Category Archives: Mental Health

How can Moms achieve balance between work and home?

Moms who work away from the home often find it difficult to achieve home-work balance. A pediatrician has some prescriptions to help.

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Is melatonin a safe sleep aid?

Melatonin is increasingly used as a pharmacological sleep aid but questions have been raised about its impact on blood sugar.

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Physical activity, screen time tied to teen well-being

Researchers surveyed over a half-million youths ages 11 to 15 and found that girls who spent an hour a day on devices such TVs, cellphones, computers, and video games, and boys who spent about 90 minutes a day on their … Continue reading

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Earlier Dinner Better for Kids and Parents

According to a report from the Institute of Family Studies, having dinner as a family is an important part of a family routine. Shared meals are a time to bond, talk together, and give children a chance to process the day.

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A New Episode of “Ask Dr. Walt” on Liftable TV — Spiritual Health

LiftableTV has posted a new episode of “Ask Dr. Walt,” titled, “Spiritual Health.” 

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Sugar can increase dementia and Alzheimer’s risk

A study presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference reported that “Total sugar intake may affect cognitive function over time, with higher amounts potentially increasing the risk for Alzheimer’s disease.”

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Lonely seniors at high-risk to use risky medications

Recent research indicates that lonely seniors are much more likely to take opioid analgesics, sedatives, anti-anxiety drugs, and other medications potentially putting them at increased risk for drug dependency, attention problems, falls, accidents, and premature mental decline.

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Disturbing overlap between long-haul COVID and Alzheimer’s

The findings from multiple studies made public at an Alzheimer’s Association International Conference suggest some worrisome overlaps between long-haul COVID and Alzheimer’s disease.

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Loneliness dramatically increasing among teenagers who use smartphones or the Internet too much

A recent study published in the Journal of Adolescence finds that “feelings of loneliness among teenagers rose sharply between 2012 and 2018” in almost every country studied countries. The loneliness was strongly correlated with “[increases] in smartphone and Internet use.”

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Nordic Diet Lengthens Survival with Improved Mental and Physical Function

Adults with higher adherence to a Nordic diet (also known as NDDP, the Nordic Prudent Diet Pattern) had greater odds of prolonging survival with optimal physical and mental function.

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A New Episode of “Ask Dr. Walt” — Loneliness Can Kill!

LiftableTV has posted a new episode of “Ask Dr. Walt,” titled, “Loneliness Can Kill.” 

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Is marijuana use associated with suicide in young people?

It appears the disturbing answer is a qualified, “Yes!” A recent study found that the use of marijuana (even non-daily use) in young adults, especially females, is strongly associated with an increased risk of thinking about, planning, and attempting suicide.

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A New Episode of “Ask Dr. Walt” available on Liftable TV

LiftableTV has posted a new episode of “Ask Dr. Walt,” titled, “The Power of Positive Friends and Healthful Relationships.” 

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Loneliness can make us sick, but here are tips to fight back

On my new TV show, “Ask Dr. Walt” on LiftableTV, I devoted an entire show to the topic, “Avoid Loneliness Like the Plague.” I consider healthy relationships one of the top ten essentials of highly healthy people. Here’s why:

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Coming in One Week — The National Release of “The Natural Medicines Handbook”

Launching across the U.S. on Tuesday, April 6, is my 38th book, The Natural Medicines Handbook: The Truth about the Most Effective Herbs, Vitamins, and Supplements for Common Conditions.

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An Amazing Thanksgiving Proclamation — by the President of the United States of America

What a surprise it is, to those of us with modern sensitivities, to read this amazing Thanksgiving proclamation—especially since it was released by the President of the United States of America. I’ve reformatted it a bit, just to make it easier … Continue reading

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Treat yourself well during the Thanksgiving holiday

The holidays can be physically, emotionally, and financially overwhelming. So take care to avoid letting the stress of the season get you down during this Thanksgiving week. Here are some suggestions that may help:

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Study suggests mental ‘fog’ of menopause is real

The memory blips and distractible moments that women say they experience during menopause may be as real as the hot flashes and poor sleep, a new study suggests.

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Exercise boosts kids’ academic ability

Promoting physical activity among young school kids can end up improving their academic performance, a new study suggests.

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Lack of sleep opens door to health problems

In his column in the Los Angeles Times, Davis Lazarus writes that “according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 75 million Americans – more than one-quarter of the population – say they don’t get enough sleep.”

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Fruits, veggies can be beauty tools, study says

The key to a rosy, healthy-looking complexion may be as simple as eating more fruits and vegetables, researchers say.

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Review: Antidepressants benefit people with all ranges of depression

Reuters reports that according to an analysis published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, antidepressants may benefit people suffering from depression, even those whose depression is just mild or moderate.

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Exercise helps adults sleep better

The New York Times reports, “According to the National Institutes of Health, more than half of adults ages 60 and over have trouble sleeping.”

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FDA warns of mercury in imported skin creams

CBS reports that the Food and Drug Administration has warned that some “skin creams, soaps and lotions that are manufactured overseas and sold in some US shops might contain toxic amounts of mercury.”

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FDA cites misleading statements from inhalable caffeine manufacturer

Bloomberg News reports that the FDA has cited Breathable Foods Inc. for placing misleading labels on canisters dispensing caffeine. According to Bloomberg, the FDA notes that the manufacturer describes its AeroShot Pure Energy inhaler as “breathable energy,” and so “encourages consumers … Continue reading

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Virginia governor signs bill requiring ultrasounds for women seeking abortions

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell recently signed a bill making abdominal ultrasounds mandatory for women seeking abortions.

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Trans fat consumption linked to stroke risk in women

Medscape reports, “Postmenopausal women whose diet is high in trans fats, found in fried foods and packaged products, are at higher risk for certain types of ischemic stroke,” according to research published in the Annals of Neurology.

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Study shows how marijuana clouds memory

Scientists studying mice say they better understand how marijuana impairs working memory, the ability to momentarily retain and utilize information needed for comprehension and learning.

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How concerned should you be about the statin warnings?

This morning I had a detailed post on the FDA warnings on statins. Let me explain why this will NOT change my prescribing habits.

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FDA adds new safety warnings to statins

Coverage of the FDA’s decision to add warnings to the labels of statins was widespread and presented the warnings as acknowledging a serious danger, while repeating that statins are still useful and effective medications.

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