15 NOV

Constance Scharff, PhD
2:44 am
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Eating Disorders and Addictive Behaviors

Some people suffering with an eating disorder may also be exhibiting other addictive or self-destructive behaviors. As an eating disorder is a reaction to a low self-esteem, and a negative means of coping with life and stress, so are other types of addictions. These can include alcoholism, drug addiction (illegal, prescription and/or over-the-counter medications), and […]

13 NOV

Constance Scharff, PhD
2:47 am
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Medication Misuse by the Elderly May Be Fatal

As a society, we are beginning to deal with a growing population of aging baby boomers, many of whom abuse substances and most of whom are taking new medications for diseases related to aging. Abuse or unintentional misuse is common with not only prescription medications, but also with many over-the-counter drugs. According to a new […]

11 NOV

Constance Scharff, PhD
2:48 am
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Veterans Deserve the Best

There are an estimated 23.4 million veterans in the United States and about 2.2 million active military service members. This is a large number of people who will depend on our military and veterans’ health care system. We have a volunteer military and we should all be concerned for the well-being of our military service […]

6 NOV

Constance Scharff, PhD
2:50 am
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Understanding Alcohol Abuse and Dependency

Alcohol abuse, also defined as alcohol dependence or addiction, crosses all social and economic lines and negatively affects many men, women and children around the world. Excessive alcohol consumption is a leading cause of premature death in the United States; it is the third major killer of people following heart disease and cancer. The National […]

6 NOV

Constance Scharff, PhD
2:45 am
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When Insomnia Occurs With Depression

Emerging scientific research clearly shows that the relationship between depression and insomnia is far more complex than originally believed. Depression is a serious mental health concern that will touch most people’s lives at some point in their lifetime, either directly or through someone close. Depression is a common but serious illness. Most people who experience […]

4 NOV

Constance Scharff, PhD
2:51 am
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The Evidence that Stress Affects Aging

Our cells eventually start to malfunction and lose their ability to divide, a phenomenon that is recognized as a key process in aging. At the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), a team led by a Nobel Prize-winning biochemist Elizabeth Blackburn is researching stress and its impact on aging. Western biomedicine has traditionally shunned the […]

30 OCT

Constance Scharff, PhD
2:52 am
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Improving Your Heart Health Using Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness meditation has been linked to improved emotional health and chemical stress levels; the ability to ease depression and anxiety; reduction and control of arthritis pain; and easing of substance abuse cravings. As it turns out, being mindful may also have a positive effect on the heart’s health and cardiovascular disease, and therefore improve overall […]

28 OCT

Constance Scharff, PhD
2:53 am
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Time to Quit Smoking

Nicotine is a highly addictive ingredient in tobacco products. Over fifty years ago, the first Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health was released. Based on review of an estimated 7,000 documents, the report concluded: “Cigarette smoking is causally related to lung cancer in men; the magnitude of the effect of cigarette smoking outweighs all […]

23 OCT

Constance Scharff, PhD
2:54 am
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Recognizing the Needs of the LGBTQ Community

LGBTQ individuals still have plenty of struggles in the United States, including discrimination in healthcare, where they often remain largely invisible. With regard to addiction and addiction treatment, those who identify as homosexual, bisexual, or transgender have a much higher rate of substance abuse and addiction than the general population and have a distinct set […]

21 OCT

Constance Scharff, PhD
2:55 am
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The Search for Alternative Pain Therapies

An Institute of Medicine (IOM) report states that nearly 100 million American adults suffer from chronic pain at a cost of $635 billion per year. Yet studies point out that while opioid painkillers are the most popular treatment for chronic pain, they may also be the least effective. The IOM report notes a need for […]

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