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Smuggling a Beer for My Hospital Patient — My pager went off late one afternoon with a message from the oncology service at my hospital, asking me to see a 70-year-old man with metastatic cancer and trouble breathing. I wasn't hopeful. I had chosen to train in pulmonary and critical care medicine because I wanted to be someone who saved lives.

Committing to a Dog After Cancer — Leap Year Day, 1986: I drove up to a ramshackle house in Berkeley to pick out my first dog. It was a month before my two-year cancer anniversary, at which point I would be considered "cured," and I was ready to make a commitment - to life, longevity and a puppy.

Ask Grover: How to Get Children to Eat Vegetables — This week, Sesame Street's Grover is taking over Ask Well to answer questions about the new cookbook " Sesame Street Let's Cook!" and how to encourage healthful eating for children. You can read his answers below and watch the video, and learn more from Susan McQuillan, a family nutritionist and the author of "Sesame Street Let's Cook!"

Anxious Students Strain College Mental Health Centers — ORLANDO, Fla. - One morning recently, a dozen college students stepped out of the bright sunshine into a dimly lit room at the counseling center here at the University of Central Florida. They appeared to have little in common: undergraduates in flip-flops and nose rings, graduate students in interview-ready attire.

Slushies vs. Frozen Underwear for Hot-Weather Workouts — Slushies or frozen underwear - which is better for staying comfortable while exercising in the heat? That pressing question motivated a new study comparing different ways of dealing with workouts in summertime temperatures. It concludes that precooling with ice is helpful, but the benefits depend on where you put the ice.

Sesame Street Says 'Let's Cook' — Who better to solve the problem of kids and picky eating than Grover, Elmo and Cookie Monster? "Sesame Street Let's Cook!" offers simple and healthful recipes that may be the first step toward convincing even your pickiest eater to try something new.

Oral Steroids May Be Ineffective Against Sciatica Back Pain — Prednisone, a drug commonly prescribed to treat acute sciatica - the back and leg pain caused by a herniated disk - is almost completely ineffective against the condition, a randomized trial has found. Researchers randomized 267 people with herniated disks to receive a 15-day course of oral prednisone (a steroid) or a placebo pill.

Wide Use of Antibiotics Allows C.Diff to Flourish — You might say Jacob Epstein, a lean, healthy, 88-year-old Floridian, died in early May from a broken arm. Following surgery to reset the bone, he was given an antibiotic to prevent postoperative infection, a common hospital practice. His daughter, Beth Fidanza, recalled that within a week her father developed diarrhea caused by a particularly nasty intestinal bacterium called Clostridium difficile, or C.

The Weekly Health Quiz: Probiotics, Belly Fat and Pot Edibles

Ask Well: Massage and Toxins — A There are many reasons to indulge and get a massage. Well-designed studies have shown that massage can reduce levels of stress hormones, such as cortisol, improve joint function and reduce pain in people with osteoarthritis, temporarily reduce muscle sorenessafter hard exercise, and speed healing of sore, overworked muscles by reducing inflammation and otherwise amplifying the muscle cells' repair process.
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May 28, 2015

Sometimes there's nothing left to do but to drink a cold beer.

May 28, 2015

RT @JanHoffmanNYT: Anxiety is a new normal on campus: kids can't cope, mental health centers struggle to cope with growing…

May 28, 2015

RT @cslnyt: REMARKABLE. Nearly 1 in 6 college students has been diagnosed w/ anxiety or treated in last yr @JanHoffmanNYT

May 28, 2015

RT @JanHoffmanNYT: Anxiety has surpassed depression as most common diagnosis on campus. Why? How to address?…

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