Prevention and Treatment
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Future of Personal Health
Prevention and Treatment
Education and Research
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rebekah Marine On Modeling Without Limits
Despite being born without her right forearm, Rebekah Marine has defied all odds in the fashion industry.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Snowboarder Chris Klug’s Transplant Triumph
The world-class snowboarder went from life-threatening liver failure to the bronze medal.
Saving Our Seniors from Hunger
As the baby boom generation ages, even more seniors will have trouble putting enough food on the table.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Olivia Newton John: ‘My Biggest Fear Was Dying’
Multi-award winning singer and actress Olivia Newton-John's courageous battle with breast cancer, and what she learned along the way.
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.
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.
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.
Gessie Thompson Finds Hope in the Face of Fibroids
After overcoming her struggle with fibroids, Gessie Thompson recounts her journey and coaches women down the path she once traveled.
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.
Brooke Burke: Changing Lives Forever
Actress, model and advocate Brooke Burke-Charvet reflects on her time spent volunteering with Operation Smile.
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.
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