Health Essential Reads

How Your Diet Can Save You and the Planet

By Clair Brown, Ph.D. on September 25, 2017 in Buddhist Economics
Is eating a healthy diet and worrying about climate change too much to handle? Here's a doable way that makes a big difference.

Frightened by Your Doctor’s Recommendation?

By Peter Edelstein M.D. on September 25, 2017 in Patient Power
Not every test that a physician recommends is truly the best for you. Know what you should do and the questions to ask to determine the safest route to better health.

B Vitamins Play Important Roles in Mental Health Care

Are you curious about the role of vitamin supplementation in mental health? B vitamins may help reduce symptoms of alcohol abuse, depressed mood, cognitive impairment and dementia.

Cartoon Villains, Stress, and Health: Kim and The Donald

By Daniel P. Keating Ph.D. on September 20, 2017 in Stressful Lives
The war of words: "fire and fury" and "sea of flames" may be empty threats (we hope), but even so, the stress from fear and uncertainty will harm health for years to come.

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

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?

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.

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.

The Children of 9/11: 16 Years On

By Adam Gerace Ph.D. on September 12, 2017 in Knowing Me, Knowing You
Thousands of children lost a parent on 9/11. More than a decade-and-a-half on, their stories are emerging.

Food for Thought as Students Head Back to School

By Mark Corkins M.D. on September 11, 2017 in Your Child’s Health
For medically complex children, back to school can be emotionally and physically dangerous. A new report provides guidance on making the transition easier and safer.

What Would You Rather Tell a Robot Than a Human?

Why might a robot be a better therapist? Research suggests we may prefer to talk to robots about our negative feelings.
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Reinventing Breakfast

By Matthew J. Edlund M.D. on September 07, 2017 in Getting Healthy Now
When you eat may matter as much as what you eat.

Trends in the Treatment of Psychiatric Illnesses

The delivery of mental health care is changing in response to increased recognition of mental illness together with a decrease in the number of practicing psychiatrists.

Physical Health and the Wellness Wheel

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on September 05, 2017 in Theory of Knowledge
Mental health and physical well-being are tightly related.This article provides a map of physical well-being and how to assess it with two simple tasks.

Abstinence-Only Sex Ed: Harmful? Unethical?

By Laurie Mintz Ph.D. on September 05, 2017 in Stress and Sex
A major professional society calls abstinence-only sex ed harmful and unethical. The UN backs comprehensive sex ed, and the WHO defines sexual health as including pleasure.

The Link Between Sugar And Depression: What You Should Know

By David DiSalvo on September 02, 2017 in Neuronarrative
The connection between excess sugar and depression is becoming increasingly clear.

5 Ways to Heal from Online Shame and Digital Hate

By Sue Scheff on September 01, 2017 in Shame Nation
Incivility online is growing as empathy is dipping, and more adults are becoming victims of online shaming and digital hate. Learn five ways to rebound.

TV Host's "Hot Take" on Body Acceptance Is Dangerous

By Sunny Sea Gold on August 31, 2017 in Weighty Truths
Could Bill Maher's and other media-makers' fat-jokes hurt people's health and boost hate? Research says yes.
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How to Get Better at Achieving Your Goals

Setting goals is, at its core, about behavior change.
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The Debate Over an Egg Donor Registry

By Diane M. Tober Ph.D. on August 31, 2017 in The Age of Biotech
Is the quest for an egg donor registry emotional? Or a matter of scientific/medical ethics?

A Movement to Improve the Legal Profession

The legal profession is in a state of constant change, and lawyer well-being is taking a hit.

Wealthy Is as Wealthy Feels

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on August 30, 2017 in The Human Beast
How satisfied people are with their lifestyle has almost nothing to do with objective realities and everything to do with where they see themselves in the pecking order.

Is Breakfast the Most Important Meal?

A growing body of evidence suggests eating a big meal in the morning is the healthiest choice.
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On Fighting Mental Health Stigma

By Elly Vintiadis Ph.D. on August 27, 2017 in Minding the Mind
We know stigma is bad, but why is that exactly? We need to be clear about that in order to effectively combat it.

What's the Key to Winning Hearts and Minds?

You can’t change someone else’s mind or their habits. The harder you try, the more resistance you face, and frustrated you become. But, there is a better way.

Fight Hate

What do hate crimes have to do with public health? Learn why, and what you can do about them in your community.

Why Are So Many More Teens Depressed?

By Jean M Twenge Ph.D. on August 25, 2017 in Our Changing Culture
Why are so many teens depressed and lonely? The technology meant to connect us may have instead depressed us.

Loneliness Poses Greater Public Health Threat Than Obesity

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on August 23, 2017 in The Squeaky Wheel
The loneliness epidemic is growing and becoming more costly by the day. But there is something you can do about it.