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Motherhood brings the most dramatic brain changes of a woman’s life

IN THE WEEKS AFTER my first son was born, I squandered hours of precious sleep leaning over his bassinet to check that he was still breathing, or Googling potential dangers that seemed to grow into monstrous reality by the blue … Continue reading

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The Age That Women Have Babies: How a Gap Divides America

Becoming a mother used to be seen as a unifying milestone for women in the United States. But a new analysis of four decades of births shows that the age that women become mothers varies significantly by geography and education. … Continue reading

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A ‘Generationally Perpetuated’ Pattern: Daughters Do More Chores

It has long been true that women are paid less than men at work and do more of the labor at home. It turns out those patterns start as early as childhood.Read the entire article on The New York Times

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Want to raise empathetic kids? Try spending time in nature.

Earlier this year, I wrote about what kids should do if they found a baby bird on the ground. The idea for the story came from an experience I had with my sons last summer, when we discovered a robin’s nest … Continue reading

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You can catch up on your sleep debt on weekends, study suggests

Sleeping in on a day off feels marvelous, especially for those who don’t get nearly enough rest during the workweek. But are the extra weekend winks worth it? It is a question that psychologist Torbjorn Akerstedt, director of the Stress … Continue reading

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SEVEN STEPS. 27,000 LIVES.

In America, guns are a fact of life — and too often a cause of death. In all, 38,658 people died from gunshots in 2016. Some were murdered; others took their own lives. Some were killed by accident.But none of them had … Continue reading

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Why the future of America’s middle class is so financially fragile

Being in the middle is supposed to keep you economically safe.You have a fairly secure job with enough money to buy a home, put more than enough food on the table and take vacations. You can afford to upgrade your … Continue reading

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Morning People May Live Longer Than Night Owls

Morning people may live longer than night owls, a new study suggests.Read the entire article on The New York Times

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Why women live longer than men — and how men will benefit from it

WHENEVER HE SPEAKS on the science of aging at a medical conference, Dr. Thomas Perls, a geriatrician and researcher, likes to kick things off with a brief quiz. Do you deal well with stress? he asks the audience. If so, add five … Continue reading

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Many People Taking Antidepressants Discover They Cannot Quit Image

Victoria Toline would hunch over the kitchen table, steady her hands and draw a bead of liquid from a vial with a small dropper. It was a delicate operation that had become a daily routine — extracting ever tinier doses … Continue reading

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Why Is Antidepressant Withdrawal a Hot Button Issue?

The recent New York Times article addressing difficulties with withdrawal from antidepressant medication drew an impressive over 1,000 comments in its first 48 hours following publication. Clearly author Benedict Carey has touched a nerve. People appear outraged, some calling the piece “dangerous” and “irresponsible.” Many share … Continue reading

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Baby boomers have insomnia, and Big Sleep is cashing in

Sleep has been around since the beginning, but in a sense, it has just arrived.Corporations are installing nap pods. The health insurance giant Aetna pays employees to sleep — up to $300 per year if they log a lot of … Continue reading

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Trouble sleeping? Let your senses be your guide

Getting enough good quality sleep can be a struggle. While supplements can help, try letting your senses be your guide, and you just might find those elusive zzzz’s a little more quickly.SIGHTOf course, when you’re looking to fall asleep, sight … Continue reading

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How to Pick a Meditation App

By now you’ve probably read about how meditation may help you manage anxiety, stress and blood pressure, and help you sleep better, be more creativeand improve your relationships. While researchers are still debating many of these claims, a number of apps offer guided meditation specifically designed … Continue reading

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The new insult: calling someone middle aged. Even — or especially — if they are

Hey, buddy, who you callin’ middle aged?As those in the dreaded cohort know, the term is so pejorative it hits like a back spasm when you get off the couch:You overhear a twentysomething colleague referring to you as “middle aged” … Continue reading

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Trying to navigate the cold, confusing health insurance maze

If you are young and on medication, and the approval of your peers is your life nutrient, then an unsightly side-effect — in this case, drooling — is unacceptable. Fortunately, there is a common and generic treatment; according to GoodRX, … Continue reading

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To Jump-Start Your Exercise Routine, Be Mindful

By now, many of us, beset by bad weather and declining motivation, are struggling to maintain our New Year’s exercise resolutions. But a timely new study offers encouragement, suggesting that by paying more attention to the experience of exercise itself, … Continue reading

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Steps for More, and Better, Sleep

I regret that for most of my adult life, I treated sleep as more a luxury than a necessity. There was always something more to do before I crawled under the covers and turned out the light. I realize belatedly … Continue reading

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Feel bad about getting old? You may be hurting yourself.

We’ve heard all the cliches about aging: “You’re as young [or old] as you feel.” “Age is just a number.” “You’re not getting older, you’re getting better.” “Seventy is the new 50.” Well-intentioned, perhaps. Offensive, to some. Patronizing, to be … Continue reading

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Opening Up About Depression

I have slogged through a number of difficult situations in recent months, among them the ongoing crises of my elderly parents’ illnesses and the suicide of a friend. I never lost my appetite nor burst into tears, and I didn’t … Continue reading

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