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Thomas W. Miller, Ph.D., ABPP, is a professor emeritus and senior research scientist, Center for Health, Intervention and Prevention, University of Connecticut; retired service chief from the VA Medical Center; and tenured professor in the Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, University of Kentucky.
Just what is in the food we eat? Considering the food chain, did you know adding antibiotics to food dates back to the 1940s? Antibiotic use has led to a dramatic reduction in illness and death from infectious diseases, yet there is a downside to this practice. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and others.....
Brain cancer is a very serious form of cancer. Recently, Sen. John McCain revealed he has been diagnosed with a primary glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) – the most aggressive type of brain tumor. GBMs originate in the brain; it does not spread there from another part of the body. The cause is not known.
When you consider what defines healthy eyes, among the criteria is good vision. The American Optometric Association says the term 20/20 vision is used to express normal visual acuity (the clarity or sharpness of vision) measured at a distance of 20 feet.
The holidays bring joy – and sadness – to many people. On the positive side, the holidays boost health for about a month, making people feel better. The holiday spirit helps people rest, relax, improve sleep patterns, reduce blood pressure, strengthen relationships and live longer. They can even work wonders for the libido.
Recent advances in neuroscience have effectively put an end to the nature-
Liking who you are is a critical factor in self-
Depression is a common but serious mood disorder. It reveals itself through symptoms such as hopelessness, pessimism, irritability, guilt, helplessness and decreased energy or fatigue lasting at least two weeks or longer. About twice as many women as men experience depression. Several factors may increase a woman’s risk of depression.
For some seniors,getting a good night’s sleep is an everyday challenge. Some sleep specialists recommend seniors sleep about seven and a half hours on average, while others say seniors need to get as much sleep as they always have to function at their best.
Better understanding of the type of depression a person experiences could improve the effectiveness of treatment choices and the management of depressive symptoms. Depression is typically diagnosed based on verbalized symptoms patients experience.
As the nation continues to face high levels of stressful experiences, families are susceptible to mounting pressures from numerous sources. Raising a family can be rewarding and demanding even in healthy social and economic climates, so stressful times can make it much more challenging.
Researchers at the University of Maryland have found adults with mild cognitive impairment improved their brain function by adding exercise for brain fitness. Dr. Carson Smith, a professor in the department of kinesiology at the University of Maryland School of Public Health in College Park, said, “We found that after 12 weeks....
Kentucky state parks offer countless treasures, from world-
Are you looking for something that can provide your children a very special opportunity? Something that at the same time will allow them to experience stimulating sensations? The place you seek is right here in Lexington on the campus of the University of Kentucky. The Arboretum is Kentucky’s state botanical garden and includes....
Obesity and weight management are the focus of many people’s lives. Recognizing people have struggled for centuries to manage weight, the challenges continue to present problems in the 21st century, and they are getting worse. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports an annual increase in obesity at the rate of....
It is well known men are wired differently than women when it comes to emotions. Emotion is a complex psychological state that involves three distinct components: a subjective experience, a physiological response and a behavioral or expressive component. Are women “wired” to be more emotional than men? Not exactly, but....
Many people enjoy visiting various Web sites and apps that challenge the brain by luring them deeper and deeper into cyber space. Cyber addiction comes in several forms, but all impact the brain. The past two decades have acquainted many people with the concept of hacking.
Do you smoke? Did you know smoking is one of the most significant risk factors associated with the development of gum disease? Smoking can lower the chances for successful treatment. Has your physician told you that you have an autoimmune disease such as diabetes? ....
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) makes it difficult to empty air out of the lungs. About 64 million people worldwide carry a diagnosis of COPD. In the United States, about 15 million adults have COPD.
Arthritis is a general term for conditions that affect the joints and surrounding tissues. Joints are places in the body where bones come together. They are crucial to good health because they hold the skeleton together and support movement.
Pneumonia is a common lung infection caused by bacteria and viruses that are present in the air we breathe. The immune system usually fights these invaders off, preventing them from infecting the lungs, but there are occasions when the germs can overpower the immune system.
Noticing sudden weight loss, periods of extreme thirst, frequent urination and feeling tired and fatigued, a visit to your primary care physician reveals you have diabetes. This diagnosis can have both an emotional and psychological impact. You must deal with some significant lifestyle changes and dietary restrictions....
Diabetes is an elusive illness. Whether you have Type 1 or Type 2 (adult onset) diabetes doesn’t matter: Both can kill. Proper education becomes imperative for success in dealing with this silent killer. If the body is unable to produce insulin, elevated glucose levels in the blood can mean drastic life changes, and sometimes....
Oral cancer is often thought of as a disease that strikes older people or heavy smokers. But it is shocking for many people to learn nonsmoking young adults are the fastest growing segment of oral cancer patients. This is largely due to the rise in human Papillomavirus HPV-
The results of two new randomized and controlled mental health research studies demonstrated that just one dose of psilocybin produces significant long-
Americans must develop a better awareness of bone health and wellness. The National Institutes of Health Osteoporosis and National Resource Center (2015) suggests by 2020 half of all Americans over age 50 will have weak bones unless people make changes to their diets and lifestyle.
Genetically modified foods bring some controversy to today’s consumer. Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) can be defined as plants, animals or microorganisms in which the genetic material (DNA) has been altered in a way that does not occur naturally by mating and/or natural recombination.
Oral health is often taken for granted. The mouth is a window into the health of the entire body. It can show signs of nutritional deficiencies or general infection. Systemic diseases – those that affect the entire body – may first become apparent because of mouth lesions or other oral problems.
Psychological hardiness is an individual’s resistance to stress, anxiety and depression. It includes the ability to withstand grief and accept the loss of loved ones. Alternative medicine is a more popular term for health and wellness therapies that have typically not been part of conventional Western medical approaches but are often used along...
What does it mean to be visually impaired? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says a visually impaired person’s eyesight cannot be corrected to a “normal” level. Visual impairment is the functional limitation of the eyes or visual system. Like the term legally blind, visual impairment is not a functional definition; it is a....
Cancer involves abnormal cell growth with the potential to invade or spread to other parts of the body. This process is very complex because of the multiple ways it affects each individual. More than 100 types of cancer affect human beings today. For some, early treatment may lead to a favorable resolution, while other cancer....
Men, are you aware of Dupuytren’s contracture? This condition occurs when fibrous tissue under the palm thickens and forms a rope-
Each person dealing with hearing impairment faces numerous challenges. Among these are psychological issues that may arise. One of the most serious challenges is the potential isolation from social experiences. A person with hearing loss may feel emotions similar to those Elizabeth Kübler-
The American Psychiatric Association (APA) defines mental illnesses as health conditions involving changes in emotion, thinking or behavior or a combination of these. Mental illnesses are associated with genetic predisposition, biochemical imbalances, learned thinking and behaviors, distress and/or problems functioning in....
When we think of fitness, we often think of physical health, but mental fitness is just as important as physical fitness. Generally, fitness refers to a state of health and well-