Dealing with urges to smoke

By the American Heart Association   As an ex-smoker, you’ll have urges to smoke. Sometimes the urges are physical, as if your body needs a cigarette. At other times, they’ll be mental — feeling like you deserve a cigarette. And sometimes you may want to smoke because it’s a habit.   Physical urges As a smoker, you became addicted to the nicotine in cigarettes. Nicotine can create good feelings that make you want to smoke more. But it also creates bad feelings when you try to cut back. Physical urges are one way your body tells you it wants nicotine. This … Continue reading

Chinese seniors learn about nutrition in Newton

By Richard Levine The Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center and Springwell hosted a “Happy Elders” seminar on antioxidants and diet on Oct. 14 at the Greater Boston Chinese Cultural Association, on 437 Cherry Street in Newton. The workshop attracted 20 Asian seniors, with nutrition information provided by Meghan Ostrander, nutrition director at Springwell. Lili Mei, a director at the Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center, interpreted in Cantonese and Mandarin. Ostrander answered questions about the health benefits of condiments to the best type of olive oil for cooking. “Their questions were very good,” Ostrander said. “This is the first … Continue reading

Chinese-American student death at Penn ruled suicide

Suicide on college campuses is tragic, with six incidenst at the University of Pennsylvania this year. (Image courtesy of Flickr user Lee Morley.)

By Ezra White University of Pennsylvania student Amanda Hu’s committed suicide on Sept. 28 in her bedroom. The Charlotte, North Carolina resident was taking a leave of absence and worked in a biochemistry lab. This is not an isolated incident on the University of Pennsylvania’s campus; Hu’s suicide marks the university’s sixth since August 2013. On August 24, Penn student Theodric Reed committed suicide. Reed had a history of depression that was being treated at home, as well as by the university’s counseling and psychological services division. What made Reed’s suicide especially troubling is that Reed’s mother shortly before the … Continue reading