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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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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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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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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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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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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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Advocates call recess a crucial part of education

For years, as standardized tests took on ever greater importance in Massachusetts public schools, recess seemed to pay the price, shrinking or even disappearing in some communities. But now, with an increased focus on kids’ social and emotional development, there … Continue reading

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Our biggest stressor isn’t money or work, it’s the future of this country

The most common source of stress among American adults?It’s not money or work, but concern about the nation’s future.About 63 percent of adults surveyed said the future of country was a source of stress, a slightly greater share than the … Continue reading

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40 years into the war on clutter, and we’re still overwhelmed by stuff. What’s going on?

It’s hard to put a start date on America’s War on Clutter, but you could trace it to 1978, when the first Container Store opened in a 1,600-square-foot space in Dallas, or to 1985, when a few professional organizers from … Continue reading

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Cancer, chemo, and the road to ‘self-compassion’

The National Cancer Institute tries to be helpful: “At some point during chemotherapy, you may feel: Anxious; Depressed; Afraid; Angry; Frustrated; Helpless; Lonely. It is normal to have a wide range of feelings while going through chemotherapy. After all, living … 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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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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