Browsing Archives of Author »Rhona Finkel«

Small and Underfunded Can Win the Race; Teva Launches 1st Inhaled Antipsychotic

March 31, 2014

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Some people like their portions big. We have them to thank for the Big Mac, Bog’s Big Boy, the Burger King’s Triple Whopper Sandwich Meal, and Taco Bell’s Taco 12-Pack. When it comes to food, I’m all over that. But I like my most of the rest of my life small and manageable. You’ll never find me […]

Coping with S.A.D. and Seasonal Depression

March 24, 2014

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I cannot possibly be the only one with a dubious attitude toward matters of the “new” in health: new doctors, new drugs, and, especially, new diseases. I mean, when I was in the emergency room yet again–due solely to being female and having the appropriate parts–I was highly displeased to have the doctor walk in, […]

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

March 15, 2014

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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 […]

Is the Future of Counseling and Therapy Online?

March 10, 2014

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You know how sometimes it really does strike you that suddenly, right in front of you, is an idea whose time has come? Like, I know not everyone took to this immediately and there was a lot of strum and drang, but when Copernicus discovered (or built on others’ discoveries) that the earth moved around […]

Eating Disorders Awareness Week–A Continuing Crisis

February 26, 2014

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National Eating Disorders Awareness Week this year is February 23-March 1. And while I’ll admit that, looked at from one perspective, eating disorders can seem the domain of the rich and famous, the models and the actresses, of Victoria Beckham and Princess Diana, in reality they are widespread–across financial groups, ethnicities, and genders (would you […]

Dementia: A Growing Epidemic

February 17, 2014

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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 […]

We Need You–Yes, You–Again

January 25, 2014

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It takes someone with a seriously high IQ to totally figure out Medicare. I mean, an Ivy League education failed to prepare me for the Part As, Part Bs, Secondaries, Supplementals, and–oddly missing a Part C, as far as I can tell–the Part Ds. If you have yet to encounter this system, my strong recommendation […]

Somebody important wants to hear from you. Yeah–you!

January 10, 2014

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For those of you who are New York Times devotees, this introduction I’m sure borders on the insulting, but I ask you to humor me for just a moment while I speak to those who might, perhaps, get their news from alternative sources. One of the Times‘ regular columnists–since 2001–is a Nicholas D. Kristof. You can find out […]

How to Embrace Your Inner Crazy. . . .

December 16, 2013

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My mother is a woman of – how shall I say?–unusual tastes. It came to the point in jewelry that nothing sold in stores could really satisfy her. So she, a woman of many talents, took to making her own. And her necklaces and bracelets are, well, unusual. Some, truly unique, have larger plastic airplanes hanging […]

How Poverty Taxes the Brain

December 9, 2013

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“Today, our scientists are mapping the human brain. . .As humans we can identify galaxies light years away, we can study particles smaller than an atom, but we still haven’t unlocked the mystery of the three pounds of matter sitting between our ears. . .Now is the time to reach a level of research and […]

It’s time to stand up to the plate and help the mentally ill. You can start by. . . shopping.

December 2, 2013

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Truth be told, I was always a little unusual, even from way back when. I (and there’s no need to pass this on) actually liked school, and enjoyed doing my homework. I never enjoyed going out with big groups of friends, which also meant that parties were about as un-fun as could be, and I […]

Trends in Mental Disability Infographic

December 1, 2013

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I know, I know. I’ve really hit you over the head with some of these stats, you could recite ‘em in your sleep. Right, 1 in between 4 and 5 (it’s about 26.2%) Americans suffer from a mental illness in any given year, one in 17 will have the big SMI, serious mental illness, which […]

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