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Schizophrenia: If a Disease Falls in a No-App World, Does It Exist

July 25, 2014 by


There’s nothing like a creative mental health app to make a mental health writer happy, especially an app-addict. As far as I’m concerned, any illness can be monitored and improved by shopping at the App Store and finding an application just meant to ease the suffering. I’ve always been able to find and purchase not […]

Of Illinois Politicians, Government Budget Woes, and Disappearing Medicare Drug Benefits

March 15, 2014 by


I have always thought of Senator Dick Durban (D), the senior U.S. Senator in IL, as pretty much of a gentleman. In a state where four out of our last 7 governors have been convicted and imprisoned (the last one, one Rod Blagojevich, was convicted on 18 counts of corruptions–although my uncle to this day […]

Dementia: A Growing Epidemic

February 17, 2014 by


Do you remember  when anyone exhibiting signs of dementia was simply said to have Alzheimer’s? Wait–kind of a heavy pause here.  What’s happening for me in this silence is the realization that to this very day, a significant minority, if not, in fact, the outright majority, of people still cannot differentiate between the two. I […]

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 3, 2013 by


I find that October has a lot going for it as a month. Besides the tree leaves–purple, gold, and red– and  the weather–cool and crisp as a MacIntosh– just this past year, on October 1, a new nephew arrived in my life. It all adds up to energy, energy for a good fight, and that’s […]

September is National Pain Awareness Month

September 19, 2013 by


“Pain is a more terrible lord of mankind than even death itself.” (French physician Albert Schweitzer, 1931) You might have taken a look at the title of this post and thought, “An awareness month for pain? This whole ‘Awareness’ thing is getting out of control. Can just anyone have an Awareness day, week, or month?” […]

World Alzheimer’s Month (September 2013) and Day (September 21)

September 11, 2013 by


September is World Alzheimer’s Month, only the second such observance ever. The idea is for organizations to run awareness-raising activities around the world for 30 days.  It’s true this Awareness Month is only a year old–a mere baby as far as “Awareness” months and weeks go-but it has so very much work to accomplish. For starters, let’s […]

Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month

September 2, 2013 by


My mother has half a neck (missing the right sterno-cleito-mastoid muscle). She’s quite a stunning woman, tall, shapely, and she holds herself with a certain presence. With her grace and pride and sharp intelligence, she might almost be intimidating to an insecure person who first meets her, and it’s the rare person who notices this […]

Mental Illness and Insurance

July 5, 2013 by


The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) just released  its annual report (these things take a while, apparently, given its date), entitled, “Results from the 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Mental Health Findings.” There’s a lot–and I do mean a lot–worth reading there, but I found something astounding. Although it required […]

“And a one and a two. . .”: Exercise as a way to improve Alzheimer’s

July 1, 2013 by


Alzheimer’s disease is the leading cause of dementia and the fifth leading cause of death for those 65 and older write Casey, Antimisiaris, and O’Brien in their 2010 article in Pharmacy and Therapeutics, “Drugs for Alzheimer’s Disease: Are They Effective?” I imagine everyone nows by no that the journey involves progressive cognitive loss and impairment until the […]

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 […]

June is National Migraine Awareness Month

May 31, 2013 by


There’s no doubt that I’m the weak link in my family. Sometimes you have no choice in linguistic life but to turn to Yiddish to really say what you want to say. So I’m not going to use the word ‘kvetch’ just because everybody knows it (even if I might have tendencies), but rather, if […]

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 […]


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