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Allergic to life: the Arizona residents 'sensitive to the whole world'

A lot of things caused Susie pain: scented products, pesticides, plastic, synthetic fabrics, smoke, electronic radiation – the list went on. Back in “the regular world”, car exhaust made her feel sick for days. Perfume gave her seizures.<p>Then she uprooted to Snowflake, Arizona.<p>“I got out of the car …

Empathy

Generation Adderall

Have you ever been to Enfield? I had never even heard of it until I was 23 and living in London for graduate school. One afternoon, I received notification that a package whose arrival I had been anticipating for days had been bogged down in customs and was now in a FedEx warehouse in Enfield, an …

Mind

Why Medicine Often Has Dangerous Side Effects for Women | Alyson McGregor | TED Talks

Schizophrenia In America - The Huffington Post

In his quiet, modest way, Glenn was proud of his robot. It was 1974, at a local high school science fair in Boca Raton, Florida, and Glenn, a 15-year-old sophomore, had spent months painstakingly constructing a jumble of wires and circuits on wheels with three arms, each containing a photosensitive …

Madness

In Florida prisons, mentally ill inmates have been tortured, driven to suicide, and killed by guards.<p>Shortly after Harriet Krzykowski began working at the Dade Correctional Institution, in Florida, an inmate whispered to her, “You know they starve us, right?” It was the fall of 2010, and …

Mental Health

My Right to Die

Mental illness and police

At the Orleans courthouse, Gerry followed a court clinician’s instructions and asked the judge to commit Dave under Section 35 of state law, which …

Mental Health

When the Body Attacks the Mind

A physiological theory of mental illness<p>One day in February 2009, a 13-year-old boy named Sasha Egger started thinking that people were coming to hurt his family. His mother, Helen, watched with mounting panic that evening as her previously healthy son forgot the rules to Uno, his favorite card …

Immune System

The perils of being your own doctor

When an experienced physician became convinced he had ALS, none of the specialists he consulted could persuade him he was perfectly healthy<p>In the summer of my 44th year, when everyone did the ice bucket challenge for ALS, when friends and strangers and celebrities soaked themselves with iced water …

Mind

The drug industry’s answer to opioid addiction: More pills

<b>UNNATURAL CAUSES</b> SICK AND DYING IN SMALL-TOWN AMERICA: <i>Since the turn of this century, death rates have risen for whites in midlife, particularly women. In this series, The Washington Post is exploring this trend and the forces driving it. Read the other stories in this series here.</i><p>Cancer patients …

Medicine

Where Are All The Autistic Women And Girls?

One in 100 people are diagnosed as being on the autistic spectrum, but there's a perception that it's a predominantly "male" condition.<p>“I am quite eloquent, I can chat to people – my job is all about communication and meeting new people every day,” says Emily Swiatek, 29, who was diagnosed with …

Taking children to an aquarium is a lesson in cruelty – Skye C Cleary

What could possibly be wrong with taking your child to an aquarium? It seems like an innocent enough pleasure. Most children love watching exotic …

Marine Mammals