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There is a term used in the field of thanatology called "mortality salience." It comes out of a theory called "Terror Management Theory" that American social psychologists proposed based on the … more
BURLINGTON, Vt. — Pledges by college students to eschew drugs and alcohol are old hat. Now they're meditating, working out, practicing yoga, eating healthfully, and at least one school, the … more
I was lucky. I cared for my husband in his dying time for only nine months. He died at home in hospice, not a day too soon. He had enough time to put his affairs in order, say his goodbyes, conduct … more
It's one the most common human fears and phobias of all, particularly for those of us beyond our 20s, as we remember the sights, sounds, smells and sensations of going to the dentist in our childhood. The big needle. The high-pitched whirr and … more
Q: My 83-year-old mother has advanced osteoporosis. She and I recently read several articles touting the benefits of vitamin K2. Does it help strengthen bones? If so, what is the recommended daily dose? Are there side effects? A: Vitamin K is … more
Q: I graduated from college last spring, and I just got my first full-time job, which I love. But it means that I'm sitting for more than eight or nine hours a day, and I hate it. Would one of those … more
CHICAGO — The old-fashioned, family doctor style of medicine could be lifesaving for elderly hospitalized patients, a big study suggests, showing benefits over a rapidly expanding alternative … more
Q: What can be done for normal pressure hydrocephalus? My dad was diagnosed with this condition six months ago after developing severe gait problems, urinary urgency and memory issues. He has a few … more
Long-term care costs are surging again and the most expensive option — a private nursing home room — may soon top $100,000 per year.Growing labor expenses and sicker patients helped push … more
Q: Ever since the news about lead in the drinking water in Flint, Michigan, I've wondered about the water in my own home. I live in Oklahoma, and our house was built in 1988. Should I be worried? A: You've asked a timely question that, … more
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