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 […]

19 OCT

Constance Scharff, PhD
2:58 am
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Getting Off Opioids: Tapering an Detox

In 2011, 52 million people in the US over the age of 12 used prescription drugs non-medically at least once in their lifetime, 6.2 million in the past month. Abuse of prescription narcotic painkillers sit at the heart of the epidemic. Forty-five people die every day from opioid prescription painkillers – more deaths than heroin […]

16 OCT

Constance Scharff, PhD
2:56 am
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Men, Listen Up: Drinking Damages Your Sperm

A recent study from Denmark found the fertility of otherwise healthy men was significantly reduced by alcohol use. The sperm concentration of men has decreased by nearly one-third between 1989 and 2005, according to researchers. Statistically speaking, the human race simply cannot afford losing any more sperm or human reproduction will be negatively affected. A […]

14 OCT

Constance Scharff, PhD
2:57 am
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Skill Training for Parents Helps Teens Dealing with Substance Abuse

Many parents do not like to think about the fact that children and teens often experiment with alcohol, drugs and cigarettes. The likelihood of substance abuse decreases when parents maintain open communication with their children; good parenting skills improve the odds of preventing experimentation. Attitudes towards drinking, cigarettes, drugs and sex begin the home and […]

2 OCT

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:00 am
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Calling for Full Implementation of the Mental Health Parity Act

The Affordable Care Act insurance revisions that went into effect January 1, 2014, are continuing to have problems providing effective drug addiction treatment to those in need. Low-income individuals are still not getting treatment for addiction, even when treatment beds are available. The system continues todiscriminateagainst those who cannot afford to pay for quality care […]