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Prescription opioids.

Opioid Overdose Death Rate Soars in the U.S.

The risk of accidental death from an opioid overdose has surpassed the risk of dying in a car crash for the first time, according the National Safely Council.

By Diane Domina
Alzheimers Authors showcasing their books.

Horses and Writing Kept This Caregiver Afloat

Ann Campanella’s dual struggle with miscarriage and caring for her mother with Alzheimer's led her to write a book and later to become an advocate for authors like her.

By The Candid Caregiver
Nurse caring for a patient after surgery.

Post-Surgery Deaths Surpass Those From HIV, TB, and Malaria Combined

Worldwide, more than 4 million people die within 30 days after surgery each year, while HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria cause nearly 3 million deaths per year.

By Diane Domina
Puppy with female veterinarian.

Veterinarian Suicide Rates Continue to Be Higher Than Average

In a trend that’s continued for more than 30 years, U.S. veterinarians — especially female vets — are at higher risk for suicide than the general population.

By Diane Domina
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Metastatic Breast Cancer Goodbyes

Someone you love has metastatic breast cancer, and it's time to say goodbye. Follow this advice for working through your emotions and being there at the end.

By PJ Hamel
Researcher looking at health statistics.

U.S. Death Rate Rises for 5 of the 12 Top Causes

Part of the report, Health, United States, 2017, includes a feature that focuses on mortality in America, examining when, why, and where people are dying.

By Diane Domina
Mature woman writing in a journal.

Grief: The Way to Continue on Is to Work Through It

Dr. Gail Gross, Ph.D., doctor of education and nationally recognized family, child development, and human behavior expert, author, and educator talks about how to deal with the grief and massive life changes after losing a parent.

By Carol Bradley Bursack
Senior husband holding sick wife's hand.

Feeling Grief, Relief, and Guilt as Caregiving Ends

A mix of emotions is common for caregivers when caregiving responsibilities are over. Here are some coping strategies.

By Elizabeth Millard
Family grieving at a funeral

How to Deal with Conflicting End-of-Life Emotions

How to deal with mixed feelings of guilt, sadness, loss and even joy when losing a loved one after a battle with an illness.

By Carol Bradley Bursack
Older couple having serious discussion with doctor.

Metastatic Breast Cancer Survival Is Going Up

Many people think metastatic breast cancer is a death sentence, but more women are living longer despite this serious diagnosis.

By Phyllis Johnson