Cathy Cassata

Cathy Cassata

Freelance Writer

My specialties include health, mental health, and human behavior. I have a knack for writing with emotion and connecting with readers in an insightful and engaging way.

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I Was Afraid to Let My Daughter Play Football. She Proved Me Wrong.

My daughter plays football and here's why I back her.

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Your Relationship With Money Is Affecting Your Health

Chances are, stress and anxiety about money are a part of your daily life. From rent and mortgage payments to health expenses and childcare costs, the list is endless.

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What If You Could Erase Unwanted Memories?

New ‘snail study’ reports successfully erasing selective memories that trigger anxiety and PTSD. But is this a good idea?

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Can You Outgrow a Penicillin Allergy?

The short answer is "yes,” but you may never have been allergic to begin with.

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Can We Encode Medical Records Into Our DNA?

Harvard researchers have implanted a movie into bacteria DNA using CRISPR gene editing. Someday the process might be used on humans.

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5 Ways to Help Kids Practice Mindfulness

From jam-packed schedules to constant access of screen time and social media networks, there’s no doubt today’s “tweens” have a lot going on. Mindfulness can help.

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I Lost My Dad to Diabetes

The best thing my dad taught me was how to live without him.

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More New Mothers Asking for Long-Term Birth Control

Immediately opting for long-acting reversible birth control protects women from the possibility of getting pregnant too soon after giving birth.

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Facing Lung Cancer in My 20s, and Surviving

Frida Orozco is a lung cancer survivor and a Lung Force Hero for the American Lung Association. For Women’s Lung Health Week, she shares her journey through an unexpected diagnosis, recovery, and beyond.

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Should You Change Clothes When You Get Home to Get Rid of Germs?

Experts weigh in on how cautious you should be about bringing germs and other stuff from the outside world into your home.

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7 Ways to Talk to Your Child About Their Allergies

For an allergy parent, sometimes it can be hard to know exactly what to say to your child when they can’t eat the food that’s in front of them. It can also be hard to know how to prepare them for situations when they have to experience that alone.

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I Lost My Mom During My First Pregnancy

I lost my mom to breast cancer when I was 3 months pregnant. 10 years later my kids want to know more.

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Why Do Athletes Get the 'Yips'?

Anxiety and neurological factors come into play for athletes who suddenly lose their ability to perform in a way they excelled at for years.

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Why We Waited 7 Years for an Autism Diagnosis

The moment Vaughn was born, his mom Christine knew he wasn’t a typical baby. Her third child, she’d had plenty of experience with babies.

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Challenges of Starting a Family After 40

Hoda Kotb adopted a child at 52. George Clooney will be a father at 55. Older parents share the ups and downs of raising children later in life.