Essential Reads

The Weight of the World

By Wendy Lustbader M.S.W. on September 24, 2017 in Life Gets Better
We are not helpless.There is power in the collective will to survive and make life good for those who come after us.

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

More Posts on Health

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.
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Who Is the Crazy One?

Encounter behavior that seems to be absurdly out of place? Ever say, “that person is crazy!"? Here are some drivers you might interpret as negative or “crazy”.

‘Sonic Attack’ on the U.S. Embassy Likely Psychological

By Robert Bartholomew Ph.D. on September 05, 2017 in It's Catching
'Sonic wave attack' is more likely mass hysteria.

What Black Women Need to Know About Eating Disorders

By Carolyn C. Ross M.D., M.P.H. on September 04, 2017 in Real Healing
Eating disorders have long been seen as problems primarily affecting white women. That's because they too often go undetected and untreated in black women.

Literacy Rampage: So, You Wanna Be Literate?

By Frank J. Ninivaggi M.D., F.A.P.A. on September 04, 2017 in Envy This!
Becoming literate has longer-term implications for major developmental and life transitions. Health literacy emerges from basic literacy.

Cancer Clinical Trials

By Anne Moyer Ph.D. on September 03, 2017 in Beyond Treatment
In deciding whether a research study or a clinical trial is right for them, potential participants should be armed with some knowledge.

Do Bad Feelings Serve a Purpose?

By Jeffery S. Smith M.D. on September 02, 2017 in Healing and Growing
Life is full of bumps, but our emotions are what allow us to spread the pain over time and avoid more serious damage.

Going Under the Knife

By Isadora Alman MFT, CST on September 02, 2017 in Sex & Sociability
Surgery is scary, no way around it. When it can no longer can be avoided one can employ self talk, write about it, or both.

10 Ways to Improve Your Days

By Atalanta Beaumont on September 02, 2017 in Handy Hints for Humans
Ten Handy Hints for Improving your Life

Vitamin B12, Thiamin, and Niacin in Mental Health Care

Curious about the roles of vitamin B12, thiamin, and niacin in healthy brain functioning?

Making iGen's Mental Health Issues Disappear

By Jean M Twenge Ph.D. on August 31, 2017 in Our Changing Culture
Do we really need to worry about iGen's mental health? Yes, we do.

Folate: An Essential Vitamin for Good Mental Health

Are you curious about the role of folate or l-methylfolinic acid in mental health care? Many studies show that folate plays important roles in good mental health.
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Give Sleep a Chance

As modern life increasingly disrupts nighttime sleep, it's really useful to nap.

Dogs Keep Their Owners Happy and Healthy in Symbiotic Ways

By Christopher Bergland on August 31, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
What motivates dog owners to stick with habitual walking routines come rain or shine? According to a new study, happiness (not physical health benefits) is their prime motivation.
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"How's Your Sugar?"

By Elizabeth Young on August 29, 2017 in Adaptations
This was bad news.  Alice August, a girl in my fifth-grade class, had diabetes, and she was a mess. 

What You Need to Know About L-theanine

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on August 29, 2017 in Sleep Newzzz
Are you looking for ways to sleep better at night while also feeling relaxed during the day?

You Can Use Mindfulness to Choose How to Live

We can learn to be present for our experience without our habitual responses automatically kicking in—responses that are often unskillful, knee-jerk reactions that we later regret.

Collective Intelligence in the Holocene - 4

By Michael Hogan Ph.D. on August 29, 2017 in In One Lifespan
We need to broaden the scope of our thinking in relation to human intelligence.