“99 percent of all claims of being 115 or older are false.”

An engaging story from the NYTimes about runners older than 90, and more.

Among the quotes:

“99 percent of all claims of being 115 or older are false.”

“Old age always wins. It’s shocking. No matter how hard you try, it beats you.”

Apart from that, nothing would stop him, not even a colostomy bag:

"The oldest competitor would be an Australian legend, John Gilmour, 97, a World War II veteran who was captured by the Japanese and put into forced labor. Malnutrition and the harsh conditions permanently shrouded his vision. Still, he resumed his running career after the war. He knew what a body could withstand. The pain of sport was nothing compared with the pain of capture.

In his mid-60s, he could still run a marathon under three hours."

Read the full story here:


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7 classical virtues of trust, justice, hope, temperance, wisdom, courage and compassion - and how this applies to medicine

We often receive an email from the Chief of Staff on Wednesdays. The email is meant to unite the physicians at Cleveland Clinic around a common idea/topic/thought for that week.

One of the emails mentioned "A virtuous culture built on the seven classical virtues of trust, justice, hope, temperance, wisdom, courage and compassion. These virtues offer us 25 centuries of wisdom about human conduct at its best."

As a simple exercise, try thinking about one of those each day of the week, make it the "theme of the day":

Monday - Trust
Tuesday - Justice
Wednesday - Hope
Thursday - Temperance
Friday - Wisdom
Saturday - Courage
Sunday - Compassion

These concepts are not new, of course. There have been multiple different variations proposed throughout the centuries. Some examples are references below. If you feel adventurous, don't limit yourself to 7 virtues but consider the 24 Prussian virtues below:




"Bottle-flipping" is the latest fad, see why schools are banning it - WSJ video

From WSJ: Bottle-flipping has become a worldwide phenomenon. But some schools are trying to ban the flippers:

Easier schedule for HPV vaccine: 2 doses instead of previously recommended 3

From Mayo Clinic: To protect against cervical cancer and other cancers caused by HPV infection, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is now recommending that 11- and 12-year-olds receive two doses of HPV vaccine at least six months apart. This is a change from the previously recommended three-dose series.

The CDC says adolescents ages 13–14 also can receive the HPV vaccine on the new two-dose schedule. However, those who start the series later will continue to need three doses.

Self-administered HPV Test is one of the Top 10 Medical Innovations 2017, selected by the Cleveland Clinic:

How to administer "Emotional First Aid"

Do you know that feeling lonely impacts your ability to build up an immunity after getting the flu vaccine?

From the Google Talks lecture series: "Although we have bandages for cuts, chicken soup for colds, and ice packs for bruises, most of us have no idea how to treat day-to-day emotional injuries such as failure, rejection, and loss. But, as Guy Winch, Ph.D., points out, these kinds of emotional injuries often get worse when left untreated and can significantly impact our quality of life. In this fascinating and highly practical book he provides the emotional first aid treatments we have been lacking."

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