Health

Mind Matters: Grief revisited

I sit at a college in Massachusetts, staring out the window at a stand of lodgepole pines. Students, staff, tread the paved walkways cleared of snow. I am here because a young woman athlete named Grace died in a car crash. Some of her rowing crewmates are still in a Florida hospital, hopefully healing from their injuries. The local Boston papers have reported sudden ...

 
 

Everything you need to know about the coronavirus

Coronavirus has been a fixture in the news cycle since the start of the new year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) describes its spread and the ongoing investigation as an “emerging, rapidly evolving situation.” Within the last 24 hours, nearly 6,000 cases had been confirmed by the World Health Organization across 16 countries, including five in ...

 

New studies for stroke care

A landmark study has ignited a dramatic shift in stroke care over the last two years, removing much of the ambiguity that had long surrounded one of the primary treatments. If you had a stroke at some point over the last 24 years and you were brought to an ER within three hours of its onset, you likely would have been given a drug called tPA intravenously. This, ...

 

Mind Matters: 2020 vision

Have you made any New Year’s resolutions for 2020? Perhaps if you share your goals with a “higher status” individual, you will be more committed in reaching them. According to research summarized in the American Psychological Association Monitor’s In Brief column (January, February 2020), people appear more committed to achieving their goals when they share them with ...

 

Mind Matters: Empathy

The word empathy gets bandied about a lot these days, becoming yet another platitude. If we slap the word in a “PR” paragraph, it must mean a corporation cares. If we use it in conversation, it must mean we really own it. Well, no, on both counts. True empathy is the unsung hero of the quotidian lives we live. What is empathy anyway? It is not to be confused with its ...

 

Mind Matters: Help with holidays

Sure, sure, sure, I have written about holiday stressors many times before. However, just as holidays return every year, it can’t hurt to revisit some of the stresses they conjure and also what might help to allay those stresses. It’s sort of like old recipes — we know them, but we forget them and so we need to go back to the cookbook or the spilled-on index card ...

 

Revolutionary treatment for aortic valve disease

The name of the procedure is a mouthful, but the impact it’s having on patients is huge. It’s called transcatheter aortic valve replacement—TAVR for short—and it’s revolutionizing how patients with aortic valve disease are treated at Crozer Keystone Health System. “Put simply, TAVR involves the replacement of a diseased or malfunctioning aortic heart valve through a ...

 

How to curb your child’s sugar intake on Halloween

The average trick-or-treater in America will consume around three cups of sugar (or about 7,000 calories of candy) on Halloween, according to one industry report. Buried beneath that mountain of sweets is an already pressing concern about the amount of sugar Americans (kids and adults alike) eat on a daily basis, the growing research that suggests that excess added ...

 

Mind Matters: Recent psychological observations

From family dinners to telecommuting, psychologists have done their homework, according to research summarized in the October, 2019, issue of the APA Monitor on Psychology. According to family therapist Anne Fishel, research on the importance of family meals notes that “regular family dinners are associated with less depression and anxiety, lower rates of substance ...

 

Have you had your flu shot?

Flu season is upon us—which means you’ll need a flu shot this fall if you haven’t already gotten one. Getting a flu shot isn’t a guarantee that you won’t get the flu. So, how much does it help, then? “The overall effectiveness of last year’s vaccine was 38 percent,” said Dorothy A. Slavin, M.D., F.A.C.P., an infectious disease physician at Delaware County Memorial ...

 

Mind Matters: Addressing teen suicide

Suicide is the second leading cause of death in the world for those aged 15 to 24. “Beneath the Surface: A Teen’s Guide to Reaching Out When You or a Friend Is in Crisis,” by Kristi Hugstad, offers a prescriptive for averting teen suicide. After her husband completed suicide, Hugstad wanted to find effective ways to help others on the same path. While the highest ...