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Winter Reminder: Antifreeze is Toxic to Pets

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 11.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

Estimates that up to 90,000 animals are poisoned each year by antifreeze spills in driveways or garages, or from products left in open containers. An...

PAWS NY Helps Senior Citizens Keep Their Pets | Posted 11.04.2015 | Good News

Beatrice Anderson is the loving owner of an adorable Bolognese dog named Lexus. When I asked Beatrice how she named her dog she said, "Well, I couldn't afford the car, so..."

4 Common Pet Cancers

Dr. Karen Becker | Posted 11.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Becker

Many common human cancers are not prevalent in pets, but there are some cancers we do share, including breast (mammary gland) cancer, lymphoma, skin c...

Impacting Disease Through Philanthropy

David Panzirer | Posted 11.03.2015 | Impact
David Panzirer

To make an impact, start with the end in mind. What is your goal?

7 Strategies to Relieve Chronic Pain

James E. Groves, MD | Posted 10.29.2015 | Healthy Living
James E. Groves, MD

View image | Chronic pain is different from acute pain. Acute, sudden pain is a signal to fight or flee, to struggle or run. Chronic ...

How Do I Know if I Need Mental Health Services?

John Tsilimparis | Posted 10.28.2015 | Healthy Living
John Tsilimparis

If you have ever wondered if mental health services are right for you and have been reluctant to reach out for a consultation, here's a quick referenc...

Four Programs That Help Treat Addiction

Deni Carise | Posted 10.22.2015 | Impact
Deni Carise

The nation's drug epidemic, specifically the abuse of heroin and opiates, has earned center stage in politics and pop culture alike. The fact that we're talking about the devastating disease of addiction is welcome progress; those of us in the treatment field have been promoting awareness and de-stigmatization for years.

Lung Cancer: Why You Should Care

Bonnie J. Addario | Posted 08.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Bonnie J. Addario

A major reason for the dramatic lack of funding for lung cancer care and research is that it is misrepresented as a smoker's disease -- however, there are more than 100 types of cancer and "NEVER-smoker" lung cancer is ranked as number five.

5 Shocking Facts About the Illinois Heroin Epidemic

Reboot Illinois | Posted 08.16.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

While heroin continues to encroach and erode the lives of thousands of Illinoisans, the dramatic decline in state-funded treatment capacity is one of the most disconcerting takeaways from the report

Tick-ing Time Bomb: Lyme Disease Conquers New Territory

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 08.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

A recent CDC study reported that in 2013, there were 260 counties throughout the United States that experienced double the number of Lyme Disease cases expected, up from 130 a decade earlier.

Honoring Rockhaven Sanitarium, America's First Feminist Asylum

Sezin Koehler | Posted 08.13.2015 | Arts
Sezin Koehler

The intersection of stardom and madness, mystery and decay meet at the crossroads of Rockhaven Sanitarium. The once-thriving refuge for troubled minds now sits fallow, crumbling and silent as it awaits an uncertain future, much like its past residents.

Get a Second Opinion... Yours

Thomas Goetz | Posted 08.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Thomas Goetz

Right now, getting the patient's opinion on a course of action is too often done in an ad-hoc, unofficial approach. We need to turn the exception into routine, and to make it easier for patients and doctors alike to systematize how we gather and utilize a person's opinion about their own care.

Your Pee May Hold a Clue to Your Destiny

Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP | Posted 07.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP

Just like when you really have to go to the bathroom, don't hold it in! Pee is a lifesaver, so at your next physical, ask your physician to check your kidney health with a simple urine test. It holds the key to catching kidney disease, heart disease and so much more!

Do I Need Therapy? How Do I Find a Good Therapist?

Judith S. Beck, Ph.D. | Posted 06.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Judith S. Beck, Ph.D.

Mental health professionals are like any other kind of professionals. Some are excellent; some are poor. Most are somewhere in between. You start with a leg up if you find someone who is well-trained in a kind of psychotherapy that has a very strong evidence base. Don't get discouraged if the therapist you're seeing isn't helpful enough. It just means you haven't yet found the right person.

Where Do Phobias Come From?

Andrea Umbach | Posted 05.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Andrea Umbach

Sometimes it is really easy to figure out why you are afraid of something. Other times, identifying the situation that ignited your fear can be really hard to spot. It might even result from a combination of factors.

Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Diabetes

Judith S. Beck, Ph.D. | Posted 05.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Judith S. Beck, Ph.D.

View image | Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is usually short-term, goal-directed, and skills-based. Therapists help patients identi...

How You Can Help Someone With Mental Illness: What to Do First

Farsh Askari | Posted 06.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Farsh Askari

Instead of an assessment (which implies judgment) and advice (which implies expertise), what someone who's mentally distressed, in any context, needs first, mentally and emotionally, is some acknowledgment and support.

To Address Addiction, Start With Words

Yngvild Olsen | Posted 06.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Yngvild Olsen

In large part, the misperception of opioid use disorder stems from a failure of language. We are boxed in by an outdated lexicon that reflects the unfortunate view of individuals with addiction as moral failures and criminals.

Let's Stamp Out Stigma

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 06.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

To scapegoat and stigmatize people with psychological problems may discourage them from seeking treatment and result in a backlash including the occurrence of an increased incidence of violent episodes.

Dying for Substance Abuse Treatment: There's Just No Room at the Inn

Deni Carise | Posted 06.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Deni Carise

Evidence-based, patient-centered treatment along a continuum of care provided in the patient's neighborhood is the answer to successfully managing the chronic disease of addiction, just as it is for heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

Alcoholics Anonymous, Mr. Spock and the Lighthouse

Lorraine Roe | Posted 05.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Lorraine Roe

There's a new brouhaha about Alcoholics Anonymous in the media in an article in The Atlantic and recent book about "The Irrationality of Alcoholics An...

Our Indifference Is Killing People With Mental Illness

Jordan Melograna | Posted 05.10.2015 | Crime
Jordan Melograna

We have to fundamentally change our view. The next time you run across someone having a mental health crisis on the street, think to yourself: if this person were having a heart attack, would you want them arrested?

Your Syndrome's Missing Benefit

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.06.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Doctors don't much care for conditions we don't understand well, can't treat effectively, and can't even confirm with a blood test. The frustration that results often translates into one of medicine's more common, and most regrettable missteps: blaming the victim. Patients with syndromes are often overtly, or at least covertly, blamed for their symptoms and engender an "it's all in his/her head" attitude in their doctor.

A Case for Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

Risa Sugarman | Posted 05.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Risa Sugarman

For me, the benefits of ECT have greatly outweighed my initial fears. I never imagined the positive results I would have in response to this treatment.

Veterans Finding a New Outlook Outdoors

Ben Klasky | Posted 04.21.2015 | Impact
Ben Klasky

The path forward for returning veterans can be bolstered by treatment, therapy, and medication; but is also too often marked by addiction and suicide. Ultimately, Brandon would find his footing in the same place that his relentless sense of adventure took him as a boy growing up outside Cleveland - the outdoors.