Exploring Beijing and its many attractions

By: Harriet Edleson

Beijing’s ultra-modern cityscape, including the angular headquarters for China Central Television at the back left of the photo, contrasts with the more than 900 traditional, pagoda-like buildings of the Forbidden City, which dates back to the 14th century. Beijing, with a population of more than 21 million, is China’s second-largest city.Photo by ESB ProfessionalIf you’ve ... READ MORE

FAQs about Medicare: Filling the gaps

By: Kimberly Lankford

Every day, my in-box is filled with questions from readers about the nuances of Medicare. The following frequently asked questions concerning signing up or changing your coverage will help you navigate the system and deal with tricky issues.Q: Why do I need Medigap insurance?A: Even with Medicare, you still have to pay deductibles and co-payments. Most people buy... READ MORE

Hospitals can treat pain without opioids

By: Lauran Neergaard

A car crash shattered Stuart Anders’ thigh, leaving pieces of bone sticking through his skin. Yet Anders begged emergency room doctors not to give him powerful opioid painkillers.He’d been addicted once before and panicked at the thought of relapsing. “I can’t lose what I worked for,” he said.The nation’s opioid crisis is forcing hospitals to begin... READ MORE

‘Camp’ pumps up music lovers

By: Stuart Rosenthal

Marie Celano, of Clarksville, was a newcomer to the Piano at Peabody program this summer. The intensive one-week “piano camp” for adults brings together experienced and beginning pianists for a full slate of daily music lectures, master classes, classical and jazz recitals and performances. But most of all, it forges a community spirit among the participants, some of whom have... READ MORE

Speech may be first clue to mental decline

By: Marilynn Marchione

Your speech may, um, help reveal if you’re, uh...developing thinking problems. More pauses, filler words and other verbal changes might be an early sign of mental decline, which can lead to Alzheimer’s disease, a study suggests.Researchers had people describe a picture they were shown in taped sessions two years apart. Those with early-stage mild cognitive impairment slid much... READ MORE

Avoid spinning out of control with vertigo

By: Dr. Paul G. Mathew

Vertigo isn’t just a catchy song by the band U2, or a famous movie by Alfred Hitchcock. It’s also a common symptom that has multiple potential causes.Although most people think that vertigo has to involve a spinning sensation, vertigo is actually the sensation that one is moving or that one’s surroundings are moving in the absence of any actual movement.A balancing actTo... READ MORE