Prevention and Treatment
Education and Research
Future of Personal Health
Prevention and Treatment
Education and Research
Education and Research
8 Things Expecting Parents Should Know About Cord Blood
It’s a vital resource with wide-reaching, life-saving health care potential. Here’s a crash course for those expecting.
Getting Through the Holidays When Caregiving Topics Come Up
As family caregivers, it’s important we see ourselves as the CEO of Caring for My Loved One Inc.
5 Tips To Help Your Teen Make Safe Sex Decisions
Empowering your teen to make healthy decisions about sex can be easier with trust and transparency.
Why Is Neonatal Treatment Stuck in the Last Century?
A doctor explores the reasons the medical community isn’t advancing when it comes to developing drugs for newborns.
Clinical Studies Are Building a Brighter Future for People With Deafness
Behind every drug or medical device is a group of patients willing to partake in clinical research that leads to innovation.
From Too Many Screens to Eating Enough Greens: How To Help Teens Cope With Anxiety
Even though many teens have anxiety, the right amount of encouragement and nurturing from parents can alleviate anxiety symptoms.
How to Know If You’re at Risk for Preterm Birth
An obstetrician explains why all expecting moms should know about fetal fibronectin — and take a simple test that can indicate whether or not they will deliver early.
The Benefits of A Therapeutic School For Your Teen
Parenting a teen doesn’t have to be an uphill battle. Therapeutic schools can aid you in the emotional and educational support of your teen.
After A Deadly Car Crash, One Survivor Inspires Others To Drive Safely
An athlete with college on the horizon, Bailey Wind’s life was changed forever after a fatal car crash involving a drunk driver. Now, Bailey inspires teens to drive safely and live life to the fullest.
The Keys to Stress-Free College Prep
Preparing your teen for college can be a stressful experience for everyone involved. But it doesn't have to be.
6 Ways to Make Your Home Baby-Ready
The president of the National Safety Council offer tips to safety-proof common problem areas in the household.
When Should You See a Specialist? Early Detection Is Key to Treating PH
Many people living with this dangerous disease go years without a diagnosis. Learn how old blood clots in the lungs can cause CTEPH, a potentially curable form of PH.
Understanding the Challenges of Epilepsy
Industry thought leaders share what is often forgotten about an epilepsy diagnosis and how understanding a patient’s needs can be challenging.
Here’s What All Alzheimer’s Caregivers Need to Know About Wandering
The number of wandering incidents is on the rise, posing life-threatening consequences to those individuals living with Alzheimer’s.
Opioid Addiction’s Smallest Victims
Every 25 minutes in the United States, an infant is born to a drug-addicted mother. The care required is complex and challenging.
Out of Breath? COPD's Missing Millions Are Struggling for Air
Evidence suggests that there could be almost 10 million Americans living with undiagnosed COPD. Increased awareness of symptoms and resources could help these invisible sufferers achieve a better quality of life.
5 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Dad’s Alzheimer’s Diagnosis
A woman shares the challenges her family faced in the wake of her father’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis in the hopes of opening up communication about the disease.
Home Care Services Provide Choices for Seniors and Peace of Mind for Families
While there is no silver bullet to the challenges that accompany an aging population, in-home personal care is emerging as a valuable and vital part of the solution.
4 Back-to-School Lessons in Safety All Parents Need to Learn
Your child’s safety is your top priority — but are there everyday risks you may not know to avoid? Read up on key safety tips.
Tobacco Isn’t the Only Threat to Lung Health in America
Everyone knows that smoking is bad for the lungs. But many don’t realize the danger that asbestos still poses to lung health.
What Is the Tumor Microenvironment and Why Is It Important to Cancer Treatment?
New research highlights why we need cancer immunotherapy and how to make it work for more patients.
Could IVF Be On the Way Out for Infertility Treatments?
With potential side effects, skyrocketing costs and varying success rates, in-vitro fertilization could soon be replaced.
6 Helpful Tips for Alzheimer’s Caregivers
A doctor shares critical pieces of information for the millions of caregivers in the United States working to support a loved one with the disease.
The Critical Importance of Treating Minimal Residual Disease Cells
It’s important to consider the recovery stage of a cancer battle, during which the chance of relapse must be constantly monitored. Here’s what you need to know about relapse-causing minimal residual disease cells.
Worried Your Child is Using Substances? Here’s What to Look For
It can be difficult to tell if your child is abusing substances because many signs are simply typical teenage behavior. Here are some specific signals to look out for.
An Expert Shares His Insights Into Alzheimer’s Drug Development
Mediaplanet sat down with the co-Founder and executive chairman of TauRx Pharmaceuticals, Claude Wischik, M.D., Ph.D., to discuss the innovations taking place today in the field of Alzheimer’s research and treatment.
Continuing the Quest to Cure Every Child With Leukemia
Medical advancements have placed a cure for leukemia within our reach, making it more important than ever to increase research efforts and finally cross the finish line.
Meet the Cancer Fighter Inside Your Body
The field of immuno-oncology has revolutionized cancer care for many cancers over the past decade and continues to yield new, exciting results for patients.
Busting the Myths and Harnessing the Life-Saving Power of Clinical Trials
After a cancer diagnosis, some patients avoid clinical trials, fearing placebo treatments or unknown side effects. Here's why they should reconsider.
Using Language and Science to Better Understand Addiction
A more thorough understanding of the science addiction as well as changing the language used to describe it can lead to more compassionate and effective treatment.
Heart Disease Can Happen to Anyone
One man diagnosed with atrial fibrillation learns heart disease can happen without symptoms.
Understanding the Intersection of Childhood Cancer and Future Fertility
A doctor and social worker explain why it’s important for families to consider fertility preservation when creating a treatment plan for their child’s cancer.
Latest Advances in Cancer Staging Will Benefit Patients
No one wants to hear that they have been diagnosed with cancer. However, in the United States, one in two men and one in three women will develop an invasive cancer in their lifetime.
How Radiation and Immunotherapy May Benefit Patients
Immunotherapies have the potential to change the way cancer is treated. Here’s what you need to know.
What’s in Store for the Future of Heart Care?
Mark C. Bates, director of the Center for Advancement of Cardiovascular Research, talks genetic fingerprints, new technology and the role of regional hospitals.
Making the Connection Between Atrial Fibrillation and Stroke
A stroke is the most feared complication of atrial fibrillation but can be avoided with screening and anticoagulant medication.
The 9 Most Frequently Asked Sex Questions, Answered
Puzzled about your period? Can you really trust the pull-out method? Dr. Eve Espey debunks the biggest myths about sex and offers expert advice on what you need to know.
Teaming up for Student Nutrition
Keeping our children healthy means promoting healthy behaviors both at home and at school. Here's what you need to know.
How Parents Can Promote Academic, Social-Emotional and Lifelong Skills
Students flourish when they’re given realistic goals and constructive feedback and have strong adult role models. Learn more about how you can help children achieve their best in the classroom.
12 Tips for Communicating with Loved Ones Affected by Aphasia
From maintaining eye contact to reducing background noise, these techniques will help make communicating with those living with aphasia easier.
The Importance of Digital Citizenship and Cyber Safety in the Classroom
It’s no secret that online learning has revolutionized American education. In 2017, learning how to be digitally literate is just as important as learning how to read and write.
How a Personalized Approach to Treatment Could Offer New Hope for Rare Disease Patients
Treatments centered around a patient’s unique genetic makeup could be the future for rare disease medicine.
6 Sex Facts from Sexologist Shannon Boodram
With one of the most influential voices of the digital generation, Shannon Boodram is teaching millions of men and women across the country how to have healthier sex.
How High-Tech Devices Are Amplifying Our World
With the help of skilled acousticians, smart hearing technology is paving the way for a sonically interconnected future.
Some Like It Hot: Researchers Find Link Between Spicy Food and Longevity
Could adding a kick to your plate lengthen your life? A new study suggests it may.
Raising Awareness: Therapeutic Options for the Rare Disease Community
For patients seeking answers, it's important to recognize the resources available, including patient-focused research opportunities.
Preserving Organ Donations with Body-Replicating Technology
Because of the limitation of the current organ preservation modality, unchanged for the past 40 years, researchers are currently studying new technology to preserve healthier donations.
An Expert Look at the World of Organ Transplants
A veteran executive in the organ transplant system offers an inside look at the challenges facing the medical community today.
Medical Professionals Offer Organ Transplant Wisdom
Our panel of industry experts shed light on the importance of organ transplants, and the latest breakthroughs in treatment.
The Top 5 Questions About Organ Transplants, Answered
If organ transplants just entered your radar, you may not be sure where to start. An M.D. walks us through the crucial facts.
On the Frontlines of Cancer Research
One cancer researcher, inspired by his mother’s bout with cancer and her risk for possible recurrence, has committed himself to researching new methods to treat cancer patients.
Patient with Severe Scoliosis Walks Again After Innovative Surgery
A breakthrough surgery allowed one scoliosis patient to walk again, and, with further developments on the horizon, there’s even more reasons to be hopeful.
How Seniors Are Sharing Stories With Future Generations
LifeBio is an online platform that helps people from all walks of life pass their experiences and lessons along to the next generation.
Covering Mental Illness in the News
Rebecca Palpant Shimkets from the Carter Center explains why the way we speak about mental illness in news and entertainment can shape how we think about mental health.
An Innovative Program Aims to Train and Support Alzheimer’s Caregivers
A new certificate program helps to improve how we treat Alzheimer’s in the United States by providing the growing number of caregivers with the resources they need.
Why We Must Increase Research Funding to Find a Cure for Alzheimer’s
As instances of Alzheimer’s disease — and subsequent health care costs — increase exponentially, leaders in the United States need to prioritize devoting more funds to finding a cure.
Getting Intimate with the Editors at Refinery29
From their sexual role models to masturbation techniques, we caught up with two of Refinery29's health editors — and nothing was off the record.
How Senior Citizens' Finances Are Changing in 2017
As large portions of the population reach retirement age, there needs to be a variety of services available to help them manage finances.
What Diabetes Patients Should Know About Wound Risks
If you have diabetes, the risk of foot wounds can be deadly serious. Here’s what all patients should know about diabetes wounds and their treatment.
How a New Tumor Bank Is Changing Melanoma Research
Melanoma research is taking a giant step forward with the opening of a collaborative primary tissue tumor bank.
The New, Life-Saving Breakthroughs in Melanoma Treatment
Though melanoma is one of the most dangerous cancers, next-generation therapies are making treatment more effective and offering hope.
Supporting Personal Health With Pharmacogenomics
Pharmacogenomics provides doctors with the ability to know how specific drugs affect certain people and to recommend more effective treatments.
Personalizing Women’s Cancer Care
Understanding the role disease-related genes play in breast and ovarian cancers has led to revolutionary preventive care.
The Future of Cancer Care Is Closer Than You Think
Recent technological advances have changed the world of oncology, and the stage is set for some massive breakthroughs in the coming years.
Training to Be a Mental Health Counselor
A professor and student from a clinical mental health counseling program discuss careers in a growing field.
Knowing Your Risks During the 3 Stages of Pregnancy
Staying educated about the potential risks and symptoms during each stage of your pregnancy could make a huge difference for you and your baby.
10 Things to Consider When Choosing Fertility Care
If you decide to go the route of fertility care, there’s a whole host of questions you need to ask of yourself and your potential clinic.
Debunking 3 Myths About Cord Blood Banking
Banking your baby’s cord blood has enormous potential medical benefits, but all-too-common myths sometime get in the way. Here are 3 myths we’ve debunked:
Screening for Hidden Conditions May Save Your Newborn
Early detection and treatment are crucial to overcoming harmful and potentially fatal genetic disorders that can’t be seen at birth.
How Epigenetics Is Helping Fight Cancer at a DNA Level
The need for new types of cancer treatments has many researchers turning to epigenetics. Learning to turn genes on and off with precision has lead to promising results.
Beating Brain Tumors with Genetic Testing
As the number of diagnosed brain tumors grows, breakthroughs and a global reclassification, including genetic information, are expanding the once-limited options available.
We Need to Better Understand the Link Between Chronic Diseases
From diabetes to osteoporosis. Hormones play a role in many chronic diseases of the 21st century. It is imperative that the endocrine system continue to be a focus of medical investment.
How Caregivers Can Make the Most of Every Medical Appointment
If you’re a family caregiver of someone with a brain or spinal cord injury, you need to interact with medical professionals on a regular basis.
How to Find a Legitimate, Minimally Invasive Surgeon
Specialized physicians are within their rights to offer treatments outside of their narrow job titles, so long as they have the right training. Here’s how patients can be sure.
Taking the Stress Out of Choosing a New Mattress
If it’s been a while since you’ve been in the market for a mattress, you might be surprised how much has changed in recent years.
What Men Need to Know About Their Prostate
One in 7 men in the United States will develop prostate cancer in their life, according to the American Cancer Society. That’s why screening, and improved awareness, is important.
Understanding the Update to the Treatment Guidelines for Hyperthyroidism
For those living with an overactive thyroid, new research could present help for living with, and treating, the condition.
Experts Explain How to Choose an Endometriosis Specialist
Endometriosis requires specialist treatment. Choosing that specialist requires patients to ask hard questions. Here’s what the experts suggest making top priority.
Lung Cancer Patient Registry Using Big Data to Search for a Cure
There is a new worldwide registry for lung cancer patients to store their medical information, in hopes that the data gathered through the registry can lead to impactful research.
5 Things You Need to Know About Childhood Cancer Research
One in 285 children will be diagnosed with cancer by the time they turn 20. The key to finding better treatments and cures? Increasing research.
Connecting Experts to Fight Cancer More Effectively
Connecting scientists to doctors may sound simple — but it isn’t. As one expert is finding, however, the extra effort makes all the difference for cancer patients seeking an answer.
Prostate Cancer Is a Critical Health Issue for Veterans
Approximately 40,000 veterans are diagnosed with cancer each year, with prostate cancer being the second-most common cause of cancer death.
The Most Important Thing to Give and Receive in Sex
Consent should always be at the forefront of conversations about sex, and it’s important to know exactly what it means.
Unraveling the Clues Behind a Mysterious Form of Kidney Disease
A strange epidemic of unexplained kidney disease is hitting agricultural populations of Sri Lanka, South India and Central America. Here’s what we know.
Urinary Tract Infections in Women: The Essentials
Urinary tract infections are caused by bacteria and are 10 times more common among women than men.
Pelvic Organ Prolapse: 1 in 2 Women Suffer in Silence
Childbirth and menopause are the leading causes of a pelvic organ prolapse (POP), a health condition that is estimated to impact up to 50 percent of the female population.
60 Years of Blood and Marrow Transplants
Today, nearly every patient with a cancer curable by allogeneic bone marrow transplant will find a donor. Here’s how we got here, and what appears to be on the horizon.
Busting 7 Myths About Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a lung disorder characterized by shortness of breath. It includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Those are the basic facts — the following are not.
5 Things You Don’t Know About Mattress Shoppers
Sleep. Everyone wants it. Everyone needs it. But not everyone gets it. How does your mattress choice factor into your rest?
How Sleep Problems are Hurting Your Health
Unfortunately, most of us don’t value sleep because we’re blissfully ignorant of what can happen when we don’t get enough of it.
How Genetic Testing Can Provide a Head Start on Usher Syndrome
New advances in genetic testing mean that children and adults with Usher syndrome are being diagnosed at an earlier age than ever before.
What You Need to Know About Hyperkelmia
Caused by higher levels of potassium in the blood, which can be found in foods like avocados or potatoes, hyperkelmia can be mild or, left untreated, result in fatal arrhythmias.
The Domino Effect of HIV/AIDS
While the epidemic still claims far too many lives, it’s leading to groundbreaking research that promises hope for a multitude of diseases.
The History of the Pacemaker, From Origins to Modern Practice
The history of pacemakers dates back hundreds of years. From the first signs of the pulse in Ancient China (280 B.C.), to uploading data in the 21st century, via Wi-Fi.
Building a Movement to Expand Rare Disease Awareness and Research
For many, rare diseases sit just below the surface; highlighting the importance of increasing awareness of the ailments that affect families, friends, and most importantly, the individuals themselves.
How We Can Aid the Substantial Rare Disease Population
While individual rare diseases have small patient populations, collectively the rare disease community is larger than the AIDS and cancer communities combined.
Tracking a Donor Heart, from Donor to Match
Here’s how the doctors in charge navigate a matching process that gives priority to the sickest patients when each donor heart becomes available.
Transplants: From “Unethical” to Miracle, and Beyond
The first transplant professionals were revolutionary in their approach, and we need to retain that pioneering spirit via medical research and innovation.
New Sources Empower Patients with Cardio Health Knowledge
Making informed heart health decisions can be overwhelming. Researching your care options empowers you to take control of your heart health.
How Pregnancy Changed Star Couple Alexa and Carlos PenaVega’s Life
The Hollywood entertainers and parents are over the moon about welcoming their baby boy.
By Avoiding Cancer Screenings, Americans Invite Grim Statistics
Despite the saturation of October’s pink awareness campaign, 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetimes, and 1 in 4 women report not being up-to-date with breast cancer screening.
L.A. Icon Audrina Patridge Talks C-Sections and Mom Tips
The lifestyle blogger and former star of MTV’s “The Hills” gets candid about the story of her C-section and what she’s learned as a new mom.
3 Tips for a Simpler Baby Registry
Registering for your baby can be exciting and terrifying at the same time. With so many products on the market, how will you ever choose the right one?
5 Tips to Rethinking Child Car Safety
Think your car is baby-proofed? You might want to reevaluate what you know about car safety with these tips from the experts.
A Sneak Peek Inside Kandi Burruss’ Goodie Drawer
Kandi Burruss is a woman of many hats. The Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter and television star has expanded her empire with a line of sex toys.
Branching Disciplines to Arrive at New Cancer Solutions
Breast cancer now has a new arsenal of experts in the quest to make breast cancer patients survivors working in convergence with clinical scientists.
Measuring the Last Decade of Triple Negative Breast Cancer Care
Women diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer now have the attention of the medical community and advocacy groups. Here’s how we got to this point, and where we must go next.
Cosmo’s Sexpert Hannah Smothers Opens Up
Cosmopolitan magazine’s Sex and Relationship Editor Hannah Smothers is a specialist when it comes intimate questions. Here’s how she got there.
How Precision Biomarkers Can Prevent Side Effects of Powerful Treatments
New treatments come with their share of unknowns, but the latest research into cellular biomarkers is mitigating these risks.
The Latest Breakthroughs in Diabetes Wound Care
There have been some great advances in diabetic wound care. We need to make sure we support patients by connecting them with the best treatments.
How to Have a Healthy Pregnancy at Any Age
For older parents, the health risks for your baby increase. Here are some tips that can help ensure healthy childbirth, regardless of your age.
Reducing the Racial Disparities in Breast Cancer Survival
Despite advances in breast cancer treatment and survival, minority groups face higher mortality rates.
How Precision Medicine Is Changing Health Care
When it comes to medicine, no one hospital bed is the same. Ineffective standard treatments can sometimes make things worse. Precision medicine can help change that.
What You Should Know About the Early Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease
Although cases of Alzheimer’s differ, experts identify common warning signs of the disease estimated to affect more than 5 million Americans. Here’s what to watch for.
How Next Generation Sequencing Could Make Cancer Less Deadly
New technology offers groundbreaking research and precision treatments that may change the way we think about cancer.
For Patients with Epilepsy, Novel Technology Brings New Hope
For the 30 percent of patients who don't respond to available medications, epilepsy can be extremely debilitating. A new treatment, however, may offer a lasting solution.
A Precision Medicine Guide for Patients
Forming a cancer battle plan for you or a loved one? Here’s a layman’s guide to the latest treatments and how to get involved.
Actress Megan Hilty on Going from Good Witch to Great Mom
The “Wicked” star thought she’d never balance a family with her stage career. But she found that raising her kids was the greatest role she could ask for.
Actress Brec Bassinger Doesn’t Let Type 1 Diabetes Stand in Her Way
Despite her illness, actress Brec Bassinger is thriving; not only is she a rising star, but she’s using her success to support groundbreaking diabetes research.
Living With Tuberous Sclerosis and Epilepsy
About 80 to 90 percent of patients with tuberous sclerosis develop epilepsy, which is a brain disorder that causes repeated, spontaneous seizures of any type.
How One Patient Advanced Crohn’s Research through the Patient Registry
More and more, patients looking to directly contribute to medical research are turning to patient registries to get involved.
Malaria: Preparing for the Unexpected
In parts of the world, malaria and other infectious diseases are as widespread as the common cold.
Fact or Friction: The Toxic Truth About Sexual Lubricants
Sexual lubricants can be a vital accessory in a couple’s bedroom. Not all sexual lubricants, however, are created equally.
The Significance of a Diabetes Educator
A 2015 study showed that when people receive sufficient and regular diabetes education, in addition to regular care, they improve their diabetes control.
Pediatric Brain Tumors: Fielding Motivation Along the Way to a Cure
Pediatric brain tumors form a constellation of more than 100 diagnoses and about as many different outcomes for youth. They are the leading cause of cancer death in children.
What Sleep Means for Mood Disorders
For people with depression and bipolar disorder, addressing sleep is one of the most important areas of treatment.
The Truth About Living Donations
One father’s selfless act saved more than a daughter’s life; it also saved the life of a stranger.
Why Prosthetists Require a Well-Rounded Education
For the makers of prosthetics, every patient is a unique case. This demands not only a solid educational foundation, but a desire to help each patient realize their fullest capability.
Silent Killer: The Crisis in Diabetes Education
From proper nutrition to glucose management, education is a key weapon in the fight against diabetes.
What You Need to Know About Autoimmune Diseases
Everything we’ve known about autoimmune diseases is changing. Two luminaries from the burgeoning field tell us how.
Bad Blood: Understanding Leukemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma (Infographic)
How much do you really know about blood cancer and its prognosis and impact? A look at three of its key forms, by the numbers, tells the story.
Why Become a Nephrology Nurse?
The kidney affects many functions of the body, so a nurse must be highly educated and knowledgeable in many areas to care for a patient with chronic kidney disease.
9 Lives: Should You Recycle Your Mattress? (Infographic)
Recycling your used mattress keeps them out of landfills, benefiting the environment, the economy and the overall health of our planet.
Building Better Trust with Online Health Information
The way we interact with our doctors has shifted dramatically, but women should be largely engaged in their health care.
Personalizing the Future of Cancer Care
Many believe that with the right education and supportive public policies, personalized medicine is the future of cancer care. Here are a few reasons why.
Improving Quality of Life for Multiple Myeloma Patients
The Food and Drug Administration recently approved several new drugs some say can revolutionize the treatment of multiple myeloma and, in particular, patients facing a relapse.
10 Things You Need to Know About Blood Cancer in 2016
Leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma account for almost 10 percent of new cancer cases in the U.S. each year. Treatment is getting better all the time, but there’s still work to do.
Rare Diseases: The Struggle to Simplify a Common Denominator
One in 10 Americans are afflicted with one of 7,000 rare diseases. Collectively they are common, yet less than 5 percent have any treatment available. Why?
Blood Health: Vital to Every Arm of Research
Just a single drop of blood can reveal clues about even the most obscure or complex health conditions that might otherwise remain undiagnosed.
Is School Negatively Impacting Your Child’s Sleep Health?
New study finds middle and high schools are starting too early despite the negative effect on students’ health, safety and academic performance.
Spending More Time Between Sheets Could Improve Your Work Week
With workplace stress and chronic sleep problems on the rise, your coffee may actually be doing more work than you.
Beyond Birds and Bees: Educating Your Children After "The Talk"
It’s always the right time to communicate openly and honestly with your kids, rather than limiting their understanding to a single lecture.
From Smartphones to PrEP: How Modern Solutions Empower Sexual Wellness
The future of sexual health and wellness isn’t just here already; it’s probably tucked in your pocket right now.
Good Sex: Not Rocket Science, But Quantum Physics
Relationship expert Dr. Laura Berman turns to quantum physics in order to provide a prescription for a fulfilling love life.
Is Genetic Screening the Future of Fertility?
Over seven million women struggle with infertility—but genetic screening technology is helping them get pregnant and deliver healthy babies.
Why America Is More Sleep Deprived Than Ever
It’s time to wake up: more than one third of the American population is not getting enough sleep.
Fighting Flu at Home, Work and Within Your Community
Less than half of the U.S. gets vaccinated against influenza each year—a stat that, not surprisingly, is a small piece of the larger picture.
Prostate Cancer: Moving the Fight Forward
New treatment options are providing millions of families with optimism about the fight against prostate cancer.
Transplant Awareness: Why You Should Rethink the Season of Giving
What better time than the gifting season to weigh the true impact of organ and tissue donation: the ultimate gift we can give our loved ones or strangers in need.
Infectious Diseases: The Threat Continues
The discovery of antibiotics should have made infections a thing of the past. But that optimism proved premature.
A Luxury or a Need: High-Dose Flu Shots for Seniors
People over age 65 want the most advanced protection from the flu and its potential complications, causing increased demand for a vaccine with greater flu-fighting power.
Breastfeeding 101: Basics, Benefits and Bumps in the Road
A mother’s milk contains antibodies, requires no preparation and provides all the necessary nutrients newborns need.
Perfect Match: Connecting Donors to Demand
When it comes to the necessity of organ donation, most Americans are on the same page. However, misconceptions and lack of information tend to get between willing volunteers and those in dire need.
Saving Daisy: When the Gift of Blood Hits Close to Home
Amid the hustle and bustle, the holidays are also a challenging time of year when it comes to collecting blood. But patients don’t get a holiday from needing blood.
Intervention: Curbing America’s Addiction to Prescription Drugs
It could very possibly be someone you know: a family member, friend, or colleague. At the heart of our growing addiction problem is the overprescribing of these addictive and potentially deadly medications.
How a New Discovery Could Curb Cancer’s Spread
For those living with stage 4 breast cancer, the disease is most likely to spread to four major organs: the bones, liver, lung and—perhaps most importantly—the brain.
Make a Difference: Participating in Alzheimer’s Research
Researchers are working hard to develop new therapies, but they will only succeed with the help of volunteers who participate in clinical trials and studies.
Uncovering the Role Mental Illness Plays in Addiction
The relationship between mental illnesses and addictions is as real as it is complex. Nearly 40 percent of the 20.2 million in the U.S. with addictions also have a mental illness.
4 Questions to Ask When Considering Whole Body Donation
Most people have heard about whole body donation. Fewer people have stopped to think about the alternatives available and the questions to ask when considering this option.
Positive Levels: Managing Diabetes with Optimism
One nonprofit is educating and motivating patients with diabetes to take an active role in managing their disease. Here’s why.
10 Things You May Not Know About Diabetic Neuropathy
While neuropathy has over 100 known causes, neuropathy from diabetes accounts for the greater majority of patients.
Exploring the Link Between Pain and Depression
The stress of living with chronic pain can lead to depression, and that can manifest in physical pain, potentially exacerbating an existing condition.
Eyes Wide Shut: How to Prepare for Sleep Testing
Overnight sleep tests can be nerve-wracking, even frightening. But a bit of education and preparation can dramatically improve the patient experience.
Sleeping with Siri: How Technology Is Helping the Way We Rest
We spend a third of our lives sleeping—but we need to do it right. New sleep monitoring technology is helping to improve our sleep patterns and overall health.
Class in Session: Lessons from the Healthiest Schools in the Nation
Another school year is underway and if you haven’t visited one lately, you might be surprised by the creative ways today’s schools are helping kids develop healthier habits.
Micro Relations: Meet the Microbes That Make or Break Your Day
Before you overdo it with hand sanitizer, it's important to know which microbes are actually harmful to humans.
Communities Key to Curbing Childhood Obesity
Fewer than half of all U.S. youth achieve the Surgeon General’s recommended dose of 60 minutes a day of physical activity. Access to sports is vital in addressing this issue.
Four Stages of Raising Autism (Infographic)
The impact of autism is far-reaching, and it extends well beyond the boundaries of one individual’s medical diagnosis.
Silent But Deadly: Manhood and Chronic Pain
Every day we’re reminded of health epidemics like obesity, cancer or suicide. But we rarely consider how chronic pain factors into the detection of these conditions—especially for men.
Tackling Disabilities: Low Expectations Breed Low Outcomes
Often times the biggest barriers people with disabilities face stem from lack of communication, poor peer support, fear and ignorance.
After Returning from the Front Lines, One Veteran Refuses Defeat
Along the banks of Iraq’s Euphrates River, life as usual ended for one veteran. After a long road back, and a detour or two along the way, he’s charting toward inspiring, new heights.
Expanding Access to Assistive Technology
Twenty-five years since the Americans with Disabilities Act, those of us in the disability and technology communities find ourselves on the forefront of a new frontier.
Transitioning to Adulthood with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Transitioning from high school can be a scary time for individuals with disabilities and their families. Collaborative planning leading up to this milestone is essential.
Coming of Age: Autism and the Transition to Adulthood
Many people are unaware that autism is a lifelong challenge. It’s time to get real about adult autism and its diverse individuality.
Gadgets for Good: the Demand for Assistive Technology in 2015
From text-to-speech software to flashing smoke detectors, assistive technology is helping millions of men, women and children conquer everyday obstacles.
The Past, Present and Unclear Future of Assistive Technology
Understanding where assistive technology is headed requires an understanding of what it took to get here, as well as what’s standing in the way of progress.
Financial Planning for a Person with Special Needs (Q&A)
We asked an expert to weigh in on the questions that parents of children with special needs are dying to have answered.
I’m Not Pregnant Yet, Is There a Problem?
If you are trying to have a baby and it is not happening as quickly as you expected, you may wonder if you have an infertility issue.
Tracing the Changes in Cancer Prevention Research
The U.S. is lagging behind in medical research. Foreign countries are investing more, bringing discoveries to market quicker and encouraging researchers to return to their home countries.
Addressing the Imbalance in Prostate Health
All men are at risk of developing prostate cancer, but some men are at greater risk than others.
Where Big Data and Precision Medicine Intersect
Though still in its infancy, precision medicine, or personalized medicine, is not a new concept in oncology.
Baby Boomers Face Increased Risk for Hepatitis C
Baby boomers share a high risk of infection with hepatitis C virus, which is why the CDC is asking for a nationwide one-time test for all people born between the years 1945 and 1965.
8 Things to Expect Before Starting Hepatitis C Treatment
So you’ve been diagnosed with hepatitis C, a virus that comes in a few different forms. Some are easier to cure than others, but the good news is, most people with hepatitis C can be cured.
Healthy and Active, This Survivor Wasn’t Expecting a Stroke
It was a typical day for Mardeene Mitchell. She got up, got dressed and walked to work. But something happened that wasn’t so typical—she had a stroke.
It’s Time to Talk about Accidental Bowel Leakage
Accidental bowel leakage, the accidental loss of liquid or solid stool from the rectum, affects 20 percent of US adults – an incredible 1 in 5 people.
Keys to Success: Helping Children with Hearing Loss Succeed
Early identification and intervention can make a substantial difference in the development of a child with hearing loss or deafness.
The Past, Present and Future of Hepatitis C
An estimated 3.2 million Americans are living with hepatitis C, a serious and often fatal liver disease—and most of them don’t know they are infected.
Realizing the Promise of Clinical Trials in Cancer Care
Clinical trials determine safe, effective treatments and combinations to better treat cancer, and provide participating patients access to new experimental therapies.
Targeted Therapies Are Changing Everything We Know About Cancer
In the past, cancer care consisted primary of chemotherapy given intravenously so that it affected every cell in the body. But that was last century.
6 Ways an Inclusive Employment Strategy Improves Office Culture
Looking for reliable, dedicated workers who can deliver? Consider hiring employees with disabilities—and fast.
Personalized Medicine: Pushing the Boundaries (Infographic)
Recent advancements in personalized medicine have helped us score in the fight against cancer and heart disease.
Seeing Mainstream Medicine Through a Personalized Lens
Bold advancements in health care are transforming the practice of medicine by making it more tailored to, and effective for, the individual.
The Promise of Precision Medicine
Since coming into her role as Secretary, Sylvia Mathews Burwell has committed herself to working across government and the private sector to deliver impact for the American people.
Cervical and Ovarian Cancer: Making Progress at the Speed of Need
This year, over 810,000 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with some form of cancer. Though breast is by far the most common, two cancer sites lurk under the radar: cervical and ovarian.
The Time Is Now for the Precision Medicine Initiative
In the U.S., life expectancy nearly doubled during the 20th century, due in large measure to biomedical research. Now, bold new research promises to revolutionize disease prevention and treatment in the 21st century and beyond.
3 Things You Need to Know to Be Stroke Aware
There are over 20 factors that put you at risk for a stroke. Learn what to look for to establish eliminate your preventable risk factors today.
Doctor’s Perspective: Pushing Back Against Pertussis
More than 28,000 cases of pertussis have been reported nationwide in each of the past two years. How can we help buck this trend?
Fact or Fiction: Addressing Parents’ Top Vaccination Questions
After just one search for the term vaccines online, it’s easy to understand why some parents are misinformed about the safety and necessity of vaccines.
Imagining a Future with Personalized Medicine
We can now more precisely diagnose patients based on more sophisticated tools, and are therefore at the edge of a new era in modern medicine.
Navigating the Brain Map: New Hope for Treating Neurodegeneration
New technology is providing another piece of the puzzle when assessing patients with neurodegenerative diseases
Uncovering the Hidden Costs of Cancer Care
We sat down with Tom Bryon and Michael Shopmaker to examine the true cost of cancer treatment, as well as what families can do to keep their focus on treatment and off of finances.
Myth vs. Reality: Living with Diabetes
There are a many common myths about living with diabetes that contribute to confusion about how to manage it successfully.
Fostering Quality Memory Care for People with Alzheimer’s
Most families haven’t been exposed to quality memory care. As a result, they accept the status quo because they’re unaware that people with dementia can experience a life filled with dignity, purpose and meaning.
Alzheimer’s Research: A Nationwide Call to Action
Alzheimer’s is a triple threat with soaring prevalence, no cure and enormous cost burdens. But we have the power to stop it.
The Donation That Made Giving Back One Family’s Life Mission
At just six-weeks-old, Jacob Eason underwent a heart transplant. The operation saved his life, but was only the beginning of his family's journey.
A Cutting-Edge Option for Living Kidney Donors
A new surgical procedure promises less scarring for would-be kidney donors, and it’s already changing lives.
Inside the System: How Does Organ Allocation Work?
With over 123,000 people in the U.S. awaiting a life-giving transplant, it’s never been more crucial to be equitable with the organs made available.
Why the 21st Century Workplace Is Taking Mental Health Seriously
With one in five people bound to suffer from a mental health condition, employers need to update their approach to mental health today if they want a profitable future.
Do You Know the Building Blocks of Healthy Skin?
Skin care is a vital aspect of your overall well-being. Now, more than ever, there is a diverse set of ways to nurture healthy skin at any stage of life.
On the Whole: A Comprehensive Solution for Mental Health
Mental health is essential to overall health—and thanks to the rise in integrated medical care, we are beginning to effectively address the complications created by mental illnesses.
Releasing the Brakes on the Body’s Response to Melanoma
Cancer immunotherapy, the science of using the body’s own immune system to fight cancer, is an exciting new avenue in cancer treatment that is starting to show significant success.
What’s Your UV IQ?
We tend to consider the negative health effects that come along with sun exposure. But being aware of the positive effects can help us strike a balance between protection and healthy sun exposure.
Empowering Physicians to Fight Seasonal Allergies with Immunotherapy
Allergy immunotherapy is a treatment for patients with reactions to seasonal pollens, dust mites, animal danders and various other inhalants. Here, John Thresher of United Allergy Services sets the record straight.
The Future of Allergies and Asthma: Lessons Learned from Industry Experts
Although allergies and asthma are separate conditions, they are related. Here two thought leaders discuss the changing face of treatment and symptom management.
Know Your Food Allergies: Signs and Symptoms
Chances are you know someone who suffers from an egg allergy, but do you know how to spot it?
Health Hacks: The Whole Body Approach to Pain Management
The most cost-effective way to avoid illness and pain, and the expensive medical costs that go along with them.
4 Things Your Allergist Wished You Knew
If you are one of the millions of Americans suffering from asthma and allergies, knowing how to improve the way you react to triggers is key to managing your symptoms this spring.
Myth vs. Fact: Top 7 Allergy Myths
There are plenty of allergy myths that can be confusing and inaccurate.
A Toxic Home: The Truth About Indoor Air Quality
If your home has poor air quality, you may experience frequent headaches and long lasting colds, as well as chronic asthma.
Pharmageddon: An American Epidemic
Prescription drug abuse has become a public health epidemic. Drug overdose death rates in the United States have more than tripled since 1990.
Understanding the Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic
In 2015, more people are dying from drug overdoses than from traffic crashes.
Opioid Dependence: By the Numbers
It’s never been more important for the general public to become aware of the serious risks associated with overdose, dependence and addiction.
The Rising Epidemic: Prescription Drug Use in America
The news of rising prescription drug overdoses and deaths, particularly of our young, saturate the content of our information highway, provoking action by addiction treatment organizations.
Navigating the Effects of a Spinal Cord Injury
There are approximately 11,000 new spinal cord injuries each year. The effects of these injuries can be downright devastating.
Lasting Strength: How to Build Up Your Bones at Any Age
A proactive commitment to bone health is the key to building and maintaining the bones, joints and muscles we need to keep us active and healthy throughout life.
The Good News About Bone Health
Although 54 million Americans have either osteoporosis or osteopenia—low bone mass—there is still a lot of good news to share about our national approach to bone health.
The Epidemic Hiding in Your Living Room
The CDC calls prescription misuse “the worst drug crisis in U.S. history," but new laws are causing a migration to cheaper, more sinister alternatives.
Bonafide Facts: 4 Myths About Arthritis Debunked
Sometimes overlooked or thought of as simply part of getting old, arthritis is actually a serious health problem.
Insufficient Treatments and Rising Prevalence Spike Interest in Gout
Although gout has been around for centuries, researchers have shown a heightened interest in studying the disease in recent years.
Pillow Talk: 8 Tips to Help You Sleep Better
The following eight tips will help you sleep better at night and increase your energy levels throughout the day.
Counting Sheep: Little Snorers May Mean Big Trouble
Sleep apnea does not just affect adults; it is estimated that 2-3 percent of children also suffer from sleep apnea.
Untreated Hearing Loss Is Common and Costly on the Job
Employers can improve and safeguard employee health and productivity by encouraging hearing loss prevention and treatment.
The Secret to Getting Better Sleep Tonight
Countless people struggle with falling asleep and staying asleep, but recent studies have shown there are learnable methods for improved sleep.
A Wake Up Call: What You Need to Know About Sleep Apnea
More than 50 million Americans suffer from over 80 different sleep disorders, and another 20 to 30 million suffer intermittent sleep problems each year.
20/20: What You Need to Know About Eye Health in 2015
The USC Eye Institute’s Dr. Rohit Varma gives us the low-down on vision; an important, yet often overlooked part of overall health.
Brotherhood of Bravery: Living With Life-Threatening Food Allergies
“Dealing with Jacob’s cancer was less stressful, and easier than dealing with his food allergies.”
8 Facts We Learned about Lymphoma in 2014
A recent patient survey by the Lymphoma Coalition revealed interesting insights about the lack of awareness surrounding blood cancers and the changing face of our health care system.
Creating Families: Who Becomes a Surrogate Mother?
According to recent studies, 91 percent of women seeing a fertility specialist for treatment wish they had started doing so sooner. Is it time you considered a fertility evaluation?
The Next Generation of Transplants: Do You Believe In Miracles?
Advancements in organ transplantation will continue to restore hope for those waiting to survive.
Blood Cancer: Facts and Figures
For many men and women facing a blood cancer diagnosis, a bone marrow transplant is the best chance for survival. If you're able, give life and reap the benefits.
The Oral Epidemic: Quick Stats and Facts to Chew On
For many of the largest oral health organizations, improving negligence begins with improving access and educating consumers one community at a time.
Education Is Paramount in Preventing Dental Disease
According to a recent findings by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over half of American adults suffer from gum disease.
Working Through the White Noise: Helping Employees with Hearing Loss Thrive
Hearing loss is the nation’s third largest public health issue after heart disease and arthritis.
Why Are So Many Americans Avoiding the Dentist?
It's easier than ever to get access to dental care, but fewer Americans are choosing to. This is what's stopping them, and some simple fixes.
New Kidney Donor Matching System Promises Efficiency and Fairness
Tens of thousands of people in the United States get successful kidney transplants each year.
The Vital Connection: Recent Breakthroughs in Hematology Offer New Hope
A single drop of blood can reveal clues about even the most obscure health conditions that might otherwise remain undiagnosed.
Breaking the Silence: What is a Cochlear Implant?
To help answer the most frequently asked questions, Mediplanet sat down with Dr. David Haynes.
3 Facts About Sleep-Disordered Breathing
Sleep-disordered breathing applies to a spectrum of breathing problems that occur while you sleep.
A Clear Vision for Success at School
Healthy vision helps young children to succeed both socially and academically.
What Are the True Risks and Warning Signs of Addiction?
Not all addictions look alike, and similarly, there is not a one-size-fits-all treatment option to cure this chronic disease.
Is Kissing Good For Your Health?
With just one kiss couples can share more than 500 different types of disease-causing germs and viruses, warns the academy of general Dentistry (AGD), a professional association of more than 35,000 general dentists.
Don't Sweep Your Dog's Dental Health Under The Rug
Are your pet dental products safe and effective?
In Pregnancy and Beyond, Dental Health Matters
Many women are unaware that ignoring their oral health during pregnancy can lead to real problems. Tooth decay and gum disease can harm a woman’s overall health, her pregnancy and her baby’s dental future.
The Promising Future of Salivary Diagnostics
Biomarkers in saliva could open a new world of inexpensive, faster and more convenient diagnostic testing of systemic disease.
The Crisis in Older Oral Care
Ten thousand older adults retire every day in the United States, and only two percent will do so with a dental insurance benefit.
5 Things to Look for When Choosing a Dentist
Choosing a dentist can be daunting. How do you know if your dentist is up-to-date with the latest technologies? That equipment is clean? That the billing process will be a smooth one?
Demand for Certified Foam in Mattresses on the Rise
For an increasing number of consumers, knowing what is inside a mattress adds to sleep comfort.
Double Listing: a Promising Option for Patients on Liver Transplant List
Out of the 15,000 patients diagnosed with end-stage liver disease and waiting for an organ, 9,000 won’t receive one. Half that number will die or be removed from the transplant list.
Oral Care: Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is
Tooth decay is the number one chronic health problem among children in the U.S.
Chronic Pain: How Neuromodulation Can Help
Experts estimate chronic pain affects 1 in 5 people, but many may not realize that advanced, non-drug treatments could improve both function and quality of life.
Prescription Opioids: a New Gateway Drug
Statistics indicate today’s generation of opioid addicted individuals is not aware of prior generational knowledge of the dangers of heroin use.
Your Best Shot: The External Factors that Influence IVF Success Rates
IVF has contributed to about 5 million births, and emerging laboratory innovations may spike that success rate even more.
Homeopathy: 6 Advantages to Treating Recurring Ailments
Homeopathy — a therapeutic method using highly diluted plants, animals and minerals — may be the key to winter wellness.
Alcohol Advertisers Reach Teenagers Through Social Media
As the presence of Facebook and YouTube has grown, advertisers have begun to extend their reach beyond traditional media forms like television and magazines.
Building a More Comfortable Life at Home for Aging Boomers
As America’s largest generation anticipates 2016 and beyond, now is an ideal time to spot potential obstacles to their quality of life at home and design solutions for them.
Detecting the Odds: The Future of Breast Cancer Risk Management
The average 30-something isn’t worried about breast cancer. But Samantha Golkin Nigliazzo knew better. In her family, the disease was something that could strike at any age.
10 Things You Didn't Know About Your Heart
It may not cause obvious symptoms, but identifying atrial fibrillation as soon as possible can help you avoid serious, sometimes devastating cardiovascular problems.
Sarcoma 101: Don’t Ignore Your Lumps and Bumps
Sarcoma is very rare — only one percent of all adult cancers are sarcomas.
What is Causing Breast Cancer in Young Women?
A breast cancer diagnosis is not the same at every age.
Heart to Heart: Technological Advances in Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery
Innovations in the field of cardiology have changed the prognosis for many patients.
Doc Talk: What to Ask About Diabetes and Kidney Disease
More than 40 percent of all cases of kidney failure result from diabetes. Talk to your doctor—early detection is the key.
The Dangers of C-Sections: What You Need to Know
Specialists of maternal fetal medicine are working to prevent overuse of cesareans, especially for first-time mothers.
You and the Flu: Vaccinating Your Newborn
Only half of all pregnant women in the U.S. get a flu shot each season—and you don’t want to be one of those who doesn’t get it!
Milk, Yogurt and Cheese Join the List of Heart-Friendly Foods
Dairy has long been known for its role in bone health, but research has shown that dairy consumption is also associated with a reduced risk of heart disease.
Translating Brain Tumor Science into Survival
Brain tumors remain an area of urgent and unmet medical need. However, efforts spanning the industry, academia, government and philanthropy are jointly beginning to yield results for patients.
How Prosthetists Piece Together a New Normal for Amputees
The ultimate goal of the prosthetist is to restore people to as normal and active a lifestyle as possible. Achieving this entails a high degree of collaboration, built upon extensive training.
An Interdisciplinary Conversation with Cancer Care Experts
We sat down with a group of professionals from across specialties to learn about the latest developments in oncology care.
Being a Caregiver Is All About Providing Support
When you’re a caregiver, there’s often a lot to juggle. Amy Goyer, an AARP Family Caregiving Expert, has advice to make everyone’s life a little easier.
Empowering Your Teen Starts With Leading By Example
Empowering your teen through listening and communication can help ease the burden of parenting an adolescent.
4 Tips For Talking to Your Teen About Porn
Porn is everywhere, and the likelihood that your child will see it young is higher than ever. Keeping a conversation open about what porn is will create an opportunity to discuss healthy sex and relationships.
Tips for Communicating With Your Teen
Experts discuss common misconceptions about teens, as well as how to talk to them about mental health, sex and safety.
From Bullied Teen to YouTube Star
YouTube personality Bethany Mota has turned her experience of being bullied into inspiration for body positivity and community engagement.
Holly Robinson Peete on Raising Children With Autism In The Social Media Age
An unexpected diagnosis not only served as a turning point for singer and actress Holly Robinson Peete, it brought her family even closer.
A Doctor Offers Hope for Those Struggling to Conceive
Dr. William Schoolcraft, the founder and medical director of the Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine, explains the high-tech care process of fertility treatment.
Katie Couric Shares on Grief and Comprehending Early Onset Cases of Colorectal Cancer
The journalist discusses the moves made to increase prevention for early onset colorectal cancer.
The Possible Misdiagnosis of Similar Digestive Diseases and Gastrointestinal Disorders
Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth could be misdiagnosed as irritable bowel syndrome because of the digestive diseases’ similar symptoms.
How More Participation in Drug Trials Can Create Medical Breakthroughs
Researchers need more access to patient data to create better target treatments for those with celiac disease.
The Unexplained Rise in Young-Onset Colorectal Cancer
With young-onset colorectal cancer rising, medical teams often misdiagnose patients’ symptoms as something else.
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