How to Stay Alive to Enjoy the Holidays

The period between Thanksgiving and New Years holidays is notorious for fatal traffic accidents.

Pennsylvania Reports Pregnancy and Childbirth Complications

Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority just released data targeting major issues involved in pregnancy and childbirth.

Ten Warning Signs for Alzheimer’s Disease

As many as 5.3 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease.

Coming to Terms with Fatal Disease: Talking with your Doctor

If you do not die suddenly from an accident, heart attack or stroke, chances are you will die a slow death from disease or simply from aging. Unfortunately, in the latter case, doctors are well trained in every possible aspect of saving a life, but little on how to treat death and dying. So, if you are diagnosed with a fatal or chronic condition, how do you talk with your doctor effectively?

Disease Resugence: What it Means

A community along the Ivory Coast in Africa suffered from repeated outbreaks of a human respiratory virus from 1999 to 2006. Approximately 92 percent of residents in that area manifested symptoms, and the fatality rate was 20 percent. Although you might think that humans transferred this virus, you would be wrong. The carriers were among a group of chimpanzees.

Heat-Related Deaths and Illnesses

Other than dehydration, how do people die from heat-related illness?

What and Where were the Worst Natural Disasters?

Have you ever wondered if one earthquake or flood or heat wave was more deadly than another? Although Wikipedia is eschewed by many scholarly readers, some pages contain fascinating (and sometimes unconfirmed) information. Their “List of natural disasters by death toll” is one such page, and you can find a warning on that page that most numbers are estimates and often are in dispute.

DeathCare Workers Talk about What Happens After Death

Have you ever wondered what happens to your body after death, especially if you have not planned your funeral? The Guardian ran an article in the U.K. in 2008 entitled, “What Really Happens When You Die,” and this article provides death care workers’ perspectives on their jobs and what those jobs entail.

Tsunami: Quick and Deadly

Nineteen hours ago, on 29 September, an earthquake with the magnitude of 8.0 occurred near Samoa [map] in the Pacific Ocean. That earthquake created a tsunami that swept through the South Pacific islands of Samoa and American Samoa, flipping cars onto the roofs of homes, tearing down villages and causing widespread destruction and loss of life.

Seasonal Flu, H1N1 or Cold? The Difference…

Do you know how to recognize flu symptoms? How can you tell seasonal flu from H1N1 and from the common cold? According to the government’s Web site on the flu: