Essential Reads

Anger and Cancer: Is There a Relationship?

By Robert Enright Ph.D. on September 18, 2017 in The Forgiving Life
Might being overly angry put one at risk for certain kinds of cancers?

Low Brain Cholesterol—Separating Fact from Fiction

By Georgia Ede MD on September 17, 2017 in Diagnosis: Diet
How vegan diets and cholesterol-lowering drugs affect mood and memory.
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The Power of Placebo

By Steve Taylor Ph.D. on September 16, 2017 in Out of the Darkness
The placebo effect is more than belief - again and again, it has been shown to produce real physiological and neurological changes. Does this mean that the mind can heal the body?

Why Changing Eating Habits (Permanently) Is So Hard

By Kari Anderson DBH, CEDS on September 13, 2017 in #BeHerNow
It’s complicated and primal, and it has everything to do with your brain trying to help you survive.

More Posts on Health

Can Embracing Negative Emotions Increase Your Well-Being?

By Douglas LaBier Ph.D. on September 19, 2017 in The New Resilience
Is it possible that you can increase your happiness in life by embracing unhappy feelings -- your anxieties, fears, anger, resentments, and all sorts of negative emotions?

Dogs Who Live with Smokers May Suffer from Premature Aging

By Stanley Coren Ph.D., F.R.S.C. on September 19, 2017 in Canine Corner
Biomarkers show that living in a home with a tobacco smoker prematurely ages dogs at a cellular level

I Like a Gloomy Day

Do gloomy days deflate you? It can be easy to become sad, blue and down. However, you can begin to look forward to a gloomy day and get enjoyment out of it, as I do.

What’s Your Friendship Style?

By Lydia Denworth on September 18, 2017 in Brain Waves
No one way of making friends works for everyone, but some form of connection is essential.

Changes in Coverage Threaten Mental Health Parity

Children with mental illness require regular monitoring and behavior management. Now, insurance companies and legislation threaten equitable access to mental health treatment.

Hillary Clinton Is Doing Pranayama

Alternate nostril breathing is good for PTSD and mental health.
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How Melatonin Helps You Sleep

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on September 15, 2017 in Sleep Newzzz
Learn all about how melatonin can help sleep and bio time.

What Are You Waiting For?

By Atalanta Beaumont on September 15, 2017 in Handy Hints for Humans
Carpe Diem: You'll never get today back.

Bedside Manners and Coping with Fear and Anxiety

The power of knowledge can not only improve our emotional symptoms, but our physical ones as well.

What You Can Do to Help in Natural Disasters

By Kimberly Key on September 14, 2017 in Counseling Keys
From the massive destruction of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma to Mexico's 8.1 earthquake and the 65 ongoing wildfires, people can feel overwhelmed. Here are some ways to help.

Pure-ly Delicious

The evidence against many current dietary recommendations is becoming impossible to ignore. It's time once again to enjoy an omelet and crack a few eggs.

My Pain Isn't Your Pain

By Temma Ehrenfeld on September 13, 2017 in Open Gently
Some people feel more physical pains than others. Talk about it. Don't let anyone patronize you and also don't judge.

Can Too Much Information Increase the Risk of Drunk Driving?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on September 12, 2017 in Media Spotlight
How effective are public service announcements in persuading people not to drive when they are impaired? The results of a new study may surprise you.

12 Comments That Would Be Welcomed By the Chronically Ill

By Toni Bernhard J.D. on September 12, 2017 in Turning Straw Into Gold
Most people have the best of intentions when speaking to those who struggle with their health. That said, often remarks by friends and family are off the mark.

The 'Soy-ling' of Our Food: The Versatile U.S. Soybean

By Sylvia R. Karasu M.D. on September 11, 2017 in The Gravity of Weight
Over the past 25 years, many studies have suggested that soy intake is beneficial to health. What do we know about the versatile soybean?

Eating Your Way to Better Brain Health

We are what we eat, so eat your way to better brain health

48 Minutes of Exercise (Per Week!) Has Surprising Benefits

By Christopher Bergland on September 11, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
If long workouts aren't for you, there is some good news: A growing body of evidence shows that small doses of physical activity can reap significant benefits as you get older.

Is Mindfulness Just Hype?

Depending on the news source, you may have read that mindfulness is a miraculous life-changer, a harmful Pandora's box, or an utter sham. So which is it?

Out on the Pitch

How is the mental health of LGBT athletes affected by coming out of or staying in the closet?
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A Sleep Pioneer’s Labor of Love

By Kathleen Frazier on September 09, 2017 in From Sleepwalker to Sound Sleeper
Afraid to seek help for a sleep disorder? Find a great sleep physician.

A Positive Psychology of Single Life

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on September 09, 2017 in Living Single
How do single people thrive, despite all the singlism and matrimania? A chapter in a new book about positive psychology offers some answers.

4 Ways Culture Impacts Acceptance of Mental Health Problems

By Lauren Mizock Ph.D. on September 08, 2017 in Cultural Competence
Four cultural factors that impact the process of acceptance of a mental health problem.

College, 2017 to 2018

The arrival of the smartphone has changed every aspect of teenage life, from social interactions to mental health. It's time for colleges to change their approach as well.

Why Can Training the 'Mirror Muscles' Cause Pain?

By Pirkko Markula Ph.D. on September 08, 2017 in Fit Femininity
Are you exercising but also feeling chronic pain? A functional exercise program can help.

3 Times a Mental Health Day Could Do More Harm Than Good

A day off from work won't automatically improve your mental health. It's what you do with that time that matters.

Traumatic Deliveries

Having a baby can simultaneously be the best and worst day of your life. When routine deliveries go south, PTSD symptoms can emerge.

A Sperm’s Obstacle Course to the Egg

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on September 06, 2017 in How We Do It
If too many sperms surround the egg, catastrophic fertilization by more than one may occur. A woman’s reproductive tract is adapted to tightly constrain sperm numbers near the egg.

Exercise and Its Benefits for Sleep

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on September 06, 2017 in Sleep Newzzz
Making exercise part of your regular routine can contribute to healthier, more restful sleep—and may help improve sleep issues such as insomnia.
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Children Need to Be Taught to Protect Their Hearing

By Shari Eberts on September 06, 2017 in Life With Hearing Loss
Children are more at risk from noise-induced hearing loss than ever before. We need to teach them how to protect their hearing before it is too late.
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This Brain Needs Sugar!

By Elizabeth Young on September 05, 2017 in Adaptations
I groan louder because, I begin to know, I need help. I need help badly.