Well: War Wounds That Time Alone Can’t Heal

Video “Almost Sunrise” In a clip from «Almost Sunrise,» Katinka Hooyer, a medical anthropologist and postdoctoral research fellow in Family and Community Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin, talks about the meaning of love and feeling moral pain. By THOUGHTFUL ROBOT PRODUCTIONS on Publish Date June 5, 2016. No doubt in the course of…

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Well: Direct-to-Consumer Lab Tests, No Doctor Visit Required

Photo Credit Jon Krause Two years ago, Kristi Wood was tired and achy and could not think clearly, and she had no idea why. “I was in a fog and feeling awful,” said Ms. Wood, 49, who lives in Seattle and is an owner of a hiking supply company. Ms. Wood had her blood tested…

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Well: A Doctor on Schedule, Rarely on Time

Photo Credit James Yang Hard Cases Dr. Abigail Zuger on the everyday ethical issues doctors face. The minute I got on that bus, I knew I was in trouble. The driver sat at the stop just long enough to miss the green light. Then he inched along till he missed the next light and the…

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Well: Early Puberty in Girls Raises the Risk of Depression

Photo Credit Getty Images When girls come in for their physical exams, one of the questions I routinely ask is “Do you get your period?” I try to ask before I expect the answer to be yes, so that if a girl doesn’t seem to know about the changes of puberty that lie ahead, I…

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Well: Think Like a Doctor: The Tired Gardener Solved!

On Thursday, we challenged Well readers to solve the case of a previously healthy 67-year-old gardener who abandoned his garden one summer, alarming his wife and adult children. For weeks this vibrant and energetic man had been the last one out of bed — something his family had never seen before. And his days were…

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The New Health Care: Sorry, There’s Nothing Magical About Breakfast

I don’t eat breakfast. It’s not that I dislike what’s offered. Given the choice of breakfast food or lunch food, I’d almost always choose eggs or waffles. It’s just that I’m not hungry at 7:30 a.m., when I leave for work. In fact, I’m rarely hungry until about lunchtime. So, other than a morning cup…

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The Health Issue: When Do You Give Up on Treating a Child With Cancer?

Once Andrew’s illness was diagnosed, he needed a bone-marrow transplant as swiftly as possible. First the doctors had to kill the leukemic cells in Andrew’s bone marrow with chemotherapy, then replace them with a donor’s cells. Andrew’s 3-year-old sister, Lea, and his 5-year-old brother, Wills, were tested, and in the family’s first bit of luck…

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Many Readers Say No to Idea of Life-Extending Drug, but Yes for Their Dogs

Others expressed concern about the environmental and economic implications of a longer life span. “Ah, the unintended consequences of extending life — overpopulation, increasing stress on an already stressed environment, increasing stress on an already stressed retirement system,” wrote Thomas G. Smith, in Cadillac, Mich. “Humans are the most destructive of all species, and the…

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