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Ginger Lerner-Wren

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The Criminalization of the Mentally Ill in America -- Have We Reached a Flashpoint?

Ginger Lerner-Wren | July 22, 2014 | Healthy Living
I believe the criminal justice system has been heroic in its problem solving justice innovations. These strategies are smart, cost-effective and save lives. Yet these strategies alone cannot wholly reverse the criminalization crisis. Nor were they intended to.
Dr. Tiffany Chow

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Action Is the Key in Alzheimer's Prevention

Dr. Tiffany Chow | July 21, 2014 | Healthy Living
Patients with dementia can and should remain physically active in sports they had previously mastered. They may not be as accurate in keeping score as before, but if the dementia has not carved away their motivation to pursue the activity, it can bring all the same benefits as before.
Dr. Pamela Peeke

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Mood, Food and Bipolar Disorder: A New Prescription

Dr. Pamela Peeke | July 21, 2014 | Healthy Living
For those with bipolar disorder, it's an empowering message: No longer are you a prisoner of your genetics, thought to play a key role in the disorder. And through healthier lifestyle choices, you may be able to decrease your reliance on medication to manage your illness.
David Katz, M.D.

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Lifestyle Medicine and the Parable of the Tiny Parachute

David Katz, M.D. | July 17, 2014 | Healthy Living
A commentary was published last month on the blog site of the prestigious British Medical Journal telling us, in essence, that lifestyle medicine is ineffective. Specifically, it said that screening for chronic disease risk factors in the general population, and addressing them with lifestyle counseling in the clinical setting, is of no value.
Jessica Zapata

5 Reasons You Should Step on the Scale Post-Vacation

Jessica Zapata | July 17, 2014 | Canada Alberta
Yup, there's no typo there. It says should. You 100 per cent should get on the scale and weigh yourself post summer holidays. In fact, I think you should be weighing in weekly (but that's a whole other blog post). Let's focus on why after a week or two of vacation, you should get on the scale.
Sofia F. Garcia, Ph.D.

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The Doctor Is Out, But the Advanced Practice Provider Can See You Now

Sofia F. Garcia, Ph.D. | July 17, 2014 | Healthy Living
All of us as patients would do well to make informed decisions about the providers we see based on the fit between their established qualifications and our needs -- not knee-jerk reactions to their titles.
Mitchell Warren

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New Momentum on PrEP, But Critical Needs Are Overlooked

Mitchell Warren | July 17, 2014 | Impact
If the rest of the world follows America's lead, PrEP could become an important global health success story. It is already being rolled out faster than earlier public health advances, from vaccines to tampons. To realize PrEP's potential, several specific things need to happen now.
American Heart Association

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Why We Can't Ignore Heart Disease in Hispanics

American Heart Association | July 17, 2014 | Latino Voices
For many Hispanics, family is paramount. Yet heart disease and stroke, this nation's number one and number four killers, are stealing our abuelitos and abuelitas at an unacceptable rate.
Susan Blumenthal, M.D.

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Tipping the Scales on Obesity: How to Sell Health

Susan Blumenthal, M.D. | July 17, 2014 | Healthy Living
Obesity is among the most pressing public health concerns today -- and the situation has just taken a turn for the worse.
Scott Mendelson, M.D.

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Psychologists Prescribing Medication Is a Bad Idea

Scott Mendelson, M.D. | July 16, 2014 | Healthy Living
Psychiatrists are often criticized for a reductionist approach to mental illness. We are accused of "throwing pills" while ignoring the social, cognitive and spiritual aspects of our patients. However, the use of medications by psychologists with only rudimentary understanding of physiology, pathophysiology, and pharmacology is another form of reductionism that should be soundly criticized.
Paul Spector, M.D.

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Looking Depression In the Face: Botox as Antidepressant

Paul Spector, M.D. | July 16, 2014 | Healthy Living
Recent research suggests that the frown of depression is anything but superficial and should not be taken at face value. Wiping that expression off your face is the latest treatment for depression. And Botox, America's favorite neurotoxin, allows for this therapeutic loss of face.
Jason Wahler

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A Controversial New Law Can Charge Pregnant Women With Assault

Jason Wahler | July 16, 2014 | Crime
Criminalizing substance abuse while pregnant can do more harm than good. Instead of feeding off of the shock factor, I wish there was a better understanding about addiction (and a stronger acceptance that it is a disease).
Eric J. Hall

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Some Smart Ways to Reduce Hospital Readmission Rates

Eric J. Hall | July 15, 2014 | Healthy Living
If you have ever been hospitalized you know how many health care professionals -- doctors, nurses, technicians, therapists on several shifts -- come into your room to talk with you. You have little time t o learn their names or understand their roles, let alone what they are telling you about your condition.
Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP

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Let's Drink to Kidney Health (Literally)!

Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP | July 14, 2014 | Healthy Living
Citrus juices that are naturally high in citrate, such as lemonade and limeade, have been shown to offer benefits for kidney stone prevention. Beware of juices with high sugar content though, because the sugar can actually increase kidney stone risk.
David Zinczenko

5 Quick and Easy Tricks to Avoid Overeating

David Zinczenko | July 14, 2014 | Healthy Living
Overindulging isn't just influenced by food choices. There's ample research to suggest healthy eating is a highly sensory experience, and everything from the color of our plates to the sounds in the room may trigger a mindless binge.
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

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Remnants of a Life on Paper: A Mother and Daughter's Struggle With Borderline Personality Disorder

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | July 14, 2014 | Healthy Living
I knew the outcome of the Remnants of a Life on Paper, having heard it from the mother, Bea Tusiani, whom I met recently for the first time at a psychiatric meeting in NYC. Yet this book was still a page turner of a memoir -- written, compiled and told with utter candor and generosity by a mother who lost her 23-year-old daughter.
David J. Olson

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Global Health Needs More Strange Bedfellows, Unorthodox Partnerships

David J. Olson | July 14, 2014 | Impact
t used to be that a donor would sit down with the ministry of health to work out the design and implementation of a new global health initiative, with no significant input or involvement of other stakeholders. Those days, thankfully, are long gone.
Melody Moezzi

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Why Forcibly Medicating the Mentally Ill Is Dangerous

Melody Moezzi | July 12, 2014 | Politics
We must also take the high risk of misdiagnosis and bad medicine into account when considering legislation that would forcibly medicate innocent individuals who represent no immediate threat to themselves or others.
David Katz, M.D.

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The Urgencies of Care: Here, There and Everywhere

David Katz, M.D. | July 11, 2014 | Healthy Living
Access to care is an important element in the quality of both health care, and the overall public health. All too often small problems neglected for a while turn into larger problems. Barriers to care propagate just such costly misfortune.
Ellen Lawton

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A Visit to the Patients' Lawyer Can Reduce Stress

Ellen Lawton | July 11, 2014 | Healthy Living
We cannot ask health care providers to address all the factors that make people sick, nor is there a fix to every source of stress. But we can recognize the broader impact of illness on a person's life and the outside factors that interfere with their medical care and recovery.
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