Tag Archives: health and wellness

  • Book Review – Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat

    By Michelle Hutchinson Dr. David Dosa is skeptical when the nurses and aides at Steere House, the nursing and rehabilitation center with which he is affiliated, tell him that Oscar, one of their resident cats, can predict a patient’s death. After all, Dosa had been trained in the sciences. His medical education had no explanation […]

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  • Public Health Thank You Day, November 24, 2014

    On the Monday before Thanksgiving, Wordhelper will join Research!America and leading U.S. public health organizations in recognizing public health professionals who go above and beyond to protect the health of all Americans. Public Health Thank You Day 2014 honors all those unsung heroes who keep our drinking water safe and air clean, develop vaccines, track […]

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  • A Writing Lesson from Health Literacy Month

    by Michelle Hutchinson Image source: http://mrg.bz/7IcjTf Halloween might be October’s most well-known observance, but all of October is Health Literacy Month. What the heck is health literacy, you ask, and what does it have to do with writing? Just as literacy reflects your ability to not only read, but understand what you read, health literacy […]

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  • Lactose, Glucose, Gluten: Words That Sound Similar Can Leave Patients Confused

    by Michelle Hutchinson Image source: http://ow.ly/hhtOr Lots of words in the English language sound alike. You probably hear people confuse words all the time. But nowhere can that confusion cause more harm than in the medical field. My 78-year-old mother, who lives in another state, recently called me to let me know her diagnosis after […]

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  • Thank Goodness for Keychain Cards

    By Michelle Hutchinson I never lose things, and not only that, I know where items are when other people lose them. Just ask my kids. “Ma, where’s my baseball cap?” Next to your sneakers…just where you left it. “Mom, where’s my notebook?” On the dining room table…just where you left it. So it was pretty […]

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  • What Is Public Health?

    by Michelle Hutchinson If you’ve ever educated young people on the dangers of binge drinking or written a letter to your legislator to support funding for nurses in public schools, you’ve been involved in a public health initiative. If you live a community that has clean water coming out of the tap or has an […]

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  • Turn Up the Fun in a Cycle Class

    By Michelle Hutchinson I guess you could say I’m on a roll here. I started off the year with advice on choosing a gym, and last week, I posted tips on getting acclimated to step aerobics. Continuing with the exercise theme, I thought I’d provide some advice on cycling classes, you know, the ones where […]

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  • Don’t Be Intimidated by Step Aerobics

    By Michelle Hutchinson “Knee lift! L-step! Rocking horse!” What the heck!? The first time I tried a step aerobics class and heard the instructor call out those terms, I had no idea what to do. I felt like I was listening to a new language. Add my lack of coordination to the mix and it’s […]

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  • Thinking of Joining a Gym? Read This First.

    By Michelle Hutchinson Prediction: Next week at this time, when I walk into my gym, the equipment areas and classes will be more packed than ever. That’s something I like to see because it means that more people have resolved to get healthier in the new year, and if people are healthier, it means medical […]

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Michelle Hutchinson, Wordhelper

Michelle Hutchinson, Wordhelper

I've never been one to follow conventional wisdom—at least when it doesn't make sense to me—and I'm not about to start now. Conventional wisdom says to limit your blog to one topic (e.g., writing) or to related topics (e.g., writing, reading, publishing), but my interests are too diverse.

While a good deal of this blog will be devoted to writing, editing, and resumes, I'll also explore topics in health, science, education, and a smattering of other areas. After all, I'm not only an editor and writer, but I am or have been a dentist, teacher, naval officer, environmental researcher, wife, parent, and pet owner.

I hope you'll take some time to provide comments on the posts.

The medical and health content on this blog is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice.

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