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The Halloween Bill of Rights Kids Want and Deserve

Halloween teaches kids to celebrate — and then fear — candy. And before you argue that nobody fears candy, consider why parents contort themselves to lighten the load.

Why So Many Bisexuals Are Victimized

“People are telling bisexuals their identity doesn’t exist. Some of them believe it.”

Goldwater 2016: Are Psychiatrists' Opinions of Trump Rigged?

By Joe Pierre M.D. on October 25, 2016 in Psych Unseen
5 reasons why psychiatrists and psychologists should heed the “Goldwater Rule”

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Neither Trump Nor Clinton Are Really Addressing Healthcare

By Peter Edelstein M.D. on October 27, 2016 in Patient Power
Trump, Hillary, ObamaCare, the media...all distract us by trying to decide should PAY for healthcare. The real question is who should SHOULD BE ACCOUNTABLE for our health.

Body-Love, Body-Shaming, and Health

By Ruth C. White Ph.D. on October 27, 2016 in Culture in Mind
As Americans get fatter, there is a sense of a 'new norm' and the language regarding how we frame our bigger selves is changing. But is this change good for our health?

Why Malnutrition Too Often Goes Undiagnosed

By Mark Corkins M.D. on October 27, 2016 in Your Child’s Health
Malnutrition is an increasing US healthcare concern. The majority of hospitalizations involving malnutrition are among older, African-American, and low income and rural areas.

Happy Childhood, Happy Marriage

By Temma Ehrenfeld on October 27, 2016 in Open Gently
Happy childhoods are a big advantage, but we all can learn the skills that preserve relationships and health.
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Relationships Viewed Through a Prism

By Roni Beth Tower Ph.D. on October 27, 2016 in Life, Refracted
On-line groups, physical communities, and close personal relationships profoundly influence our physical and emotional well-being. Appreciating qualities of each aids well-being.
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Vote Yes for Medical or Recreational Marijuana Legalization

We have to think about patient choice as well as public health and safety when deciding what to do about marijuana legalization.

Lab Chimpanzees Headed to Sanctuary Despite Lobbying Efforts

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on October 26, 2016 in Animal Emotions
A disturbing dispute is brewing over the retirement of laboratory chimpanzees to Chimp Haven because of resistance by the National Association for Biomedical Research.

The Prescription for a Happier and Healthier Workplace

How can employees avoid burnout? Tips for successfully promoting happiness and health in the workplace.

Do You Believe in Magic?

By Temma Ehrenfeld on October 26, 2016 in Open Gently
Don't fall for quack cures like homeopathy.
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Nutrition in Recovery from Addiction

By Nicole Avena Ph.D. on October 26, 2016 in Food Junkie
From a public health perspective, the addiction problem appears to be relentless with substances of abuse increasing in potency. Meanwhile highly accessible and highly palatable fo

The Science of Brown Fat

By George King M.D. on October 26, 2016 in The Health Chart
Enhancing glucose metabolism and fighting diabetes.

New Prospects for Pancreatic Cancer Patients?

Pancreatic cancer patients can thrive while new data are collected and transformed into surprising and useful knowledge.
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Pharmaceutical Lobbyists Are Fighting Pricing Regulations

By Richard Taite on October 25, 2016 in Ending Addiction for Good
The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), has long been one of the biggest and most powerful lobbies in Washington.

What Are Migraines, Exactly?

By Jordan Gaines Lewis, Ph.D. on October 24, 2016 in Brain Babble
What exactly are migraines, and how are they different from headaches?

Stop Blaming the Kids, Start Blaming Bad Social Policies

By Michael Ungar Ph.D. on October 23, 2016 in Nurturing Resilience
Resilience is political. Good social policies may be the most important factor for raising mentally and physically healthy children.

It's Time to Legalize Marijuana: A Public Health Perspective

Whether it's legal or not, kids are going to use cannabis. Do we really want them to see the police as the enemy and throw them in jail?

Music Can Be Rocket Fuel for Turbocharging Your Workouts

By Christopher Bergland on October 21, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Do you need a source of motivation that inspires you to exercise more and at a higher intensity? If so, a new study confirms that listening to music makes exercise more enjoyable.
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How Our Next President Could Fight the Opioid Epidemic

In this election cycle, ending the opioid epidemic comes down to technique.

Paying Attention to Injuries Among Temporary Workers

Has your company seen an uptick in work-related injuries or illnesses lately? Recent hiring trends may be part of the problem and the solution.

The Golden Years: Traumatic Stress and Aging

By Shaili Jain M.D. on October 20, 2016 in The Aftermath of Trauma
Recently, I spoke with Dr. Joan Cook, clinical psychologist and Associate Professor in the Yale School of Medicine, about PTSD in older adults.

Kids Who Cut

American youth are stressed. Non-suicidal self-injury is one response to stress that’s common among adolescents and young adults. To prepare adults, training programs are emerging.

Why Community Support Is Important With Orphan Diseases

A community comes together for brain tumor research.

How Should Our Diet Change as We Age? (Part 2)

Is there a special diet that will extend our lives?

Psychological Tactics Used by Human Traffickers

Psychological manipulation tactics are critical to traffickers’ success, and coercion, manipulation and psychological abuse are often more powerful weapons than physical violence.

Do “Brain Games” Sharpen Your Mind?

Over the past decade, scientists have zeroed in on “brain training” to improve cognitive skills. But does it work?

Does How We Talk About Cancer Matter?

By Anne Moyer Ph.D. on October 19, 2016 in Beyond Treatment
Metaphors of battle and sport are prominent in our discourse regarding cancer.

The Couch Potato Problem

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on October 19, 2016 in Media Spotlight
Understanding how personality can influence lifestyle choices such as sedentary behavior can be useful in encouraging us to be more active.

Prescription Drug Abuse and the Physician Gatekeeper

Many medications can be abused. Prescribing doctors are gatekeepers who separate legitimate use from abuse. However, this distinction is becoming less clear.

A Wine-y Time of Year

Wine is a delicious and pleasing quaff on a fall day, the season of the grape harvest or crush. But what are the health benefits or detriments?

Good Communication Alone Doesn't Improve Relationships

By Douglas LaBier Ph.D. on October 18, 2016 in The New Resilience
Research finds that good communication results from a positive relationship that's been built on a solid foundation.