Dr. Pat Consults: Binge Eating—the Causes, the Consequences, the Shame

October 20, 2014 by Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

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By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

A recent study suggests that around the time of menopause there is a second peak of onset of eating disorders. The good news is the binge eating disorder is treatable.

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Jane Moffett on Emotional Health: Resilience

October 16, 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

Reflections on what contributes to resilience, the inner characteristic that pulls us out of the vortex of our own fear and guilt in order to let us live full and meaningful lives.

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COMPLEXION: Skin Care for Women Over 40, Part I

October 13, 2014 by Anetta Reszko, M.D., Ph.D.

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By Anetta Reszko, M.D., Ph.D.

We all want to put our best face forward. What do we need? Trustworthy advice. This is Part I of Women’s Voices’ three-part series—by dermatologist Anetta Reszko, M.D., Ph.D.—on how to devise an appropriate skin-care regimen.

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Dr. Ford on Emotional Health: Yes, Exercising May Protect Against Depression!

October 9, 2014 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

A recent Swedish study was able to demonstrate that there is a direct relationship between a certain level of exercise and “resilience” against depression.

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Today’s Talk Topic: Turning Into an Older Woman

October 7, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

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Throughout this series [of photographs], we watch these women age, undergoing life’s most humbling experience. While many of us can, when pressed, name things we are grateful to Time for bestowing upon us, the lines bracketing our mouths and the loosening of our skin are not among them.

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Ask Dr. Allen: Football and the Defense Against Concussion

October 6, 2014 by Dr. Baxter B. Allen

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Concussions are not generally caused by directly applied force, but are rather thought to be due to the consequences of a rotational force as the head and brain move around a fixed point at the neck. Since helmets do not prevent the head from moving around the neck, they cannot prevent these rotational forces from being applied to the brain.

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Dr. Ford on Emotional Health: Male Privilege, Male Delusion

October 2, 2014 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

He’s ill, he’s unattractive, he’s uninteresting, but he still thinks he holds all the cards: money, power, and maleness.

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Medical Monday Alert: Deadlines Loom for Choosing Your 2015 Individual Health Insurance Coverage

September 29, 2014 by Maura Carley

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Most consumers will have additional options to consider for next year’s coverage. So look carefully at premiums, but also at the plan’s benefits, referral requirements, and other rules—and at the plan’s network; many new plans will have narrower networks next year.

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UNHAPPY TOGETHER, Part 1: Locked In to Marriage

September 25, 2014 by Ellen Sue Spicer-Jacobson

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By Ellen Sue Spicer-Jacobson

“When I was walking down the aisle and my eyes met his, I had this cold chill, and I thought, ‘I do not want to spend the rest of my life looking at his face every morning,’ my friend Paula told me. She had expressed her misgivings to her bridesmaid the night before, but she’d been too embarrassed to step up then and say, ‘No way!’”

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UNHAPPY TOGETHER, Part 2: When You Quell the Inner Voice That Says NO

September 25, 2014 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

To paraphrase psychiatrist Harry Stack Sullivan (who said, “We are all more human than otherwise”), all marriages are more imperfect than otherwise, and the question sometimes becomes this: Which imperfections [in your mate or potential mate] can you truly not live with?

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Today’s Talk Topic: Women, Girls, and the ‘Slow Violence’ of the Syrian Civil War

September 23, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

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“There is also a great slab of silent suffering caused by Syria’s civil war that goes comparatively unreported because it is, well, just too mundane to make juicy headlines. . . .This is a kind of human ‘slow violence’ being done to an entire generation of Middle Eastern women and children who are now growing up as refugees.”

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Dr. Pat Consults: “Heartburn,” “Indigestion,” “Reflux”—How Should It Be Treated?

September 22, 2014 by Dr. Patricia Yarberry Allen and Dr. Brian Landzberg

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By Dr. Patricia Yarberry Allen and Dr. Brian Landzberg

I am 48 and have long suffered from heartburn, indigestion, reflux—all the names apply to the constant discomfort I have in the area of my lower esophagus and stomach. I took a series of tests, and the test for H. pylori was positive. What is H. pylori? How did I get it? Is the two weeks of medication I must take likely to get rid of the infection?

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Dr. Ford on Domestic Violence: Helping Someone in an Abusive Relationship

September 18, 2014 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

One of the mistakes friends, family, and even therapists often make (I learned this the hard way) is that when the victim confides in them, they exhort her to protect herself and leave. Often, however, she is not yet ready to do that, because she is still feeling trapped. Then the next time he hurts her, she is less likely to confide in her support group because she feels ashamed that she has ignored their advice.

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Dr. Pat Consults: When is Laser Treatment the Best Option for Skin Cancer?

September 15, 2014 by Anetta Reszko, M.D., Ph.D.

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By Anetta Reszko, M.D.

Because laser light penetrates to only a certain depth within the skin, laser surgery kills only tumor cells on the surface of the skin. As a result, the laser treatment should be considered for biopsy proven superficial low-risk tumors when other techniques were unsuccessful or are poor surgical candidates.

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She’s Young (14!) and Sexually Active: Dr. Ford Counsels Her Distraught Mother

September 11, 2014 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

There is no strong consensus in our culture anymore about standards of behavior. While some kids have always violated social norms when it comes to early sexuality, at least they knew what the norms were. Today’s parents don’t make it clear enough where they stand on this issue.

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