28 JUN

Constance Scharff, PhD
1:55 pm
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Help! Five Things to Do When Words Aren’t Enough

Help! Five Things to Do When Words Aren’t Enough Tragedy often strikes when we least expect it, and sometimes there are no words available to express our feelings. Shock is a normal response to hardship. But supporting someone you love or seeing yourself through a difficult situation doesn’t end when you have nothing to say. […]

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18 MAY

Constance Scharff, PhD
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Beyond the Family: Four Government Interventions to Fight Addiction

Beyond the Family: Four Government Interventions to Fight Addiction   Families in the United States are really going it alone with regard to substance abuse treatment. Even when a loved one wants help, there very frequently are no treatment beds available or insurance will cover only a fraction of the cost or duration of care […]

16 MAY

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:27 pm
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No Restroom Needed: Three Reasons People Abuse Imodium

No Restroom Needed: Three Reasons People Abuse Imodium   A long-time occupier of bathroom cabinets around the country, Imodium (loperamide) and other antidiarrheal medications are under increased scrutiny as deaths from the abuse of this drug begin to increase. A study released by the international journal Annals of Emergency Medicine highlighted the health risks inherent […]

14 APR

Constance Scharff, PhD
4:04 pm
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The Sugar Debacle: Three Ways Nutrition Scientists Got It Wrong

The Sugar Debacle: Three Ways Nutrition Scientists Got It Wrong   Sugar isn’t just in candy bars anymore. Look at the nutrition label on a loaf of bread, a can of pasta sauce or pretty much any low-fat dairy product and you’ll find sugar, lots of it. One might assume that any substance manufacturers routinely […]

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7 APR

Constance Scharff, PhD
4:12 am
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Four Ways to Harness the Healing Power of Nature

Four Ways to Harness the Healing Power of Nature Why do city dwellers talk so much about ‘getting away?’ Why is camping such a popular pastime? Recent studies suggest that being in natural settings, or even just sitting beside plants indoors, can improve our mood, decrease stress, and make us more generous. Here are four […]

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11 FEB

Constance Scharff, PhD
6:44 pm
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Where’s the Silver Lining? Four Ways Adversity May Make Us Stronger

Where’s the Silver Lining? Four Ways Adversity May Make Us Stronger   Life is not fair. Some things just seem to happen to us, often leaving us reeling and wondering which way is up. It’s true that there will never be a way to avoid some of the worst experiences in life because, like death, […]

5 JAN

Constance Scharff, PhD
5:37 pm
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4 Things You Should Know about the Link between Sugar and Cancer

4 Things You Should Know about the Link between Sugar and Cancer   When someone mentions addiction, sugar is not usually the first substance we think of. Yet the detrimental effects of sugar and processed foods on our body’s health can be insidiously dangerous and very much akin to the addictive process. Whether addiction or […]

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22 DEC

Constance Scharff, PhD
6:00 am
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Understanding Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Understanding Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is most often associated with military personal exposed to war and all the tragedy and horror that goes with that experience. However, PTSD affects all sorts of people, from children who have experienced abuse to those who have been in accidents, victims of crime, or witness […]

14 DEC

Constance Scharff, PhD
6:00 am
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Monday Blues? 3 Ways Your Job Can Help You Stay Drug and Alcohol Free

Monday Blues? 3 Ways Your Job Can Help You Stay Drug and Alcohol Free   Your 9-to-5 is worth more than a paycheck. The skills you learn on the job follow you home and make a difference in how you manage the rest of life’s ups and downs. The Wall Street Journal recently compiled several studies […]

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11 NOV

Constance Scharff, PhD
8:21 pm
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How to Get a Good Night Sleep Without Sleeping Aids

How to Get a Good Night Sleep Without Sleeping Aids Sleeping pills and sleep medications are most effective when used sparingly, for short-term situations, such as coming back from a long trip overseas. Persistent insomnia is usually a symptom of an underlying medical or psychological problem that cannot be “cured” with sleeping pills. The idea […]

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