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This post discusses the life story of Dr. Leon Bass, a black veteran and educator whose wife died of Alzheimer's disease, and two other books related to the topic.

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If Congress and President Barack Obama decide the responsibility for health insurance falls on the shoulders of individual Americans, all of us might want to pay more attention to what's going on now in the individual insurance market and to what's promised in the legislation. If having no insurance is considered rock-bottom, having individual insurance is the next floor up. Some call it "house insurance," thinking that by having it they won't lose their homes to pay for a catastrophic illness.

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This is a post I wrote about Muriel Gillick's book, The Denial of Aging, when the health care reform debate was just getting going.

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In December of 2005, an elementary school in Addyston, Ohio was closed permanently after officials at Ohio's Environmental Protection Agency found enough chemicals in the air to pose a risk of cancer 50 times higher than the regulators considered acceptable.

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This story provides families with a set of tips about how to find a high-quality nursing home for their loved one.

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We continue our 5-part series on the high cost of health care in America.

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We continue our 5-part series on the high cost of health care in America.

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We continue our 5-part series on the high cost of health care in America.

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This is the second part of my conversation with Dr. John Dombrowski, a Washington D.C. anesthesiologist and pain management specialist who sits on the American Society of Anesthesiology's administrative affairs committee.

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