New Guidelines for Making Critical-Care Decisions

Experts have developed guidelines aimed at avoiding conflicts between physicians caring for patients with advanced illness, and the families of those patients.

Death and A Belief in The Afterlife

A belief in the afterlife often influences how people feel about the prospect of death, according to new research.

Dr. Arnaud Wisman and Dr. Nathan Heflick, of the School of Psychology at the University of Kent, in the UK, set out to establish in four separate studies whether people lose hope when thinking about death – known as Terror Management Theory – under a range of different conditions.

Alma Bond: Her 90-Plus Health Secrets

By Delaina Dixon

They key to having a healthy body, a sharp mind and a thriving career for nearly a century? Pursue your true-life passion after 60! That's exactly what acclaimed author Dr. Alma Bond did. At 92 years old, she has written 22 books in the last 25 years, including her latest, Hillary Rodham Clinton: On The Couch. This former psychoanalyst turned full-time writer follows a simple daily plan to stay health: get moving, eat right, find time to relax and make sure to have a daily treat.

Bug Bites and Stings: When to See a Dermatologist

Although most bug bites and stings are harmless, some can be dangerous. This is especially true if you are allergic to the bug’s venom, or if the bug is carrying a disease. Here, from the American Academy of Dermatology, is advice about when to see a dermatologist.

In the United States, it’s common to experience a bite or sting from the following types of bugs:

Even Modest Exercise Benefits the Elderly

Even exercise of short duration and low intensity has life expectancy benefits for the elderly. Such conclusions have been well examined in the general population, where a recommended exercise program of 30 minutes at least five days a week (or 150 minutes per week) has been shown to reduce the average risk of death by 30 percent.


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