She Takes a Hands-On Approach to Health Care

She Takes a Hands-On Approach to Health Care

This article is part of our Women and Leadership special section, which focuses on approaches taken by women, minorities or other disadvantaged groups challenging traditional ways of thinking.In 2014, when Ebola was raging across West Africa and terrifying the world, Sheila Davis had a comfortable desk job in Boston.But Dr. Davis, who holds a Ph.D.…
The Loneliness of Frontotemporal Dementia

The Loneliness of Frontotemporal Dementia

At 66, Bob Karger was losing language. It was not the tip-of-the-tongue feeling that melts when you recall a sought-after word. He had lost the connection between sounds and meaning — the way ba-na-na recalls a soft, yellow fruit or ea-gle calls to mind a large bird of prey. In a recent conversation, he had…
A Defense of Clowns

A Defense of Clowns

Joaquin Phoenix’s murderous clown in the film “Joker” has stirred up serious concerns about violence this fall. And for many people, the role of a clown as supervillain bolsters a long-held conviction that double-faced clowns are evil.But I’m here to offer a defense. As the mother of a child with special needs, clowns helped lighten…
My Family Cared for My Sick Aunt. Who’s Caring for Us?

My Family Cared for My Sick Aunt. Who’s Caring for Us?

When I was 12, my mother’s 32-year-old sister Emily experienced a berry-aneurysm rupture, which caused a stroke. One day she had a headache that she said felt like being hit with a two-by-four. She went on with life, and then collapsed the next week. The executive assistant whose fingers typed so fast that they blurred…
87-Year-Old Killed Her Disabled Grandson With Overdose, Police Say – The New York Times

87-Year-Old Killed Her Disabled Grandson With Overdose, Police Say – The New York Times

A Florida woman who cared for her disabled adult grandson on weekends faces second-degree murder charges after she told the police she gave him a fatal overdose over concerns about who would care for him when she died, the authorities said.The police responded to a call on Sunday afternoon in Bradenton, Fla., about 40 miles…
What about Alberta? In the federal election, the province’s economic woes fail to break through – The Globe and Mail

What about Alberta? In the federal election, the province’s economic woes fail to break...

A sign on the Trans Canada Highway welcomes visitors to Medicine Hat, Alta., a community of about 63,000 people hit hard by a years-long slump in natural gas prices. Jeff McIntosh/The Globe and Mail The signs on the edge of Medicine Hat welcome visitors to …