I'm an award-winning writer and a former newspaper reporter with more than 20 years of experience writing for some of the nation's top publications. I have a special interest in writing about health care, but editors also turn to me when they need someone who can dig deep for surprising insight or advice on any subject.
My national credits include: Reader’s Digest, Parents, Real Simple, Prevention, Dr. Oz The Good Life, Parenting, AARP, More, CreditCards.com, The Washington Post and The New York Times. As a long-time contributing editor at Reader’s Digest, I authored dozens of so-called “secrets” stories covering subjects ranging from airline pilots to convicted burglars. Two favorites: “50 secrets a surgeon won’t tell you” and “50 secrets a waiter won’t tell you.”
I write regularly for North Carolina Health News and The Charlotte Ledger. I also contribute to several Scholastic classroom magazines and to Wells Fargo's consumer-facing publications. Other corporate clients have included TIAA, Fidelity, Brighthouse Financial, USAA, Honda, WalMart and Harris Teeter.
Is Atrium playing it both ways? Atrium enjoys the benefits of being a government entity, but critics say it doesn't act like one.
Atrium and Novant won't sell their debt to a charity that buys medical debt and forgives it, saying it conflicta with charity care policies.
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A bill making its way through the state legislature would reduce wait times for insurance approvals, create rules about prior authorization.
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Snuggle-ready dogs are available to anxious patients at some dentist offices, but some patients worry about the risks, from slobber to nips
From calories in, calories out promoting weight loss to detox diets eliminating toxins, here are nutrition myths experts want you to know about.
Over the past two decades, the percentage of older adults taking five or more prescriptions has tripled, from 14 to 42 percent. The more medications you take, the higher your risk for an interaction or side effect.
Plant-based meats are coming soon to a dinner table near you, but what's actually inside those burgers, meatballs, nuggets, and crumbles, and do they deserve a spot on your plate?
These top doctors have seen thousands of patients and all kinds of skin. Here, they share their best advice to keep your skin healthy and glowing.
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Get a glimpse into the highs and lows officers experience, including the causes of and fallouts from high-profile shootings of unarmed African Americans.
A veteran RD health journalist shares hard-won lessons from her reporting-and from her family's own health crisis.
We talked to a firefighter, a police officer, a flight attendant, and 22 others who have learned to stay calm in high-pressure situations.
If you're among the 164 million Americans who struggle with sleep, a friendly "Good night!" is cold comfort. It's especially galling if you've already done the obvious-cut out afternoon caffeine, closed the blinds, and put away your screens-and you still can't doze off.
Health news and trends
Dan Hurst’s medical procedure cost thousands more than he was quoted. Despite a push for more transparency, medical pricing remains hopelessly complicated. Here's what you can do to lower your medical costs and be a smarter patient.
When you go to the hospital to have a baby, you might assume that a doctor will carefully examine your newborn after you deliver. But that's not always the case.
AARP Health Stories
Every year, people die of a heart attack during or just after shoveling snow. Some experts say any adult over age 45 should think twice before tackling the winter chore.
If a loved one is having memory issues, don't automatically assume it's dementia or Alzheimer's disease. Medications, infections and sleep issues can also cause you to feel foggy or confused.
Chuck Boetsch was desperate for a new pair of lungs. A rare disease was causing the set he had carried for 72 years to harden and scar. He could barely breathe. Finally, after 10 weeks on the waiting list, Boetsch got a call that a lung was available - but there was a catch.
For women who years ago grappled with the decision about whether or not to get genetic testing for breast cancer, experts say it may be worth going another round.
Four physicians share what surprised and challenged them most while taking care of their parents.
Four older adults detail the mysterious and debilitating symptoms that have lingered for months after they had the coronavirus
Reader's Digest "Secrets" stories
Here's what it's really like to be an Amazon driver
Scholastic classroom magazines
Her Renegade dance got famous. Why didn't she? Jalaiah Harmon's quest for the credit she deserved.
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This amazing teen plays the piano with only four fingers
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Whether you're a cheerleader or a soccer star, the pressure to perform could be putting you in serious danger.
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They watched a wildfire destroy their home.