Dr. Ford on Emotional Health: The High Impact of the Holidays

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

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Instead of feeling pressure, we can be helped if we understand that holidays are not just for children, but are important, healthy rituals that maintain—and even improve—our emotional well-being.

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The World According to Weber: My Grandmother Rosalie and the Season’s Coziest Cookbook

December 16, 2014 by Nancy Weber

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By Nancy Weber

In “The Pollan Family Table” you’re apt to find clues to a childhood culinary treasure that was never codified, that you’ve hungered after for decades. That’s where my grandmother comes in.

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Today’s Talk Topic: Strangers on a Train

December 16, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

Say you’re on a commuter train. You could talk to the stranger beside you or you could haul out your smartphone to signal “Do not bother me.” Which is more likely to make you feel better?

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Dr. Pat Consults: Gluten-Free Diets—Science or Fad?

December 15, 2014 by Brian Landzberg, M.D.

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By Brian Landzberg, M.D.

“It seems that celiac disease and gluten consumption have become the scapegoat for all of society’s ills, including a host of non-specific symptoms that include fatigue, headache, depression, irritable bowel syndrome, etc.” A gastroenterologist’s view.

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Dr. Pat Consults: “Is Marijuana as Harmless as My Son Says?”

December 11, 2014 by Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

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

“My son, a college sophomore, tells me that marijuana is far safer than cigarettes or alcohol, with basically no health side effects. Is it really as harmless as he says? Although I admit that I tried it briefly when I was about his age, I worry about what sort of long-term effects it might have, and I want him to be informed.”

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Dr. Pat Consults: The Flu Shot—Questions from a Skeptic

December 8, 2014 by Jason S. Kendler

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By Dr. Jason Kendler

“Jennie, this is definitely not the year you should avoid the flu vaccine, and I will tell you why. But before I do, I want to remind you of the terrible symptoms that patients with the flu can experience. . .”

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Dr. Ford on Health: Alcoholism and the Older Woman

December 4, 2014 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

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By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

A friend of mine did not realize that her mother was abusing alcohol until her caretaker quit abruptly one day with a torrent of complaints in Russian. The only word my friend recognized (repeated with particular alarm) was “Smirnoff!!!”

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Dr. Pat Consults: Physical Problems Can Masquerade as Mental Illness

December 1, 2014 by Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

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

A surprising number of illnesses can cause changes in mood and behavior. Whenever a mood change is accompanied by physical symptoms, the patient’s physician should conduct a thorough workup before making a referral to a psychiatrist.

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The Wednesday 5: A Manual for Non-Traditional Thanksgivings

November 26, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

In this week’s Wednesday 5, we share with you some of the best Thanksgiving stories and survival tips offered by members of our own Women’s Voices family. We didn’t have to look far for advice from women in many different stages of life who’ve chosen to spend their Thanksgivings in non-traditional ways.

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Book Review: “Older Faster Stronger,” by Margaret Webb

November 25, 2014 by Varsha Parasram, PT, DPT, MST

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By Varsha Parasram, PT, DPT, MST

We listened in admiration as the former “short, stocky, flatfooted, still-smoking, pre-menopausal woman” told of the strength, energy, and lifted spirits that have enhanced her life since she decided to exercise her 50-year-old body “to the fitness level of a fit 20-year-old.”

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Medical Monday: A Survival Guide for Thanksgiving and Beyond

November 24, 2014 by Lilli Link, MD, MS

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Lilli Link, MD, MS

Thanksgiving marks the start of a holiday season that is loaded with gustatory temptations. Still, with some thoughtful planning you might end up feeling better than ever by the time the New Year rings in.

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On Emotional Health: Finding Solace in Food

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

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

Research has become increasing interested in the role of emotion in driving our eating behavior, putting scientific data behind what many of us have known intuitively—that, when push comes to shove, many of us find solace in food.

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The Wednesday 5: Living Mindfully

November 19, 2014 by Women's Voices For Change

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In this week’s Wednesday 5, we share with you five powerful pieces that cajole us to live mindfully—i.e., commit to the art of conscious living.

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Dr. Pat Consults: Preventing Alzheimer’s—What Do We Know Now?

November 17, 2014 by Dr. Baxter B. Allen

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By Dr. Baxter Allen

As Dr. Richard Isaacson, Director of the Weill Cornell Medical Center’s Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic, states, “While there is no magic bullet or magic pill for the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease, evidence-based and low-risk interventions have great potential to maintain our brain health.”

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On Emotional Health: This Is Not Your Mother’s Retirement

November 13, 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

If you think of retirement as a wheel with many spokes, with some planning and networking you can create a healthy balance of health and fitness, family and relationships, lifelong learning, creating community, leisure time, travel, and spirituality.

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