Health

Is that mole normal? Recognizing skin cancers

It’s a common question that dermatologists hear all the time: “Is this mole normal?” In most cases, the answer will be yes. Moles are a very normal part of healthy skin that first appear during the first 25 years of your life. By the time you’re an adult, you may have as many as 40 moles or more. Most are brown or black and are perfectly healthy. However, if a mole ...

 
 

Mind Matters: Research nuggets in psychology

Allow me to glean some nuggets of psychological research reported on in the American Psychological Association Monitor (see http://www.apa.org/monitor/2017/05/index.aspx). The articles include research on belief versus fact; how green buildings help cognitive ability, thereby promoting productivity; and also an editorial on how psychologists are concerned about both ...

 

Treating social anxiety disorder

It’s not some form of extreme shyness or the result of an introverted personality. Social anxiety disorder severely limits the lives of sufferers, who live in fear of being judged in social or performance situations. People with social anxiety disorder often retreat into the perceived safety of living life alone, having few social or romantic relationships. It can ...

 

Six reasons breastfeeding is great for your baby

If you’re a first-time mother, breastfeeding might seem like an intimidating prospect. However, it is quite literally the most natural thing in the world, and the benefits for you and your baby are significant. Doctors advise mothers to begin breastfeeding as soon as they can; waiting a couple of days until you get home from the hospital is often a big mistake. ...

 

Wellness, Jackie’s Way: Reasons to plant a garden

It seems tempting to pick up fresh vegetables at the market especially when we have so many options for terrific markets in our neighborhoods. There’s Wegmans, Whole Foods, Fresh Market, Trader Joe’s, Costco and more. However, the nature of the American Food System means that fruit, vegetables and herbs found in these markets have often been grown hundreds of miles ...

 

Mind Matters: Are you thinking?

Years ago, in 1963, Hannah Arendt, a political philosopher, wrote about Adolf Eichman, the Nazi who murdered millions of Jews. Her book was titled “Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil.” Arendt observed that Eichmann did not start out as an “anti-Semitic monster” but was a “normal person who had what was for his time a normal upbringing and ...

 

How to Train for a 5K

Spring is officially here. As the days get longer and temperatures rise, now is the perfect time to sign up for a race to motivate yourself to get into better shape. The most popular distance out there is the 5K, which stands for five kilometers – just over three miles. If the sound of that doesn’t make you cringe, then keep reading for a stepwise guide to properly ...

 

Recognizing the Early Signs of Autism

As a parent, sometimes you just have a gut feeling that your child is sick or struggling with a challenge – even if they can’t communicate it. Many parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) start investigating the early signs and symptoms of autism because they have this same type of intuitive feeling about their child. The earlier you recognize the ...

 

Mind Matters: From cemetery to science

Now that I've moved to Massachusetts, I miss the blues and purples of the Siberian squill and glory of the snow that carpet the forest of Winterthur. So, I come to the Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge to look for nature’s beauty among the dead, whose remains rest there. I can see Boston’s Prudential Center as well as Sanders Theatre in Harvard Square. It’s a ...

 

Many people still misusing prescription painkillers

Maybe you had a surgery. Or you fell and broke your leg. At such times, your healthcare provider may give you a prescription for a painkiller. Potent pills like opioids can ease many painful ailments. But many people still misuse these medicines despite the danger, says a recent study. The opioid epidemic Since 2009, deaths from prescription medicine overdoses have ...

 

Worrying about your health is bad for your heart

Asking "Dr. Google" about your symptoms may cause more anxiety than you anticipated. Worrying needlessly about your health is easy to do, especially with instant access to a world of medical knowledge at your fingertips. You feel a slight twinge in your side or a sudden headache and ask “Dr. Google” what’s wrong by searching for your symptoms. In a matter of ...