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October 2021 @ Resources 
Health & Wellness





The Biophysicist transforming asparagus into medical implants
Cari Shane
Atlas Obscura

Well, it sounds far-fetched, but as Cari Shane at Atlas Obscura found out, the process, the reasoning, the inspiration for transforming asparagus into medical implants is not all that weird. Meet Andrew Pelling who is taking the future of regenerative medicine on an unlikely journey through the produce aisle of the supermarket. Read...


How to Face the Harm caused by the Pandemic
Bro. Reginaldo Manzotti

The COVID-19 pandemic seems to just be dragging on and on. Now we're beginning to realize it's also affecting our mental health. Aleteia offers some tips to help maintain your sanity while meeting this new pandemic reality. Read...


The renewal of Catholic Health Care
Formation in Christ
Monsignor Mark J. Merdian

Catholic health care is in a challenging position in society and in the Catholic Church. With many forces at odds inside and outside, Catholic health care leaders are facing difficult choices. How can Catholic health care succeed in the line of the previous religious giants who began this mission with only Jesus? Can Catholic health care distinguish itself in Christ-like treatment and love while finding financial resources to be faithful to its mission? Many of these questions are discussed in this book, and it is only through the formation of a strong, Christ-like faith that leaders will be able to lead Catholic health care as a mission of Christ and a mission of the Church in its long and rich legacy of compassionate care. This book will help the reader to see the challenges and embrace solutions for the future.

Independently published
ISBN: 978-1711848167, 172 pages, $9.95 softcover



Countering HIV Stigma in Nigeria
Nonyelum Umeasiegbu
Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Catholic Relief Services through their Faith-Based Action for Scaling up Testing and Treatment for the Epidemic Response (FASTER) program provides a safe space in Nigeria for people to learn about HIV and AIDS. In Ogun State, Nigeria Naomi and her son are both battling and dealing with an HIV diagnosis with the help of FASTER. Their story is compelling. Read...


proven ways to protect against cognitive decline
Theresa Civantos Barber

Cognitive decline isn't something we look forward to as we age. Although somewhat inevitable there are ways to keep your mind healthy as the years pass by and Aleteia provides seven strategies to do that. View slideshow ...


losing our dignity
How Secularized Medicine is Undermining Fundamental Human Equality
Charles C. Camosy

There is perhaps no more important value than fundamental human equality. And yet, despite large percentages of people affirming the value, the resources available to explain and defend the basis for such equality are few and far between. In his newest book Charles Camosy provides a thoughtful defense of human dignity. Telling personal stories like those of Jahi McMath, Terri Schiavo, and Alfie Evans, Camosy, a noted bioethicist and theologian, uses an engaging style to show how the influence of secularized medicine is undermining fundamental human equality in the broader culture. And in a disturbing final chapter, Camosy sounds the alarm about the next population to fall if we stay on our current trajectory: dozens of millions of human beings with dementia.

New City Press
ISBN: 978-1-56548-471-9, 224 pages, $22.95 softcover
Losing Our Dignity


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Best Mattress Reviews 

Best Mattress Reviews is run by a review team of veterans from the mattress industry as well as journalists who have written extensively about sleep health and sleep products. We’re a Seattle-based crew where all those dark, rainy days really charge up our hypersomnia, and persistently lead us to the next cup of coffee. So, of all people, we understand the importance of a good night’s sleep, and how your mattress can help or hinder that. Our goal is to give you the knowledge needed to make informed decisions about what mattress is best for you, so that you sleep soundly.

Consumer Safety Guide

We’re here to help you get the answers you need about consumer and medical products. We want to educate the public and ensure consumers are informed about defective medical products, dangerous drugs, and high-risk consumer products. Our goal is to be your go-to online resource. We provide accurate, relevant information in one place, so it’s easy and convenient for you to know what risks you face. We give you information about which products and devices are safe and which ones are not – hopefully reducing your risk on a daily basis.

Drug Rehab Connections

We provide unbiased information reviewed by medical experts so our readers can make an informed decision on the next steps in their, or a loved one’s, drug rehabilitation journey. Drug Rehab Connections was founded by a group of individuals who know both sides of addiction. We know it from our personal lives as well as engaging and working with rehab and treatment centers. We are not a Treatment Center. Rather, We are a starting point to finding help for individuals and families battling addiction. We want to answer your questions—about drug rehab, the therapies available, treatment programs, and more—so that you are able to make decisions that can ultimately save your life or someone you care about.

Know Your DNA

DNA testing can be confusing; we’ve relied on experts and doctors to administer and decipher these kinds of tests since their invention. At KnowYourDNA we don’t just research consumer DNA tests; we order them, we use them, we explore how they work, and we give an unbiased review that completely avoids any unfounded claims or marketing mumbo-jumbo. We have no affiliations to any service we cover, we don’t get sponsored, we pay for the tests we take, and we have no obligation to anyone other than our readers. If that doesn’t sound like a pretty fair approach already, we have a secret that gives us an edge: KnowYourDNA is powered by the passion and expertise of trained geneticists and genetics


We believe achievements start with education and a commitment to small, daily choices. We create content that engages and informs, and we complement it with practical tools to make living healthy an easier and sustainable process.

Mattress Help

First off, to be absolutely clear: mattress companies do not pay us for these reviews, and all our content is unbiased and independently researched. We’re beholden to you, the consumer, and not a mattress company. We created with one goal in mind: to help answer sleep questions so everyone can have a better night’s sleep.

National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC)

The National Catholic Bioethics Center, established in 1972, conducts research, consultation, publishing, and education to promote human dignity in health care and the life sciences, and it derives its message directly from the teachings of the Catholic Church. They provide resources on a variety of bioethics topics.

New Mouth

NewMouth is an informational web guide for those seeking dentistry, orthodontics, pediatric, and specialty dental care treatments and procedures. All content published on NewMouth is created by our team of journalists, researchers, and those experienced in the medical writing industry. All pages and topics on the website are fact-based and sourced from current scientific research, such as scholarly articles, dentistry textbooks, government agencies, and medical journals. This includes information provided by the American Dental Association (ADA), the American Association of Orthodontics (AAO), and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Project Know aims to inform parents and family members of those struggling with addiction, as well as addicts and alcoholics themselves, about the options available for treating addiction. With a library of original content, we educate in simple language. While is not meant to take the place of advice from medical professionals, who should always be consulted regarding issues of substance abuse or potential behavioral health disorders, we do provide overviews and offer resources that can expedite the process of familiarizing yourself with addiction, drug and alcohol abuse, dependency, treatment and recovery topics and options.

Recall Report

Recall Report was created to alert the public to the latest information on dangerous drugs and products. With hundreds of suspected or confirmed dangerous drugs and products on the market, the up-to-date information we provide on recalls, alerts, and side effects is vital to keeping your family safe.

Vision Center

Vision Center is an informational web guide created for those seeking eye surgery and other vision correction options. All content published on Vision Center is researched, written, and edited by licensed optometrists, experienced journalists, and other medical writers in the industry. All pages on our website are fact-based and sourced from recent scientific research, scholarly articles, textbooks, government agencies, and medical journals.


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Office of Education, Recruitment & Formation
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