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Why Teachers Should Run for President

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In 1928, a young man, in order to pay his tuition at Southwest Texas State College, took a teaching job at Welhausen School in Cotulla, a small town near the Mexican border. His students were children of Mexican-American farmers. He didn’t speak Spanish and many of them didn’t speak English. But that didn’t stop him. He encouraged them by holding speech and debate tournaments and organizing...

Will Your Ambulance Be Covered? Flip A Coin.

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“If you call 911 for an ambulance, it’s basically a coin flip whether or not that ambulance will be in or out of network.” This word of warning comes from Christopher Garmon, a health economist at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. His research shows that 51% of medical emergency transport services will result in an out-of-network bill, commonly known as a surprise medical bill. Compare...

New High-Tech Floss Puts the Fun in Dental Hygiene

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Flossing has come a long way since 1815. That’s when Levi Spear Parmly, a New Orleans dentist, recommended running a thread “through the interstices of the teeth, between their necks and the arches of the gum, to dislodge that irritating matter which no brush can remove and which is the real source of disease.” In 1898, Johnson & Johnson patented the product with material...

Heart-Stopping Facts About Your Heart

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Everyone knows it’s important to keep our heart healthy, but here are a few facts to inspire you to do so: • The average heart beats about 115,000 times a day, or 42 million times a year. • It pumps about 2,000 gallons of blood a day through about 60,000 miles of blood vessels. • The aorta, the body’s main artery, is about the diameter of a garden hose. • Some capillaries are ten...

Valentine’s Day Wisdom for Retired Couples

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The great novelist Gabriel García Márquez once said of his wife Mercedes, “I know her so well, she is completely and utterly unknown to me.” After 56 years of marriage, that’s a curious thing to say. The gist is this: Human beings are constantly changing and evolving. Retirement is a great opportunity for couples to become reacquainted, to drop old judgements and perceptions and...

Laughter Could Save Your Life. No Joke.

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If you love a good laugh, scientists can now explain why. According to a recent study by the Maryland School of Medicine, laughter could literally save your life. Researchers found that laughter expands the endothelium—the protective barrier lining our blood vessels—and increases blood flow. This process reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, heart attack and stroke. When you laugh, blood...

Why So Many Vision Problems Go Unseen

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2020 is the year to think about 20/20 vision. However, according to Dr. Chris Marquardt, former president of the Wisconsin Optometric Association, good vision doesn’t necessarily equal good health. “There are a lot of conditions that can be detected in regular exam,” he points out. “You may go years without seeing any sorts of signs or symptoms. Glaucoma, macular...

Heartwarming News About Hot Peppers

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If you like hot peppers, a new study by the Mediterranean Neurological Institute in Italy could give you reason to love them wholeheartedly. Among 25,000 participants monitored over eight years, the risk of dying from a heart attack was 40% lower among those eating chili peppers at least four times a week. Though researchers have yet to pinpoint the root of the positive benefits, some dieticians...

Roberta Flack: Teacher at Heart

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With hits like “The Closer I Get to You,” “Killing Me Softly,” “Where Is the Love,” and “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” Roberta Flack has captured the hearts of hopeless romantics since 1969. But her first success, as she remembers, was not in the recording studio but in the classroom. Born in 1937 in Black Mountain, North Carolina, Roberta...

Finding a Long-Term Care Facility Shouldn’t Be a Nightmare

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The media coverage on nursing homes these days is disturbing to say the least. Directly or indirectly, the issue affects us all. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, more than half of Americans turning 65 will need long-term care and services. Whether it’s you or a family member who needs long-term care, it can be challenging to find the right facility. Discrepancies in...

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