Category Archives: health

Clinical Trials Save Lives

On average, 50% of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer will live for at least five years and about one in three will live at least 10 years, according to the NHS. Those are not great odds, so new treatments and … Continue reading

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Four Life Altering Words

I’ve been sitting on some not great news for over a month now and not knowing what to do with it. I’ve told family and close friends, but I wasn’t sure whether I wanted or even how to tell my … Continue reading

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No Nukes

My family never talks about feelings, and we certainly never talk about plutonium. It’s hard to take something seriously if you can’t see it, smell it, touch it, or feel it. Plutonium is a cosmic trick. The invisible enemy, the … Continue reading

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Desert’s Elbow

A week ago today I had ORIF surgery. ORIF stands for Open Reduction Internal Fixation, a surgery that involves a 2 inch incision along the top of the elbow, then positioning the bones where they should go and using screws … Continue reading

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Not a Funny Bone

Classes ended for me on April 27th, and my final class meeting with my favorite class was wonderful. Students worked on their digital portfolios and talked about what they had learned during the semester, what activities they found the most … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Earth

Everyday I read about the increasing effects of global warming; now these readings are followed by news of SCROTUS’s decision to roll back yet another important measure enacted to address the causes of climate change, and I am at a … Continue reading

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“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet.”

I was happy to hear Michelle Trudeau’s “When The Brain Scrambles Names, It’s Because You Love Them”on NPR. Her interview with Samantha Deffler, a cognitive scientist at Rollins College, helped alleviate some of my growing anxiety about my ability to … Continue reading

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Scorpion–and not the band!

I have been a desert dweller since 1998 without a scorpion sting. . . until Saturday night. At least that’s what we assumed caused the excruciating pain in my big toe as I crawled into bed. We couldn’t find anything … Continue reading

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Deal Me In

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Homegrown Terrorism

Yesterday at a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado Springs, 57-year-old Robert Lewis Dear shot and killed 3 people, one a university police officer, and injured five other police officers and four civilians. While television pundits and law enforcement officials look … Continue reading

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