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Archive: August, 2012

Bad attitudes toward health care changes

Wednesday, August 8, 2012, 12:25 PM
by Daniel R. Hoffman, Ph.D. The changes currently taking place in health care are huge, pervasive and irresistible. That's only to be expected as health care moves toward consuming 20 percent of America's GDP. As part of the process it's predictable that people with a stake in preserving or even reversing... Read more

How 'highway hypnosis' works

Tuesday, August 7, 2012, 1:55 PM
Editor's note: Diane Girardot is sending dispatches from the American Psychological Association conference in Orlando, Fla. from August 2-5. By Diane Russell Girardot, L.P.C. Highway hypnosis. We all know what that is. You get in your car at the end of a long work day, hit the Turnpike for home,... Read more

Abuse toward animals may predict violent behavior toward humans

Sunday, August 5, 2012, 10:53 AM
Editor's note: Diane Girardot is sending dispatches from the American Psychological Association conference in Orlando, Fla. from August 2-5. By Diane Russell Girardot, L.P.C. It is very likely that the individuals who set fire to dogs and cats in the Philadelphia area this summer would turn their... Read more

Smaller portions and eating enjoyment

Sunday, August 5, 2012, 5:16 PM
Editor's note: Diane Girardot is sending dispatches from the American Psychological Association conference in Orlando, Fla. from August 2-5. By Diane Russell Girardot, L.P.C. Mozart was only listened to by a small audience at first. Over time his music became a standard in concert halls across the... Read more

Coping with teen sleep issues

Saturday, August 4, 2012, 2:22 PM
Editor's note: Diane Girardot is sending dispatches from the American Psychological Association conference in Orlando, Fla. from August 2-5. By Diane Russell Girardot, L.P.C. Is your adolescent yawning during the day and struggling to fall asleep at night? Is your child persistently late for school... Read more

Understanding Catholic priests beyond the headlines

Saturday, August 4, 2012, 2:11 PM
Editor's note: Diane Girardot is sending dispatches from the American Psychological Association conference in Orlando, Fla. from August 2-5. By Diane Russell Girardot, L.P.C. Anthony Isacco's friend is a Catholic priest who tells Anthony he has become “hesitant, cautious, and lonely”... Read more

Behavior change and obesity in America

Friday, August 3, 2012, 12:00 PM
Diane Girardot is sending dispatches from the American Psychological Association conference in Orlando, Fla. from August 2-5. By Diane Russell Girardot, L.P.C. With 17 percent of American children deemed obese and that number growing, it is a conundrum to consider that many parents say they fear... Read more

The best health insurance in America is government health insurance

Friday, August 3, 2012, 11:47 AM
by Robert I. Field, Ph.D., J.D., M.P.H. What health insurance plan has the most satisfied customers? Is it run by a company that is large or small, for-profit or nonprofit, local or national? According to a recent study published in the prestigious journal Health Affairs, the best plan is run by... Read more

Examining the psychology of choosing name brands

Friday, August 3, 2012, 4:02 PM
Editor's note: Diane Girardot is sending dispatches from the American Psychological Association conference in Orlando, Fla. from August 2-5. By Diane Russell Girardot, L.P.C. Savvy shoppers may be more “chill” than more novice consumers facing down 200 different types of pain relievers... Read more

I've got hemorrhoids and it's painful. What's causing it? What can I do for some relief?

Wednesday, August 1, 2012, 2:15 PM
Christopher J. Bruce, M.D. is a Colorectal Surgeon and the Chief of Surgery at Mercy Suburban Hospital in East Norriton. First and foremost, hemorrhoids should not be embarrassing. Hemorrhoids are part of the normal anatomy and everybody has them. When people complain of “hemorrhoids”... Read more
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