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Don’t Make Assumptions, Especially About Medicare

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In The Four Agreements, the popular book by Don Miguel Ruiz, the third agreement is: Don’t make assumptions. “Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want,” he writes. “Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.” Let’s...

Something That Could Raise Your Blood Pressure More Than A Political Argument with Your Meathead Son-In-Law

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“Let me ask you, Mr. Bunker. Are you the excitable type?” This question, asked by Archie’s doctor in a scene from the popular 1970s sitcom, All in the Family, has no doubt crossed the minds of countless physicians with patients at risk for high blood pressure. Yes, excitability can certainly be a contributor, but research is revealing other possibilities, starting in the mouth...

Retiring with Purpose: Discovering Your Inner Border Collie

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While they make great pets, Border Collies are, first and foremost, workers. They’ll look for jobs to do around the house. Bred to herd sheep, they’ll herd children and other pets. They love solving problems. In other words, they’re happiest when they have a purpose. Sound like someone you know? According to psychiatrist Viktor Frankl, purpose is essential for all of us. During...

Call 911, Not Uber: A Lesson in Medical Emergency Transport

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Recently in Boston, an Uber passenger who appeared a bit drowsy asked the driver if the nearest emergency room was at Mass General Hospital. The man said he’d been passing out over the past few days. “I was a little nervous,” the driver recalls. “I didn’t know what was going to happen.” Thanks in part to the high cost of ground and air ambulance service, this scenario has become...

Evolution of The Human Face: We Are What We Chew

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When you see your face in the mirror, you’re looking at four million years of dental evolution. A recent study by Arizona State University shows how changes in the jaw, teeth, and face are basically responses to dietary and feeding trends. The earliest humans ate tough plants that called for large jaw muscles and cheek teeth. As a result, their faces were broad and deep. Later, as we began...

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