History is filled with pioneering figures who, on closer inspection, are found to be seriously flawed. In The Doctors Blackwell: How Two Pioneering Sisters Brought Medicine to Women — and Women to Medicine, a new biography by Janice P. Nimura ’01GSAS, Elizabeth Blackwell — the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States — and her younger sister Emily, also a physician, have their feminist legacies slightly tarnished. But trading hagiography for historical fact is always a wor...
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As a health editor, I’m hyper-aware of how important water is for overall good health. My grandfather, who lived to age 95, drank tons of water throughout the day, and would raise his glass and proclaim, “Best drink in the house!” And my co-workers are never seen without their large bottles of water, which they sip from throughout the day.
Recently I attended a talk by a prominent brain researcher, whose focus is on preventing Alzheimer’s disease. He talked about all the steps people could take to reduce inflammation in the body, and reduce the chances of developing dementia later in life. One of the most important steps, he said, is to get adequate sleep. When we’re asleep, it’s the only time the brain can clear itself of daily “junk” and maintain good working order.