Plastic Surgery for Teens

I recently noticed several reports in the news media about teenagers who had gotten cosmetic plastic surgery. Many wanted these procedures to help them fit in with...

Are Older Folks Too Trusting?

Much research shows that older people are a surprisingly upbeat group on the whole, despite undeniable physical declines and the increased sense of mortality. As we’ve reported,...

The Moon-Mood Connection

The idea that a full moon is connected with lunacy (violence, aggression, sleepwalking and general craziness) is probably as old as language, but is born anew with...

Does Personality Affect Health?

Do highly stressed or angry people get more ulcers and backaches? Maybe, maybe not. People who develop these problems have a wide range of personalities and habits;...

6 Ways Money Can Make You Happy

Does money make people happier? Less than you may think. The wealthy are happier than the poor, studies have found, and wealthy countries are happier than poor ones—but...

The Science of Happiness

As a practicing physician, I wanted my patients to be happy—and not just with me. I had a hunch that happy people were, in the long run,...

Beyond Sadness

Grief and loss are not subjects we turn to willingly—but sooner or later we must. I’ve just read a new book on the subject of loss called...

Aspartame and Depression

Q: Can aspartame cause depression? A: No well-designed human studies have ever found that aspartame causes neurological or psychiatric problems, including migraines, depression, insomnia or memory loss. In...

Panic Attacks

Q: What is a panic attack? A: A panic attack is a sudden surge of fear and anxiety that usually comes out of nowhere. Symptoms may include sweating,...

Two Cheers For Optimism

It makes sense that a cheerful spirit goes along with good health. An optimist is more likely to take steps to stay healthy—eat well, maintain a healthy...
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