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The coronavirus means everyone’s home — and even more work for mom

Is it petty to gossip about your husband during a pandemic? Technically, yes.But with the whole family home all day, every day, for every meal, and with some people talking very loudly on conference calls, and every day both a … Continue reading

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How one health care journalist chose his plan. Hint: it was tricky

It’s that time of year again.If you’re one of the roughly 150 million Americans who gets insurance through work, you’re probably going through “open enrollment,” that annual ritual of picking a health insurance plan.Read the entire article on The Boston … Continue reading

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How to make friends as an adult

Stay home alone binge-watching Netflix. If you do go out, commune with your phone only. Do not volunteer. Join no groups. Exude an “unavailable” vibe when walking the dog. Or better yet, get an indoor cat. Runners, run solo. Freelancers, … Continue reading

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Burned out? You’re not alone. And the world is finally paying attention

Janna Koretz saw a number of her classmates from Cornell University go on to “big jobs” after they graduated, only to burn out quickly from the intensity of the work. So Koretz, a clinical psychologist, decided to open a practice … Continue reading

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Are you grateful?

As a physician, I have helped to care for many patients and families whose lives have been turned upside down by serious illnesses and injuries. In the throes of such catastrophes, it can be difficult to find cause for anything … Continue reading

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A New Year’s resolution: Just breathe

If December is the month of self-indulgence, January is the month of self-reproach. Gym memberships and diet programs are part of the traditional response, but so, increasingly, is mindfulness. We are exhorted to improve our health and outlook by growing … Continue reading

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Why we turn into different people when we fly

It wasn’t even noon, but there was Kirsten Blair, in a Hudson News at Logan Airport, trying to fight off the siren call of a 10.7-ounce “sharing” bag of Peanut M&M’s.“It’s bad,” the usually disciplined eater, a young mother from … Continue reading

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Going on vacation? Pack for who you are, not who you want to be

Roll your clothes. Use mesh packing cubes. Tuck socks in shoes. Make a list and edit ruthlessly. Choose a travel palette. At this point, I’ve read so many “how to pack a suitcase” stories I could recite their lessons in … Continue reading

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The martyr. The mooch. The whiner. On family vacations, everyone has a role to play

The martyr. The mooch. The whiner. The foodie. The control freak. The peacemaker. The iron fist. The drunk. The obsessed pet owner. The “I ran 10 miles before dawn, what did you do this morning?”When it comes to the family … Continue reading

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How to keep smiling when it’s light out only 9 hours a day

The playground is deserted with the exception of my toddler and me. It’s pitch black out and she’s clad in a puffy snowsuit, perched on a swing, under a glowing street lamp. You might guess the whole tableau is playing … Continue reading

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Talk is not cheap when it comes to love and money

Valentine’s Day spending is hyped as a way to show your love.But one way to truly have a successful, loving relationship is to have frank, regular discussions about your finances. Bare your financial soul to your soulmate.Read the entire article … Continue reading

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Have a kid who won’t answer your texts? Send a picture of the family pet

All our problems should be so easily solved. In Cambridge, longtime therapist Kyle Carney has nearly foolproof advice for clients who complain that their college-age and adult kids don’t answer texts.Shhhh. Don’t tell the children, but here’s the trick: Text … Continue reading

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Is it bullying or just a playground conflict? Many parents find it hard to let kids work it out

A few weeks ago, Heather Carey was driving her son home from a soccer game. He was frustrated. His teammate never passed the ball.“Why not talk to him about it?” Carey asked.Read the entire article on The Boston Globe

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Even with insurance, getting mental health treatment is a struggle in Mass., study says

Massachusetts residents who need health care are colliding with a hard reality: Having medical insurance doesn’t guarantee you can get treatment, particularly for psychiatric problems.More than half of adults who sought mental health or addiction treatment in recent months had … Continue reading

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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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