Taking Care:
Health, illness and uncertainty

Dr. Schreiber of San Augustine giving a typhoid innoculation at a rural school, San Augustine County, Texas, April 1943 (Photo: Library of Congress)

April 1943: Dr. Schreiber of San Augustine County, Texas, gives a typhoid inoculation at a rural school (Photo: Library of Congress)


What’s our experience with health, illness and living between the two?

How do we navigate the complicated landscape of policy, politics and real life that surround health care?

Who or what contributes to our sense of security and well-being?

What role do our communities — families, colleagues, friends and acquaintances — play as we negotiate health and wellness?

Caring for the caregiver

Even though millions of Americans care for sick and aging loved ones, caregivers we hear from talk most about how socially isolated they feel. Join our conversation about the realities of caregiving.

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Planning for the worst case scenario — Alzheimer’s at 50

Dementia costs more to treat each year in the U.S. than cancer or heart disease and much of that cost is borne by family members in a caregiver role. Here is the story of one Minnesota family -- the parents who couldn't plan for early-onset Alzheimer's, and their daughter, who is ready for the worst.

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Do you live in a healthy place?

A new update to a longstanding website gives users access to a plethora of health data for nearly every county in America -- everything from smoking rates to the number of dentists or fast food restaurants. Maps make it easy to compare your county to the rest of your state.

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The R-word: Ban it or understand it?

What is your experience with this word or other similar words? Should "retarded" become socially unacceptable or just be better understood? What is your reaction when you hear the word? And how hard or easy is it to really change the way people talk about something?

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Five things doctors want

Straight from doctors' mouths: What would make their lives better -- and yours. Mostly, it's time they say they need -- and lots of financial change.

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The FMLA at 20: Room for improvement?

We heard from parents who have taken FMLA time to care for sick children, others who have lamented the law's time limitations -- and from a doctor who's found himself caught in the middle of delicate negotiations between his patients and their employers.

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Have you applied for family or medical leave?

Twenty years ago today President Bill Clinton signed the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) into law, granting 12 weeks of job protection to workers recovering from an accident, tending to a sick loved one or caring for a new baby.

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Why athletes cheat: “Your self is on the line”

Steve Portenga, lead psychologist for the U.S. track and field team, suggests it's more than fame and fortune that can motivate athletes to break the rules of sport to enhance their performance. It's about the fear of losing an identity -- and sometimes a paycheck.

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Let the kids play? Parents, sports and head injury

Parents are making some tough choices about whether to let their kids participate in sports. And there are no set rules about how young is too young to play contact sports, what kind of game play is too dangerous, or how many concussions are too many.

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