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Acute Illness

When Morning Sickness Is Deadly

Geneticist Marlena Fejzo lost a pregnancy from hyperemesis gravidarum, or extreme morning sickness. Now she's trying to prove the condition is genetic, and not just in women's minds.

Logan Lucky

Exercise guru Drew Logan was in perfect health... until three sudden cardiac arrests nearly killed him. Now, with the help of his service dog Lucky, he's coming at life from a new angle.

The Condom Woman of the Cape Coast

In Ghana, where HIV/AIDs is on the increase and sex education focuses on abstinence, one 59-year-old woman walks the beaches, dancing and using props to get people interested in safe sex.

What A Dismissive Doctor Taught Me About Listening To My Instincts

Sometimes, your inner voice is your best medical advocate. So pay attention to it: it could just save your life.

The Awesome Truth About Donating A Kidney

After donating a kidney to her husband, Jen Reeder founded Rock 1 Kidney to assuage common fears about organ donation. (Like: yes, you can still drink.)

How Charlie Brown Helped Save My Best Friend’s Life

A 1990 Peanuts special helped me get my friend to the doctor when she came down with a rare bone marrow disorder.

How I Cured My Fear of Doctors

My great-grandfather's death inspired a fear of doctors that became a recurring family curse... one that I was determined to break.

Ending The End-Of-Life Conveyer Belt

Dr. Jessica Zitter, the subject of a new Netflix documentary, says that patients and doctors both are in denial about death, and that denial leads to more suffering than it saves us from.

The Crusader Mom Who Fights So Brains Don’t Bleed

After her daughter's brain started bleeding at four months old, Connie Lee started the Angioma Alliance to help bring an end to cavernous angioma.

You Don’t Need Hands Or Feet To Be A Great Mom

Changing diapers, driving carpool... just a year after a near-death experience left her a quadruple amputee, Elizabeth Zweigel is already back doing what she loves most.

The Colorful Totems Of Saint Frida Kahlo

Frequently housebound throughout her life, the legendary Mexican painter turned to fashion, curios, and knick-knacks to let her imagination travel as far as her art.

“I’m Not Here For Oncology”

When it comes to illness, one person's disease is another person's good luck.