The stress over their ability to swallow can provoke a great deal of anxiety in patients.
Nine states and the District of Columbia currently have laws that permit assisted dying, but the laws are so restrictive that they are often more hurdle than help.
President Trump with children at the annual Easter Egg Roll at the White House, April 22, 2019.
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Children think about politics. And based on surveys from 1950 to today, it seems children hold far less favorable views of the president’s personal characteristics now than they did 70 years ago.
Pondering peace in the Middle East or processing political problems at home?
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Long in the making, the US administration's Middle East plan was quickly rejected by Palestinian leaders. It was hardly surprising, as they took no part in its drafting.
The Jewish ritual of bar mitzvah. which marks a 13-year-old young man’s assumption of religious and legal obligations under Jewish law.
The Jewish coming-of-age ritual of bar mitzvah evolved to its current form during the time of Enlightenment, when Jewish families feared losing their traditions.
Our cult of youth continues into the afterlife.
Our dreams of the afterlife need to challenge the idea that only the appearance of youth is worthy.
The headlines blare stories about political battles on college campuses in the U.S., but the reality is different.
Despite the headlines, the biggest concerns of students on college campuses are not politics, discrimination or free expression.
Chaplain of the Paris Fire Department, Jean-Marc Fournier.
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A chaplain of the Paris Fire Brigade helped save several items during the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral. Rarely seen, fire chaplains often take enormous risks to provide support during disasters.
What will it take for the president and speaker to shake hands again?
Two labor negotiation experts explain how a 2015 dispute that seemed intractable got resolved, with important lessons for the partial government shutdown.
‘Protest chaplains’ came together to pledge their support to the Occupy Wall Street protests at Judson Memorial Church in New York in 2011.
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The traditional role of chaplains is changing. They are increasingly present in social movements such as Occupy, Standing Rock and Black Lives Matter.
Vigil held in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh for shooting victims, Oct. 27, 2018.
AP/Gene J. Puskar
Mass murders like the killings at a Pittsburgh synagogue are seen as the work of disturbed individuals. But America has allowed violence to become unexceptional, ignoring its root cause.
Things between Saudi King Salman and Turkish President Erdogan have become rather tense.
AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici
The disappearance and alleged murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is worsening relations between US allies Turkey and Saudi Arabia. An expert on the region believes there may be a way out.
Joggers and sightseers take in the Doha skyline.
Reuters/Ibraheem al Omari
Qatar's decision to aid Turkey in the face of American sanctions against the country may finally be a snub too far for its close relationship with the US.
American and Israeli flags above Jerusalem rooftops prior to President Trump’s May 2017 visit.
Israel's increasingly conservative policies on social and religious issues appears to be playing a role.
Demonstrators show their support for anti-government protests in Iran in front of the White House in January.
AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais
The Iranian government reacted to a nationwide truck drivers' strike with unprecedented restraint, apparently fearful a crackdown might provoke a Trump intervention.
The NFL is attempting to shut down protests like this one by members of the Cleveland Browns.
AP Photo/David Richard
Where to draw the line between loyalty to the nation and the struggle for equal rights? A scholar sees parallels between NFL protests and a call for African-Americans to 'close ranks' during WWI.
Krish Vignarajah, Democratic candidate for Maryland governor, with her daughter Alana.
AP Photo/Patrick Semansky
In the past, running for political office and being a mother were seemingly incompatible. A scholar of gender and politics explains why times are changing.
Father Patrick Conroy.
AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite
Following the controversy over the resignation of House chaplain Patrick Conroy, in this speed read, scholars explain when the tradition of legislative prayer was started and how it has sustained.
University students attend a protest inside Tehran University as anti-riot Iranian police prevent them from joining other protesters.
Although the unrest that shocked Iran's ruling elite appears to be over, there are several reasons to think this won't be the last time disaffected citizens take to the streets.
Our Lady of the Airways Chapel, Logan Airport, Boston.
We often rush by without looking, but America’s rich spiritual and religious life is reflected in these sanctuaries.
President Barack Obama, right, meeting with leaders of large Jewish organizations in 2011.
Theology and history help explain why US Jews give more to charity than people who observe other religions or are not religious at all.