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Infant Gut Microbiome May Influence Cognitive Development

In the past month, two pioneering human studies have revealed fresh clues on how various colonies of gut microbiome influence brain function and cognitive development.

New App Offers Self Help Skills for Fertility Challenges

By Joann P. Galst Ph.D. on July 02, 2017 in Fertility Factor
Try this new app to help you cope with an infertility diagnosis or treatment at any time of day or night.

What Happens When Partners Fight Chronic Pain Together?

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on June 19, 2017 in Think, Act, Be
When one partner battles chronic pain, both partners suffer. A new treatment program offers hope—and lessons that can strengthen any relationship.

At Last the Government Is Recognizing Who Owns Your Health

By Peter Edelstein M.D. on June 06, 2017 in Patient Power
What's more personal than your own individual genetic identification? A recent FDA decision on genetic tests represents a major shift in who truly owns your health: You.

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Crossing the Thin Line to Starvation: Caloric Restriction

Caloric restriction has occurred throughout history during war and famine, but restricting caloric intake while maintaining adequate nutrition may increase our "healthspan."

Introduction to Integrative Mental Health Care

Are you curious about new ideas in mental health care? Integrative mental health is a new paradigm that uses treatments from Western medicine and alternative medicine (CAM).

Quantitative Electroencephalography in Mental Health Care

Are you looking for more an advanced approach that can help you evaluate abnormal brain activity in OCD, depressed mood or bipolar disorder? QEEG brain wave analysis could help.

Coffee is a Drug Not a Beverage, Drink Up! Just Not Too Much

Coffee is a Drug, Not a Beverage, So drink up! Just not too much.

The Role of Functional Medicine in Mental Health Care

Are you curious about recent advances in assessment of mental health problems? Functional medicine offers a range of promising approaches.

Psychiatric Assessment is Evolving

Are you trying to understand what is causing your anxiety, depressed mood or another mental health problem? New approaches in assessment are providing better answers!

Mold Toxicity: A Common Cause of Psychiatric Symptoms

By Judy Tsafrir M.D. on August 03, 2017 in Holistic Psychiatry
Could your depression, anxiety, brain fog and insomnia be due to toxic mold? This is a very treatable condition, but first you must recognize that mold toxicity is the cause.

In Pain? Five Simple, Effective Things You Can Do Right Now

Struggling with chronic pain? It's linked to increased levels of anxiety, depression, and insomnia. Here are five simple, low-cost therapies can help you start feeling better.

High Use of Alternative Therapies in Mental Health Care

Do you have anxiety, depressed mood, or another mental health problem that hasn't gotten better with medication? Many alternative therapies are safe and effective.

Patients and Doctors Are in Favor of Alternative Therapies

More and more people are using alternative therapies to treat mental health problems, and doctors are increasingly referring their patients to alternative therapies.

Popsicles—Not Pills

By Mark Borigini M.D. on July 31, 2017 in Overcoming Pain
There may be other applications, for other types of chronic pain, in the not-too-distant future.

Charlie Gard, Teacher

What parents, physicians, and psychologists can learn from the death of an infant.

Green Tea May Ameliorate Brain Drain Linked to Western Diets

A pioneering new study reports that a compound in green tea (EGCG) may prove to be a therapeutic intervention for diet-related memory impairment and neuroinflammation.

Hemp: A Recipe for Brain Health

Two best recipes for daily enjoyment and benefit.

Patient-centered vs. Lab-centered "Personalized Medicine"

By Allen J Frances M.D. on July 24, 2017 in Saving Normal
We shouldn't neglect the bedside art of medicine as we become enamored by its laboratory science.

New Strategy and Overdue Resource to Combat Medical Errors

American employers must help eliminate medical errors, but how can we get them to do it?
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Tales of the One Pot Doc

How to survive as a healthy road warrior, chef style!

How Do You Know If Supplement Claims Are Hype or Truth?

Caveat emptor! These products are invested in and advertised, but there often is no valid science supporting them.

The Danger from Cell Phones Is Not What You Think

The true hazard, and what to do about it.

Botanical Treatment Options for Traumatic Stress

Hanai ‘awa a ikaika ka makani. Feed with kava so that the spirit may gain strength. —Hawaiian Proverb

Yoga for Chronic Low Back Pain

By Mark Borigini M.D. on July 01, 2017 in Overcoming Pain
Now, when did you hear that rumor about the next clearance sale at Lemonlulu?

Andrew Weil: Coincidences in an Amazing Life

Coincidences in the professional life of a major contributor to the advancement of medicine.

A Diverse Spectrum of Positive Emotions Reduces Inflammation

Experiencing a wide range of daily positive emotions such as being calm, cheerful, enthusiastic, excited, inspired, etc. can reduce systemic inflammation, according to a new study.
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Where Do Gerontologists Fit on Interdisciplinary Teams?

By Christina M. Pierpaoli on June 18, 2017 in Eng(aging)
Gains in longevity have introduced clinical complexities that require diverse skills and perspectives. Where do gerontologists sit at the table?

Mind-Body Practices Downregulate Inflammation-Related Genes

A new systematic review of research on mind-body interventions reports that practices such as meditation or yoga can downregulate the genetic expression of inflammatory cytokines.

The Plant Paradox: Are All Vegetables Good for Us?

By Lori Russell-Chapin Ph.D. on June 17, 2017 in Brain Waves
Is it possible that hidden lectins in our foods are harming us?

How Accurate Is the Medical Advice on TV?

We see medical doctors doling out advice on TV every day. But how accurate is their guidance?

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Striking Story

Julie Rehmeyer’s book is an excellent read even if you have no interest in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. She is a great writer, so the book stands on its own as a page-turning memoir.