Concierge Medicine

Excerpt from “Membership Medicine: When the Doctor Is Always In”: At just 20 years old, membership medicine still carries a lot of controversy and questions. There’s the long-expressed concern that it could lead to a two-tiered health system, in which poorer people are shut out of the premier slots. But not as often brought up […]

Older Organs

Excerpt from “Why Older People Don’t Register as Organ Donors—and Why They’re Sorely Needed”: Though concerns about age and health are the main reasons older people cite for not becoming organ and tissue donors, some other factors do come into play. For one thing, organ transplantation is relatively new. It made the news in the […]

Medical Journalism

Excerpt from “Behind the Scenes: How the Media Reports on Research”: I’ve worked as a health journalist for over a decade, with a specialty in aging for much of that time. I started out with an unusual educational leg up: my father, James Hubbard, a family doctor and writer, taught me key points about understanding […]

Expired Antibiotics

Excerpt from “Investigative Report: Do Antibiotic Expiration Dates Matter?” Though SLEP is often cited as proof your antibiotics will outlast your dog, what’s not often emphasized is the fact that most people don’t store their prescription medications ideally, like they’re stored in the study. For one thing, at home, prescription meds are usually in a […]

Successful Aging

Excerpt from “Successful Aging—It’s Not Impossible”: In 1984, screaming teenagers celebrated the launch of the irreverent MTV Video Music Awards, and the popular movie Footloose preached freedom for young people against the tyranny of stuffy, middle-aged fogies. To be young was to be free and cool. And to be older? Think Murder She Wrote, which […]

Midlife Exercise

Excerpt from “It’s Never Too Late to Exercise—but Starting by Midlife Is Best”: Harrison Caldwell had a good excuse for not being athletic: one of his legs was about a quarter inch shorter than the other, thanks to a childhood bout with polio. Plus, his feet were so flat that the Army turned him down […]

Positive-Thinking Hype

Excerpt from “Of Pink Bears and T-Shirts: Science and the Hype of Positive Thinking”: “Positive feelings are signs of health; they do not cause good health,” says Howard S. Friedman, PhD, coauthor of The Longevity Project: Surprising Discoveries for Health and Long Life from the Landmark Eight-Decade Study (2011). “Thinking positive thoughts will not cause […]

Aging Athletes

Excerpt from “When Athletic Ability Declines with Age: 6 Tips for Staying in the Game”: At 55 years old, Heidi Christensen relishes the chance to defy stereotypes. “You didn’t just get passed by an old person,” she says of the 20- and 30-somethings she zooms by on bike paths. “You got passed by an old […]

Creative Exercise

Excerpt from “Unusual Exercise: Sports Ideas for the Creative and Adventurous”: Here’s the truth of it: Some of us just plain don’t like jogging, and gyms give us the heebie jeebies. There. We said it. Nonetheless, our bodies rebel against our adamant decision not to move.

Living Ready Pocket Manual: First Aid (Editor)

I served as developmental editor and copyeditor of Living Ready Pocket Manual: First Aid before the book was submitted to the publisher’s editor. Reviews “That’s what I liked most about the Living Ready Pocket Manual. It’s well organized and explains in very simple terms each step in responding to a first aid emergency.” —The Survival […]

Survival Doctor’s Guides (Editor, Copywriter)

I edited The Survival Doctor’s Guide to Wounds and The Survival Doctor’s Guide to Burns from development to publication. I also wrote the marketing materials for them. The books reached number one and number two respectively in’s Kindle Safety and First-Aid category. Reviews “One of the things that I really enjoyed about the book is that […]