An Apple a Day: What the iPhone Can Teach Us About Health Care

Robin Strongin

What took Apple so long to get in to health care? Here’s my suggestion from 5 years ago:

The day before my daughter Elise’s 15th birthday, the new iPhone went on sale.  My birthday was 4 days later.  So Elise figured out we should buy each other an iPhone to mark our big days.  She planned (and saved) for months.  She spent weeks talking to friends, researching apps on line, planning for such accessories as protective covers, and educating herself on how to maximize her minutes.

When the big day came, we made our way to the Apple store and stood shoulder to shoulder with hundreds of others waiting on a very long line.  Two and a half hours later we were invited, actually escorted, in to the store by an extremely friendly, knowledgeable young man who stayed with us during the entire purchase transaction.

He answered tons of questions (mine, not Elise’s…she already knew everything), politely reviewed various functions with me (Elise was extremely patient during this process), and made great suggestions about which plan was best for us. (more…)


The Last Best Cure: How Simple Tools Can Improve Health and Well-being

Janice Lynch Schuster

My research scientist grandmother used to respond to my complaints of being “stressed out” by asking, “What’s stress? Just a force that holds up a bridge.”

On that one count, I’m afraid she was wrong. Contemporary research points increasingly to the significant negative effects of stress on our physical health, and its role in fueling chronic health problems and autoimmune disorders. Increasingly, science points to the healing powers of our own minds in countering the physical damage stress can cause and improving our health and well-being. (more…)

Why I Fight for Change in Domestic Violence Legislation

In 2009 I became the victim of a violent crime, domestic assault with a weapon. The local newspaper’s front page story included the following phrases: “Felony Assault,” “Domestic Assault with a Weapon,” “False Imprisonment,” “beaten,” “hit about the head and body,” “beaten with hands, knees and feet,” “urinated on,” “beaten with a wrought iron cross,” “refused to let leave or use the telephone,” “numerous injuries,” “numerous bite marks about her body,” “lost consciousness,” “escaped.” Lucky to be alive should have been included.  (more…)

The Hospital Discharge Race: is Sooner Always Better?

They say that if you can remember the 1960s, you weren’t there. I do remember this about 1966, however:  I spent my birthday that year in a hospital bed, where I’d been a patient for a full month recuperating from a ruptured appendix and a nasty case of peritonitis.  Back then during the dawn of civilization, it was common for patients to spend far longer in hospital than we ever would now. For example:

  • For North American maternity patients during the same era, the average length of stay in hospital for uncomplicated vaginal deliveries was about seven (more…)


Back to School… Co-Parenting Style

Amber Coleman-MortleyIt’s back to school season!  Malls and stores have had their sales; schools have requested their info; doctors’ offices are quickly fulfilling vaccination and proof of appointment forms.  But most importantly, parents are eager to send their little ones off to be enriched amongst a class of their peers.  It’s a beautiful time.  It got me thinking- how can divorced and separated families be just as successful as families who are together this school year?

There are several challenges that kids from divorced and separated homes face.  Beyond emotional challenges, there are the self-confident, psychological, economic and logistical challenges, which can be (more…)



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