educate ourselves.
One Girl’s Inspirational Story of Life After Pediatric Stroke
When a child suffers a stroke, the support of family and medical specialists can make all the difference. Read Katie’s story of courage and perseverance.
Transplant Nurse Inspires Patient to Live Life to the Fullest
One patient tells how a nurse with a passion for human connection inspired him to share his miracle with others.
Seeing Mental Illness as Real and Treatable
Just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean mental illness isn’t a serious health concern. It’s time to talk about what everyone can do to help.
One Woman’s Journey From the Organ Waitlist to Aspiring Transplant Surgeon
A genetic disorder threatened to take Trine Engebretsen’s life when she was a girl. Years later, as a mom and aspiring surgeon herself, she wants to help save others.
Dissecting the Language Around Aging and Older Adults’ Wellness
Words matter. The language we use impacts what we, and those around us, believe and how we live.
Giving the Elderly Hope for the Future
Helping older individuals discover a sense of purpose is what motivates DOROT's volunteers.
11 Famous Figures Who Have Grappled With Asthma
Asthma is a condition that affects people in all walks of life, from athletes and musicians to politicians and pop icons.
Have You Checked Your Blood Pressure Lately?
High blood pressure is a leading cause of stroke, yet many people don’t have theirs under control. Find out more about this silent killer.
Why Reclassifying Schizophrenia Is Necessary
Schizophrenia needs to be officially classified as a neurological disease for society to be able to give people with schizophrenia support.
Connecting Families in the Fight Against Opioids
Families who have overcome an opioid addiction can help those who have noticed an addiction in their families.
Fighting the Stigmas of Mental Illness Through Art
Through art and film, viewers and media consumers can experience the hidden aspects of mental illness and the stigma around it.
How Experts Are Collaborating for Better Wound Care
The field of wound care is growing rapidly, and sharing knowledge is key to helping clinicians apply the best treatment options for their patients.
What Is Obesity, Really, and How Much Does It Cost?
In the United States, over 90 million individuals — that’s 35 percent of adults and 17 percent of children — have obesity. Enacting a true, lasting change will demand more than weight-loss.
What Can We Do About Cancer Worldwide?
We can’t talk about women’s health without talking about cancer in women. The death rates are staggering, and we must find a solution.
On the Frontlines of America’s Opioid Epidemic
The epidemic of opioid addiction can be curbed if we emphasize prevention first, rather than limit focus to alleviating the aftermath. In this fight, patients and physicians are equally vital.
Protecting Your Birth Control Options Going Forward
With the Trump Administration and its allies in Congress plotting a return to the old days, women concerned about losing coverage have been calling their elected officials.
Gessie Thompson on Finding Hope Through Fibroids
The U.S. National Institute of Health reports that up to 70 percent of American women will develop fibroids in their lifetime. This is a fact that one woman knows all too well.
4 Greener Approaches to Periods
Although roughly one third of the population experiences periods, there isn’t much time devoted to the dangerous chemicals in common products and how to avoid the wasteful aftermath of them.
Chrissy Metz Wants to Help Children, One Smile at a Time
The woman behind one of Hollywood's brightest smiles, “This Is Us” star Chrissy Metz, talks about the importance of Operation Smile and bringing awareness to cleft lips and palates.
When Your Loved One Is Paralyzed
The author of "The Fearless Caregiver” and “Caregiving Ties that Bind” shares what he’s learned over the years, from Dana Reeve and other caregivers.
Choosing the Right Treatment Center After a Spinal Injury
For families considering rehabilitation options for a spinal injury, creating a process for sorting through the myriad options may be as important as the actual treatment center itself.
A Dialysis Patient’s Difficult Choice
Between dialysis and transplants, kidney disease presents a heavy burden to patients and to our health care system.
Overcoming a Spinal Injury to Touch Others in Doubt
Attorney, athlete, author and motivational speaker, Doug Heir refuses to let a physical handicap be the only thing that defines him.
Alex Borstein Speaks up About Hemophilia
Comedy has always been a reliable engine of Alex Borstein’s life. Before “Mad TV” or “Family Guy,” her sense of humor helped anchor a family grappling with hemophilia.
Overcoming Cancer Not Once, But Twice
A Hodgkin’s survivor shares his journey from initial diagnosis to a recent doctor’s visit confirming a second remission of the disease.
Inspiring Smiles Worldwide for 35 Years with Operation Smile
After their trip to Naga City in the Philippines, Dr. William Magee and his wife Kathleen wanted to help every child suffering from a cleft lip and palate around the world.
How I’ve Coped with Hemophilia, and Why I Give Back
An advocate opens up about how growing up with the blood disorder shaped his appreciation for — and quality of — life.
A Young Man’s Inspirational Journey with Prader-Willi Syndrome
It’s a rare, genetic disorder that leaves patients in the dark about whether they’ve had enough to eat or not. For some, this potentially life-threatening diagnosis means isolation — but not all.
A Photo Shoot Inspires California Teen to Pay It Forward
This is the story of how one day in front of the cameras gave a young patient new perspective on life — and hope for the future.
Why Discarding a Kidney Can Discard a Life
A lack of donations has meant many patients die on the waitlist for a kidney. By taking a closer look at why we discard kidneys, we may be able to prevent this.
How a Comedian Goes About Changing the Prostate Cancer Conversation
After a delayed diagnosis that should’ve been caught sooner, he had reason to be angry and grounds to sue. Instead, he’s decided not to take things so seriously.
Reaching Out for Hep C Support
Hepatitis C is a deadly liver disease that often goes untreated due to stigma and financial burden. Here’s how a dedicated counselor can help.
What It’s Like to Be Part of a Prostate Cancer Support Group
We speak with two specialists from a prostate cancer support group about the ways this experience empowers men, and their loved ones.
Why Arianna Huffington Says Don’t Skimp on Sleep
With a get-it-done attitude, Arianna Huffington was powering through her days. That is, until her rapid pace got the best of her.
Lessons From the Families of Deceased Opioid Addicts
Stories of addiction, relapse and death aren’t isolated. Opioid use and abuse is at record levels. Through the eyes of the parents and loved ones left behind, this is how opioids can swiftly consume a young life.
5 Things I Learned When My Husband Was Given a 6 Week Prognosis
How one family faced with what seemed like an impossible journey fought the toughest fight of their lives.
How a Kidney Warrior Fought Through Dialysis
A kidney disease can be a huge emotional blow. But a healthy lifestyle and positive mindset can help you take control of your life again.
How One Man Works Past His OCD to Deconstruct the Stigma
Sean was in his early 30s, didn’t work and lived with his father. He says he was wearing a mask, trying to hide his mental pain.
Why Chris Wood Wants to Break Down the Stigma of Mental Illness
Mental health research has come a long way, but the actor says there’s still much progress to be made—and he’s raising his voice.
Stress Urinary Incontinence: No Match for Bonnie Blair
The Olympian and legendary speed skater faced some tough opponents, but one challenge of a different sort threatened to forever compromise her quality of life.
Rebekah Marine On Modeling Without Limits
Despite being born without her right forearm, Rebekah Marine has defied all odds in the fashion industry.
Answering 3 Key Questions About Lung Health Here and Abroad
Lung disease extends far beyond cigarettes and cancer. As our panel of experts explain in detail, respiratory disorders impact more people — in more ways — than you probably realized.
Blood Stem Cell Donation Brings Two Cubs Fans Together Just in Time
For Josh, Stephanie and their beloved Chicago Cubs, 2016 was the year to believe in the unexpected. Here’s how one improbable marrow transplant, brought all of them together.
A Medical Volunteer’s Personal Snapshots of Camp Inspiration
A volunteer shares the personal highlights from a special project supporting children with debilitating and terminal health conditions, as well as their parents.
How One Woman with Pulmonary Fibrosis Battled Back
At age 41, a diagnosis with no cure took over her life. Studying as much as she could, she built her own support network — and found her voice.
With a Rare Diagnosis, Patients Face Long Hunt for Answers
A young survivor shares her advice to those facing the challenges of diagnosis and treatment of rare diseases.
For Young Adults Struggling with Mental Health, You’re Not Alone
Your personal brand might be to take things in stride, but if you’re a young person dealing with a mental health issue, don’t be afraid to ask for help.
How Clinical Mental Health Counselors Can Stop an Impending Crisis
Clinical mental health counselors provide a great service to those suffering from mental illness, and may be the key to ending a provider shortage.
A Heart Specialist Brings Life-Saving Help to Ailing Syrian Refugees
For the tens of thousands of displaced refugees in Syria, charity is all there is to count on. Here’s how one doctor is answering the call.
How the Media Skews Perceptions of Eating Disorders
Your image of eating disorders might be a sensationalized stereotype. An author debunks the usual narrative and shares her story.
Why a Hearing Loss Diagnosis Was a Relief for Soledad O’Brien
The award-winning journalist and mother of four partnered up with the Hearing Health Foundation to share the surprising origin of her son’s mysterious behavioral problems.
One Breast Tried to Kill Me, the Other Keeps My Baby Alive
A survivor and member of the online community "I Had Cancer" shares her perspective on gratitude and loving yourself as you recover.
A True Story, Plus 6 Myths, About Bone Marrow Donation
Discover one remarkable donor’s road to a life-changing match, plus six commonly held misconceptions about the transplant process itself.
How I Reset My Life After Triple Negative Breast Cancer
Ricki Fairley revamped her life after her breast cancer diagnosis. Now she works to give a voice and hope to women battling triple negative breast cancer.
Creating a Lasting Network for the Rare Disease Community
Advocacy groups have helped rare disease patients find care and vital information. More than a conduit for networking, they have the potential for wide reaching impact.
For One Triathlete, Atrial Fibrillation Is Just Another Hurdle
In 2010, a heart ailment nearly ended Karsten Madsen’s athletic career, but he refused to give up on his goals.
Confronting the Hard Truths About Porn
Is porn hurting our relationships? We can’t get to the bottom of it until we start having a more honest dialogue.
How a Musician with Hearing Loss Keeps Playing
Losing your hearing might seem like the end of your career if you’re a musician, but technology reunited one man with his passion.
Why the Future of Precision Medicine Needs Your Help
Personalized health care is breaking new ground. Here’s how you can get involved to keep the progress going.
When Your Body Attacks, Who Fights for You?
Autoimmune diseases run in families, and with 50 million Americans affected, everyone knows someone living with at least one chronic, autoimmune disease.
3 Breastfeeding Tips That May Surprise You
Expecting mothers say their number one fear is that they won’t make enough milk. Yet most moms can make plenty for their baby, and even some to donate to premature babies.
How to Have the Caregiving Conversation
Talking to older parents about long-term care plans, including end-of-life wishes, is one of the toughest conversations to tackle.
Saving Our Seniors from Hunger
As the baby boom generation ages, even more seniors will have trouble putting enough food on the table.
The Current Shadow Cast by Alzheimer’s Disease
Over 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. By all indications, that number may be the least of our worries.
The Day Katherine Heigl Became an Organ Donation Advocate
Few understand just how deeply the compassion that comes with being a donor matters more than the film and TV star and her mother, Nancy Heigl.
Honoring Those Lost to, and Currently Fighting Against, Breast Cancer
A breast cancer advocate honors his mother and other breast cancer patients by sharing the story that set him on an unexpected mission of support.
Krysta Rodriguez Battles Breast Cancer with Dignity and Humor
Determined to fight following a stage 3 cancer diagnosis, actress Krysta Rodriguez is living proof that laughter truly is the best medicine.
10 Things You Should Know About Organ Donation
Do you think there’s an age limit dictating who can donate organs? The answer to that, and many of the following facts, may surprise you.
After Marriage Equality: Love Won, But When Will Wellness?
Decades of stigma and discrimination have left wounds in the LGBTQ community that are still in the process of healing — but there is a way forward.
Acknowledging, and Bridging, the Breast Cancer Gap
In hopes of spurring local officials to action, a new study is aiming to better understand disparities in breast cancer mortality rates between black and white women across the U.S.
Maria Shriver Continues Tireless Fight Against Alzheimer’s
Two-thirds of Alzheimer’s victims are women. The time to consider better funding for gender-specific research is now — and Giving Tuesday is the perfect time to donate.
Snowboarder Chris Klug’s Transplant Triumph
The world-class snowboarder went from life-threatening liver failure to the bronze medal.
How an Ostomy Has Helped Two Patients Enjoy Life Again
It is an emotional rollercoaster ride from ostomy diagnoses to finding the confidence to enjoy life.
8 Private Battles That Breast Cancer Patients Fight
A breast cancer diagnosis can take as much of a toll on the mind as it does on the body. Here are some of the hidden damages that patients want more people to know about.
The Toll of Dravet Syndrome, Through One Family’s Eyes
Many people think of epilepsy as a minor, livable condition. But for one family, an uncommon and debilitating form, called Dravet syndrome, changed everything.
Why Actress Meagan Good Waited to Have Sex Until Marriage
After a series of long-term relationships didn’t work out, actress Meagan Good was ready for a change. She swore off sex and committed to abstinence until marriage.
How Nick Jonas and Partners Are Building a Strong Diabetes Community
There are many misperceptions associated with a diagnosis of diabetes, especially type 1. That’s why Nick Jonas teamed up with Sarah Lucas and others to change the conversation.
A Tragic Loss, and a Call For Greater Flu Awareness
Some think the flu is just a bad cold, but a personal tragedy taught me that influenza is a disease that must be taken seriously.
Paying It Forward: Caregivers Are a Volunteer Force
More than 65 million Americans provide unpaid care to an older parent, a spouse, a sibling, a special needs child or a friend, serving as the nation’s largest volunteer health care army.
The Financial Burden of Alzheimer’s Disease
It’s easy to put financial planning on the back burner, but the consequences of doing so are significant.
For Caregivers, Self-Care Cannot Be Neglected
As a caregiver, you know how important it is to take care of your sick or elderly loved one. What you might not know is how important it is to take care of yourself first.
Shifting Alzheimer's Caregiving from Crisis to Comfort
Faces in photos fading from memory, then reality, is difficult to manage, but the founder of “Alzheimer's Speaks” wants to change the way loved ones and caregivers view the disease.
For One Mom, a Heart Transplant Redefines the Gift of Life
A heart transplant gave her infant a second chance. Today, Marnie Blakey reflects on how receiving that heart shapes every day of her life.
8 Things People with Cancer Really Want to Say
A cancer diagnosis is hard on everyone. In addition to dealing with treatment, patients have to live with the misconceptions about what a cancer diagnosis really means.
8 Tips for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Caregivers
Easing the emotional, physical and financial burdens of a dementia caregiver benefits not only the caregiver, but the person with the disease and the entire family.
What Lil Dicky Wants You to Know About Safe Sex
Rapper and YouTube star Lil Dicky has partnered with Trojan condoms to help people appreciate the importance of safe sex.
How to Spot the 3 Types of Alopecia Areata
Everyone can develop alopecia areata, an autoimmune disease affecting hair, but it usually first appears during childhood and can be different for anyone who has it.
Why Elton John Believes Compassion Is Key to Ending HIV
The Grammy Award-winning singer, author and activist shares his thoughts on how the AIDS epidemic is still being fueled by stigma, discrimination and indifference.
4 Useful Resources for Caregivers
Being a caregiver is an emotionally taxing, challenging job, and it’s often hard to know where to turn for trusted help and information. There are a few options that can help.
Why You Shouldn’t Wait to Talk About a Hospice
The time to learn about hospice is before you’ll ever need it. Read on to see what this option can provide for you and your loved one.
Immunotherapy Gives Former Olympian the Edge Over Lung Cancer
One decorated athlete, a blindsiding diagnosis, an innovative method of eradicating lung cancer — this is Jeff Julian’s remarkable story of survival.
3 Ways to Get the Help You Deserve As a Family Caregiver
As caregivers, "private time" gives us a renewed strength to carry on. It's important to learn to take that time; you deserve it and should not feel guilty about it.
6 Ways to Stay Ahead of Alzheimer’s Disease
As the family caregiver, you need to learn to coordinate it all, without being the only one to do it all.
Do You Know What Aphasia Is?
Aphasia is a difficulty manipulating language, while intelligence remains intact. If you are not familiar with the word aphasia, you’re not alone.
Paralympians Share Their Journeys to Success
Three of America’s more remarkable athletes open up about facing down the stigma attached to competing with disability, and how assistive tech has helped them succeed.
For Caregivers, On-Demand Help Is Here at Last
We can find restaurants, rides and repair services instantly – but what about caregiver help?
What Patti Austin Learned from Caring for Her Mother
For the past six decades, the singer has used her voice to captivate audiences around the world. Today, Austin is raising her voice for another cause.
Despite Spinal Cord Injury, Chelsie Hill Dances On
Six years ago, a devastating car accident left her unable to walk. But today, Chelsie's greatest passion cannot be denied.
Epilepsy Was Just Another Hurdle for These Athletes
Seizures and stigma could have broken their dreams. Instead, they excelled at their chosen sports. Now, they’re giving back.
How You Can Prevent the Spread of the Flu
It's more than just a bad cold, especially when you can pass it on. Influenza is a serious illness, and as we move through our days, preventing cross-contamination should be the first thing on our minds.
Tony Goldwyn on His Mother's Perseverance Against Lung Cancer
“Scandal” star Tony Goldwyn recalls how his mother faced down her lung cancer diagnosis and took the high road.
5 Blood Disorder Survivors Find a Cure in Donation
Below are the stories of patients who, though battling different forms of blood cancer and blood disorders, found a common cure: a bone marrow or stem cell donation.
A Wedding with Diabetes: Have Your Cake and Eat It Too
There’s no reason for diabetes to overshadow your wedding day. With the right planning, your wedding can be as memorable as any bride’s.
Complex Rehab Tech Takes Disabled Assistance to New Heights
CRT is a service-intensive process from initial evaluation through final assembly, delivery, adjustment and training. However, elected officials must be prodded to improve accessibility.
In Custody Battles, Parents with Disabilities Are at a Disadvantage
Parents with disabilities face the threat of unfairly losing their children simply due to their disabilities. It’s time the public is made aware.
Craig Sager Faces Leukemia Odds in Style
Quite possibly the NBA's most-loved and best-dressed broadcaster, Craig Sager has battled through leukemia with characteristic optimism and flair.
No, My Mom Did Not Deserve Her Lung Cancer
I will never forget the first time I looked up the survival statistics for stage 4 lung cancer and saw “4 percent” staring back at me on the screen.
Montel Williams’ View from Both Sides of the Caregiver Divide
The beloved television personality shares his struggle with multiple sclerosis, reflecting on the friends and family that he cares for.
How Mia Hamm Keeps Her Brother’s Fight Alive
The former soccer great knows firsthand the urgency associated with bone marrow transplants. Now she’s honoring her late brother by telling his story.
Noah Galloway: How to Set Your Own Bar
Despite losing part of one leg and one arm in Iraq, Galloway stands tall as a source of inspiration to Americans from all walks of life.
Why America Needs a Strong Pain Research Commitment
Some 100 million Americans suffer chronic pain, but funding for research to create effective pain therapy remains inadequate.
Shemar Moore and His Mother Square up to Multiple Sclerosis
The “Criminal Minds” star and his mother talk about her battle with MS, and how she turned her diagnosis around.
Scarlett Johansson Sounds Off: Sex, Reproductive Rights and Healthy Communication
From contraception to communication, the award-winning actor is speaking out on behalf of women’s rights in a big way.
The Do's and Don'ts For New and Soon-to-Be New Moms
When you're expecting, it's easy to feel overwhelmed by the weight of a million expectations. But fear not—instead, consider this list of tips to guide you through every stage of pregnancy.
Michael Botticelli Discusses Addiction and Rehabilitation in America
Michael Botticelli, the director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, is the first official who also happens to be in substance-abuse recovery.
Why We Must Change Our Reaction to Bodily Functions
We’ve all been there. You’re in an important meeting, on a date, in a movie theater and, all of a sudden, it strikes: the dreaded gurgle.
Meet 3 Women Who Transformed Their Husbands’ Prostate Cancer Recovery
Research, attending doctors’ appointments and lending emotional support are just three ways caregivers aid in their loved ones’ cancer battle.
The Pros and Pitfalls of the Gluten-Free Trend
More than ever, people are forgoing their morning bagel or happy-hour hops to honor a gluten-free lifestyle. Even so, celiac disease and gluten sensitivity continue to be widely misunderstood.
Denver's Star Linebacker Von Miller Helps Kids See a Brighter Future
Von Miller is helping underprivileged children in Denver tackle more with his charity, Von's Vision.
How Chronic Pain Advocates Can Make a Motion for Better Policy
Thanks to ongoing advocacy, 2016 is proving to be the year of the pain advocate. Centers for Disease Control guidelines and linking patients with providers who are evolving their entire practice are behind the surge.
What I’ve Learned: Broadway Star Valisia LeKae on Ovarian Cancer
Valisia LeKae was wowing audiences and gathering acclaim for her portrayal of Diana Ross in Motown: The Musical, when she was forced into the role of ovarian cancer patient.
How Ken Griffey Sr. Found the Strength to Swing Back Against Prostate Cancer
When the former three-time All-Star first learned he had prostate cancer, the diagnosis didn’t come out of left field.
4 Things Joan Lunden Recommends to Caregivers
The former co-host of Good Morning America shares tips on staying connected as a long-distance caregiver and the importance of self-care.
Finding Your Cause After an Alzheimer’s Diagnosis
As the brutal disease takes its toll, memories and routines are lost. Three families share their stories and how they advocate for the cure.
Genesis Rodriguez On Her Family's Skin Cancer Experience
Actress Genesis Rodriguez thought her family was safe from skin cancer, but soon discovered the harsh truth.
6 Things I Learned from My Child's Battle with Cancer
At less than two years of age, her son was diagnosed with a rare cancer. One mother shares what she learned and how she stayed strong for the road to recovery.
When Parents of Children with Cancer Become Caregivers
When a child is diagnosed with the blood cancer, leukemia, every aspect of the family is impacted.
CariDee English on the Challenges of Psoriasis
The 2006 winner of “America’s Next Top Model” talks overcoming rejection and the importance of being educated about your disease.
Changing the Popular Conversation Around Mental Illness
We all can make a difference during Mental Health Awareness Month—and throughout the year—if we can reject the stigma and offer care.
Candice Olson: An Expert’s Guide to Designing Your Dreamscape
Looking to upgrade your zzz-routine? Start with your bedroom, and some simple advice from interior designer Candice Olson.
A Sight to See: Jake Gyllenhaal's Vision
The actor has never taken good vision for granted. That’s why he’s involved with the nonprofit New Eyes for the Needy—and why you should help too.
After Miracles, One Mom Advises Parents to Heed “Tummy Problems”
After a fall from a tree, 13-year-old Annabel Beam was deemed “totally asymptomatic” from the digestive disease she’d suffered from for years.
Kathy Bates: Overcoming Ovarian and Breast Cancer
When the Oscar-winning actress was first diagnosed, she felt pressure to stay silent. Now she's speaking out in the hopes women everywhere can stay healthy.
Jamie-Lynn Sigler Breaks Her Silence About MS
She’s maintained a thriving acting career since her diagnosis and she’s still going strong. Here’s her advice for living life to the fullest in spite of the disease.
3 Baby Products That Should Always Be Purchased New
Saving money is important for every new parent, but the risks of hand-me-down products might be too high a price to pay.
Elisabeth Rohm Fights Heart Disease on Multiple Fronts
The "Law & Order" star has a very personal reason for urging the public to learn the basics of CPR.
Rosie Pope on Preparing for a Healthy Pregnancy
The maternity expert discusses her fertility struggles and how to stay fit during pregnancy.
Troy Aikman On Tackling Melanoma
Now cancer-free, former NFL quarterback Troy Aikman is using his story to help raise awareness and support those fighting the disease.
Parents Consider Their Biggest Piece of Advice When Expecting
Leading voices in the parenting industry give us their personal take on the question soon-to-be parents are all in some way seeking: What’s the best parenting advice you’ve ever heard?
How America’s Opioid Addiction Reflects a Larger Issue
There’s no doubt America is in a crisis. But it’s not an opioid crisis—we’re in a brain crisis.
7 Things You Need to Know Before a C-Section
The prospect of a Caesarian section can be daunting for moms-to-be. The following list of facts can help you both prepare mentally and recover.
CariDee English Models With Psoriasis
At age five, CariDee English discovered she had psoriasis. After years of hiding her condition, the model is on a quest to help fellow psoriasis sufferers overcome their struggles.
Recasting Public Assumptions About Medication Abuse and Addiction
Vivek Murthy is a prominent voice, amplifying the state of our drug dependency crisis. But he’s also speaking up about we can do about it.
Mets Captain David Wright’s Game Plan for Beating Spinal Stenosis
The all-star’s spinal stenosis hasn’t struck out his drive to overcome pain.
12 Safety Tips for Your Baby’s First Year
Being aware of products in your home is an important step in preparing for baby’s arrival.
4 Realities of Rehab, According to an Addict-Turned-Caregiver
My personal experience with treatment led to my entrance into the field of addiction medicine as a health care provider and resource.
How to Create a Healthy Foundation for Your Pregnancy
For potential mothers, the pre-pregnancy stage is easy to overlook but indispensably important to laying the foundation to welcoming home a happy, healthy new life.
One Young Girl's Story Highlights the Importance of Understanding Pediatric Stroke
Would you recognize the signs of stroke in a child? One little girl’s story shows the need for understanding that strokes can happen at any age.
After a Stroke, Aphasia Affects Millions of Survivors
If you think that strokes only happen to older people, think again.
3 Questions to Consider When Buying the Perfect Stroller
These days, one of the biggest decisions parents have to make is what they are going to push that adorable bundle of joy in for the next three-plus years.
Why Pediatric Stroke Demands More Attention
The focus of stroke research has typically been on adults, but it’s time to include children. The stories of Alex and Mario highlight this need.
Show Your Mettle: Sizing Up Limb Loss in the U.S.
According to the Amputee Coalition, almost two million people in the U.S. are living with limb loss. However, there's more to amputation than an absent appendage.
Why Alzheimer’s Awareness Matters to Seth and Lauren Miller Rogen
Why is it important for this celebrity couple to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease? The incurable disease has touched Lauren’s family, including her grandparents and her mother.
Meet the Cycling Team Riding the Road to Success Despite Diabetes
A group of professional athletes with diabetes are out to prove there are no limits to what they can achieve. In 2021, they hope to make history in the Tour de France.
Why Foster Broader Access to Pain Medication?
To lose a loved one to cancer is a devastating experience. For terminally ill cases, friends and family find solace in maximizing the comfort and dignity of the patient.
Olympic Skier Kris Freeman on Competing with Diabetes
The cross-country skier was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 19-years-old, in a most unusual way.
Staying Strong and Unapologetic Against Severe Allergies
On the silver screen, TV’s best-known nanny has taken on her share challenging cases. But her biggest battle is one the parenting expert has faced herself, ever since she was a little girl.
How Stroke Awareness Became Michelle Williams’ Destiny
Renowned recording artist, producer and songwriter Michelle Williams knows firsthand that a stroke can be life-changing. Now, she’s on a mission to spread more than music.
Alyssa Milano on Hitting Your Stride As a New Mom
The actress recalls the biggest lessons learned since becoming a mother, and how to remember and value yourself as a part of the relationship with a new baby.
An NBA Rocket Launches Diabetes Prevention Off the Court
On the court, Corey Brewer is a high scorer. Off the court, he’s impacting public health, passing on awareness as a diabetes activist.
How Demi Lovato Is Changing the Way the World Views Mental Health
The popular singer-songwriter and actress opens up about her personal history with bipolar disorder, and how it has forged her path as both a philanthropist and advocate for others in need.
Confronting Mental Illness Before Stage 4
Mental illnesses remain the only chronic diseases we typically wait until Stage 4 to treat. But there is so much more we could do to promote recovery and mental health by acting earlier.
A New Chapter for Disability in the Third World
Of the estimated 93 million children living with a moderate or severe disability, 80 percent reside in the developing world.
One Teenager Refuses to Give in to Cancer’s Demands
For Gabi Shull, the procedure necessitated by her bout with cancer created a new set of challenges unlike those faced by most amputees.
George Lopez Goes from Comic to Transplant Crusader
In addition to his TV Land sitcom "Lopez," George Lopez is busy spreading the word about organ donation and kidney disease prevention through his own charitable foundation.
Uniting to Save Lives from Colorectal Cancer
If we are to make a serious dent in the colorectal cancer crisis impacting adults, we must expand access to and awareness of proper screening: our most important weapon in this fight.
Seeing Is Believing: The Importance of Eye Education
From contact lenses and readers to sunglasses, healthy eyes are a priority for consumers and eye care professionals.
21st Century Cures for Those Who Need It Most
Rare diseases affect 1 in 10 Americans, meaning more than 28.5 million Americans are without a solution to the often debilitating problems a rare diagnosis brings in to their lives.
Inside the Effort to Speed up ALS Treatment
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a serious neurogenerative disease with no identifiable cure. However, initiatives are working to ensure the drug development process serves patients first.
The Cancer Conversation: Fighting to Be Heard
Lisa Lara-Vega planned on getting a mammogram when she turned 40. She just didn’t expect to hear she had breast cancer.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Fueling Inspiration Years After a Diagnosis
After being diagnosed with a rare cancer of the blood and bone marrow, the basketball legend undertook a full-court press to fight it.
The Art of Changing Perspective
Art has been used for thousands of years to successfully convey a message, whether it be a story or a glimpse into the human spirit.
Transplanting Awareness for Bone Marrow Donors
What do leukemia, sickle cell anemia and myelodysplastic syndrome all have in common? They can all be treated with a bone marrow transplant, and a matching donor is all it takes to improve a life.
Can Medicare Take the Bite out of Senior Dental Insurance?
When are we going to put the mouth back into the body and include for seniors a dental benefit in Medicare? Studies indicate that by not doing so, we’re losing more in the long run.
Surviving More Than Dinner: One Brave Girl's Wish
After finishing treatment for leukemia, one eight-year-old was surprised by Make-A-Wish, who turned her dream into a reality.
Curbing Financial Anxiety on the Road to Recovery
A recent estimate finds that 47 percent of cancer patients live with a high degree of financial distress.
Does a “Rare” Problem Deserve a Rare Solution?
If you are one of the 30 million Americans—1 in 10 people, the majority of whom are children—diagnosed with a rare disease, you face a 95 percent likelihood of having no treatment options.
After His Heart Transplant, Simon Keith Made a Daring Decision
While some doctors cautioned him against stressing his new heart, Simon Keith instead returned to competitive soccer just one year after his transplant.
Michael Botticelli: We Can’t Afford to Wait
Michael Botticelli, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Director, shares how personal experience has helped him advance efforts to combat the U.S. opioid epidemic.
Karina Smirnoff’s Advice for Avoiding Influenza
When it comes to fighting back against the flu, professional dancer and TV star Karina Smirnoff puts her best foot forward.
Transplantation: A Short-Term Miracle for the Lucky Few
We need greater public support to realize transplantation’s full potential to save and improve human lives.
Why Superstar Jake Gyllenhaal Advocates for Improved Vision
After his grandfather’s eye-opening diagnosis, the actor has made it a personal mission to ensure younger generations are keeping their vision health in focus.
How Niki Taylor Honors the Strangers Who Saved Her Life
Niki Taylor is a mother, a model with New York Model Management and, thanks to the blood donations of a few generous individuals, alive to share one remarkable story far and wide.
Rosie Pope Offers Perspective to Aspiring Parents
For couples eager to hear the pitter-patter of little feet, struggling with fertility can take an emotional toll. But help is available.
Singer Nick Jonas Draws a Crowd for Diabetes Discussion
The popular singer, songwriter and actor Nick Jonas continues to tackle challenges of Type 1 diabetes to become healthier than ever.
Equal Opportunity for those Needing Bone Marrow Transplants
When I was diagnosed with leukemia in 1991, the doctor told me to go home and prepare my bucket list.
Diabetes and Kidney Failure: How Nurses Make a Difference
Nephrology nurses are vital experts in the field, helping patients deal with problems, answer questions and stay educated about how they can slow the progression of kidney disease.
Breast Cancer’s Generational Challenge
Breast cancer gene mutations affect the lives of thousands of women, but with awareness, improved testing, preventative treatments and a wealth of information, the outcome should reflect hope and not fear.
A Better Breast Cancer Dialogue
Dr. Sherri Bale takes stock of the ways breast cancer research has evolved to put increasingly better-informed patients first.
Kristin Chenoweth On Breast Cancer, Advocacy and Prevention
Kristin Chenoweth may be a Tony and Emmy award-winning actress, but a family history of breast cancer has added another role to her repertoire.
Modern Management: Living with Diabetes
Two top voices from the industry offer their perspective on how we are living with diabetes today and the future developments we have to look forward to.
Vanessa Williams Shows Her Support for the Special Olympics
The multitalented entertainer has had a personal hand in growing the Special Olympics for more than 20 years now.
How Three Brothers are Changing What We Know About Type 1 Diabetes
The three Gardner brothers have enjoyed a close bond since they were kids, but as adults, they are united by more than family ties.
Eating Brighter: A Healthy Boost from Sesame Street
As obesity rates climb and consumption of fresh produce decreases, we’re left to wonder—is telling kids that "veggies make you stronger" enough to clear the plate?
Exploring the New Answer for Opioid Overdoses
Jonathan Goyer was in recovery from a heroin and pain medication addiction for 132 days. On day 133, he relapsed.
Amanda Peet on Why Vaccines Are Vital for Child Safety
Actress and Every Child By Two Vaccine Ambassador Amanda Peet weighs in on the vaccination decision facing parents today, and how we can make vaccines more accessible to nations in need.
7 Ways Federal Action Can Address Our Opioid Addiction
The United States is now in the midst of a severe epidemic of opioid addiction and overdose deaths, claiming more American lives than car crashes.
Safe and Sound: Guarding Against Health Care Associated Infections
Every day, people get new infections in health care facilities while being treated for something else. These infections can be resistant to most or all available drugs—and they can be deadly.
Driving Youth Sports to New Territory
For individuals on the spectrum, sports can offer something beyond physical, social and emotional benefits. For the PGA Tour player and co-founder of the Els for Autism Foundation, Ernie Els, that’s a personal goal worth attaining.
How Charlie and Sherrie are Uncoupling Diabetes and Chronic Kidney Disease
Diabetes caused Charlie Shivley’s kidneys to fail. Today, his advice to people with diabetes is simple: Get your kidneys tested.
At the Wheel: Inside the Mobility of the Future
From self-driving cars to lift-and-swivel seats, technology is redefining mobility in a big way.
The Dangers of Driving Drowsy
We all need sleep. But with our busy lives, we often go to bed late and wake up early—and overlook how sleep loss affects our safety.
Stopping Stigma: What It Will Take to Re-Integrate Recovered Addicts
Despite a successful track record, a negative perception of methadone treatment and its patients continues to pervade, creating an unnecessary obstacle for former addicts.
How Assistive Technology Benefits Household Heroes
Every day we see dramatic examples of how assistive technologies tremendously enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities. But that’s only piece of the larger story.
Childhood Wellness: Shaping Up Our Snack Advertising
Kids aren’t eating enough fruits and vegetables, but a marketing movement could change that.
Treating Addiction: Addressing Our Obstacles
Addiction is a chronic and progressive disease of the brain that is getting notoriety in the public through the deaths of tens of thousands of friends, family members and loved ones due to overdose.
Link Up: How Online Communities Are Helping People with Diabetes Thrive
Life with diabetes is quickly becoming more social, manageable and convenient – thanks to online connections.
Committing to a Happier, Healthier and More Inclusive Tomorrow
In the manner that assistive technology creates opportunity, independence and a better quality of life for people with disability, the same can be argued for inclusion.
Sylvia Burwell’s Call to Action for An Addicted America
We ask the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services to open up about the state of opioid addiction in America, and what steps can be taken to enact immediate change.
A Survivor's Story: ‘You’re Never Too Young for a Heart Attack’
One morning two friends embarked on their routine three-mile walk. No one could have predicted what happened next.
Space Matters: Learning Outcomes Begin with the Right Room
Colors, patterns and material selections require critical consideration in designing spaces for children and adults with special needs.
Organization Works to Help Haitian Youth with Hearing Loss
Hearing loss or deafness can be devastating for a child, but in Haiti, they can be far more limiting than in the United States.
Coping with Cancer: 7 Tips for Newly Diagnosed Patients
Through two decades of caring for thousands of patients diagnosed with cancer, my experience as a surgical oncologist only confirms that no two cases are identical.
The Mission to Achieve Affordable and Accessible Eyewear
In developing nations, poor vision can destroy a life. The good news is that exposure to care around the world is on the rise.
The Power of Community: Usher Syndrome Families Inch Closer to a Cure
After an Usher syndrome diagnosis, families tend to isolate themselves—but networking with others may hold the key to a cure.
Holly Robinson Peete Talks Parenting Children with Autism
The actress admits that, while raising a son with autism may be the biggest challenge she’s ever faced, she wouldn’t change her son for the world. Instead, she’s changing the world for her son.
Changing the Conversation Around Cancer: A Roundtable Discussion
Are we up-to-speed on the current state of cancer care? We checked in with a pair of experts to break down the lingering misconceptions as well as the promising strides being made that give them the most hope.
The Ups and Downs of Erectile Dysfunction: A Panel Discussion
We consulted a mixed panel of experts especially qualified to take on and provide useful solutions for the often overlooked or unspoken issue of erectile dysfunction.
Mike Savicki: New Life, New Challenges, New Potential
For people living with disabilities, having access to handicap-equipped vehicles and other specialized devices is often half the battle.
Evander Holyfield Goes Toe-to-Toe with Prostate Cancer
The five-time heavyweight may be out of the ring, but he still has an uphill battle to fight.
Katie Couric Sounds Off: Grief, Research and the Importance of Early Detection
Award-winning journalist and fierce advocate Katie Couric turned tragedy into a personal cause that’s left a mark on the millions who have also been touched by cancer.
Blake Mycoskie Is Giving the Gift of Sight
Philanthropist and founder of TOMS Blake Mycoskie inspires millions to take action to help the blind and vision-impaired community.
Matt Light Tackles Crohn’s with Attitude and Determination
The former NFL New England Patriot is no stranger to overcoming obstacles.
Many Women Still Lack Adequate Insurance for Breast Cancer
Recent studies have found that 33 percent of all breast cancer cases in the U.S. could be prevented with simple, everyday changes.
The Silent Killer: Waking Up to Hep C Risk
We check in with an industry expert for a chat about hepatitis’ often overlooked warning signs, and examine who’s most at risk.
A Stroke Nearly Puts Kris Letang’s Career on Ice
When the NHL star woke up one morning feeling dizzy and nauseated, he shook it off. The last diagnosis he expected was a stroke.
How Supermodel Claudia Mason Became a Face for Stroke Awareness
Claudia Mason rose to fame on the covers of the world’s top fashion magazines. Today she is lending her image and her voice to show the world that there is life after stroke.
Singing After Stroke: How Opera Singer Eric Jordan Overcame the Odds
When Metropolitan Opera singer Eric Jordan had a stroke, his family didn’t think he’d speak again, but a cutting-edge device and singing itself helped him recover.
Heart Attack and Stroke: What Are You Overlooking? (Q&A)
From prevention tips to treatment innovations, three leading industry experts sound off on the changing face of cardiovascular health.
Curbing Cancer with More Precise Treatment (Q&A)
Leading voices in the industry cut to the core of personalized medicine: How are patients being affected—and what’s at stake for physicians?
In Harm’s Way: A Bid for Vaccines Gets Personal
An Arizona pediatrician fights for the health of his young children.
Debt of Gratitude: Repaying Our Nation’s Caregivers
When Alzheimer’s disease strikes, it is not just the patient who is affected. The disease invades the lives and homes of families and friends who must provide ever-increasing care.
First Steps for New Caregivers: How Did I Get Here and What Do I Do Now?
Sometimes it doesn’t matter if your caregiving journey started gradually or all of a sudden.
Putting People First: A Healthier Dialogue for Mental Health
The language we use to talk about mental illness can be stigmatizing. Here are a handful of helpful reminders to recast the conversation in a healthier light.
Sierra Sandison Brings Diabetes into the Limelight
Miss Idaho 2014 discusses coming to grips with her type 1 diabetes, and how it’s shaped her personal and professional journey.
Mental Health: Changing the Conversation
Mental health is an often misunderstood and maligned subject. In order to help those who suffer, it’s crucial that we see the person—not the illness.
Amy Purdy Thanks Donor Dad by Living Life to the Fullest
The “Dancing with the Stars” fan favorite and Paralympic medalist looks back on how tough decisions allowed her to live the life she always wanted.
For NBA Star Ray Allen, Caring for Diabetes Is a Family Affair
As a world champion and the number one three-point shooter of all time, basketball has come easy for Ray Allen. Caring for and managing his son's Type 1 Diabetes however, has proven to be a new challenge altogether.
The Donor Decision: Katherine Heigl Calls for Organ Donors
The actress and producer shares how her family’s personal tragedy shaped her stance on organ donation, and why planning for tough decisions now is crucial.
Making Donors Whole Again: How Can We Give Back?
Since 2004, the number of living kidney donations in the U.S. has been in decline. Many blame this trend on the high cost of donation, and some are working to rewrite the rules.
LeAnn Rimes Doesn't Let Plaque Psoriasis Take Center Stage
After more than a decade of living with psoriasis, the Grammy winner refuses to allow it to rule her life.
Chef Seamus Mullen’s Fresh Perspective on Rheumatoid Arthritis
Celebrated chef Seamus Mullen discusses working with his hands and how he manages his rheumatoid arthritis while running the hottest restaurants in New York City.
Changing the Culture of Mental Health
The repercussions of mental illness go beyond economic statistics. To foster true change, we must reset how our culture views mental health.
No Purple Heart for the Invisible Wounds of Mental Illness
In the U.S., an estimated 22 veterans die by suicide every day. So why are so few veterans and service members receiving treatment for mental health problems?
Actress Holly Robinson Peete’s Food Fight
Monitoring your children's food choices isn't easy—but when they suffer from allergies, keeping tabs on what they eat becomes a way of life.
How Two Star Athletes Win Big in the Battle to Breathe
Olympic Ice Dance Champion, Charlie White, and Paula Radcliffe, three-time New York Marathon champion, share how they soared to new heights despite having asthma.
Jay Cutler Inspires Children to Tackle Diabetes
The Chicago Bears quarterback dramatically changed his diet and lifestyle after being diagnosed with diabetes in 2008.
James Van Der Beek Advises Family Flu Vaccinations
The actor, father and flu activist opens up about giving his kids their best shot and the importance of flu vaccinations.
Marisa Miller: Baring It All
Supermodel mom Marisa Miller’s beauty has been turning heads for years, but when it comes to her skin, sun safety always trumps style.
Type 1 Diabetes: An Uphill Climb
Professional snowboarder Sean Busby is urging others to take the T1D for a Day text challenge to find out what it's like to walk, or ride, a mile in someone else's shoes.
How One Foundation Is Helping the Next Generation Find their Natural Highs
After losing his two younger brothers to drug abuse, one man started a movement to empower a generation of drug free youth.
Path to a Cure: Patrick Dempsey Helps Fight Cancer
Following his mother’s battle with ovarian cancer, the “Grey’s Anatomy” star is lending his voice to raise awareness for cancer in a big way.
Can You Cheat Sleep? A Roundtable Discussion
More and more Americans are getting in bed with their gadgets. Our industry experts shed light on the importance of REM sleep and discuss the latest innovations in sleep health.
Ethan Zohn Advocates for Advancements in Cancer Research
The “Survivor: Africa” winner opens up about his trying battle with lymphoma and shares tips for men, women and families who have recently been diagnosed.
Giving Opioid Addicted Veterans a Second Chance
The prevalence of chronic opioid use in young veterans has been on the rise in recent years, but intensive treatment for addiction and mental health issues is sure to change this.
Making a Positive Impact for the Usher Syndrome Community
Mani G. Iyer was born and raised in Mumbai, India. He acquired his first hearing aid at the age of 24 and lip read all the way to graduate school. He was diagnosed with Usher syndrome type II at the age of 28.
Andrea Bocelli: Learning to See Without Sight
The award-winning tenor shares his inspiring outlook on life.
Getting in the Game: First Deaf Player in NBA History
Lance Allred overcame the odds when he was the first legally deaf player to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Today he continues to overcome language barriers, traveling around the world and playing the game he loves.
Addiction in America: Addressing a Public Health Hazard
Four industry experts weigh in on the abuse of opioids and the most effective treatment options available for recovering addicts.
Marlee Matlin and Katie Leclerc Break the Sound Barriers
ABC Family’s ”Switched at Birth” stars explain the impact their characters have had on the deaf and hard of hearing community.
Advocacy Is Crucial in Combating Rare Diseases
Imagine receiving a medical diagnosis so rare that you and your primary care physician have never heard its name, there is no treatment and researchers are not studying it. Where do you turn?
Transplant Triumph: One Patient's Unlikely Happily Ever After
Today, more than 122,000 people are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant.
The Lives You Save Through Blood Donation
It is a need that often goes unnoticed. The reality is that the need for blood is constant. Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs a lifesaving blood transfusion.
Brushing Up on Oral Wellness with Dwight Howard
The Houston Rockets all star weighs in on the importance of an effective daily oral health regimen.
Know Your Blood: Panel of Experts
Three thought leaders discuss the latest advancements in blood cancer.
Olympian Lolo Jones: Eyesight Is More Than 20/20 Vision
An insight into Olympian, Lori "Lolo" Jones', focus being more than her vision for gold.
Derrick Coleman: No Excuses
Mediaplanet sat down with Seattle Seahawks fullback, Derrick Coleman to talk about hearing aids, squashing stereotypes and the Super Bowl.
Larry Fitzgerald Has His Eye On The Prize
The record-setting wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals shares how he learned to strengthen and control his vision to better support him on and off the field.
Michelle Obama: Fighting Childhood Obesity on the Home Front
In an exclusive conversation with Mediaplanet, the first lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, opens up about the challenges—and rewards—of pushing toward a healthier lifestyle.
Jerome Bettis: Living with Asthma
Former NFL player, Jerome Bettis, refuses to be sidelined by asthma.
Aaron Taylor's Major Wake Up Call
CBS analyst and former NFL player, Aaron Taylor, discusses his eye-opening experience with sleep apnea.
Giving the Gift of Hearing
Hearing is the foundation for building relationships, connecting us to the people we love and the world around us.
Robin Roberts: Winning the Fight Against MDS
Robin Roberts stands up to MDS with a positive outlook, passionate support and proactive partnership with her doctors.
Candy Finnigan: The Road to Recovery
Interventionist on A&E's "Intervention," Candy Finnigan talks about kicking her own addiction and helping others to do the same.
A Mother’s Plea: Treat Addiction with Science and Compassion
Gretchen Burns Bergman, who stood by her son as he struggled with addiction, speaks out against punitive measures that exacerbate the problem and squander human potential.
Actress Brady Reiter Aids In Reducing Pediatric Dental Disease
What does actress Brady Reiter do after playing a toothfairy on screen? She plays one in real life.
Childhood Cavities: A Chronic Health Problem
Did you know more than half of all children have cavities by the second grade?
Start Young, Live Long: The Importance of Oral Health
Mediaplanet sat down with Warren A. Brill, President of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry to talk about the future oral health care.
HGTV Host Scott McGillivray Shares Bedroom Design Tips
Designer, contractor and HGTV host Scott McGillivray is a busy guy but he makes time for sleep. Now he’s sharing his best bedroom design tips.
The Power of a Healthy Teacher
From attendance and behavior to academics and overall performance, research shows healthy children do better in school. Yet more than one third of the nation’s children and adolescents are overweight or obese.
Amputee Awareness: 10 Facts You Should Know
Amputations are a significant medical concern, especially for diabetics and trauma patients.
How Natalie Cole Confronted a Painful Diagnosis
Her road to recovery was far from easy, eventually culminating in a kidney transplant as a result of harsh treatments. Now, the Grammy award winner is opening up about her personal battle with hepatitis C.
How Nicole Hemmenway Transformed Pain into Inspiration
Author and activist Nicole Hemmenway retraces her inspiring relationship with chronic pain.
Batkid Fights Back with Make-a-Wish
A story of triumph in the digital age — how Batkid generated 1.7 billion social media impressions and a fund to help sick children.
Kathy Bates' Fight For Survival
How should you cope with the hardships of ovarian cancer? For Kathy Bates, you stay brave and you embrace who you are as a woman.
New York Giants’ Mark Herzlich Tackles Cancer Head-On
For six months of his life, Herzlich battled his biggest opponent yet: Ewing’s Sarcoma.
How Breast Cancer Taught Rocker Melissa Etheridge to Live Happy, Healthy
Hard Rock’s PINKTOBER “Artist Ambassador” discusses her triumph over breast cancer.
Living Well with Recurrent and Metastatic Breast Cancer
If you've had breast cancer, the possibility of recurrence and spread of breast cancer stays with you. This is a reality that Kimberly Jewett knows all too well.
The Next Chapter: Giuliana Rancic’s Life After Breast Cancer
The widely celebrated E! News anchor and celebrity survivor opens up about life after treatment and lends advice to women of every age.
The Healing Power of Humor
Is breast cancer a laughing matter? One woman shares why she couldn’t help but laugh at the unexpected, bizarre and hilarious experiences she had through a mastectomy, chemotherapy and reconstruction surgery.
A Heart-to-Heart with Star Jones
TV personality and American Heart Association national volunteer, Star Jones explains how her life changed in a heartbeat.
Organ Transplants From Every Angle: 4 Experts Sound Off
Experts from the world of transplants give a run-down on the current state of organ donation today: what’s new, what is improving and, above all, what the biggest important misconception everyone should be more conscious of.
Inside Influenza: Expert Advice for Flu Season
We polled leading voices in the public health industry to pin down some of the biggest threats during flu season—many of which are probably right under your nose.
Ewing’s Sarcoma: A Family Fights Together
Led by the powerful example set by their youngest, one family is sticking together to take on the unique fight that comes with a rare cancer diagnosis.
Familial Motivation: Behind Cindy Crawford’s Blood Cancer Advocacy
After losing her brother to blood cancer, the legendary model strove to make a difference for other patients. Years later, she’s still passionately urging for bone marrow donor registration.
Devon Still: Raising a Fighter
NFL defensive tackle Devon Still recalls the harrowing process of learning your child has cancer.
Strong Offense, Strong Defense: NFL Alumni Tackle Prostate Stigma
Why is NFL Hall of Fame member Michael Haynes encouraging men to get tested?
Offering a Smile: Kristen Taekman Gives Kids a Priceless Gift
Kristen Taekman, a star of the hit TV show “Real Housewives of New York” traveled to Mexico to bring a life-changing surgery to children with cleft palates. The trip itself became a life-changing journey.
Terrence Howard on His Mother’s Battle With Colon Cancer
The highly acclaimed actor and star of “Empire” opens up about his mother’s six-year battle with colon cancer, which took her life at age 56.
A Cardiac Arrest Survivor Discusses the Heart of the Matter
A survivor shares her advice and inspiration for other women with heart disease.
For Vets Suffering PTSD, Help is Just a Phone Call Away
Debunking the stigma attached to post-traumatic stress disorder or depression is the first step to preventing unnecessary loss of life—especially for the 1 in 5 veterans returned from Iraq or Afghanistan with these diagnoses.
A 10,000-Mile Man Walks Diabetes Awareness to New Doors
Andy Mandell discusses his eight-year walk, diabetes awareness and a possible second U.S. tour.
Sam Fuld’s Grand Slam for Fellow Diabetes Patients
The Oakland A's outfielder is committed to motivating young patients, offering an annual sports camp that both educates and inspires.
A Close Call with Hemorrhagic Stroke Redefines Motherhood
After delivering her baby girl, Charlotte, it took another eight weeks before an eager new mother would be ready to go home.
How Safe Are You Keeping Your Unborn Baby?
Zika virus may be the hot topic, but it's not the only problem facing babies.
Tom Coughlin’s Defense for Childhood Cancer Patients
The longtime football coach wants families fighting childhood cancer to know they're not alone.
It’s Time to Dispel the Stigma Surrounding Lung Cancer
Patients with lung cancer experience something from the public that most other cancer patients don’t have to bear the weight of: blame for having the disease.
Simone Biles' Secret to Olympic Success
The Olympic gold-winning gymnast says kids can't excel without getting a quality night’s sleep.
A Boy Finds New Adventures Despite Vanishing White Matter Disease
In many ways 6-year-old Sam Buck is just like any kid his age, happy, active and curious. But there is one thing about Sam that sets him apart from any person you’ve ever met.
Larry King Combats Heart Disease Beat By Beat
About 610,000 Americans die from heart disease each year — that’s 1 of every 4 deaths. The iconic television and radio host shares his experience struggling with and overcoming heart disease.
Padma Lakshmi Casts a Spotlight on Endometriosis
Long periods? Check. Painful periods? Check. It’s part of life? Check. Scratch that — uncheck. No one should have to live with excruciating periods.
Black Eyed Peas Member Taboo Takes “The Fight” to Testicular Cancer
After being diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2014, the Black Eyed Peas member and solo artist has found new ways to share his struggle with fans and the world at large.
How a Young Kidney Transplantee Got in the Ring with John Cena
Despite being born with cysts in his kidneys, 7-year-old Kenneth “KJ” Harmon is just like other young boys his age; energetic, curious and hopelessly obsessed with televised wrestling.
A Teen’s Inspirational Road to Recovery from a Severe Brain Injury
A severe injury changed Greg Kenney’s life, but it didn’t stop him from pursuing his dreams.
Patrick Kennedy on Curbing America’s Addiction Epidemic
The former congressman, now best-selling author and nonprofit leader, has dedicated his life to improving the lives of those working through mental illness, addiction and other brain diseases.
How Breast Cancer Survivor Olivia Newton-John Inspires and Raises Awareness
The beloved singer-songwriter reflects on her cancer journey and ongoing efforts to end the disease once and for all.
Why Actress Mayim Bialik Takes Mental Health Personally
“The Big Bang Theory” actress Mayim Bialik advocates for increased awareness surrounding mental health issues and speaking out for a stigma-free society.
Dancing Through a Devastating Skin Cancer Diagnosis
“Dancing with the Stars” troupe dancer Witney Carson shares her melanoma survivor story and explains why everyone should know their risks.
Keeping up With Football Legend Jerry Rice
We talked with former NFL wide receiver and Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice about how he overcomes the challenges of getting older and staying in shape. Keep reading to learn his advice.
How Richard Lui Balances Life As a Long-Distance Caregiver
The television anchor had to do some soul-searching and make life adjustments when his father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Now, he’s opening up about his journey and advocating for more communication among caregivers.
Television Host Giuliana Rancic Opens up About Her Breast Cancer Journey
Giuliana Rancic shares her experience and lessons learned from struggling with and overcoming breast cancer.
Dancer Carrie Ann Inaba Speaks Out About Chronic Pain
The “Dancing With the Stars” judge is sharing the story of her struggle with chronic pain to open up the conversation about these under-recognized conditions.
Black Eyed Peas’ Apl.de.ap Shares His Vision for the Future of Eye Health
He may be best known as one-fourth of the Grammy winning, internationally best-selling hip-hop group the Black Eyed Peas, but today Apl.de.ap is using his influence to ensure younger generations keep their vision health in focus.
Fran Drescher Speaks About Cancer Prevention
“Cancer schmancer,” says Fran Drescher. She wrote a book about it, and started a movement and a foundation to flip the script on cancer. Instead of only searching for a cure, why not work on prevention and early detection?
Chelsea Clinton Wants to Build a Healthier Future for All Children
In an exclusive op-ed, Chelsea Clinton details her work with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, sharing her hopes for a world in which all schoolchildren can thrive.
Five Steps Toward Beating the Opioid Epidemic in America
Secretary for the United States Department of Health & Human Services, Tom Price, outlines the department’s five-point strategy for fighting the opioid crisis.
“Father of the Bride” Star Kimberly Williams-Paisley Shares Her Caregiver Story
Actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley, famous for her character in “Father of the Bride,” plays many roles on- and off-screen: a daughter, a wife, a mother. She’s also been a caregiver.
Team Tackle Joins the Fight Against Diabetes
Current and former NFL players have partnered with the American Diabetes Association for Team Tackle, an organization committed to fighting diabetes on a massive scale.
Kelly Rowland: Speaking Out for Prevention on World AIDS Day
HIV hasn't disappeared hasn't disappeared – 7,000 young women contract the disease every week. Singer Kelly Rowland wants young people to be aware and protected.
How Your Teen’s School Counselor Can Transform Their High School Experience
High school is hard, but your teen can find guidance and trustworthy information in their school counselor.
Giuliana Rancic Encourages Those Struggling With Fertility
Though the television personality and author's path led her to surrogacy, she remains an outspoken advocate for in vitro fertilization.
Actress Leigh-Allyn Baker Dishes on Her Son’s Celiac Disease Diagnosis
“Good Luck Charlie” and “Will & Grace” actress Leigh-Allyn Baker shares how her son’s celiac disease diagnosis has changed their family for the better.
Olympian Greg Louganis Talks Depression, Addiction and Suicide
Five-time Olympic medal winner Greg Louganis knows victory, but he has struggled with depression, addiction and suicide attempts. He shares his story to help others.
We Can No Longer Stay Silent About Suicide
We need to spread the truth about helping ourselves and friends speak up about their mental health before it’s too late.
Pharmacists Are Critical in Addressing U.S.’s Fight Against Substance Abuse
The opioid crisis is a national emergency and can only be addressed by enlisting all available resources.
A Mother’s Lifesaving Gift to Her Newborn Son
A woman recalls her son’s turbulent first year of life, becoming his liver donor after a dangerous diagnosis and giving him a second chance at life.
The Past, Present and Future of Influenza
The world has made major advances in the science of flu prevention and control, but flu viruses continue to pose one of the world’s greatest infectious disease challenges.
The Story of Gianna Wehrkamp
For most people, influenza resolves on its own. But sometimes, influenza and its complications can be deadly.
Amy Purdy: Despite Setbacks, She's Found a Path to Success
Snowboarder Amy Purdy had her life planned out – until a bout with bacterial meningitis took her legs, kidneys and spleen, almost costing her her life.
The Real-World Impact of Virtual Donor Drives
In the face of a constricted donor pool, virtual donor drives seek to increase the number of potential transplants.
A Grateful Heart: One Woman’s Transplant Journey
Karen Hill, a heart transplant patient, is grateful for a new heart, a second chance and a special relationship with her donor’s family.
Blocked by Kidney Disease, Sean Elliott Rebounds
It wasn’t all dribbles and dunks for Sean Elliott. The former player for the San Antonio Spurs and current Spurs announcer, shares his battle with kidney disease during his time in the NBA.
Jay Williams Shares His Story of Depression and Addiction
In just one year, Jay Williams went from NBA star to struggling addict. Now he’s sharing his story.
Celebrity Trainer Bob Harper’s Tough Lesson in Heart Health
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 790,000 Americans experience a heart attack annually. Last year, one of them was a poster child of health.
Super Bowl 50 MVP Von Miller Is Saving Vision for Underprivileged Kids
Each year, more than 5,000 low-income first-grade students enter the Denver Public School System without having seen an eye doctor. Von Miller is looking to change that.
“Speechless” Star Micah Fowler Is Living Without Limits
The star of ABC’s hit series opens up about what it’s like to break new ground and bring the neurological disorder cerebral palsy to the forefront of primetime television.
Olympic Hopeful Mandy Marquardt Isn’t Letting Diabetes Hold Her Back
Ten years ago, track cyclist Mandy Marquardt was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes but she hasn’t let the illness slow her down.
Corinne Foxx Is Helping Others Create an Anti-Anxiety Toolbox
Mental health conditions are common among teens and young adults, personally impacting one in five Americans. This is a reality that model, actress, writer and social activist Corinne Foxx knows all too well.
Laws Can Be Complex, But Consent Is (And Should Be) Simple
The key to any healthy, safe and fulfilling sexual experience is a clear idea of what consent is and how it functions in the bedroom
Four Keys to Having a Healthy and Fulfilling Sex Life
Everyone who chooses to be sexually active deserves a sex life that is healthy, pleasurable and fun — and that requires getting comfortable with talking about it. Here are a few tips to help you take care of your sexual health.
Actress Kathy Bates on Her Cancer Journey and Why She’s Determined to Help Others
When the Oscar-winning actress was first diagnosed with ovarian cancer, she felt pressure to stay silent. Now she's speaking out in the hope that women everywhere can stay healthy.
Most College Students Suffer From Anxiety, It’s Time To Talk About It
With 40 to 60 percent of college students suffering from anxiety, parents need to step up and learn how to talk about mental health on-campus.
Why All Communities Should Have Access to Quality Cancer Care
Quality cancer care can greatly impact a patient’s lifetime health. Unfortunately, low-income and minority communities have more difficulty getting access to good health care.
Talking to Your College Student About Mental Health
Even though your relationship is changing, checking in on your child while they’re in college can start important conversations about their mental health.
For Many, College Is a Chance to Find Your Community (And Your Pride)
In finding a community, Fernanda Melo found the strength to go through her coming out journey.
From Childhood Cancer Patient to Long-Distance Runner
As a runner and childhood cancer survivor, Georgia Cleland knows what it takes to stay in the game.
Breakthrough Therapies Bring Hope to Bleeding Disorders Community
For many years, new technologies for hemophilia sufferers didn’t exist. But things are changing.
How a Young Cancer Survivor Inspired His Community to Show Up
Oliver Isreal’s cancer diagnosis came as a complete surprise. Instead of becoming dismayed, he rallied with his community to raise awareness about blood cancer.
Robert Rosen’s Legacy in MPN Advocacy
Robert Rosen thrived for 20 receiving an MPN diagnosis and helped other patients through his foundation. Now his legacy lives on.
With Determination and Action, an Ambitious Goal for 2020 Remains in Reach
The founder of the Patient Safety Movement Foundation holds fast to his organization’s commitment to zero preventable patient deaths and explains why he’s confident they’ll make their goal.
NBA Star Paul George Takes Stroke Prevention to Heart
The pro basketball player is sharing his family’s journey in the wake of his mother’s stroke in order to inspire others and help grow community and visibility for stroke survivors.
Skin Cancer Survivor and Olympian Summer Sanders Shares Skin Care Tips
The Olympic swimmer found out the hard way that it’s not just sunburns that can damage skin. Every day exposure can be dangerous too.
How You Can Help Improve the Lives of Those Living With Aphasia
Stroke survivors want to be accepted and given a chance to live normally. Awareness and understanding of aphasia goes a long way in helping them live successfully.
What One Woman Learned After Surviving a Double Transplant
Uncommon kidney-pancreas transplants could fix kidney failure and even cure type 1 diabetes, leaving patients with a higher chance of survival.
Swiping Right With Tyler Oakley
The YouTube star and best-selling author sounds off on stigma, Tinder and the importance of honest conversations about sex.
How a Famous Comedic Couple Leverages Laughter to Raise Money for Alzheimer’s Research
Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller are using their celebrity platform — and their comedic pals — to help eradicate Alzheimer’s disease.
An Honest Guide to Alzheimer’s Caregiving
AARP family caregiving expert Amy Goyer shares her experiences as an Alzheimer’s caregiver and offers advice on staying strong and “filling your tank.”
Now Is the Time to Make Diabetes A National Priority
Funding for diabetes research remains limited despite a growing number of sufferers.
Speeding Ahead: NASCAR Racer Ryan Isn’t Letting Diabetes Slow Him Down
NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Ryan Reed has been behind the wheel since he was four and he's not letting Type 1 diabetes get in the way of him crossing the finish line.
The Time Is Now to Turn Pain Into Action Against Alzheimer’s
A two-time Alzheimer’s caregiver shares a message of empowerment and call to community for all fellow care partners.
Putting the Spotlight on Pulmonary Fibrosis with Julie Halston
Pulmonary fibrosis, or scarring in the lungs, affects more than 200,000 Americans. Actress Julie Halston learned about the disease in the worst way possible, but has decided to use her celebrity to raise awareness and money for research.
The Dangerous Health Insurance Policy That Is Harming Asthma Sufferers
Many asthma sufferers are victims of “step therapy,” a treatment method enforced by health insurance providers that subjects patients to ineffective procedures.
Ayesha Curry’s Third Pregnancy Came with an Unexpected Challenge
Ayesha Curry, celebrity cook and entrepreneur, spoke with Mediaplanet about the ups and downs of her current pregnancy.
Why Padma Lakshmi Is Fighting to End the Taboo Around Endometriosis
The Emmy-nominated host and judge on “Top Chef” is famous for talking about food, but now the author, actress and model is opening up about a more painful, personal topic.
Remembering Rachel Minnick: Passionate Clinical Trial Volunteer and Advocate
Rachel Minnick dedicated much of her life as a medical hero. We honor and remember her legacy.
In Defense of Reproductive Rights for All
For many in America, it’s hard to imagine that the threat of death during childbirth still looms large for millions around the globe. Here’s how we can spread education and care.
Pharmacists Stand on the Front Lines of Reproductive Health
Many pharmacists across the country can provide prescription contraception. The problem? Patients often don’t know it.
Inside One Woman’s Mission to Offer Hope Beyond Fibroids
July is Fibroids Awareness Month, and Gessie Thompson has been a major force behind the campaign. The fertility coach is on a mission to educate and empower all women about the noncancerous uterine tumors.
Embracing the Power of the Period
Chris Bobel is an associate professor of women’s, gender and sexuality studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston and the author of several books on the politics of menstruation. She urges women to reframe the way they see their periods and understand how they’re linked to overall health.
Rethinking the Myth of Women “Having it All”
The notion of “having it all” has captivated women for years. A new social experiment set out to reshape the definition and showed that when women are supported by other women, they’re empowered to reach for more of what they want.
Federal Funding Is Essential for Supporting Innovative Cancer Research
Recent progress in research has yielded extraordinary advancements in the fight against cancer, but in order to get these treatments out of the labs and to patients, federal funding is required.
Former Vice President Joe Biden Speaks on His Family’s Experience Battling Cancer
In the wake of the devastating loss of their son, Joe and Dr. Jill Biden have committed themselves to advocating for cancer research and spreading the importance of early detection.
NFL Star Clay Matthews Uses His Platform for Duchenne Awareness
For the past eight years, the Green Bay linebacker has been using his platform for good by raising awareness of Duchenne and supporting CureDuchenne in its efforts to drive progress towards a cure.
YouTube Star Audrey Nethery Releases Cookbook to Raise Money for Rare Condition
This 9-year-old viral dancer has used her success online to raise awareness for her disease, known as Diamond-Blackfan anemia.
How Rare Disease Stories Are Being Expressed by Song
Having a rare disease can be a harrowing experience, but these stories need to be heard. Music is just one way we can accomplish this.
"Stranger Things” Shannon Purser is Speaking Up About Mental Health
First she made waves as the memorable (and meme-able) Barb in "Stranger Things," became a part on the hit teen drama "Riverdale" and stars in the Netflix original movie "Sierra Burgess Is A Loser." Now, the rising star is accepting a new role as a mental health advocate and speaking up about her own journey while encouraging others to do the same.
Three Experts on the Stigma of Eating Disorders
Eating disorders are complex and exist in conjunction with other health and social factors. Three experts discuss how the disease is often misunderstood.
How to Support the Mental Health of Young Women
Talking to young women about their mental health might seem overwhelming or awkward, but a few simple steps can make all the difference.
How to Talk with Your Teenager About Sex and Relationships
When parents talk with their teens about relationships and sex, teens are more likely to be healthy and safe.
When Mental Health and Substance-use Disorders Are Treated Simultaneously
Deni Carise weighs in on some of the benefits of gender-separated treatment for women struggling with co-occuring mental health and substance use disorders.
“Broad City’s” Ilana Glazer Wants Women to Raise Their Voices With Their Votes
Call her a broad with a battle cry: one-half of the brains behind cult comedy “Broad City” sounds off on politics, birth control and getting out the vote.
There’s a Glaring Lack of Diversity Among Healthcare Executives
More African-American leaders are desperately needed in the healthcare industry.
Adequate Diversity in Healthcare Goes Beyond the Hiring Process
Patients often value their relationship with their care provider as much as the medical advice they receive from them.
Three Ways for African-American Healthcare Leaders to Succeed
The Leverage Network shares their proven “Power of 3” model, which sets up African Americans for success in the healthcare industry.
Dr. Adela Lente Is Helping Native American Youth Succeed
With poverty standing in the way of success, children of reservations see limited futures for themselves.
Barbra Streisand Fights for Equal Billing for Women’s Health
Relentlessly pushing for equity in women’s cardio health, celebrity icon Barbra Streisand discusses how she became interested in the subject and shares her thoughts on what can be done about it.
“Top Model” and Actor Nyle DiMarco Speaks Out for the Deaf Community
The deaf world has a tireless and talented advocate in the young actor, model, producer and activist, who leads by example in encouraging everyone to be themselves.
Actor Anthony Anderson Gets Real About Diabetes
Comedian and star of “Black-ish” Anthony Anderson talks about raising awareness for Type 2 diabetes and advocates for living a healthy lifestyle.
Get Screened: Actor Dax Shepard Wants All Men to Get Tested for Prostate Cancer
Actor and comedian Dax Shepard knows 1 in 9 men will get prostate cancer in their lifetime and that most men are not interested in getting prostate cancer screenings.
#ShareTheOrange: Bryan Cranston Speaks out on Alzheimer’s and the Power of Caregivers
As part of #ShareTheOrange, actor Bryan Cranston speaks out about Alzheimer’s, the incurable disease which took his mother’s life 14 years ago.
Chemotherapy Didn't Cure My Lung Cancer, But New Medicine Did
Thanks to evolving detection techniques, new ways of treating lung cancer are possible for me.
Why Respiratory Therapists Are An Important Part of the Health Care System
A highly specialized group of doctors are can be responsible for the most important organs in the body.
Songwriter Jewel Sings Out for Lung Cancer Awareness
The Grammy-nominated artist explains why she hopes a song about health will inspire women.
Treating Asthma Symptoms Requires Being Kinder to the Environment
Some of the most common triggers for asthma are linked to everyday choices. Small changes could lead to big results.
5 Steps Every Alzheimer’s Caregiver Should Follow
Receiving news that your loved one has dementia is difficult, but you are not alone. Use this guide to navigate through the challenges ahead of you.
Flu Just One Threat to Kids Worldwide
Flu seasons brings its own challenges for parents. But without access to antibiotics, the danger is magnified.
Debunking Major Flu Shot Myths
Avoiding the needle is an exercise in selfishness, no matter how you explain it.
3 Reasons Why Fundraising Is Essential for Children’s Organ Transplants
Transplant fundraising is used by many American families today because of the ever-rising costs associated with transplants. But the financial hurdles facing a transplant do not end once the transplant is over.
How One Woman Finally Met the Person Whose Life She Saved
Burcu Mirza saved a man’s life after donating her bone marrow in 2013, and then continued to advocate for transplants at the 2018 New York City Marathon. Little did she know, a surprise was waiting for her at the finish line.
Naomi Campbell Speaks Up for HIV Awareness
Naomi Campbell is a model, actress and activist who is using her platform to speak up for HIV awareness.
Surviving a Double-Organ Transplant
Tonya Cajuste suffered from an aortic dissection while she was already waiting for a kidney transplant. Despite the odds, she survived after a double-organ transplant.
A Brother’s Enduring Gift of Life
Robert M. Tarola reflects on his kidney disease diagnosis, and how his younger brother risked his own health to give him the chance of living a long and fulfilling life.
Why Transplant Coordinators Are Essential for Saving Lives
In the world of organ donation and transplantation, not all superheroes wear capes. Organ transplantation could not exist as we know it today without procurement and transplant coordinators.
The Case for Living-Organ Donation
Organs donated from living donors are frequently transplanted into patients with kidney failure who otherwise face years on a waiting list for a deceased-donor organ.
How the Transplant Community Can Protect Its Donors
There are now almost 115,000 people waiting for an organ transplant. On average, 20 people die every day while waiting.
How Olympian Michael Johnson Is Celebrating the Small Wins During Stroke Recovery
Sprinter Michael Johnson speaks about staying positive despite his unexpected diagnosis and difficult recovery.
How NFL Star Tedy Bruschi Is Helping Empower Stroke Survivors
Tedy Bruschi is embracing his role as an inspirational voice in the stroke community and has been using his platform to connect with other survivors.
Pregnancy-Related Genetic Testing – It’s Up to You
Although headlines may suggest otherwise, pregnancy-related genetic testing is optional and there are pros and cons to consider.
How to Support People With Depression
Having a better understanding of the struggles faced by our friends and loved ones with depression can help us respond in a way that is more helpful and empathetic.
Understanding Mental Illness
David Harbour, star of “Stranger Things,” opens up in hopes of inspiring understanding and removing stigma surrounding the conversation about mental health.
Q&A with Jamie Tworkowski Founder of To Write Love on Her Arms
Jamie Tworkowski, founder of To Write Love on Her Arms, discusses the stigmas surrounding mental health and what we can do to help those who are still stuggling.
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