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Reflection, relationships and resilience

Fascinating TED talk about how the brain matures and grows in kids.

What are you feeding your kids for breakfast?

From the New York Times’ Well blog: With Cheerios and other processed cereals, “you basically have rapidly digested sugar mixed with bran and germ,” said Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts… Continue Reading →

The roots of the European/Middle Eastern migration crisis

Interesting essay by Walter Russell Mead in the Wall Street Journal today. In places his analysis strikes me as a bit too simplistic, but I’m not an expert in the field. It’s certainly worth reading if you’re wondering about the historical… Continue Reading →

Warning: Insurance company gadgets could be hazardous to your safety

I recently got a letter from my auto insurance company offering me a deal: Install a little electronic gadget in our cars, and we would receive a discount on our insurance rates. The gadget would plug-in to the on-board computer… Continue Reading →

A sane analysis of Obamacare

Greensboro benefits consultant Rob Luisana has an unusually sane, balanced discussion of the pros and cons of the Affordable Care Act (or Obamacare, as its opponents like to call it). It’s worth a read. If the ACA is repealed, what… Continue Reading →

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