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If You Want to Live Longer, Get a Dog

New data shows that pet ownership can increase the longevity of people with health risk issues.

Bringing Down the Cost of Healthcare

By Kathryn Seifert Ph.D. on March 21, 2017 in Stop The Cycle
There are 3 effective ways to bring down to cost of healthcare without reducing quality or outcomes. These include prevention, early treatment and integrated care.

Gut Check

While you sit on your tuffet; how does your inner garden grow?

6 Tips for Determining If A Doc-in-the-Box Is Right for You

By Peter A. Ubel M.D. on March 20, 2017 in Critical Decisions
Consumers should keep these 6 tips in mind so they make better use of such clinics.

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Goals of Hair

Do you want to be YOU, right up until the end?

Ginkgo Biloba for Mild to Moderate Dementia

If you or a loved one are thinking about trying Ginkgo for a memory problem, first review the evidence. Findings for Ginkgo in dementia are inconsistent.

Dietary Changes Reduce Alzheimer's Risk

Are you worried about developing Alzheimer's disease? Simple dietary changes can reduce your risk.

More Proof That Skin-to-Skin Contact Benefits Babies' Brains

Growing evidence suggests that skin-to-skin contact plays a significant role in healthy childhood brain development for all newborns, but especially for babies born prematurely.

Kava Is an Effective and Safe Treatment of Anxiety

Are you struggling with generalized anxiety and not getting relief from prescription medications? Kava may be the solution you've been looking for.
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The Downside of Financial Nudges

By Peter A. Ubel M.D. on March 15, 2017 in Scientocracy
We should tax people for smoking, not for receiving health insurance.

Physical Activity May Be a Drug-Free Elixir for Chronic Pain

Lower levels of sedentary behavior and higher levels of physical activity may be critical for maintaining effective endogenous pain inhibitory function, according to a new study.

Using a Process Approach to High Stakes Testing

Worried about a test result? Here's a few things you might want to know.

Mayo Clinic Study Identifies How Exercise Staves Off Old Age

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic have discovered that high-intensity interval training (HIIT) may be a fountain of youth for people of all ages.

Therapy Adventures

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on March 07, 2017 in Minority Report
Have you ever experienced the transformational power of nature? If so, imagine how nature can act as the backdrop to healing, inspiration, and transformation when combined with...

Preventing PTSD After Trauma

Is your PTSD getting little relief from psychological treatments? Emerging technology-based therapies are proving both effective and safe.

Yoga Helps Reduce Symptoms of Depression, Study Finds

Practicing yoga and yogic breathing a few times a week can reduce symptoms of major depressive disorder, according to new research.

Toward Integration: Mental Health Defined

We're all familiar with mental health issues or symptoms. But what does a mentally healthy brain look like? And how do we get there?

Internet Pain Relief

By Mark Borigini M.D. on February 28, 2017 in Overcoming Pain
Let’s hear it for the laying on of the latest operating system.

Biofeedback for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

If you are experiencing symptoms of PTSD that have not responded to medications or usual forms of psychotherapy innovative biofeedback approaches may bring relief.

Meditation Reduces Anxiety

Is the stress of daily life wearing you out? A few simple mindfulness practices can go a long way.

Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy for PTSD in the military

Are you struggling with PTSD and getting limited results from conventional medications and psychotherapy? Virtual reality graded exposure therapy (VRGET) may help.

Cutting Down on Drinking or Drugs the Natural Way

Is your drinking or drug use getting out of control? Natural supplements and other non-medication approaches can help.

Everything You Need to Know About Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

By Toni Bernhard J.D. on February 07, 2017 in Turning Straw Into Gold
"Lighting Up a Hidden World" is the most comprehensive guide to-date on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, a little-understood illness that can have a devastating effect on people’s lives.

Thoughts on Grof, Epilepsy, and Mysticism

By David Dillard-Wright Ph.D. on February 04, 2017 in Boundless
The boundaries between neurological disorder and mystical experience cannot be mapped neatly.
Health Affairs

The Key to Patient Empowerment

By Peter A. Ubel M.D. on February 03, 2017 in Critical Decisions
If you want clinicians in your organization to give decision aids to their patients, take the time to train clinicians how and why to use them.

Are Your Circadian Rhythms Out of Whack? Try Pitching a Tent

By Christopher Bergland on February 02, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Spending the weekend on a camping trip with minimal artificial light exposure and an abundance of natural light can reset your internal circadian clock, according to a new study.

Getting off the Diet Treadmill

By Carolyn C. Ross M.D., M.P.H. on February 02, 2017 in Real Healing
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to NOT make yet another New Year's resolution to lose weight?

Physical Activity May Protect Against Childhood Depression

By Christopher Bergland on January 31, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) may reduce symptoms of major depression during middle childhood (ages 6-10), according to a new first of its kind Norwegian study.

Treating Lyme Disease: Mouse as Weapon of Mass Destruction?

By Mark Borigini M.D. on January 29, 2017 in Overcoming Pain
Many readers have expressed their concerns regarding the negative impact that infection with Lyme disease has had on their lives.

Get Outside to Improve Your Mental and Physical Health

Being surrounded by nature, even for just an hour, helps improve mental and physical wellbeing. Learn the amazing benefits of having access to "green spaces."

Opioid Abuse May Be Fueling a Heroin Epidemic

By Eric Newhouse on January 19, 2017 in Invisible Wounds
Prescriptions for painkillers like OxyContin have soared in recent years, then dropped way back. Some who became addicted to opioids are now believed to be turning to heroin.

Physical Fitness Keeps Your Brain in Good Shape, Study Finds

By Christopher Bergland on January 16, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
New groundbreaking research pinpoints specific brain areas that benefit from staying physically fit.
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How Detoxification Will Improve Your Mental Health

Detoxification is an essential part of a prevention and treatment program for recovery of mental health, including PTSD, depression and addictions.

Got Inflammation? 20 Minutes of Exercise Could Be a Remedy

By Christopher Bergland on January 13, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
A new study reports that short 20-minute bouts of walking at a moderate pace can boost your body's immune response and trigger anti-inflammatory responses.