Thursday, December 22, 2011

Feast of the Holy Innocents: December 28

It's a celebration commemorated in the Catholic Church but not particularly well known by the faithful.  Here's what you need to know about the Feast of the Holy Innocents:

Complete listing of Catholic holy days for 2012

Here's the definitive list of what's really a holy day of obligation vs. a moveable feast:

How to get through the holidays if you have Crohn's disease

They're a time for wonderful celebrations but are also physically taxing.  If you have Crohn's disease, here are some tips to help you get through the holidays:

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

How to handle being alone on Thanksgiving

A lot of us dread solitude on important holidays.  Here are some suggestions on how to handle being along on Thanksgiving:

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Why I won't be shopping on Black Friday

If you're planning a monumental shopping excursion the day after Thanksgiving, more power to you.  Here's why I refuse to shop on Black Friday:\

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Halloween pumpkins: fun facts and trivia

You might have bought--or grown--the perfect Halloween pumpkin this year.  But how much do you really know about it?

Monday, October 10, 2011

Why it's difficult to feel grateful

With so many problems swirling through American society, it's becoming difficult for many people to feel grateful about much of anything.  Here's my take on why:

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Mystery shopping editor

It's a unique way to be self-employed.  Here are the nuts and bolts of how I started and operate my own business as a mystery shopping editor:

For Crohn's Patients: List of what to bring to the ER

It's a hectic, confusing trip when it comes to treatment at the emergency room.  It's a visit most patients with Crohn's disease dread. Here are some tips on how to get organized and bring the right stuff to the ER the next time you need treatment there:

Monday, August 29, 2011

What your doctor might not know about HIPAA

Are doctors, other health care providers and insurers going overboard about protecting your medical information?  Here's what they might not know about HIPAA:

All about neuromyelitis optica

One of the most frustrating things for patients who suffer from neuromyelitis optica is getting a misdiagnosis of multiple sclerosis:

Monday, August 22, 2011

Recall after a screening mammogram

Being asked to come back for more imaging after a screening mammogram is a fearful experience.  Here's what you might expect:

Friday, August 19, 2011

All about cracked tooth syndrome

If you've experienced sudden, sharp pain that makes you gasp when you bite into a piece of food, you might be suffering from cracked tooth syndrome.  Here's what you need to know about this annoying condition:

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Assumption of Mary: Catholic holy day of obligation

Here's an overview of this important date on the calendar of the Roman Catholic Church.  When August 15 falls on a Monday, U.S. Catholics are not required to observe the requirement to go to church to mark the holy day.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Localized scleroderma: morphea

Scleroderma cases fall under one of two umbrellas:  systemic or localized.  Patients with morphea suffer from one of the localized subtypes.  Here's how it differs from other types of scleroderma:

Monday, August 8, 2011

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The 10 biggest mistakes made by people who use coupons

Who doesn't use them these days?  They can help balance a family budget.  However, using them to their best advantage requires avoiding these six common mistakes:

Does your hospital have a drug shortage?

Drug shortages, particularly among those medications used mainly in hospitals, have become a serious concern across the U.S.:

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Monday, July 25, 2011

What ever happened to kids' summer vacations?

Summer used to be a distinct season.  Kids shed long pants, school bells and backpacks.  For many of them, this is just a story their parents tell.  What happened?

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

What happens when a cat rescue fails

He was an adorable cat who showed up at the door.  It was easy to catch him and take him to the vet.  Then something went horribly wrong.  Here's what happens when a cat rescue goes wrong:

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Is the art of thrift dead?

And what's the difference between doing something thrifty and practicing the art of thrift?  See:

Thursday, June 23, 2011

How to say no to being a bridesmaid

There are many reasons why you might want to decline to be a bridesmaid but are reluctant to do so lest you hurt the bride's feelings.  Here are the steps you need to follow to decline effectively:

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Father's Day and the Waltons

Whether you were a fan when the TV series aired in the '70s or have just recently discovered the Waltons, you've probably noticed some obvious character traits in the character of John Walton, Sr.

Here's a Father's Day remembrance of the series, the character, and actor Ralph Waite:

Tips for every mother of the bride

Are you questioning your sanity?  Are you concerned that your wife might be the only mother of the bride who's pulling out her hair?  Here are some tips on how to survive being a mother of the bride:

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Scientists discover new, quicker way to treat latent TB

Researchers at Vanderbilt University have announced a major breakthrough in the treatment of latent tuberculosis, the more common form of the disease:

Do you want to practice extreme couponing?

Millions of Americans, fans of TLC's Extreme Couponing series, do.  However, there are some flaws in the logic that makes it all look so easy:

Monday, April 25, 2011

Could your teenager be suffering from orthorexia nervosa?

These two words are a mouthful, but they describe a problem associated with a fixation on healthy eating:

Who really was Mary Surratt?

The history books teach us that she was hanged for conspiracy involving the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.  But who exactly was Mary Surratt?

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Are you being forced to change vets?

Many pet owners find themselves in a position where they have to change vets when they don't want to do so.  Maybe the old practice isn't compatible any longer.  Or perhaps it's been sold.  Here's what to do when you have to change vets when you don't want to:

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Ever wondered why your kids don't have study halls?

In many school districts, they're a thing of the past, like a perfume from the past century.  Here's a look at what has happened to study halls in the schools:

Saturday, March 19, 2011

What happens when your dog has ACL surgery

Lots of pooches, especially those who are overweight, face ACL surgery.  Here's what to expect if your best friend needs this procedure:

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Monday, January 10, 2011

How to become a Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.)

Have you ever seen someone's name with the letters "D.O." after it and wondered what they meant? Here's what a Doctor of Osteopathy (or Osteopathic Medicine) is and how to become one:

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Should you submit a college admission video?

Though they're the rage, they seldom have a heavy impact in an admission decision.  Here's what you need to know about submitting a video with a college application: