Empathy, Informed by Pain

August 30, 2014 by Susan Lieberman


By Susan Lieberman

I don’t think I read as “old” to most people over 50. But one bum knee and any hope of a youthful image is shot. I am hobbling. I can’t get up gracefully. I wince when my knee is tweaked. I walk “old.”

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Sexual Incompatibility: Might an Affair Save a Passionless Marriage?

August 28, 2014 by Hilda Hutcherson, M.D., and Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.


By Hilda Hutcherson, M.D., and Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

“Some people will judge you harshly for even thinking about having an affair. I will not. A 52-year-old woman has the right to decide how to run her own life. Seeking couples therapy from a sex and marital therapist might help you make a well-informed decision.”

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Dr. Pat Consults: The Ebola Epidemic—Fear of Flying to Africa

August 25, 2014 by Jason S. Kendler


By Dr. Jason Kendler

Unlike viruses such as influenza (the flu), the Ebola virus is generally not spread from person to person in the air. Because of this, traveling on an airplane with someone with the Ebola virus would NOT put you at risk, unless there is some DIRECT PHYSICAL CONTACT with his or her bodily fluids.

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Molly Fisk: Where There’s a Will . . .

August 23, 2014 by Molly Fisk


By Molly Fisk

When I say to myself, “I think Sarah would like those pearl earrings,” or “Sam should have the painting of Vermont,” a voice in my head pipes up at once and says, “Hey! I like those earrings, why does Sarah get to have them?!?” and “That’s MY painting of Vermont!”

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On Emotional Health: Discovering My Mother Too Late

August 21, 2014 by Barbara Fertig


By Barbara Fertig

In an instant, it seemed, the woman who bore me, the woman who raised me, had become another person, a person I hardly knew. In one rare moment, in one extraordinary place, I was shocked out of an assumption that I could define my mother.

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Dr. Pat Consults: Searching for Early Signs of Skin Cancer

August 18, 2014 by Anetta Reszko, M.D.


Anetta Reszko, M.D.

“My sister was just diagnosed with invasive squamous cell cancer on the back of her thigh. Shouldn’t her dermatologist—whom she sees three times a year for ‘cosmetic stuff’—have also been routinely checking her for skin cancer?”

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Dr. Ford on Emotional Health: The Art of War in Marriage

August 14, 2014 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.


By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

“The chance of ending a first marriage over a 40-year period is 67 percent,” notes psychologist John Gottman. Yet he discovered that while some people can fight endlessly about substantive issues and stay together, other couples can break up over who is going to walk the dog.

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Dr. Pat Consults: Collagenous Colitis—Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment

August 11, 2014 by Dr. Carl McDougall


By Dr. Carl McDougall

This week, Dr. Pat Allen asks Dr. Carl McDougall, a gastroenterologist in private practice in New York City, to counsel a woman who was suddenly and mysteriously struck with a disorder called collagenous colitis.

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Dr. Ford on Emotional Health: The Secret Behind Successful Marriages

August 7, 2014 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.


By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

This week, psychologist Ford focuses on the kind of everyday interaction that helps couples mature into “masters”—or “disasters”—of love.

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Dr. Pat Consults: Joint Injections for Lower-Back Pain

August 4, 2014 by Patricia Yarberry Allen, MD Dr. James F. Wyss, MD, PT


By Dr. James F. Wyss, MD, PT

“My orthopedist offered to do facet injections into my spine to see if it would help the pain and help me work with a physical therapist again. This sounds really frightening to me. What is the injection, actually?”

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Dr. Ford Reviews: Sue Miller’s ‘The Arsonist’—Love’s Dangerous Spark

July 31, 2014 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.


By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Her depiction of Bud and Frankie’s affair lets Miller once again display her exceptional understanding of female sexuality and the uniquely artful way she has of portraying it as a fully integrated part of her characters’ lives.

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Dr. Pat Consults: “Fatty Liver”—What Causes It? How Is It Treated?

July 28, 2014 by Brian Landzberg, M.D.


By Brian Landzberg, M.D.

“Is it true that the fatty liver I have can cause cirrhosis or liver cancer as well? How does weight cause the liver to fail?”

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Dr. Ford on Emotional Health: Overcoming Fear of Intimacy

July 24, 2014 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.


By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Imagine a tree, exposed to years of drought at a tender age—it may be smaller, or less robust, than it would have been under ideal conditions. But with special and intensive care, such trees can be coaxed back to health. They may retain marks of the early deprivation, but they can flourish.

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Farewell to James Garner, with an Iconoclastic Comment About Elaine Stritch

July 22, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change


Garner’s Maverick was sly. Bruce Weber, writing in “The New York Times,” said, “You rooted for him because he was on the right side of moral issues, he had a natural affinity for the little guy being pushed by the bully and he was more fun than anyone else.” And . . . he was a hunk.

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Ask Dr. Pat: Is Endometrial Cancer Common?

July 21, 2014 by Patricia Allen

Medical Mondays 2

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

Endometrial cancer is the most common invasive gynecologic cancer in U.S. women, with an estimated 52,630 new cases expected to occur in 2014 and an estimated 8,590 women expected to die of the disease.

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