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‘A Fine Mess We’re In’: Majority of Cancer Preclinical Research Findings Not Replicable–Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September 1, 2015 by


‘The failure to win “the war on cancer” has been blamed on many factors, … But recently a new culprit has emerged: too many basic scientific discoveries… are wrong.’~C. Glenn Begley It’s nothing new. Over 3 decades ago the problem was well-known, as memorialized in the premier journal Science, in its article “Reevaluation of cancer data […]

National Cancer Survivors Day (June 2)

June 7, 2015 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 […]

World Bipolar Day: the Birthdate of Vincent Van Gogh

March 30, 2015 by


After over a decade of – granted, very rocky – general stability, I suffered a mental health episode in my late 30s that both came as quite a shock to me and pretty much knocked me out of the playing field for quite some time. I had to cause recently to list a number of […]

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

March 2, 2015 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 (Drug Awareness Week)

February 16, 2015 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 […]

Blended Families: The L Family Adds a New Baby

November 8, 2014 by


We last left the L family (The Blended Family–Part I: the L Family) experiencing a troubled triangle between Larry* and his second wife Lucille*, who were fighting over his young daughter Lola from a previous marriage.  Lucille was expecting her first biological child and was also the full-time stay at home Mom to her step-daughter. […]

Money Matters in Couple Relationships: Early Warning Signs

November 3, 2014 by


One of my jobs as an adviser to couples is to inquire about early warning signs. In the Oct. 13 New Yorker I read the story of one Mathew Martoma, whose long-held secret was outed when the feds arrested him, in front of his wife, on insider trading charges. Luckily for his marriage, that wife was […]

The Little People: Prematurity Awareness Month

November 1, 2014 by


You may recall that I wrote about my love affair with my severely premature the born niece. No don’t get scared off – you don’t haveto hear about how wonderful she is again, how acutely sensitive she is to others’ needs, how she’ll drop me a text from time to time just to say she […]

Embracing Pain: An Alternative Way to Deal With Your Symptoms

October 26, 2014 by


“Pain can be endured and defeated only if it is embraced. Denied or feared, it grows.” ~ Dean Koontz, Velocity The discomfort relief industry is a multibillion-dollar one. There are medicines to relieve headache, stomach distress, sore throats, back spasms–seems like if there’s a complaint, there’s a medicine meant to treat it. But I can’t […]

But I got here first!: How birth order can effect sibling roles

October 24, 2014 by


I’m a bit of a softie for sibling roles in family dynamics, and although there are definite limits to the validity of utilizing birth order to explain behavioral and personality traits, some value yet remains. Older research asserted a variety of characteristics to various birth-ordered children. It ranges from the 1975 Wark, Swanson and Mack […]

3,520 Parenting Books–and My Kids Still Won’t Listen To Me!

October 20, 2014 by


According to the Bowker Books in Print database (courtesy of the WSJ article “New Ways to Get Kids to Behave”), the number of parenting books published or distributed rose from 2,774 in 2007 to 3,520 in 2011. I’ll bet most folks reading these are not trying to learn to have more fun with their already […]

Running For Your Life: Depression and Exercise

October 20, 2014 by


Unlike the lovely Ms. Diller, I love to exercise. It gets me going in the morning, it gives me energy throughout the day, it fights the ravages of age. I love it enough to want to talk about it–a lot. I like to discuss the new poses I’ve learned in yoga, my recent switch from […]