Daniel O’Day: Healthcare’s New Frontiersman

As the visionary leader of one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, Daniel O’Day is changing the future of patient care. ℘℘℘ At a time in our country when healthcare is a polarizing topic, everyone can agree with Daniel O’Day. His mission to cut the time between discovering life-changing medicines and getting those medicines to patients is central to his role as CEO of...

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Reading West Cork

A trip to the West Cork Literary Festival turns into an unexpected and inspiring look at Bantry Bay and the people who call it home. ℘℘℘ In the words of Man Booker Prize-winner Anne Enright, “Ireland is a series of stories that have been told to us.” For me, Enright’s words couldn’t have rung truer. My father’s stories of growing up in Country Cork, told to me as a child, had the...

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The Celtic Curse

Coming to terms with hemochromatosis. ℘℘℘ When I began researching hemochromatosis for this story, I knew only the basic facts: that hemochromatosis is a genetic condition that causes the body to store high levels of iron; that the body has no way of getting rid of that excess iron; and that, if left untreated, it can accumulate in the liver, heart, pancreas, and other organs, causing...

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“Molly, you have Alzheimer’s”

A grandmother’s legacy lives on in the work of Muireann Irish, whose research has shown that people with dementia don’t just lose the ability to remember the past, they also lose the ability to envisage the future. ℘℘℘ One of my favorite memories of my grandmother, Molly Lowney, is calling in to her house every day after school to chat about the day over a cup of tea. On Fridays, Nan...

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Living in Each Other’s Shadow

We should be attendant to any story that involves love, even when it’s the strange and wonderful bond between a cat and human. ℘℘℘ Earlier this summer my cat died. I know it’s not important in the scheme of things, but it left me reeling. For days I was buffeted by my grief in the most unexpected places: in the supermarket checkout line (no longer any need to buy pet food or litter),...

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