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Saving Primary Care

How can patients get better healthcare access and quality while lowering costs?

Stress Relief in Seven Minutes, Doggie Style

Do programs using dogs to relieve anxiety in university students really work?

5 Tips to Help Children Cope with Threats of Terrorism

Being Resilient in Times of Threat

Coffee Talk

With lips full of passion…And coffee in bed ~Squeeze (Black Coffee in Bed, 1982)

Recent Posts on Health

No, Single People: Your Lives Are Not Second Rate

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on November 30, 2015 Living Single
No, single people, your lives are not second rate. That's not what the science shows. Claims about the superiority of marriage are often based on massively flawed studies, and ignore research showing something else entirely.

Eat Yourself Happy

What does food have to do with depression or anxiety? A lot. Paying attention to your diet not only promotes good physical health but can also improve your mental health.

Saving Primary Care

The healthcare landscape in the U.S. seems to have changed more rapidly in the last two years than it has in the last two decades. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has mandated health insurance for all Americans and made it possible for approximately 30 million more of them to obtain it. While this is a welcome development, it poses a significant problem.

The Harmful Hypocrisy Of "The Right To Life" Movement

By Allen J Frances M.D. on November 29, 2015 Saving Normal
"Right To Lifers" fight for the premise that all life is sacred when it is in the uterus, but show callous indifference to people once they are born.

Do Stronger Muscles Mean Better Brains?

It's not what you do with muscles - it's what you did to make them.

This Holiday Season: Say Nuts to Calories

Quality over quantity; why the fixation on calories is ruining our health.

Emotional Connection With Work Increases Wellbeing - How So?

Feeling emotionally engaged with your work appears linked with greater wellbeing and health, new research finds. But for this to occur, several qualities of the management culture that you experience are essential.

Thank You! Parisian PhD Candidate Ludvig Levasseur!

On occasion, we receive requests from PhD candidates for assistance in their research regarding time perspective theory and therapy. Last week, one such candidate emailed with a request that opened our eyes to the magnitude of a problem we've been unaware of: What is the potential cost savings of our talk therapy?

If It Ain’t One Thing

By Mark Borigini M.D. on November 26, 2015 Overcoming Pain
The results of a Kaiser Family Foundation poll was made public a couple of days ago, and it shows that 27 percent of Americans report that they either have been addicted to prescription painkillers, or have a family member or close friend who has dealt with this issue.

Walking to Well Being

In this season of family gatherings and expansive meals, imagine a miracle drug that manages your weight, gives you energy, increases your longevity, strengthens your heart, and makes you more alert – with no side effects. Would you use it?

Giving Thanks for the Gift of Time

Death was close, but for some reason, now was not my time.

Graduate School and Mental Illness: Is There a Link?

By Juliana Breines Ph.D. on November 25, 2015 In Love and War
Few people go to graduate school thinking it will be a walk in the park. But many find that it involves a lot more stress than they bargained for, and this can take a toll on mental health.

Does Breastfeeding Boost Intelligence in Children?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on November 25, 2015 Media Spotlight
Of all the health benefits linked to breastfeeding, its presumed impact on a child's later intelligence is likely the most controversial. A new study shows that that breastfeeding was significantly associated with intelligence at all ages. The link between breastfeeding and intelligence actually rose for children between the ages of seven to sixteen.

8 Ways to Eat Mindfully During the Holidays

By Susan Albers Psy.D. on November 25, 2015 Comfort Cravings
It's not easy to eat mindfully during the holidays! Here are a few simple psychological tips that can help you avoid overeating while still mindfully eating holiday foods you love like pumpkin pie and sugar cookies.

Assessing Your Work and Life Balance

By Steve Sisgold on November 24, 2015 Life in a Body
Nothing is as close to us as our body, ...about which we know so little.

Loneliness: Perceived Social Isolation Is Public Enemy No. 1

For the first time, a new study has identified how "perceived social isolation" triggers fight-or-flight stress responses that can lead to illness and premature death.

Don’t Believe the Hype - Dad Bods Are Not Sexy

By Ryan Anderson on November 23, 2015 The Mating Game
Is the 'dad bod' really attractive? Have we really been lied to since, forever?

Tips to Stay Trim During the Holiday Season

By Nicole Avena Ph.D. on November 23, 2015 Food Junkie
Healthy Advice to Keep in Mind When Celebrating This Holiday

More Indispensables for Those With Chronic Pain and Illness

My "comfort food" is a cup of decaf coffee with cocoa powder, stevia, and coconut milk in it. (I admit, it’s really a pretend decaf mocha.) Does this sound truly awful to you? That’s why comfort food is a personal indispensable!

We Need a National Anti-Loneliness Campaign for the Holidays

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on November 23, 2015 The Squeaky Wheel
The holidays can be an acutely lonely period for millions of people. Here's what you can do about it:

The Void Social Media Fills

The average American spends 7.6 hours a month on social media. Social media sites enable people to connect with each other no matter on which continent or in which time zone they reside. Although it allows people to stay in touch with loved ones around the world, can social media become an addiction?

Why Exercise Isn't Always a Panacea

Just because some exercise is great for us doesn’t mean these benefits extend indefinitely. It turns out that yes, you can exercise too much: Beyond a certain point of exertion, our bodies—and our minds—start to break down.

Doctor Prescribes a Reality Check for Homeopathy

By Guy P. Harrison on November 22, 2015 About Thinking
Homeopathic products are popular these days. What does a doctor say about them?

How Gratitude Leads to a Happier Life

Gratitude has been shown to have many benefits in terms of our health, happiness, satisfaction with life and the way we relate to others. It goes hand in hand with mindfulness in its focus on the present and appreciating what we have now, rather than wanting more and more. Learn research-based strategies to be more grateful.

What You Should Never Say to Someone Who's Suffering

To me, saying that illness and pain happens 'for a reason' or 'for the best' or that 'there's a plan' steals efficacy. It tells me that there's a divine plan for my son to suffer. And I cannot accept that.

Beauty and Fear: Thanksgiving From a Different Perspective

The act of giving can be enhanced when you give from a cup that runneth over, from knowing the true nature of inner beauty. Looking at Thanksgiving from a different perspective.

Do Crocodiles Really Cry?

What's up with crocodile tears? Do crocodiles really cry? Scientists find out.

Why Meds Are Not a One Stop Cure for Anxiety and Depression

Have you seen all the drug commercials lately? The rise in prescriptions for anxiety and depression in America, along with increasing lifestyle illness begs our individual and collective attention and action.

Examining the Effects of Mobile Phones on Kids and Teens

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on November 20, 2015 Sleep Newzzz
Navigating technology with children and teenagers isn’t easy, especially when it comes to nighttime and sleep.

A Rose by Any Other Name: Is All Pain the Same?

Modern medical approaches to chronic pain have not been dramatically successful. Therefore it is generally assumed that chronic pain will never go away, so the best we can do is to cope with it. Scientific advances in understanding the brain reveal that many times the pain is literally "in the brain." It is critical to recognize when the brain is producing pain.