Essential Reads

The Pain Mess

Treatment of chronic pain is a scandal

At the End of Life

How to prepare for a good death

Withdrawal and Inactivity Feed Depression

If you're depressed, you need to fight the urge to avoid friends and sit around.

Brain's Response to Meditation

How much meditation does it take to change your brain and relieve stress?

Recent Posts on Health

Is Yoga The Next "New" Antioxidant?

By Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D. on August 02, 2015 in Urban Survival
Yoga amps up your body's natural defenses against toxins. Find out how yoga might be the next "new" antioxidant and defense for your immune system.

The Pain Mess

The treatment of chronic pain is a public health disaster

When Parents Date Someone New, What's Best for the Kids?

By Michael Ungar Ph.D. on August 01, 2015 in Nurturing Resilience
Though parents are moving in and out of romantic relationships more often, there are things they can do to make these transitions easier for their children.

At the End of Life

When I was a third-year medical student rotating for the first time on a general medicine service inpatient ward, my team admitted a thirty-year-old woman in acute congestive heart failure. That a thirty-year-old was in congestive heart failure was unusual enough. Even more shocking was the cause: an echocardiogram revealed a tumor sitting on top of her mitral valve

Breaking Up with One’s Meds

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on July 31, 2015 in Side Effects
A chronicle of withdrawal syndrome from psychiatric meds.

Withdrawal and Inactivity Feed Depression

If you're depressed, it's natural to feel like withdrawing from others and it can be hard to motivate yourself to do anything. Unfortunately, giving into these behaviors is likely to make your mood worse, not better. Here are some small tips on how to get back on course to mental health and happiness.

What Your Doctor Can't Say to You

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on July 31, 2015 in Am I Right?
This conversation can cause a healthcare provider to lose her license.

Brain's Response to Meditation

With meditation, you have the opportunity to become aware of what causes you stress and condition yourself to react differently. You can learn to let go of negative thoughts, events or interactions.

Hey, You—Get Out of the Water!

Doctors should pay attention not just to what is wrong with the patient's body, but to what other people are saying about it.

A Stroll in Nature Improves Mental Health

As more and more of us live in cities, we spend less time in natural settings, including parks. Studies also show that people in urban settings without access to green spaces have higher levels of psychological problems than those with access to green spaces.

Why Do Women Outlive Men?

If women are the "weaker sex," how do they manage to outlive men?

The Value of the Therapeutic Relationship, Part Two

Although I steadfastly hold to the belief that therapy can be extremely helpful, even life changing, as is the case with all other professions, there’s a bell curve of competence and effectiveness. Meaning, there are incredibly talented, compassionate, non-judgmental, effective, and extremely bright clinicians and there are mediocre, ineffective, even bad clinicians.

Why Grow and Make Your Own Food? Especially as an Artist?

Why grow and make your own food? Why put it in all those hours slaving under the hot sun, covered with dirt, when you could stroll through an air-conditioned grocery store? Why spend all that time processing milk when there are others who can do it for you? And what does it have to do with being an artist?

Depression and Suicide in Black Youth

Depression is a serious mental health issue that significantly impacts the lives of many youth. Among Black youth 3.2% report suicidal thoughts and 1.4% report attempting suicide. Given the serious risk, it is important to learn early warning signs.

Eugenics, Love, and the Marriage Problem

By Elliot Hosman J.D. on July 30, 2015 in Genetic Crossroads
When gazing deeply into a lover's eyes, eugenists advised, women should not look for the "yearning, burning, soulful fires, which rage in the erotic litany of love," but for symptoms of eye disease.

Berkeley's Harmful Pandering to Fear of Cell Phone Radiation

Berkeley has required cell phone retailers to warn shoppers of a health risk from cell phone radiation, despite overwhelming evidence that no such risk exists. Policy making pandering to fear is dangerous in and of itself

Self-Harm Websites and Teens Who Visit Them

By Michele Ybarra MPH, Ph.D. on July 29, 2015 in Connected
A very small percent of youth visit websites about self-harm. But on the Internet, followings on one self-harm site can number in the thousands. Are these sites harmful for youth who visit them, or do they provide some social support?

The Problem with Investigation Before Examination

There is a systematic flaw within the practice of U.S. medicine in which doctors require an investigation of medical issues prior to an examination to increase profitability.

Sherlock Holmes: The Case of Memory and Aging

Sherlock Holmes is the quintessential detective, but what happens to his memory and his mind in old age? The new movie Mr. Holmes, as well as current research on cognitive aging, allow for an important case study on memory and aging.

Fear and Anxiety Affect the Health and Life Span of Dogs

Research shows that increased levels of certain types of fearfulness in dogs may be associated higher susceptibility to skin diseases and to reduced life span.

Want to Lose Weight? Spend More Time in the Kitchen!

By Nicole Avena Ph.D. on July 29, 2015 in Food Junkie
Find out the benefits of cooking and learn some simple tips to get you started!

Butter Scraped Over Too Much Bread

By Gretchen Rubin on July 29, 2015 in The Happiness Project
What do you do, when you need to restore yourself?

Post-Baby Mental Health, For Dads

If you’re about to become a father, there’s little likelihood anyone will talk with you about how these experiences will change your life.

Let's Talk About Mental Health

It is time to break the silence about mental illness and start the conversation about mental health. It is time to be #StrongerTogether.

How to Boost Your Self-Esteem? Try Hitting the Weight Room

By Mark Travers Ph.D. on July 28, 2015 in Social Instincts
New research shows that physically stronger men have higher self-esteem.

Steps to Take Today for Better Brain Health Tomorrow

You may be taking proactive steps to support your body’s health, but are you taking similar steps to sustain your brain? When it comes to supporting brain health, the old adage is true: it’s better than never. There’s no time like the present to start supporting your brain.

Why I Tossed the Gummy Vitamins

By Zanthe Taylor M.F.A. on July 28, 2015 in A Million Meals
Parents make most, if not all, food and health choices for our young children: the pressure of that constant decision-making, plus our primal drive to ensure they survive and thrive, creates a potent stew of emotions that makes us particularly vulnerable both to magical thinking about food and to those who exploit it.

13 Steps to Better Relationships...And Peace of Mind

By Meg Selig on July 28, 2015 in Changepower
You can use mindfulness techniques to create a more peaceful mind. But good social relationships may be just as important.

Why Your View of the Future Can Make You Depressed

Most people assume that if you're depressed, that colors your view of your future. New research turns that thinking on its head, showing that, for many, if your view of your future is negative to begin with, that can actually make you depressed. The flip side is that a positive view of your future stimulates greater mental health.

Putting Humanity and the Humanities Back Into Medicine

By Allen J Frances M.D. on July 28, 2015 in Saving Normal
The relationship between medical art and science is changing rapidly, with the science now overwhelming the art. Doctors more and more function like technicians, not healers. A knowledge of the humanities is crucial if doctors are to treat patients, not lab tests.