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Grieving for Pets and Humans: Which Hurts More?

Posted on 03/29/2012 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthThe day after my mother died, an acquaintance earnestly told me, “I know just how you feel. My beloved dog passed away last month.” I admit I was insulted. I know she was trying to be empathetic, but really, how can grief over a pet be the same as grief over a parent? But perhaps I was wrong. Washington Post food editor Joe Yonan wrote a moving story this week about his grief over the death of his dog, Red, compared to …

PSA Tests: Controversial Study Says They Don’t Save Lives

Posted on 01/9/2012 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthWhen the blood test for prostate cancer was introduced 26 years ago, it was seen as a way to save lives. But research since then has questioned this conclusion and a large new study, published last week, adds more doubt to the issue. The  long-term study of 76,000 men ages 55 to 74 found that routine prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing did not prevent deaths from prostate cancer. However, some prostate cancer experts immediately criticized the study, and even one of the …

Caregiving in the News

Posted on 05/17/2010 by | Archived Contributor | Comments

Your LifeAccording to this very personal article from Michelle Singletary at the Washington Post, “by 2020, 12 million older Americans will need long-term care. And when they need that care, they will realize that they and the caregivers they will have to lean on are woefully unprepared for the cost.” We already know caregiving is an increasingly widespread extra job for Americans, with the Caregiving in the U.S. 2009 study revealing that 29 percent of the U.S. adult population, or 65.7 …