Having lived as a professional athlete and now coach to young athletes, I know all too well the role social media plays in building one’s brand. Or tearing it down. Like so much in life, it depends on your planning and strategies. The pluses are obvious. A fledgling athlete can jumpstart a core base of recognition quickly to consistently build on. For younger prospective athletes, it’s a fast growth spurt but one rife with potential pitfalls that could easily derail a career.
A new study published in BMC Medicine found that those who missed more doctors appointments each year had a higher risk of death, especially for those who live with more than one condition or a mental health condition. The study, which was helmed by Dr. Ross McQueenie at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, highlights potential areas for improvement in patient health care.
Transitioning from one year to another isn’t merely about popping champagne and aspiring to drop weight, build muscle, or finally make it to Asia. Rather, it’s an opportunity to redefine and reconsider your career path, focusing not only on where you’ve been, but where you hope to go, too.
KOSTA LIGRIS WAS training a new associate at the Boston law firm he’d founded when he was suddenly hit by a panic attack. “I got lightheaded in the middle of talking to him,” Ligris, 42, says, recalling that the employee he was training “freaked out.”
Assistance for people with vision impairment has come a long way in recent years. Before tech transformed health care, the main option for vision assistance was magnifying lenses. Today’s tools include not only better magnification devices, but also apps and other products that use audio or tactile, rather than visual, feedback.
“These kinds of things put the zest and joy back in life for people who think they’ve had to give up some things,” says Neva Fairchild, an independent living specialist with the American Foundation for the Blind who is herself visually impaired. Fairchild was able to read a Valentine’s Day card from her daughter for the first time this year using an app called Seeing AI (more on that below).
Among the latest and most interesting innovations: