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Expats: How to Deal with Anxiety

Expats: How to Deal with Anxiety

As an expat, there is no shortage of challenges and stresses to manage and overcome. The logistical considerations of moving abroad – often with children in tow – automatically equal a dramatic increase in the amount of stress a family experiences. Add to that the emotional toll of leaving behind everything familiar and settling into […] Read More

Two Mindfulness Meditation

Two Mindfulness Meditation

Here are two mindfulness meditations you can try, the three minute breathing space and the mindfulness of breathing meditation. Three-minute breathing space is like a little pill you can use at any moment, especially when you don’t have time for a longer meditation. It is a great way to reconnect with the present moment, increase self-awareness […] Read More

Movember 2016 in Italy

Movember 2016 in Italy

Movember the Month formerly known as November is back in Italy in numbers. For 30 days your moustache turns you into a walking, talking billboard for men’s health. In 2015 over 700,000 between moustache growing men (MO Bros) and daughters, sisters, girlfriends, wives (MO Sistas) were the catalyst for Billions of conversations on men’s health […] Read More

New Parenthood and Giving Birth in Milan (Part 3)

New Parenthood and Giving Birth in Milan (Part 3)

(Part 3 of 3) Your bundle of joy is here! Labor and delivery are behind you, and now begins Life With Baby. What do you need to know? First, let’s talk about a few tips for staying sane. Remember that the first three months are, in many ways, the hardest. As exhausted, overwhelmed, teary and […] Read More

Flowers that can cure childhood leukemia

Flowers that can cure childhood leukemia

We are winning an amazing race! In 1970 there was only a 5% chance of survival for childhood lymphoblastic leukemia. Put another way, 95% of children died. However, following the last 40 years of research, in 2016 there is now an 80% survival rate. This is a huge increase in the overall survival rate, thanks to […] Read More

New Parenthood and Giving Birth in Milan (Part 2)

New Parenthood and Giving Birth in Milan (Part 2)

(Part 2 of 3) You now have your tessera sanitaria in hand and you’re familiar with the various options for giving birth in your adopted city. What’s next? The OB/GYN First, it’s important to remember that in a “normal” delivery, i.e., a vaginal birth without complications, the OB/GYN is going to spend precious little time participating in […] Read More

New Parenthood and Giving Birth in Milan (Part 1)

New Parenthood and Giving Birth in Milan (Part 1)

(Part 1 of 3) You’re having a baby! Few discoveries are as momentous, as joyful and as terrifying as the news that from this day forward, you will forever be responsible for a life aside from your own. That bringing this life into the world and helping to shape the person your baby will become […] Read More

Maneuvering in the Italian Health Care System

Maneuvering in the Italian Health Care System

Italians health care may not appear as efficient and well managed as other countries, but considering its comprehensiveness, low ‘out of pocket cost’ and overall quality, it probably should get more credit than it does. Even though Italians often complain about the Italian health care system, Italy ranks 2ndin the “World Health Organization ranking of […] Read More

The traitorous “Colpo d’aria”

The traitorous “Colpo d’aria”

After ten years of living in Italy some things still surprise me. I recall the first time I’ve heard of “colpo d’aria”. It’s not a karate technique or a game, but a “rare disease” that, to the best of my knowledge, affects only Italians. Literally translated, colpo d’aria means a “whack of air” while culturally translated, […] Read More

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