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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.

How to Move On When You Can't Ask 'Why Did This Happen?'

Rachael Yahne | Posted 03.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Rachael Yahne

Give up asking "Why?" in the first place. It is a rear-view mirror approach to tackling the obstacle. It proves you are still looking backward looking for the nail that popped the tire, instead of forward for where you need to steer to. Either way, you've got to pull over for repairs.

What to Do About Those Thoughts You Can't Get Out of Your Head?

Francis Levy | Posted 03.10.2015 | Comedy
Francis Levy

Do you ever find it impossible to get a thought out of your head? Do silly ideas insinuate themselves into your consciousness like ticks until they have become full blown cases of Lyme disease which require the kind of brain washing that's the equivalent of a potent antibiotic?

The Comments A Cancer Survivor Doesn't Want To Hear

Rachael Yahne | Posted 03.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Rachael Yahne

Unfortunately, when the time comes to begin the intimate and sometimes awkward conversation of "I have/had cancer," it will produce mixed reviews. While the majority of feedback will be positive and supportive, the brash among us will offer slightly hurtful responses instead.

The Value of Family- and Patient-Centered Care

Lori Lee | Posted 02.07.2015 | Impact
Lori Lee

We settled into what had become our home away from home for the past several months. We knew the faces, sounds and smells. It was all too familiar: 5C. Pediatric Cancer Unit.

Neurofeedback on Your Bookshelf: Two Great New Books

Emma Tattenbaum-Fine | Posted 01.20.2015 | Books
Emma Tattenbaum-Fine

The Body Keeps the Score, by Bessel van der Kolk, M.D., is currently at number 12 on the New York Times list of bestselling science books. It discuss...

I Spent 17.5 Years In Prison For A Crime I Did Not Commit

Ravishly | Posted 01.12.2015 | Women

Prior to being sent to prison, I knew nothing about incarcerated women and, like most of society, I couldn't have cared less. I assumed that all people in prison belonged there, and that they deserved whatever happened to them. Nothing could be further from the truth.

What You Should Know About Bipolar Disorder

Dr. Victor Schwartz | Posted 12.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Victor Schwartz

Environmental factors such as stress, sleep disruption, and drug or alcohol use may also trigger manic-depressive episodes, so maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important -- proper nutrition and sleep, handling stress, finding a support network and psychotherapy can all help manage bipolar disorder.