Get Your Shit Together
helps you do what it says on the tin. After her husband died in a 2009 bike accident, Chanel Reynolds
created the site as a step-by-step toolkit to help keep track of important life documents and tasks. Four days after its launch, the New York Times
got in on the action. [more inside]
What should medicine do when it can't save your life?
Atul Gawande looks at the system of final-stage treatment for terminal patients, which, despite more than 40 years of a hospice movement
for better end of life care, often ensures that patients die exactly how they least want to: in a hospital, hooked up to machines. Gawande tries to envision how, "when the chemotherapy stops working, when we start needing oxygen at home, when we face high-risk surgery, when the liver failure keeps progressing, when we become unable to dress ourselves" medical care can focus on quality of life, rather than prolonging it. [more inside]