Why we find it hard to Envision and plan for worst-case scenarios

Dr. Laurie Pearce lists off the things she retains ready if disaster strikes. There are pouches full of water, space blankets, flashlights and batteries, a hand-crank radio using a charger for her phone, a stash of garbage bags (“They may be used for keeping people warm too, by cutting holes to your heads,” she says), first-aid kits, a spare pair of eyeglasses, food packs, waterproof matches, an additional source of her husband’s medicine, hygiene products, tissues and two decks of cards. read more

Why we find it hard to Envision and plan for worst-case scenarios

Dr. Laurie Pearce lists off the things she retains ready if disaster strikes. There are pouches full of water, space blankets, flashlights and batteries, a hand-crank radio using a charger for her phone, a stash of garbage bags (“They may be used for keeping people warm too, by cutting holes to your heads,” she says), first-aid kits, a spare pair of eyeglasses, food packs, waterproof matches, an additional source of her husband’s medicine, hygiene products, tissues and two decks of cards. read more

Navigating intimacy after Injury is something no one can prepare you for

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The candles were lit and my spouse was already in bed. I was taking a quick shower, trying to will my romantic juices to flow. I ran my hands over my belly. To the right of my belly-button, three inches under, my fingers slid over a glistening red mound: my small intestine. Or, to be exact, the ileum: the smallest aspect of the small intestine. It seemed somewhat like a strawberry, its head poking out through a surgical opening in my gut known as a stoma. I had named itnbsp;Ron. read more

Five guidelines for Exercising with high blood pressure

Regular physical activity is suggested for those who have high blood pressure. As Dr. Paul Oh, medical director and GoodLife seat of the University Health Network Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation Program, reminded me in a meeting, the mix of aerobics and weight training is as effective for reducing blood pressure as many drugs. read more