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PBS Series Offers Hope for People With Mental Illness

The growing online documentary film library will take a major step forward, thanks to PBS and The Mental Health Channel. A 12-part series called Stories of the Mind will begin airing in April and May, commencing with four half-hour shows on depression, veterans, "The Critical Years" (late adolescence and early adulthood), and paths to wellness. Show More Summary

Am I Worthy of Recovery?

The author on a recent trip to Turks and Caicos I don't think it's unusual to walk through life and continuously wonder, "Why me?" Growing up I always felt like I had a perpetual black cloud over my head. I was a glutton for punishment and when bad things happened, I would feel unsurprised because my 'unlucky streak' always continued. Show More Summary

Staying Healthy While Traveling This Summer

As summer approaches and temperatures climb, travelers are planning trips to warm and tropical destinations, many of which have been affected by the Zika Virus. In addition to booking that plane ticket and reading up on local activities,...Show More Summary

The $600,000 Vacation

This vacation was out of control. Their room was $5,900 a night. The helicopter ride cost $36,347. They spent more than $1,000 a day on drugs. It was like nothing I'd ever heard of before. Last summer, my friends took their family to Virginia. Show More Summary

Fixing Epidemic Obesity? We Have Never Tried...

This column isn't about guns or gun control. It's about food, and food for thought, entirely out of control. It's about epidemic obesity, and what passes for deep thinking on the topic. With that proviso out of the way, let's get back to guns. Our gun control arguments must be wrong. Show More Summary

A Sexologist's Take on Intimacy: An Interview With Cyndi Darnell

Sexologist Cyndi Darnell suggests thinking of a relationship as its own entity. Give it the attention, nourishment, and love it needs to thrive. Omega: What do you think it takes for couples to create true intimacy? Cyndi: The first thing is there has to be willingness on both sides. Show More Summary

How to Take Charge of Your Anxiety

Feel like anxious thoughts are overriding your day and don't know what to do? If so, read my interview with Christine Hassler sought after life coach and author of the book Expectation Hangover. She teaches people how to leverage personal and professional disappointment. Show More Summary

It's Time to Close the Gaps in Mental Health Treatment

Scholars will record the United States as one of the strongest and most prosperous nations in all history. The capacity of Americans to achieve is a part of our country's legacy. Yet according to a study conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, over 43 million adults in the U.S. Show More Summary

The 21 Best Nutrition Tips From Nutritionists

One of the reasons why the majority of people fail to achieve their New Year's resolution of getting healthy is because it involves changing eating habits. Click Here to see the Complete List of Nutrition Tips from Nutritionists The older people get, the more stubborn they become and the harder it is to turn an adjustment into a lifestyle. Show More Summary

Observations From Below: It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Times

I'm about to lose another personal care assistant (pca). On one level, this sucks because I have to start fresh with a new person coming into my life. I'll have to train them and build rapport, trust and a relationship. On another level, I am very proud of myself. Show More Summary

Talking Science: Facts About Vaccines and Herd Immunity

This week is World Immunization Week and what better way to commemorate it than by discussing the facts about vaccines and the importance of herd immunity. But first... What exactly IS a vaccine? A vaccine is a biological agent that stimulates a person's immune system to produce immunity to a specific pathogen, protecting the person from a disease. Show More Summary

Fighting a National Epidemic by Investing in Prevention

Robert E. Ratner, MD, FACP, FACE Steven J. Stack, MD Matt Longjohn, MD, MPH Mike Payne, MSc, MBA Recently, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Sylvia M. Burwell announced significant cost-savings from the National Diabetes...Show More Summary

13 Endometriosis Symptoms My Doctors Missed

This piece was originally published on xoJane. A woman with undiagnosed endometriosis is a woman constantly Googling things. Like so many tweens, teens, and 20-something females with this reproductive disease, which is still seldom diagnosed...Show More Summary


It's a question I am asked almost daily. I've always been an advocate for early eye exams. Yet many parents don't know what that means exactly. When my son was in nursery school, a classmate of his began bumping into things in class....Show More Summary

Let's Talk: Aren't Health Care Providers Expected to Discuss Medical Reports With Patients?

Being the architect of legislation to include a patient's dense breast tissue, the strongest predictor of mammography missing cancer, in the patient's mammography reporting results, I am compelled to respond to a recent study in JAMA:...Show More Summary

Improving Cancer Screenings Among Minorities: Four Cancer Screening Tools that Can Save Your Life

In the fight against cancer, minority patients must become advocates for their own health. One in two African American men and one in three African American women will receive a cancer diagnosis in their lifetime, according to the National Cancer Institute. Show More Summary

Active on the Dating Scene

A new dating app is on the market that takes the awkward out of awkward-first-date. MeetMeOutside is a new app that finds potential matches based on your active lifestyle interests. Not only do they want to get you outside, once a match is made they even provide you with active date destinations nearby that you can suggest via chat. Show More Summary

You Know That Hard Thing You Need to Do? Yeah, About That...

photo by Ales Krivec I used to run regularly. And slowly. And awkwardly. And laboriously. No matter -- I still ran. It came with gut-wrenching effort, aches, pains, and a burning in my throat when I gasped for air. I had to push myself through the last quarter inch of whatever distance I'd decided to go. And I loved it. Show More Summary

7 Struggles of the Chronically Self-Conscious

Five minutes. That's all I'm asking for. Five minutes outside my own head, without worrying about what I'm doing, or how I'm doing it. Five minutes of not being so bloody self-conscious. If you're like me, you're sick of being so self-aware. ...Show More Summary

I'm Getting Breast Reduction Surgery, And I've Never Felt Like More of a Woman

The Breast Is Yet to Come I recently received the happiest news of my life. The breast reduction surgery that I have been trying to make happen since I was 16 was approved. In less than 2 weeks, I will be going in for the procedure and coming out someone completely new. I have so many thoughts going through my head at the moment. Show More Summary

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