Health Essential Reads

New Diet Ideas From the Artificial Sweeteners Controversy

Intriguing findings and new ideas reviewing 10 years of medical literature and research

Expressing the Inner Voice May Bring Benefits

By Robert T Muller Ph.D. on November 16, 2017 in Talking About Trauma
Research reveals more about the promise of positive self-talk.

Docs Gone Wild: Losing Professional Boundaries Online

Mark Zuckerberg's vision is total transparency. But this has serious consequences for health professionals and the doctor-patient relationship, and even the ability to form a self.

Your Aging Body

Why women shouldn't feel bad about getting older.

Do Optimists Live Longer?

By David Rosen on November 14, 2017 in Health 2.0
Do optimists live longer? Research into how optimism influences our response to health threats and our attitude to risk-taking behaviour throws up some fascinating insights.

Millennial Distress: Why More? Why Now?

By Russ Federman Ph.D., A.B.P.P. on November 12, 2017 in Bipolar You
A discussion of current socioeconomic and social media influences upon the emotional and psychological distress of today's millennial generation.

Making the Best Treatment for Insomnia More Available

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on November 10, 2017 in Think, Act, Be
Insomnia affects millions, yet the number-one treatment often remains out of reach. Now apps make CBT-I available through web and mobile platforms.

Social Media Societies Pose Risks to Mental Health

By Robert T Muller Ph.D. on November 09, 2017 in Talking About Trauma
Researchers found that online communities can encourage self harm.

How Sports Can Make You Healthier and Build Character

Go outside and play! How sports and play provide your child with higher motivation, self-confidence, and social skills.

Coping with the Long-Term and Late Effects of Cancer

By Anne Moyer Ph.D. on November 05, 2017 in Beyond Treatment
There is a need to address quality of life issues, specifically in the area of reproductive health, for young cancer patients.

Medicating Women's Sexual Desire Still Highly Controversial

By Robert T Muller Ph.D. on November 02, 2017 in Talking About Trauma
Research reveals that sexual desire is influenced by non-biological factors.

Is a Pregnant Woman’s Anxiety Disorder a Risk for Her Baby?

By Psychology Today Editorial Staff on November 01, 2017 in Brainstorm
New research challenges links between anxiety disorders in women and complications of pregnancy.

Why Are Teens So Stressed and What Can Break the Cycle?

By Daniel P. Keating Ph.D. on November 01, 2017 in Stressful Lives
Dramatic increases in teen stress are fueled by a broader stress epidemic. We need to understand both to break this cycle.

A Perilous Journey: The Plight of Unaccompanied Minors

What are the mental health needs of children who become refugees on their own?

26 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Our Love For Pets

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on October 30, 2017 in Animals and Us
This controversial new book examines the psychology and evolution of our love for animals. (And it explains why you should probably not get a pug if you are looking for a pet.)

Double, Double Toil and Trouble

Halloween is upon us. As the fake furry spiders and cotton-woolish ersatz webs proliferate, what's really scary is dry ice in decorative pseudo-cauldrons and other misuses.

Sex Talk

A simple way of improving your sex life tonight

Brain Imaging Shows We Can Unlearn Chronic Pain

By Eric Haseltine Ph.D. on October 27, 2017 in Long Fuse, Big Bang
New hope for previously untreatable pain.

Police Need Training to Deal With Mentally Ill Offenders

Police training can benefit both police and individuals with mental illness.

Is There an Epidemic of Despair in the Rural Heartland?

By Rob Whitley, Ph.D. on October 26, 2017 in Talking About Men
New research shows a sharp increase in premature death rates among rural less educated whites; mainly due to suicide, overdose, and substance abuse. What are the underlying causes?

Your Brain Cells Up Close and In Color

By Lydia Denworth on October 26, 2017 in Brain Waves
A just-released database of human brain cells might change the way we develop drugs and study cognition.

Performance Enhancing Drugs in Everyday Life

By Saul Levine M.D. on October 25, 2017 in Our Emotional Footprint
We criticize athletes who use PEDs, but many people everywhere "self-medicate" to help them study, perform, sleep, have sex, stay awake, and lose weight, among other pursuits.
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Can Digital Health Rescue Health Care?

By Dora Calott Wang M.D. on October 24, 2017 in The Kitchen Shrink
Former executives of Coursera, Trulia, and LinkedIn turn their focus to behavioral health startups.

Tap Into the Inner Genius You Didn’t Know You Had

Research show that genius is inside each of us, but how can we access it?

Let’s Put the Focus on Bullying Where It Belongs

By Eric Haseltine Ph.D. on October 20, 2017 in Long Fuse, Big Bang
New research on the importance of bystanders.

Walking Study Corroborates Hippocrates’s Prescriptive Wisdom

By Christopher Bergland on October 19, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
A new landmark study on walking and mortality backs up Hippocrates' favorite prescription for health and longevity.

Examining the Link Between Racism and Health

There is a growing body of evidence that racial discrimination triggers a chronic stress response, leading to a variety of health problems.

Genetic Research Uncovers Traits Associated With Longer Life

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on October 18, 2017 in Cravings
Scientists are digging deeper into the secrets of longevity.

Bitter Sweet

By Sophie Sabbage on October 18, 2017 in The Cancer Whisperer
There are days when gratitude and grief walk hand-in-hand.