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Freelancer regrets agreeing to work with difficult leader

DEAR HARRIETTE: I worked on a project years ago that drove me crazy. I loved the work, but the leader of the business was impossible to deal with. I left after about seven years. They recently invited me to come back to do some work for them. I agreed because I do love the work,…

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3 heart surgeries and a mini-stroke by age 35. This year? 3 marathons

Diane Daniel American Heart Association News For his first 29 years, Justin Cadelago thought little about his heart. The exception was even a fun memory: he got to leave school early once a year to visit his pediatric cardiologist. Cadelago was born with an aorta narrower than usual. This congenital heart defect is called coarctation…

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People with Synesthesia experience the world with multiple senses

Dear Doctors: When our grandson first learned his colors, he sang them along with music. We thought he was copying that song for learning the ABCs. But when he got older, he started saying that he “hears” the colors. We have been told this is called synesthesia. How and why does it happen? Dear Reader:…

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Parent must cut back on birthday and Christmas gifts

DEAR HARRIETTE: My son’s birthday and Christmas are close together. Some years, I have gone all out for both, getting him all kinds of things for his birthday and turning around to do the same for Christmas. This year, I can’t afford to do that. There’s a chance I could lose my job at the…

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Husband turns on the charm around friends

DEAR HARRIETTE: Now that people are going out again, my husband and I have attended a few events with friends and others. I notice that he turns on the charm big-time in front of other people, but when we are alone, he retreats to his corner of our home and rarely talks to me. The…

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Persistent asthma linked to plaque buildup in arteries leading to the brain

American Heart Association News Adults with persistent asthma may experience nearly twice the amount of plaque buildup in major arteries leading to the brain as people without asthma, raising their risk for a stroke, new research suggests. The study, published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association, also found higher levels of inflammation…

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Creatine beneficial for young, healthy weightlifters

Dear Doctors: My boyfriend has been lifting weights at his gym. He’s working on getting stronger, and one of the trainers there suggested he start taking creatine as a supplement. I’ve never heard of that before. What is creatine, and what is it made out of? How does it affect your body? Dear Reader: Creatine…

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Father’s methods were harsh, but effective

DEAR HARRIETTE: I have spent years being mad at my father about things that he did and said to me when I was a child. I grew up in his household, and he was harsh. He was a taskmaster, and he expected everyone in the family to do exactly what he said, or else suffer…

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Independent spirit seeks safety tips

DEAR HARRIETTE: Lately I’ve been going out by myself on weekends. It’s been empowering and somewhat therapeutic for me to go out to clubs, restaurants, bars, movies, etc. by myself. I feel independent and self-sufficient knowing that I don’t need anyone else to have a great time. Interestingly enough, I meet more people when I’m…

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