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Get a Variety of Exercise

By Temma Ehrenfeld on December 02, 2016 in Open Gently
A variety of exercise will keep you healthier—and might even increase your life span.

Amish Asthma Rates Offer Clues to Preventing Mental Illness

By Eric Haseltine Ph.D. on December 01, 2016 in Long Fuse, Big Bang
New evidence that healthy bodies promote healthy minds

Modern Hunter-Gatherers Show We Evolved to Stay Active

By Christopher Bergland on November 29, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
New research on the lifestyle habits of a rare population of hunter-gatherers reaffirms the universal health benefits of staying physically active.

Let's Think About Meaning in Life

I asked people what makes their lives meaningful. Here's what they said.

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Medical Treatment Shouldn’t Limit Second Amendment Rights

There is a complication to marijuana legalization: Handgun ownership privileges are denied to those who use marijuana.

Top Tips for Festive-Season Survival

By Atalanta Beaumont on December 02, 2016 in Handy Hints for Humans
These tips will help you get through the holidays.

Play, Health, Safety, and Community

By Bernard L. De Koven on December 02, 2016 in On Having Fun
The healthier the community is and the safer it is, the more the whole community plays, even the adults.

Happier Holidays: 10 Ways to Increase Your Seasonal Joy

By Mark Holder, Ph.D. on December 01, 2016 in The Happiness Doctor
Happy Holidays? Here are 10 science-based ways to increase your happiness over the holidays.

Is There a Place for Clinical Thinking in a Hospital?

By Michael Karson Ph.D., J.D. on December 01, 2016 in Feeling Our Way
Mark my words: In the not too distant future, some psychology organization will forbid us from treating cancer victims unless we hold some cancer credential.

The Emergency Room “Surprise Bill”

How emergency room bills hurt patients.

Trauma Documented Three Decades After Chernobyl Disaster

By Robert T Muller Ph.D. on December 01, 2016 in Talking About Trauma
To this day, those affected by the explosion continue to struggle, living in fear of long-lasting consequences such as birth defects and contaminated foods.

Like Kryptonite for Kratom

By Mark Borigini M.D. on November 30, 2016 in Overcoming Pain
The American Kratom Association (aka, AKA) raised $400,000 from its newly motivated membership—its usual intake being $80,000 a year—to fund an army of lobbyists and keep kratom.

Are Humans "Born to Move"?

By Kimerer LaMothe Ph.D. on November 30, 2016 in What a Body Knows
The New York Times asks: “Are we fighting thousands of years of evolutionary history and the best interests of our bodies when we sit all day?"
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Analysis: How the AASECT Sex Addiction Statement Was Created

By Michael Aaron, Ph.D. on November 30, 2016 in Standard Deviations
An Insider's Perspective Behind the Scenes of AASECT's Historic Sex Addiction Statement.

Do Statin Medications Affect Irritability and Aggression?

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on November 30, 2016 in Minding the Body
Recent guidelines are fueling a boom in the use of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs. One potential side effect of statins is increased irritability, new evidence shows.

Bad Work Meetings? Do This One Thing: Walk the Walk

By Karlyn Crowley Ph.D. on November 30, 2016 in Woman Power
Endless meetings make you want to quit your job? Try this instead.

The FoMo Health Factor

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on November 30, 2016 in Media Spotlight
New research suggests that excessive fear of missing out be a greater health risk than you might think.

Complement This

By Mark Borigini M.D. on November 29, 2016 in Overcoming Pain
If conventional therapies don’t work, and complementary therapies cease to complement anything, then maybe, just maybe, we start to face failure.
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AASECT Releases Historic Position Statement on Sex Addiction

By Michael Aaron, Ph.D. on November 29, 2016 in Standard Deviations
AASECT, the national sex therapy certifying organization releases a groundbreaking position statement about the sex addiction model.

Are Kids Born, or Made Into, Emotional Overeaters?

Are the roots of emotional overeating in childhood?

Recovering From PTSD With the Right Help

By Eric Newhouse on November 29, 2016 in Invisible Wounds
I personally know the exhilaration of sitting atop a mountain peak in Montana. Building positive memories like this are important in overriding the memories of trauma.

You Can Catch a Bad Mood

We must be mindful of the people we associate with in order to protect our psychological health.
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Deathbed Visions: Part ll

End-of-Life visions comfort the dying.

The Fear of Aging in Trump's New World

By Mario D Garrett Ph.D. on November 28, 2016 in iAge
Five decades of war on poor older adults will culminate with a nuanced switch in priorities in our federal budget. Reducing Mandatory while increase Discretionary budget spending.

Hospital Madness & Farewell Dad

By Eliezer Sobel on November 28, 2016 in The 99th Monkey
We had discovered a little-known secret about most hospitals and doctors: they will essentially do anything you ask, relieving them of the burden of having to make decisions.

No Partner, No Worries: New Study of Psychological Health

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on November 27, 2016 in Living Single
The authors predicted a hierarchy of well-being, with married people at the top, then cohabiters, then daters, with unpartnered singles at the bottom. That’s not what they found.

Failing Our Children

Better steps to protect our children

Let’s Make America Toxic Again

To modest press notice, the ongoing Trump-Pence marketing site announced the offering of a special tree ornament touting its well-worn campaign slogan.

The Brittle World of Peanut Allergy

By Sylvia R. Karasu M.D. on November 24, 2016 in The Gravity of Weight
Any food allergy, but particularly one to peanuts, is potentially life-threatening. Those affected currently have very little choice other than to avoid the culprit food.

Dealing with Dietary Differences During the Holidays

By Georgia Ede MD on November 23, 2016 in Diagnosis: Diet
Special diets don't have to be a recipe for disaster during the holidays. Here's some simple, helpful advice for hosts and guests alike to maximize everyone's health and happiness.

Pandora’s Pillbox: The Age-Old Quest for Longer Lives

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on November 23, 2016 in How We Do It
Prolonging human lifespan is a long-cherished goal. Medical science has boosted average life expectancy, but can it increase the maximum? Not according to evolutionary biology.

Grit and How to Grow It

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.”

How Will You Feel After Thanksgiving and Black Friday?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on November 23, 2016 in How To Do Life
Ways to avoid overeating and overspending.

Why Consult a Clinical Psychologist? Part 3

By Stephen A. Diamond Ph.D. on November 22, 2016 in Evil Deeds
Demystifying what takes place during an initial consultation with a clinical psychologist.