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11 powerful stories from women who inspire us for the better

Women in medicine — both past and present-day pioneers — charter new territory, drive boundless innovation and inspire thousands of futurists to further advance a lasting legacy. From Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, to the first mother to give birth to a baby born from a living donor uterine transplant in the U.S., …

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When tragedy shakes a nation, focus forward through action

In the aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting in American history, many of us are left feeling grief-stricken, anxious or helpless. The horrific images etched into our minds are tragic remembrances of events that have become sadly familiar. When will the deadliest finally be the last? As humans, our empathetic response is expressed through our …

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A thank you letter to nurses everywhere

You are the caregivers, communicators, patient advocates and decision makers. You are the hand-holders, the voice-of-reason, the 3 a.m. vitals-checkers. You become the around-the-clock best friend by the bedside, the calming voice, the familiar face full of compassion. To many, you are guardian angels. As a nurse, you play a very important role in the health …

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Professional skydiver dives head-first into cardiac rehab

As a skydiver, you live life on the edge. The exhilaration of free falling at speeds above 100 mph is the dream job for many thrill-seekers. Brazilian Paulo Marinho Gesta de Melo is one of the fearless who lives for that soaring sensation. Although Paulo was born with a heart condition, he has always lived an active …

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Trauma survivors reunite with caretakers who saved their lives

“We cannot plan for the unexpected. We cannot control the outcome. Everything we tell ourselves matters. With hard work, perseverance, patience and over time, the little things and baby steps add up to be big strides. This impacts every aspect of our lives: recovery, relationships and overall growth. So much of our outcome depends on …

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Hydration tips for football practice in the heat

As high school football practice kicks off in the extreme summer heat, athletes across southern states expose themselves to the risk of heat-related illnesses. With summer temperatures reaching triple-digits, coaches and parents must work together to keep their players hydrated. “Appropriate hydration before, during and after physical activity is an important ingredient to healthy and successful …

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