Putting Down Your Phone May Help You Live Longer

Catherine Price (@catherine_price) is the author of “How to Break Up With Your Phone” and creator of Screen/Life Balance. If you’re like many people, you may have decided that you want to spend less time staring at your phone. It’s a good idea: an increasing body of evidence suggests that the time we spend on our smartphones is interfering with our sleep, self-esteem, relationships, memory, attention spans, creativity, productivity and problem-solving and decision-making skills. But there is another reason for us to rethink our relationships with our…

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Lessons on Living From My 106-Year-Old Aunt Doris
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Lessons on Living From My 106-Year-Old Aunt Doris

Love, meaningfulness and the power of connection don’t stop just because we get old. By Barry Eisenberg. NYTimes  May 22, 2019 My Aunt Doris recently passed away, exactly two weeks before her birthday. She would have been 107. I have been involved in health care for my entire professional life, as a hospital executive, consultant, and professor of health care management. But the time spent with my aunt at the end of her life taught me more about living and dying than all…

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Lethal Plans: When Seniors Turn To Suicide In Long-Term Care

(Excerpted from:)A six-month investigation by KHN and PBS NewsHour finds that older Americans are quietly killing themselves in nursing homes, assisted living centers and adult care homes. by Melissa Bailey and JoNel Alecca  April 9, 2019 When Larry Anders moved into the Bay at Burlington nursing home in late 2017, he wasn’t supposed to be there long. At 77, the stoic Wisconsin machinist had just endured the death of his wife of 51 years and a grim new diagnosis: throat cancer, stage…

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When Travelers Bring Skin Infections Back as Souvenirs

As more people travel abroad, travelers and doctors need to be alert to unusual and often perplexing skin infections. Jane E. Brody /NYTimes May 6, 2019 A 5-year-old girl was brought to the emergency room at Evelina London Children’s Hospital with itchy, rather unsightly sores on both legs. She had recently returned from a weekslong trip to Sierra Leone, and the lesions, which first appeared three weeks into her stay there, had become larger and ulcerated. Diagnosis: cutaneous diphtheria, a disease rarely…

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House Passes Legislation Aiming to Shore Up Health Law and Lower Drug Costs

by Abby Goodenough / NYTimes May 16, 2019 WASHINGTON — The House on Thursday passed a suite of health care bills that tied shoring up the Affordable Care Act to lowering drug prices, as Democrats tried to hold Republicans to their campaign promises to secure coverage for pre-existing medical conditions and rein in the cost of prescription medicine. But Democratic leaders appeared to be focused less on the substance of the measures than on their likely demise in the Republican-controlled Senate. “There’s…

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Why are some Florida medical offices denying American Sign Language interpreters for patients who are deaf?

Disability Rights /Florida News Feed All too often, Disability Rights Florida is involved in individual complaints related to medical offices refusing to provide interpreters for patients who are deaf. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is very clear on the standards for effective communication. It is our hope by publishing information and resources that we can provide an education platform for individuals with deafness to understand their rights and for medical offices to understand their responsibilities. Please visit these documents for better understanding…

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A 5-Point Plan to Lower Prescription Drug Prices

For years, even decades, everyone from patients to presidents has been complaining about the spiraling prices of prescription drugs. Yet little has been done to change that. Perhaps the time has finally arrived. In May 2017, the AARP Bulletin ran an extended report on why drugs cost as much as they do. While the U.S. health care system is incredibly complex, the answer boiled down to something simple: In a world of strong patent laws and limited regulation of pricing, for-profit pharmaceutical companies…

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5 Questions All Cat or Dog Owners Should Ask Their Vets

Bring this list of questions to ask your vet at your next appointment. By Kaitlyn Wells Ms. Wells is a staff writer at Wirecutter, a product recommendation site owned by The New York Times Company. Whether you’re a lifelong pet owner or a first-time adopter, a trip to a rowdy and crowded vet’s office can be a frazzling experience. I was once so distracted by my dog Sutton’s incessant licking of her lips, an indicator of stress, that I forgot all about my…

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