AUSTIN — The pre-abortion drugs were kicking in, and the seven women in a light pink waiting room were coaching each other through dizziness and chills. “It’s OK, You’ve got this,” one woman said. “I’m drowsy,” said another, curled up in a comfy chair. About half of them had a blanket and a spot to curl up in at this point before the procedure. Elsa Vizcarra’s job that day was to try to interview to all of them. Vizcarra, a University of Texas researcher, spent the better part of a year sitting with nearly 600 abortion patients at a dozen clinics around Texas to understand what led the women to these waiting rooms and what barriers they faced to get there. This story is based on her account of some of those conversations and clinic visits — Vizcarra and UT withheld details on locations of the clinics, and on the women interviewed, to protect their privacy. Mostly, she was struck by their resilience — to drive more than … [Read more...] about This researcher interviewed 600 women at Texas abortion clinics. Here’s what she saw.
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Wellness trends may come and go, but some things—like mindfulness and avocado toast—are forever. But if you’ve yet to try the meditation technique, scientists have discovered a very compelling reason why you should give this soothing self-care practice a go.According to a new study published in BMJ Open, anxiety may increase the risk of developing cognitive conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease. But study authors suggest that meditative practices like mindfulness (which has been shown to help control anxiety) could potentially reduce this risk. University College London (UCL) scientists analyzed research involving more than 30,000 people and found that those who suffered moderate to severe anxiety in midlife were more likely to develop dementia later on. And while the reason for this link is unclear, they think that it could be because the body's responses to stress may speed up brain cell aging. 10 PHOTOS 10 … [Read more...] about This one self-care habit could help prevent dementia
Seventh in an occasional series on breaking the grip of addiction. During the last six years of her short life, Emma Franchek spent at least half her days in one type of treatment or another, seeking care for addiction and mental illness. Psych wards, detoxes, rehabs, sober houses — none gave Emma lasting help. But she kept trying, until her 4-foot-11 frame, a dancer’s delicate body, was found in a squalid restaurant bathroom in Boston. She had fentanyl, heroin, cocaine, and sedatives in her blood. Emma was 24. Related Links Where to seek help How treatment falls short, and what is being done about it More from the Road to Recovery series Her father, Jim Franchek, wrote in her 2016 obituary that Emma died “after a long struggle with addiction.” Emma did everything she could, he wrote, “but, in the end, the disease was too powerful.”Now, as he looks back at her experiences, Jim sometimes wonders whether the disease really was too … [Read more...] about Road to Recovery: Drugs took their children, but not their hope that others might be saved
The first thing Zachary Sutterfield noticed when he awoke before daybreak in his friends’ apartment was the uncomfortable heat. Vivid colors danced outside the living room window. Orange and blue hues flickered, casting shadows inside. The 20-year-old college student sprang from the couch where he’d been sleeping. He ran to the two bedrooms where his friends, Haley Michele Frizzell and David Angel Ortiz, were asleep. He remembers banging on their doors to wake them. They yanked open the front door of their second-floor apartment and dashed out to an outdoor walkway. “We were surrounded by fire,” Sutterfield said. Frizzell ran one way; Ortiz ran the other. Sutterfield, wearing only pajama pants, was caught in the flames. About this story San Antonio Express-News staff writer Peggy O'Hare has been reporting on the deadly San Marcos apartment fire since it occurred in July 2018. Her work has included an in-depth timeline on how the fire progressed, interviews … [Read more...] about ‘I didn’t recognize myself’
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Liz Kowalczyk Globe Staff January 27, 2019 There’s the typical doctor’s office at Massachusetts General Hospital: Ivy League diplomas. Neatly stacked medical journals. Tastefully framed family photos.And then there’s Dr. Alice Flaherty’s office: Old tools hang on pegboards. Animal bones decorate shelves. Grow lights shine on kumquat, strawberry, and tomato plants. Vines wind along the walls. And homemade projects are everywhere, most noticeably a cheerful orange chandelier constructed from white string lights and large CVS pill bottles.Flaherty certainly has the Mass. General pedigree. She graduated from Harvard University and Harvard Medical School and earned a PhD in neuroscience from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. But her 7th-floor office in the hospital’s Wang Building — and her approach to doctoring — is not … [Read more...] about A doctor’s office without a diploma in sight