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    9 Tips for a Successful Telemedicine Appointment

    By Dr. Christine Nguyen for Next AvenueIf you need to see your doctor these days, there’s a good chance you’ll be offered a telemedicine visit. That means you’ll “meet” with your physician either through a video chat or a phone call.   Read More...

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    How to Get in Shape for Your Bucket-List Adventure

    By Rashelle Brown for Next AvenueBucket lists and adventure trips are more popular than ever, especially among older adults who are no longer spending their money and time raising children. Maybe you have aspirations to climb Kilimanjaro, hike across the Grand Canyon, ski the Swiss Alps, sail the Caribbean or finally learn how to surf.But are you physically fit enough to not only check that trip off your list and really enjoy the experience? If the answer is no, don’t despair — ...  Read More...

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    How Chronic Loneliness Can Trigger Health Problems

    By Deborah Quilter for Next AvenueLast time you visited your doctor, did he or she ask if you felt lonely? Did your doctor inquire about how many friendships you have or ask about how many community groups you are involved with?There’s a growing body of research showing that extended loneliness and isolation are detrimental to health, and can even shorten people’s lives. One example is an analysis of about 70 studies conducted between 1980 and 2014 looking into loneliness and social ...  Read More...

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    Open Heart Surgery Changed My View of Life

    By Chris Haws for Next AvenueI was being wheeled at speed through the corridors of the MedStar Cardiovascular Surgery Center in Washington, D.C. on a stretcher bound for an operating theater. My driver, another Chris, was also to be my anesthetist — so I refrained from commenting on his apparent lack of coordination or caution as we raced through the basement labyrinth.Instead, we traded gallows-humor jokes about passengers who found themselves on the wrong airplanes or patients who were d...  Read More...

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    Years Caring for His Wife Transformed This Doctor’s View of Health Care

    By Judith Graham for Next AvenueCaring for someone with a serious illness stretches people spiritually and emotionally, often beyond what they might have thought possible.Dr. Arthur Kleinman, a professor of psychiatry and anthropology at Harvard University, calls this “enduring the unendurable” in his recently published book, The Soul of Care: The Moral Education of a Husband and a Doctor.The book describes Kleinman’s awakening to the realities of caregiving when his belov...  Read More...