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Think Locally, Act Globally: Staying Healthy When Traveling Abroad

Here is an inversion of the famous phrase that encourages people to "Think Globally, Act Locally," a slogan attributed to the late Patrick Geddes,...

Take Me out to the Ball Game: But Please Do Not...

A trip to the ballpark is a summer rite of passage, something so indelibly a part of our culture that I can no more...

Gardening East of Eden and West of the Drugstore: Safety for...

Gardens and gardening are as much a part of summer as the obligatory ceremonies and images of the season: Evening barbecues, pool parties, baseball...

Outside with an Inside Mentality

Being outside and basking in the final weeks of spring, a time when even the smallest backyard is a social venue, play area ore...

A Season of Safety and Fun: A Care Package of Health...

In a few weeks, there will be a mass exodus—we will hear the cheers and hosannas of tens of millions of children—as they race...

Organic, Yes; Overpriced, No: The Myth about ‘Expensive’ Organic Products

If there is a misnomer that plagues our community – and by community, I mean our fellow enthusiasts of healthy living and sound nutrition – it...

It Is Easy Being Green: An Earth Day to Remember

Earth Day is an increasingly solemn occasion, as it should be. The moment this event becomes the second half of a twice-yearly excuse, along...

Summer Suffering: Extra Vigilance for Patients with Diabetes

Despite its association with the carefree days of youth and the lazy months of backyard barbecues and pool parties, summer is not a season...

Enjoying the Greenery of the Outdoors by Being Green: Organic Necessities...

With spring having finally sprung, as the last molehills of formerly mountainous amounts of snow (in Boston and throughout New England and Upstate New...

The Phantom Menace: The Discomfort of Idiopathic Itch

Too many Americans suffer from an ailment they can feel but not see. This "phantom menace" is, with all due respect to fans of Star Wars and others...