Hospitals save lives every day – but it’s often impossible to get a good night’s sleep

Noise levels on hospital wards far exceed the levels recommended by the World Health Organization When I met Sam, a 49-year-old man in A&E, he was perilously close to death due to a life-threatening tear in a major artery. He underwent emergency cardiothoracic surgery lasting 12 hours and was subsequently moved to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Remarkably, Sam survived the operation and was discharged five weeks later. I saw him in clinic two months after our first encounter and asked how he was adjusting to life. He said he had physically recovered from his operation but was left distraught and exhausted: he could not sleep properly in hospital and… Read More

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7 ways to make next year’s taxes less painful than this year’s

It’s never too early to start thinking about next year’s tax bill, and what you could deduct. Saving more for retirement in a tax-deferred retirement account is one of the best ways to lower your tax bill and boost your net worth in one fell swoop. Don’t forget about the power of a Health Savings Account, or HSA. This account lets you set aside funds on a tax-deferred basis for future healthcare expenses. Initial analysis of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 implied that take-home pay would go up for many Americans and that overall taxes would go down — at least for some people. Plenty of people… Read More

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Your letters for March 6

Nuclear powers hold world in their hands Re: Pilot’s return may defuse some tension, March 2 With high tensions between India and Pakistan, it is imperative for world leaders to highlight the importance of maintaining peace, not only in one’s own nation but across the globe. Nuclear-armed countries have a responsibility toward the entire world. Millions of innocent lives, for generations to come, can suffer based on choices made today by a handful. Pakistan’s releasing of the Indian pilot is commendable, it is a gesture of peace in this difficult time. India must also follow this example and meet at the table instead of the battlefield. Our loyalty must be… Read More

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‘China isn’t going to implode:’ A Wall Street chief strategist breaks down why the nation’s latest economic warning isn’t a disaster, and outlines the path higher for US stocks

Even as China adjusts its economic forecast lower, BTIG strategist Julian Emanuel says US stocks will have a strong year as investors react to better corporate earnings and China keeps growing. Emanuel says investors who think China is headed for a disaster are wrong, and reaffirms his year-end price target of 3,000 for the S&P 500. While he cautions that stocks could weaken in the coming months if investors don’t see signs of improvement in China, Emanuel still expects a rally later in the year. China’s economy is shaping up to be weaker than expected, but a top strategist says that won’t be enough to keep US stocks down. The… Read More

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Review: The Scarlet Letter’s drama loses its intimacy on grand stage

As a religious sect, the Puritans prided themselves on being austere, strict, unemotional and remote, which pretty much describes Theatre Calgary’s The Scarlet Letter. The play is Phyllis Nagy’s 1994 stage adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1850 novel which has long been considered an American masterpiece. The Scarlet Letter, which Hawthorne subtitled A Romance, tells the story of Hester Prynne (Heather Pattengale), a member of the Massachusetts Bay Puritan Colony who bears a child out of wedlock and, for her sin, is shunned and forced to wear a scarlet letter proclaiming her adultery. Hester refuses to name the child’s father, sparing him similar public humiliation. At the same time, Hester’s husband,… Read More

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