Author Archives: Marissa Abruzzini (Blog Writer, SevenPonds)

New Quality Measures for Nursing Homes Give Patients Better Information

The five new qualities will change overall nursing home ratings

For years now, the Five Star Quality Ratings system has helped patients and their families compare nursing homes to find the best fit. This year, that rating system has expanded to include five more quality measures, giving patients an even … Continue reading

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“How can the dead be truly dead when they still live in the souls of those who are left behind?”

- Carson McCullers
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A New Odor Test Could Detect the Early Stages of Alzheimer’s

Researchers are using a sniff test to identify the disease

What if you could detect the early stages of Alzheimer’s using only your nose? A group of researchers is developing a new odor test that they think could help doctors identify patients who have the disease. In two recent studies, researchers discovered … Continue reading

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Book Review: “The Path: What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life”

Michael Puett and Christine Gross-Loh apply ancient ideas to modern problems

When professor Michael Puett started teaching a course on classical Chinese philosophy at Harvard, few people expected his class to become one of the most popular courses on campus. Why did so many students flock to this seemingly dry topic? … Continue reading

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“Man alone chimes the hour. And, because of this, man alone suffers a paralyzing fear that no other creature endures. A fear of time running out.”

- Mitch Albom
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Performance Art Illuminates the Five Stages of Grief

"A Study of Who" uses lighting, dance and music to communicate about loss

Loss results in a messy, complex set of emotions that affect all five senses. Sometimes, you see the face of the person you lost in a stranger. You smell a hint of their perfume in an elevator. Perhaps you hear … Continue reading

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