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What We Can Learn From Luck

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 07.27.2016 | GPS for the Soul
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Jane Simon, M.D.

Conclusion: Considering the subject of luck can help us appreciate the moment and increase our compassion toward people who are less fortunate.

The Many Faces Of PTSD

Kelley Calkins | Posted 06.27.2016 | Healthy Living
Kelley Calkins

Most days, I still don't think that I look much like someone with PTSD. This is an odd thought whenever I interrogate it: I look like myself, my self has PTSD -- ipso facto, if A=B, B=C, then A=C -- I look like someone with PTSD. But it's still hard for me to see.

As Opioid Addiction Burns Through Society, We Must Fight Fire With Fire

Robert S. Bobrow, M.D. | Posted 06.24.2016 | Politics
Robert S. Bobrow, M.D.

As addiction to opioids, principally heroin and oxycodone, continue to ravage our country in a crescendo of drug-related crimes and overdose deaths, t...

Why So Many Women With ADHD Never Get The Help They Need

The Establishment | Posted 05.09.2016 | Women
The Establishment

I know firsthand how important it is for those with ADHD to get support for their condition. Diagnoses are of course not always helpful for everyone, but my own diagnosis gave me the power to see that there was nothing inevitable about the way I felt.

Observations From Below: The Cure

Bryan Dooley | Posted 05.05.2016 | Healthy Living
Bryan Dooley

I wouldn't wish a disability on someone. That is morbid. Disability is diversity. It happens. We need to treat people like me who live with a disability with respect and continue this conversation. There is no right or wrong answer.

The Bridge From Judgment to Nurturance: Considering the Pope's Message

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 04.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

Recently, Pope Francis surprised much of the world by advising that the Catholic Church nurture rather than judge single parents, gay people and unma...

Mission Over Margin

Jason Wahler | Posted 04.21.2016 | Impact
Jason Wahler

I have always been extremely vocal about my goals in the field of treatment and recovery. I have never waivered from the fact that I will do anything ...

The cost of skin cancer: South Africa is spending more than it should

The Conversation Africa | Posted 04.18.2016 | World
The Conversation Africa

Caradee Yael Wright, South African Medical Research Council and Louisa Griffin, Griffith University The cost of treating skin cancer in South Africa ...

Why China's Medical Discovery Initiative Is Worth Watching

Gary Locke | Posted 04.06.2016 | Politics
Gary Locke

In China's case, policymakers and business leaders recognize a unique opportunity in the life sciences to claim the world's top spot in research and development. The U.S. stands to lose out if we do not take steps to match the Chinese efforts.

Betrayal (Some Thoughts)

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 03.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

We do well to keep in mind the ubiquitous nature of betrayal that has been with us since the beginning of time and to recognize our capacity to betray and be betrayed.

What One Boy's Story Tells Us About Video Game Addiction

Richard Freed | Posted 02.19.2016 | Parents
Richard Freed

By limiting children's access to gaming, they are more likely to find joy in real-world activities--such as spending time with family, reading, creative and outdoor play, and school. Such limits also help children learn that technology is best used as a tool, not a toy.

Open Letter to Barack Obama on Your $1.1 Billion Opioid Initiative: The Imperative for Integrative Medicine

John Weeks | Posted 02.05.2016 | Healthy Living
John Weeks

Act affirmatively. Change the nation's therapeutic order in pain care. What a fine legacy -- for people in pain and for health care in the United States.

Holding Health Systems Accountable for Patient Value

Tony Coelho | Posted 02.04.2016 | Politics
Tony Coelho

Giving patients a range of treatment options and the ability to make an informed choice about the regimen that most directly aligns with their personal health priorities is fundamental to high-quality, individualized health care.

5 Reasons Why It's Never Too Late to Quit

Deni Carise | Posted 01.28.2016 | Healthy Living
Deni Carise

Quitting drugs and alcohol can save your life. Literally. And there are plenty of reasons to want to stick around.

Concussion Film Reveals Dire Need to Learn More About Traumatic Brain Injuries and Treatments

Alex Lyman | Posted 01.13.2016 | Healthy Living
Alex Lyman

willing to go to win. Its implications shocked me to my core. It is time to take a stand against reckless accidents that could mentally cripple a person for the rest of his or her life. It's time to provide treatments so that a concussion isn't a lifelong sentence. What are we going to do about it?

My Academy Award Nominations for Best Health-Themed Movie of 2015

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 01.04.2016 | Entertainment
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

Although there is no Oscar for the best health-themed movie, each year I nominate films for the year that have the best health themes. I select the w...

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

LittleThings | Posted 11.04.2015 | Good News
LittleThings

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 | gettyimages.com 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