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En español |Our senses have warning systems to alert us to possible dangers. A bitter taste warns us away from poisons. A putrid smell alerts us that food may not be safe to eat. Our eyes close automatically when exposed to a flash of light. Pain receptors in our skin warn us to pull away from something hot.
Skinny old hands
It’s been more than 15 years since the Institute of Medicine released its seminal 1997 report detailing the suffering many Americans experience at the end of life and offering sweeping recommendations on how to improve care.
Senior Woman With Headache.
It's called the placebo effect - the surprising power of the brain to affect the body when we take a pill we think is medication, even though it isn't.
Anyone who has never been in the middle of an ocean surrounded by an eternity of waves can ever imagine  how lonely it can be. Time has no meaning and distance is a dream on an empty sea, whether you're on a cruise ship, a troop ship, a battle ship or a canoe. It's all the same in a cosmic vision. The ocean is a metaphor for loneliness.
new study on Americans' attitudes toward medical decisions
When it comes to end-of-life medical decisions, Americans are divided over what they think is right: to pull out all the stops and try everything regardless of the situation, or discontinue treatment and allow someone to die if he or she chooses. A newly released survey by the Pew Research Center asked nearly 2,000 adults by telephone to weigh in on their beliefs, including the hot-button issue of physician-assisted suicide.
Pity our poor necks, constantly bending forward for long periods as we read, text and play games on our smartphones, e-readers, iPads and other tech toys.
Q: I am a 60-year-old female now, am postmenopausal, and have terribly painful sexual intercourse. I have been diagnosed with severe atrophy of the vaginal wall.  Is there anything I can do besides hormone therapy to help? I am a breast cancer survivor and have been advised against hormone therapy. Is there an over-the-counter product I can use? I have tried various lubricants without success.
looking out a window
It's 2014, and everything on my poor old body is hurting.
You smash your finger with a hammer, stub your toe, accidentally touch a hot pan -- it hurts like hell and you often curse in reaction. But did you know that those curse words can actually help reduce the pain you're feeling?
First it was pomegranate juice, then acai berry juice, and now...tart red cherry juice is the newest super-food  darling.
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