Health Essential Reads

Why Virtual Reality Could Be a Mental Health Gamechanger

We’re still a long way from from being able to provide timely treatment to everyone who needs it, but we could be on the brink of dramatic change thanks to VR.

Goals of Hair

Do you want to be YOU, right up until the end?

Rebuilding the Brain From Concussions

By Harry Kerasidis M.D. on March 24, 2017 in Brain Trauma
Don't settle for "take two and call me in the morning." The brain responds well when we treat it well. Here's how to get those neurons firing on all cylinders.

Prestige, Power, and Placebos

Intuitive errors and social pressures often fool us into the wrong decisions. But our social minds also possess untapped healing power. Recent research shows us how to use it!

If You Want to Live Longer, Get a Dog

New data shows that pet ownership can increase the longevity of people with health risk issues.

Bringing Down the Cost of Healthcare

By Kathryn Seifert Ph.D. on March 21, 2017 in Stop The Cycle
There are 3 effective ways to bring down to cost of healthcare without reducing quality or outcomes. These include prevention, early treatment and integrated care.

Gut Check

While you sit on your tuffet; how does your inner garden grow?

Life Expectancy Projected to Increase Worldwide

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on March 20, 2017 in Cravings
Researchers find U.S. lags behind other high-income countries.

6 Tips for Determining If A Doc-in-the-Box Is Right for You

By Peter A. Ubel M.D. on March 20, 2017 in Critical Decisions
Consumers should keep these 6 tips in mind so they make better use of such clinics.

Is Mental Illness the Rule Rather Than the Exception?

We hear all the time that 1 in 5 people struggle with a psychiatric disorder. New research now suggests that we have it backwards.

What Is the Future of Genetic Testing?

Anxious about the onslaught of genetic tests? A new book weeds through the morass.

A Dietary Treatment for Depression

In a world first, Australian researchers have used a dietary change to successfully treat depression.

Science News: Believe It or Not?

A new study demonstrates that media reports often miss the real news.

Teen Pregnancies Fall But School Sex Ed Doesn’t Work. Huh?

By Michael Castleman M.A. on March 15, 2017 in All About Sex
The number of teen pregnancies has plummeted by more than half in a generation. But a new analysis shows that school-based sex education classes don't work. How is this possible?

How Would Trumpcare Affect Mental Health Care?

People addicted to opioids and rural Americans would lose "big league"

The Benefits of Breastfeeding...for Mothers

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on March 14, 2017 in How We Do It
Breast-feeding benefits mothers, not just babies. It speeds recovery of the womb after birth. Later in life, risks of heart disease and breast and ovarian cancer are reduced.

The Morality of Monetary Motivation

By Peter A. Ubel M.D. on March 14, 2017 in Scientocracy
In a perfect world, we would not need to reward anyone for taking their kid to the doctor. In the imperfect world we live in, such rewards are far better than the alternative.

What Is Healthy Masculinity?

Traditionally masculine characteristics are associated with men's mental health problems. Healthy masculinity may involve a dose of femininity.

Generation X Uses Mental Health Care Services Differently

Changes in the use of psychotropic medications during a 5 year interval varied among individuals in different generational cohorts.

Stress Mindset Tied to Physical and Mental Health

Is stress getting in your way? Modifying your mindset may improve your health.

Check Yourself (Again): More Mental Health Blunders

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on March 10, 2017 in Insight Therapy
A previous post listed several mental health errors that may hinder psychological well-being. But wait, there’s more…

Body, Soul, Survival

On the history and politics of health care in the United States.

Social Media Exacerbates Perceived Social Isolation

A new study reports that heavy use of social media is associated with increased social isolation.

Can I Trust Him? The Psychology and Philosophy of Trust

By Neel Burton M.D. on March 07, 2017 in Hide and Seek
What is trust, when does it pertain, and can it ever be absolute?

The College Mental Health Crisis: Focus on Overall Wellbeing

Let’s look at some scary facts about mental health on our campuses...

What Are the Essential Qualities of Effective Therapists?

Searching for a therapist? Intriguing findings tell us what to look for.

Five Ways that Evolutionary Psychology Informs Medicine

The field of evolutionary medicine is changing our understanding of best practices in healthcare at a breakneck pace. Evolutionary psychology is helping lead the way. Here's how.

Exercise and Social Support: What We Know

A strong body of evidence shows that having a strong social support network can help. But what exactly does that mean?

The Elephant in the Room

Concern over Donald Trump's mental health has 26,000 mental health professionals stating that he is unfit to serve as president of the United States. We agree and here's why.

Information Avoidance in the Information Age

By Alain Samson Ph.D. on February 28, 2017 in Consumed
When ignorance is bliss: How much would you pay to avoid potentially threatening information?