“Feed the Good Wolf”: Dr. Ford Reviews Arianna Huffington’s ‘Thrive’

April 17, 2014 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.


By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

“Onward, upward, and inward” were the closing words of Huffington’s Smith commencement speech, and in this book she details the ways in which she learned to focus inward in order to restore balance in her life.

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Women, Faith, and Spirituality

April 15, 2014 by Jane Moffett, LCSW-R, Ph.D., S.E.P

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By Jane Moffett, LCSW-R, Ph.D., S.E.P

A close friend facing the diagnosis of progressive memory loss asks me, “I’ve lived a good life. How is it this is happening to me?” A patient who suffered unspeakable childhood abuse asks, “I’m ready to love, but can I trust it not to hurt?”

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Menopause Is Not a Disease (Ask Dr. Pat)

April 14, 2014 by Patricia Allen


By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D.

“My girlfriends and I talk all the time about how we will manage menopause. What can I do to prepare for this horrible time so that I don’t ruin my life like my mother ruined hers?”

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Poetry Sunday: A Sea of Possibilities

April 13, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change


Today’s poem, by Marie-Elizabeth Mali, appeared as a Poem-A-Day offering on March 26. It comes with Marie-Elizabeth’s statement about the inspiration for this work, allowing you to see her intimate relationship with the sea and her ability to imagine her way into its soul.

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Dr. Ford on Emotional Health: Flirting at Work— at What Cost?

April 10, 2014 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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“I’m sure in some ways you feel you are being blamed for someone else’s bad behavior (the drunken client), and to some extent this is true. But your letter suggests that you are aware of your allure and you use it—i.e. the ‘harmless flirting’ you referred to. This incident proves to you, however, that flirting can be dangerous—if not to others, then to you.”

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Medical Monday: Why Does a Person Develop Alzheimer’s Disease?

April 7, 2014 by Richard S. Isaacson, M.D

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By Richard S. Isaacson, M.D

Regarding AD risk, a new study published in “Nature” this month offers what could be a groundbreaking step in the right direction. This preliminary work may help to unlock some of the mysteries of why certain people develop AD and others are more resistant to developing the disease.

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Women’s Pelvic Health Awareness Campaign

April 5, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

Media Planet asked Evelyn Hecht—a longtime source of expertise for our site—to discuss “The Science of Physical Therapy.” She and fellow physical therapists point out that appropriate pelvic-floor exercises can help women of any age control urinary incontinence, pelvic pain, and painful intercourse.

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Dr. Ford on Emotional Health: A Woman Alone

April 3, 2014 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.


By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Making assumptions that we don’t automatically make about men, we often assume that the single woman is not single by choice: Something is amiss.

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Dr. Pat Consults: Eating Disorders in Midlife

March 31, 2014 by Dr. Patricia Yarberry Allen and Megan Riddle, Ph.D., M.S

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By Dr. Patricia Yarberry Allen and Megan Riddle, Ph.D., M.S

This month—National Nutrition Month—Dr. Pat asks Megan Riddle, Ph.D., a new member of our Medical Advisory Board, how someone could open a conversation with a middle-aged colleague who is suffering from anorexia nervosa, the deadliest of all mental health disorders.

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The Relentless ASK: How Much of My Money Is Enough?

March 28, 2014 by Susan Lieberman


By Susan Lieberman

It’s not that I think these worthy supplicants don’t need all that help. But enough! I have supplication fatigue. The constant demand for my empathy has triggered apathy.

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Dr. Ford: Losing a Sister—Family Conflict and the Wish to Honor Her Properly

March 27, 2014 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

“Now that my sister is in hospice, her ex-husband is badgering everyone. He wants to do the funeral, the memorial, come to see her. He was always like this, by the way. He had to be seen as the important one.”

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Dr. Pat Accepts a Presidential Award at the American Medical Women’s Association Gala

March 24, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change


Patricia Allen had a certain confidence, developed under the affectionate eye of Mary Moss Greenebaum, the vibrant cultural pioneer who founded the Kentucky Author Forum. “Mary taught me how to be a mentor,” Dr. Pat says. “She gave me advice about how to dress, what to talk about . . . Once, after I had acquired a particularly attractive pair of shoes, Mary said to me, ‘Pat, dear—you know, a lady’s shoes never talk.’”

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Why Is Marriage So Deadly to Lust? Dr. Ford Reviews ‘Mating in Captivity’

March 20, 2014 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.


By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

How can intimacy be bad for your marriage? It’s not, according to author Esther Perel, but it’s murder on your sex life.

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Gas and Other Bowel Problems: Can Probiotics Help? (Dr. Pat Consults)

March 17, 2014 by Dr. Patricia Yarberry Allen and Dr. Brian Landzberg


By Dr. Patricia Yarberry Allen and Dr. Brian Landzberg

The good news is that probiotics are extremely unlikely to cause harm, so serially trying a few which have been effective in the practitioner’s experience is worthwhile.

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The American Women’s Hospitals and World War I—There Ought to Be a Movie!

March 15, 2014 by Janet Golden


By Janet Golden

During Women’s History Month, we look back at the courage and determination of the female doctors—rejected by the Army Medical Reserve Corps—who formed the American Women’s Hospitals Services during World War I.

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