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Stephanie Price

While some may look forward to a life of leisure as an opportunity to spend more time with family and friends, others have a fantasy of how they want to spend their days after waving goodbye to their 9 to 5. Whether retirement is in the near future or a lifetime away, what are your dreams for when you retire? Cast your vote in the Hopkins Happenings Monday poll. Also, find out the results of last week’s poll on what your colleagues wear to work. The results may surprise you.

Also, share what’s on your retirement bucket list in the comments section below.

What are your dreams for when you retire?

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Do you have the ease of waking up every morning and putting on a required uniform, or are you allowed the creativity to pick out what you will don each day?

What do you wear to work?

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Ta-Ya Lee, DNP, acupuncturist, Johns Hopkins Community Physicians
Acupuncture, the Chinese medical practice that treats illness through the insertion of needles at specific points in the body, has been shown to be as effective today as it was when it was introduced 5,000 years ago. But some patients are still leery about its effectiveness when compared with traditional Western medicine. Ta-Ya Lee, nurse practitioner at Johns Hopkins Community Physicians, shares her expertise about why acupuncture should be considered as an option for treatment.

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Temps around the nation reached well into the 90s this summer. Staying cool needn’t mean sitting in your house running the air conditioner all day long, as there are plenty of ways to beat the heat when the mercury rises.

How are you keeping cool this summer?

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It’s summertime and we want to hear about the songs that remind of you of the hazy, lazy, crazy days of summers past. Think about those great tunes that take you back to the memories of going down to the ocean, dips in the pool and cookouts with family and friends. Whether a child of the 50s, 60s, 70s or beyond, share your favorite melody and for even more fun, share a photo of a nostalgic summer moment.

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Nine Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Cancer

Cancer formation can come from the foods we eat, the air we breathe or the medicine we take. While there is no magical pill that can prevent you from getting cancer, Deborah Armstrong, associate professor of oncology at the Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, shares nine ways that you can reduce your risk.

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With email (as opposed to a phone) the primary business tool for many employees, do you spend a good portion of your workday writing, reading and replying to emails? Do you find that when you take a step away from your desk , you return to find your inbox loaded with new messages, or can you go a day without receiving one? On average, how many emails (including the "reply alls") do you receive a day?

How many emails do you receive a day?

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More than 200,000 workers commute into Baltimore every day according to the U.S. Census Bureau Reports, ranking the city among the highest in the nation. So, tell us about your commute into work? Are you just a hop, skip and a jump away, or do you have time to listen to an entire book on tape before you arrive at your office?

How long is your commute to work?

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Lynda McIntyre

While the natural and organic food movements are becoming increasingly more popular among consumers, many people still don’t know the difference between organic and non-organic foods. Lynda McIntyre, clinical dietician specialist at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, weighs in to help you make the decision the next time you are at the grocery store. Some of her thoughts may go against traditional wisdom.

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