Skin Cancer and Early Detection

Two technologies — MelaFind and dermatoscopy — use light waves and sophisticated data analysis to diagnose suspicious lesions. In a 2011 study, MelaFind was able to detect 98 percent of melanomas, compared with 78 percent by a dermatologist’s examination alone. Because melanoma can be difficult to diagnose in its earliest stages, when it’s most treatable, […]

When Being a Woman Can Make Healthcare Tougher

The good manners that our mothers taught us, those manners that help us in social situations and open up doors and allow us to have a lovely conversation at a dinner party, those same manners do not serve us well when we are advocating for someone who needs help. Sometimes you need to put the […]

The Statistics Of Caregiving

A year after my parents moved from Fort Wayne, Indiana to live near me in Princeton, NJ, I became of almost 44 million American adults caring for an older friend or family member. Statistics show that caregivers tending to patients who are loved ones add an average of 20 hours a week to an already […]

Ebola In A Parallel Universe

A rap came on the hotel room door. It was our head of security — a big, sweating, burly man — who said our security detail had abandoned us because my cameraman, Ashoka Mukpo, had tested positive for Ebola. Three weeks before our arrival in Liberia, eight members of an Ebola outreach team, several journalists among […]

My Life As A Caregiver

‘When my father fell ill, I put my own life and health on hold to save his. It wasn’t easy’ Nine years ago my siblings and I decided it was time for our parents to live closer to family. So at the ages of 80 and 84, my parents moved from Fort Wayne, Indiana, where I […]