24 APR

Constance Scharff, PhD
1:54 am
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Meditation Improves Sleep

Regularly not being able to get to sleep or stay asleep is a terrible experience. It can leave you feeling drained, agitated, and foggy headed. But Los Angeles area researchers suggest there is new hope in the fight against insomnia, and that hope is mindful meditation. Researchers from UCLA and USC recruited 49 older individuals […]

24 APR

Constance Scharff, PhD
1:53 am
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Yoga Improves Health, Including Help for Back Pain

Because of its popularity, yoga has caught the attention of researchers. And researchers are finding that practicing yoga regularly improves overall health as well as provides symptom relief for several different disorders, including back pain. In a study published in 2011, researchers divided 228 adults with chronic back pain into three different groups that participated […]

24 APR

Constance Scharff, PhD
1:51 am
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Does Your Life Have Meaning?

Depression is one of the most common forms of mental illness anywhere in the world. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that approximately 9% of the US adult population suffers from “occasional” depression while 3.4% suffer from major depression. Globally more than 350 million people suffer from depression with 1 million or […]

14 APR

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:41 am
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Prescription Drugs Can Kill

Prescription drugs are a leading cause of death, more so than illegal drugs such as heroin and cocaine. This is a growing problem. Many people, particularly teens, continue to be unaware of the dangers posed by prescription drugs, according to a study published in the Journal of Public Policy & Marketing. Study authors Richard Netemeyer […]

7 APR

Constance Scharff, PhD
1:56 am
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Binge Drinking Damages Adolescent Brains

In a new study in the journal Neurobiology of Disease, an experiment with rats suggests that binge drinking during the teen years may impede brain development and having long-term consequences on behavior and genes. In this study, using a population of rats, scientists mimicked binge drinking. The results were clear. Time reports: The researchers discovered […]

2 APR

Constance Scharff, PhD
1:57 am
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Sugar Addiction: It’s More Damaging to Your Body than You Might Imagine

What is it like to be addicted to sugar? The sugar addict craves sugar in the same way an alcoholic desires alcohol. They want it whether they are hungry or not. They want it at inappropriate times, in the morning and late at night. They have physical and psychological responses to sugar when it is […]

26 MAR

Constance Scharff, PhD
2:03 am
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Yes, You Can Die of a Broken Heart

“Broken Heart Syndrome” or, takotsubo cardiomyopathy, was once thought to be a myth, but researchers have found that individuals, particularly women, can die of a broken heart. The chest pain associated with the syndrome usually follows a traumatic event, such as hearing of news of a loved-one’s death or surviving a potentially deadly accident. Medical […]

24 MAR

Constance Scharff, PhD
2:05 am
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The Power of Positive Psychology in Addiction Treatment

Positive psychology is the study of what makes people feel happy or good. This perspective on psychology has the potential to shake up the entire field of clinical psychological research. What would therapy sessions look like if we focused on the talents, passions, and abilities of a client rather than on their psychological diagnoses and […]

19 MAR

Constance Scharff, PhD
2:07 am
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Writing an Obituary when Your Loved One Dies of an Overdose

It is never easy to write an obituary for a loved one. It is even more difficult when that loved one dies of a drug overdose, a substance abuse related accident or from the long-term complications of addiction. Not only is the family grieving, but many times they are embarrassed by the circumstances of their […]

19 MAR

Constance Scharff, PhD
1:58 am
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Do High Fat Foods Change Our Behavior?

Most people enjoy eating. In every culture in the world, feasts are part of the celebratory process. Not only do we like to eat nutritious food, but we often also crave high fat, sugary, and salty foods. The pleasure centers of our brains reward us for eating these foods. Also, as part of our biology, […]

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