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Boston ranks among top cities for quality of life, new report says

The American Fitness Index named Boston the fifth healthiest city in the country last year. Also in 2016, Money magazine called Boston the best city in the Northeast. Now, Deutsche Bank says Boston is the eighth best city in the world in terms of quality … Continue reading

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The texts are coming from inside the house

Tired and hungry after a day of high school and sports, Isaiah Ramsey likes to collapse on his bed, grab his phone, and place a mobile dinner order.To his mom. In the next room.“And I bring it to him,” said … Continue reading

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Why we should tell girls they’re ‘beautiful’ less often

For the past few months, getting my 5-year-old daughter, Emma, dressed in the morning has been a grueling ordeal. She hovers over her open dresser drawers, rapidly pulling shorts and shirts out only to immediately dismiss them.“I have no good … Continue reading

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‘You think you are leaving early, but it is never early enough’

Remember the good old days of traffic, when backups, congestion, and delays were confined to what now seems like the quaint notion of “rush hour’’?These days the endless lines of brake lights are striking earlier and later — often seemingly … Continue reading

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Depression in children and teens — especially girls — worse than thought, study finds

Depression is usually considered an issue parents have to watch out for starting in the turbulent teenage years. The CW channel, full of characters with existential angst about school, friends, and young love, tells us so, as do the countless … Continue reading

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What happens when parents loosen up a bit? Look to the Dutch

Last fall, I picked up my 11-year-old daughter from her first middle school dance. It was at a nightclub in Amsterdam. As I stood outside waiting, streams of British bachelorettes stumbled down the alley around me. This was at 11:30 … Continue reading

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Cancer brings it home

The china tea cups were laid out beside a vase of roses. I arrived late to this reunion of high school friends and former teachers, and could hear the laughter from the door as I slipped in. Lunch was over, … Continue reading

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Economic inequality goes well beyond the bank account

If President Trump’s plan to cut individual and corporate taxes is enacted, it would accelerate the rise of income inequality in America. Economists have analyzed the effects such cuts would have on the economy, but cuts would also have an … Continue reading

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Life lessons at the checkout counter

It took a second to realize I hadn’t heard him correctly. Really looking at him for the first time, I noticed he looked sad and tired. So there was no way his answer to my cashier small talk of “How … Continue reading

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The joy of missing out

ANYONE WHO’S BEEN in sixth grade knows the feeling: Somewhere, someone is having a good time and we weren’t invited. That old-brain trauma is a useful trigger for our device manufacturers, who exploit it to keep us obsessively checking our … Continue reading

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Health is about communities, not just individual care, researchers say

National health expenditures are expected to hit $3.35 trillion this year, most of it spent on care for one person at a time: doctors’ visits, hospital stays, prescription drugs. But to really improve the health of Americans, two new studies suggest, … Continue reading

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Study finds major earnings gap for men, women after college

Men make more money just six years after enrolling in college than women do 10 years after entering school, a wage gap that persists across public and private four-year universities, according to a study released Tuesday by the Center for … Continue reading

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A matter of judgment

A THOROUGH psychiatric exam assesses for mood and psychosis. It also assesses for thinking. The screening tests can feel a little fly-by, like hovering over a very large piece of territory before deciding where to land. There is the spelling … Continue reading

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Changing the clocks makes people depressed, study finds

When you wake up this Sunday, it will probably be a bit brighter than usual, and the day will plunge into darkness much earlier in the afternoon — at 4:31 pm. Welcome to the return of standard time.The extra hour … Continue reading

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How to teach your children that the world doesn’t revolve around them

Recently, when I picked up my 4-year-old daughter from preschool she announced that she wanted to get a new toy. I cringed, preparing for a battle.Later, my son, a first-grader, whipped out my iPhone and pulled up the $50 pair … Continue reading

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Want honest kids? Commend them for telling the truth when they do something wrong.

Children know lying is wrong from a young age, but that doesn’t stop them from doing it. Most parents (myself included) wonder how to encourage kids to tell the truth, whether it be about a broken lamp or a missed … Continue reading

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Why you should make yourself, not your kids, top priority

“You look tired,” my mother recently said to me as my 4-year-old daughter and I were ending a Facetime call with her. “Make sure you carve out some time for yourself to recharge.”Free time felt like a novel concept to … Continue reading

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When doctors know that they don’t know

IMAGINE THAT you are a medical doctor. You need to tell one of your patients that he has advanced-stage pancreatic cancer, an almost incurable condition. You learn that your patient’s only daughter is getting married five months from now. Without … Continue reading

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All in a day’s (and night’s) work

As soon as he awakes, Brian Porrell checks his e-mail, sometimes firing off a message before he gets out of bed. He makes calls during his commute to the Waltham staffing firm WinterWyman, spends 10 to 12 hours at the … Continue reading

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The End of Identity Liberalism

It is a truism that America has become a more diverse country. It is also a beautiful thing to watch. Visitors from other countries, particularly those having trouble incorporating different ethnic groups and faiths, are amazed that we manage to … Continue reading

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