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“Antidepressant Nation”: Stats and Infographic

July 9, 2014 by


No class of drugs can beat prescription painkillers for the sheer quantity of prescriptions written, but the meds that place second and third have nothing to be ashamed of. Cholesterol-lowering drugs are the second most commonly prescribed class of drugs in the U.S. (just think Lipitor, best-selling drug ever) and. . .drum roll, please. . .. […]

Understanding Fear: What Are Phobias and How Common Are They?

June 16, 2014 by


Did you ever notice that when it rains it pours? Well around here it’s been raining infographics like cats and dogs. For real–it takes the two of us who run this blog to fend them off at times. It’s not that the ones we don’t choose to run (and, hard as it may be for […]

National Cancer Survivors Day–the Good, the Bad, and the Neutral

June 1, 2014 by


There are only three possible outcomes after a major life event: things get worse, things get better, or things stay the same.  Once you’ve had cancer, it’s not too likely that your life will ever be the same.  OK, maybe with a tiny skin cancer.  But I mean the big, scary CANCER, where your existence […]

Words are Fattening; Watch What You Say to Yourself

January 8, 2014 by


I was downdog-ing along, minding my business, when I heard a man’s voice break through the gym’s hubbub. “..and the cherry sauce over the chicken was rich and dark–must have had some  brandy in it–so wonderful!” His personal trainer (female voice), “uh hnn.” “The stake was marinated in something special, wine plus fancy herbs–smelled as […]

National Cancer Survivors Day (June 2)

June 2, 2013 by


So today is National Cancer Survivors Day. This special day prompts 2 questions: 1. First–What does it mean to be a cancer survivor? 2. And, then, what’s the value of a special day? We understand what it means to be a survivor of a frightening or horrific public event: the Moore tornado, Hurricane Sandy, the […]

Awareness Times Two: Anxiety/Depression and Women’s Health

May 10, 2013 by


If you’re anything like me (and let’s hope for your sakes you’re not), being aware really takes a lot out of you. With ‘aware’ having synonyms like ‘cognizant,’ ‘mindful,’ ‘wide-awake,’ ‘vigilant,’ and ‘wary’ (I took ‘conscious’ alright–I’m pretty sure I’ve got that pegged), expecting me to be ‘aware’ for any length of time seems to […]

Who Knew? New Off-Label Uses for Well-Known Drugs, Part II

April 7, 2013 by


Recall in Part I that, although Pfizer’s angina treatment did little for the chest pain, it changed multiple thousands of lives in the bedroom when the scientists reincarnated it as Viagra. And date rape drug ketamine earned itself some points from ‘the good side’ when one study author found it to be “the biggest breakthrough […]

Are You Reading This After Midnight? More Thoughts on Insomnia

April 4, 2013 by


“Up All Night” by Elizabeth Holbert, a  nice piece in the March 11 New Yorker, reprises the research of Matthew J. Wolf-Meyer, an anthropologist with an alternate model to our 11pm to 7am “ideal sleep schedule.” In The Slumbering Masses” Wolf-Meyer looks at the recent history of sleeping patterns. Before electric lighting, folks went to bed shortly […]

Predicting Longevity

April 4, 2013 by


Look, it’s not like I have anything against the crystal ball. In fact, I use the exquisite glasses my mother left me for the holiday of Passover, and they happen to be crystal.  But I’m just a wee bit skeptical about its powers to predict how many more years I’ll be spending on this planet. […]

Tolerating Insomnia is Halfway There–Part 2

March 18, 2013 by


If my hypothesis (see previous post, Part 1) proves correct that fear of insomnia increases insomnia, successful treatment should involve mastery of the fear.  We know from both experience and from cognitive-behavioral theory that avoiding the source of fear makes the fear stronger rather than weaker. Conversely, facing down the fear weakens it. Why else […]

Is fear of insomnia like fear of flying–exposure-response prevention for the sleepless? Part I

March 17, 2013 by


  What are two major miseries of our well-off modern society?  Obesity and sleeplessness.  No surprise that they seem to be connected; looks like those who fail to get enough sleep are more likely to be overweight. They’re connected in another way: for some folks, no matter what they try, nothing is effective.  Behavioral treatments […]

Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs

March 17, 2013 by


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in their paper “Policy Impact: Prescription Painkiller Overdoses,” declared prescription drug abuse “an epidemic” in the United States. By far the biggest factor in prescription drug abuse is an eruption in prescription painkiller abuse.  The shocking statistic provided by  the Department of Health and Human Services is that almost three of four […]


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