Essential Reads

Mental Health Jails

By Terry A Kupers M.D. on December 09, 2017 in Prisons and Prisms
Criminalizing mental illness merely compounds the problem.

Loneliness Is a Killer. Why Don't We Talk About It?

By Loren A. Olson M.D. on December 08, 2017 in Finally Out
We don't talk about loneliness because of a stigma: It feels like a failure in one of life's fundamental domains. But it is essential for our health that we talk about it.

Is Gun Violence Contagious?

The concept of contagion might not be the best way of understanding gun violence in the U.S. Here's why this matters.

Dispelling Three Popular Myths About Alzheimer's

Alzheimer's myths could be compromising your brain health.

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Child Sexual Abuse Declared an Epidemic

Child sexual abuse epidemic acknowledged by WHO.

How a Man's Best Friend Is More Than Just a Companion

Dog therapy may make the world a better place, one lick at a time.

What Makes a Healthy Face?

By Robert Burriss Ph.D. on November 28, 2017 in Attraction, Evolved
Psychologists who study facial appearance judgments have been unsure what makes a face appear healthier: shape or skin color. Until now...

Fantasyland: A Nation of Primally Wounded People

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on November 26, 2017 in Moral Landscapes
Are you concerned about a post-truth world? Kurt Andersen’s new book, Fantasyland, gives the history of America's attraction to fantasy. Primal woundedness helps explain it.
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The Anxiety of Medicine

Hidden causes and surprising solutions to anxiety and stress in the realms of healthcare and medicine.

In Long-Term Care, Patient-on-Patient Violence on the Rise

By Robert T Muller Ph.D. on November 23, 2017 in Talking About Trauma
Mental-health treatment plans may reduce aggression in dementia patients.

Holiday Decorating Is Good for the Soul

The beauty of holiday decorating, though, is that your way – no matter what it is – is the right way for you and your traditions

Giving Is Good for You

It's a popular time of year for making donations. What does the evidence say about charitable giving?

Trump’s Age of Anxiety: Worries Pile Up, Health Will Go Down

By Daniel P. Keating Ph.D. on November 21, 2017 in Stressful Lives
If you're feeling especially stressed lately, you aren't alone. National surveys show an unprecedented rise in anxiety. Health consequences are likely but there are options.

Frozen: What Do We Know about Cryolipolysis?

By Sylvia R. Karasu M.D. on November 20, 2017 in The Gravity of Weight
There is a relatively new cosmetic "lunch-time" procedure for removing unwanted fat bulges. Are you a candidate? What is cryolipolysis?

Since When Do Doctors Ask for Permission?

"Shouldn’t doctors have free rein not only to raise whatever topic they wish, but also to suggest it needs “fixing”?" a doctor asks. The answer is not what he expects.
with permission from Susannah Meadow

The Other Side of Impossible

Where do you turn when the medical field doesn't have the answers?
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Selling Bad Therapy to Trauma Victims

It takes more than 20 sessions, or about six months of weekly therapy, before therapy patients start to improve.

Why You Should Consider Serving Fish This Thanksgiving

By Andrew E. Budson M.D. on November 19, 2017 in Managing Your Memory
Wondering what foods can reduce the risk of stroke and Alzheimer’s and actually improve cognitive function? Hint: It isn’t blueberries, coconut oil, or turmeric.

3 Mindful Eating Tips to Savor Thanksgiving

By Alexis Conason Psy.D. on November 18, 2017 in Eating Mindfully
Simple tips to help you savor Thanksgiving without restrictions
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Is Caffeine Causing Your Sleeplessness?

By Michael J Breus Ph.D. on November 17, 2017 in Sleep Newzzz
What you need to know about caffeine.

Light Physical Activity Prolongs Life, but MVPA Is Better

By Christopher Bergland on November 17, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
If you dislike aerobic exercise, good news: A new study reports that light physical activity can prolong life. That said, moderate intensity provides even more benefits.

Building Up Your Resilience Muscle

By Michael F. Kay on November 16, 2017 in Financial Life Focus
Resilience is the ability to bounce back from a challenging event or overcome a series of obstacles that have gotten in the way of an individual achieving their goals.

Multiple Sclerosis and the Self-Perception of Health

How people with multiple sclerosis perceive their own health and symptoms may have an impact on how much pain they feel. Learn why from MS experts at NYU Langone Health.

The Mental Health Impact of 'Blame a Black Man Syndrome'

By Rob Whitley, Ph.D. on November 16, 2017 in Talking About Men
Data suggests that black men have high rates of wrongful conviction. This can ruin individual lives, creating fear and mistrust in black communities. This can damage mental health.

Masturbation: Self-Abuse or Biological Necessity?

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on November 16, 2017 in How We Do It
Masturbation has slowly lost its evil reputation from previous centuries. Human studies and primate research both indicate that it brings benefits rather than health risks.

Generating Energy to Be Kind

By Mica B. Estrada, Ph.D. on November 16, 2017 in Lead with Kindness
Do you have enough energy to be kind today? Wisdom and science show how personal reflection empowers us to be our best self.

How to Beat the Common Cold

There are hundreds of studies on the best ways to cope with the common cold. The body of evidence points to some solid strategies.

Why Random Acts of Kindness Matter to Your Wellbeing

Don't underestimate the value of being kind to others. One act of small kindness can release an enormous chain of positive events.

Is Exercise the Secret to Keeping Weight Off?

By Alexis Conason Psy.D. on November 15, 2017 in Eating Mindfully
Is exercise the secret to keeping weight off long-term? The news headlines tell us yes but the research tells a different story.

Once and for All: Aerobic Exercise Increases Brain Size

By Christopher Bergland on November 14, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
A new systematic review and meta-analysis confirms (once and for all) that aerobic exercise makes the human brain bigger.

Predictions for 2018 and Beyond

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on November 13, 2017 in How To Do Life
Long-term trends that people involved in strategic planning should consider.

Everything is Training

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on November 13, 2017 in Black Belt Brain
Science and martial arts require vigilance to avoid confusing methodologies for research and training from the principles we seek to understand.

Why Undergo Cosmetic Surgery?

By Robert Burriss Ph.D. on November 13, 2017 in Attraction, Evolved
Two new studies investigate why women decide to undergo cosmetic surgery. How influential are partners and the culture we live in?