Sorry doctor, you’re already an actor

Following one of my recent articles on how physicians can improve their communication skills and ultimately help attain better patient outcomes, I received an interesting comment from a physician. It went something like this: “Sorry, but I’m not an actor.” This response typifies a small (but not insignificant) subset of responses I get when I’m discussing and promoting techniques that any doctor can utilize to better their skills in this area (I secretly also enjoy trying to engage doctors like ...
Tags: Health, Primary Care, Physician

Behold the power of gratitude

Gratitude may be more beneficial than we commonly suppose. One recent study asked subjects to write a note of thanks to someone and then estimate how surprised and happy the recipient would feel – an impact that they consistently underestimated. Another study assessed the health benefits of writing thank you notes. The researchers found that writing as few as three weekly thank you notes over the course of three weeks improved life satisfaction, increased happy feelings and reduced symptoms of d...
Tags: Health, Indianapolis, Psychiatry, Indiana University, Martin Luther, Robinson Crusoe, Defoe, John Wooden, Daniel Defoe, Richard Gunderman, Physician, Crusoe

Robot Peer Pressure Is the Newest Tech Threat to Children

New research shows that children are more likely than adults to give in to peer pressure from robots, a disturbing finding given the rapidly increasing rate at which kids are interacting with socially intelligent machines.Read more...
Tags: Psychology, Science, Children, Robots, Peer Pressure, Robotics, Futurism, Pediatrics, Conformity, Children And Technology, Social Conformity

Celebrating My SURVIVAL!!!

B'SD 4 Elul, 5778 August 15 is the anniversary of my emergency life-saving surgery. I'm celebrating my survival from when doctors had written me off as "... six months." I'm  c e l e b r a t i n g  the fact that I'm alive and thriving, today. And what better way to do it than by alerting the rest of the world about  how to thrive past a devastating medical or mental health problem ? As a journalist, I sometimes respond to requests for information about a given topi...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Diabetes, Haro, Bach, UA, Bob Smith, Booklocker Publishing,, Yocheved Golani, Booklocker, Meningioma, Petroclival Tentorial Meningioma, Health Information Management, Yocheved, Global Resources

Understanding Users’ Vaping Experiences from Social Media: Initial Study Using Sentiment Opinion Summarization Techniques

Background: E-liquid is one of the main components in electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS). ENDS review comments could serve as an early warning on use patterns and even function to serve as an indicator of problems or adverse events pertaining to the use of specific e-liquids—much like types of responses tracked by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding medications. Objective: This study aimed to understand users’ “vaping” experience using sentiment opinion summarization techni...
Tags: Health, Social Media, Food and Drug Administration FDA

VR optics could help old folks keep the world in focus

The complex optics involved with putting a screen an inch away from the eye in VR headsets could make for smartglasses that correct for vision problems. These prototype “autofocals” from Stanford researchers use depth sensing and gaze tracking to bring the world into focus when someone lacks the ability to do it on their own. I talked with lead researcher Nitish Padmanaban at SIGGRAPH in Vancouver, where he and the others on his team were showing off the latest version of the system. It’s meant,...
Tags: Health, TC, Gadgets, Wearables, Science, Hardware, Stanford, Tech, Accessibility, Disability, Vr, Vancouver, Stanford University, SIGGRAPH, Nitish Padmanaban, Padmanaban

Do you run a financially independent business?

Although I would never describe the business of primary care medicine as cutting edge, there are a number of innovations that have come and gone during my short tenure running a medical practice.  The business of medicine is fascinating and leaves much room for personalization and creativity.  I have been lucky to operate at the forefront of practice management and learned quickly how to leverage two bleeding edge philosophies to multiply profits.  First, seeing the inefficiencies of compliance ...
Tags: Health, Finance, Practice Management

How I met your mentor: tips to finding sponsorship and mentorship

If someone asked you on day one of medical school, as a fresh-faced first year, to name the essential components of a successful career, what would you have answered? A solid education? Good test scores? Publications? An $800 otoscope? Some are more obvious than others. Who of the enlightened among us would have mentioned a proper work-life balance? How about a strong support system — or the right mentor? Navigating the jungle of career advancement in the medical field can be treacherous without...
Tags: Health, Education, New York City, Nickelback, Harvard Medical School, Medical School, Julie Silver, American Medical Women 's Association, Student National Medical Association, Joannie Yeh, Lindsey Migliore


I frequently write about pregnancy over 40...I share how I prepared my body, mind with the right foods, the right lifestyle and paying attention to the mind-body connection.  My pregnancy was very deliberate.  But what about older women who get pregnant by surprise?  Most women over 50 aren't trying to get pregnant.  Yes, there are those who use donor eggs and go through fertility treatments, but there are also those who are completely shocked that they got pregnant.  Pregnancy over 40 certainly...
Tags: Health, Infertility, Sandy Robertson

Effectiveness of Serious Gaming During the Multidisciplinary Rehabilitation of Patients With Complex Chronic Pain or Fatigue: Natural Quasi-Experiment

Background: Current evidence for the effectiveness of specialist multidisciplinary programs for burdensome chronic pain and functional somatic syndromes drives the effort to improve approaches, strategies, and delivery modes. It remains unknown to what extent and in what respect serious gaming during the regular outpatient rehabilitation can contribute to health outcomes. Objective: The objectives of our study were to determine the effect of additional serious gaming on (1) physical and emotiona...
Tags: Health, Netherlands

A physician contemplates Medicare blended rates

I am a terrible coder. I think I am a pretty good doctor, but when it comes to coding, the process of figuring out which billing code to pick to assign to a bill for an office visit, I am hopeless. No matter how many times I have had the rules explained to me, or how much feedback I have been given about specific visits, or which “pocket guide” to coding I have been handed over the years, I can’t seem to get it right. Even my errors are non-systematic. Sometimes I “overcode” (picking a visit lev...
Tags: Health, Cms, Policy, Medicare, Primary Care, Public Health & Policy

Developing Embedded Taxonomy and Mining Patients’ Interests From Web-Based Physician Reviews: Mixed-Methods Approach

Background: Web-based physician reviews are invaluable gold mines that merit further investigation. Although many studies have explored the text information of physician reviews, very few have focused on developing a systematic topic taxonomy embedded in physician reviews. The first step toward mining physician reviews is to determine how the natural structure or dimensions is embedded in reviews. Therefore, it is relevant to develop the topic taxonomy rigorously and systematically. Objective: T...
Tags: Health, China, Cohen

Once Upon a Time, Tim Clinton Borrowed from The WSJ and Chuck Colson

Good sources, but you have to cite them. Again, Professor Aaron New brought a potential citation problem to my attention and sure enough, it doesn’t look good. In the fourth issue of volume 12* of AACC’s flagship publication Christian Counseling Today, Tim Clinton’s byline rests on an article titled, “Judicial Tyranny.” However, much of the article seems to be lifted verbatim from op-eds by Pete DuPont and Chuck Colson. A fair use copy is . The first page is clean as far as I can tell. However,...
Tags: Health, Supreme Court, Congress, California, Youtube, Senate, America, Joe Biden, Leahy, DuPont, Infertility, American Bar Association, Kennedy, WSJ, Hamilton, Clinton

Art Therapy for Arthritis – Interview with Professional Artist Jennifer Walker

This week on MSW Interviews: Today I’d like to introduce you to a very special artist who has amazed me with her incredibly descriptive artwork and her ability to write. Without further ado, I’d like to introduce you to professional artist Jennifer Walker, author of Unexpected Advocate. Jennifer suffers from a number of chronic illnesses, because as I’ve mentioned in the past, most patients who are chronically ill deal with several diseases and co-morbidities. In Jennifer’s case, she has Rheum...
Tags: Travel, Health, Features, Mental Health, Depression, Chronic Illness, Sensory Processing Disorder, Salvador Dalí, Cthulhu, Donald Duck, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain, Renoir, Jennifer, Frida Kahlo, Rheumatoid Arthritis

A Face-Aging App for Smoking Cessation in a Waiting Room Setting: Pilot Study in an HIV Outpatient Clinic

Background: There is strong evidence for the effectiveness of addressing tobacco use in health care settings. However, few smokers receive cessation advice when visiting a hospital. Implementing smoking cessation technology in outpatient waiting rooms could be an effective strategy for change, with the potential to expose almost all patients visiting a health care provider without preluding physician action needed. Objective: The objective of this study was to develop an intervention for smoking...
Tags: Health

Podcast: Using Nature to Improve Mental Health

 We often hear about the healing qualities of nature. We’re told that connecting with nature is important, especially in this age where many people are tech connected during all waking hours. Sebastian Slovin believes this. In fact, he believes it so strongly that he became a developmental coach, now working with people to help them develop a stronger connection to nature, improve their well-being, and generally improve their lives. Listen in as he shares his story of why he chose this dir...
Tags: Psychology, Facebook, General, Suicide, Nature, Grief And Loss, Vincent, Mental Health And Wellness, Gabe Howard, Sebastian, Gabe, San Diego State University, La Jolla California, Sebastian Slovin, University of San Diego He, The Psych Central Show

As smoke hangs over Northwest, study shows air pollution was already high

The study analyzed levels of the smallest particulate matter — the kind that poses the biggest health risks — as measured by air-quality stations around the country.
Tags: Health, Wellness, Weather, Science, News, Environment, Local Politics, Local News, Northwest, Puget Sound

The Psychedelic Drug DMT Can Simulate a Near-Death Experience, Study Suggests

Not everyone who is close to death—or thinks they are, at least—has a “near-death experience.” But those who do often hallucinate that they leave their bodies, meet otherworldly beings, see bright flashes and tunnels of light, and more. Those who take the psychedelic drug dimethyltryptamine, or DMT— a compound found…Read more...
Tags: Psychology, Health, Death, Science, Drugs, Ayahuasca, DMT, Hallucinogenic Drugs, Near Death Experiences

The many ways to describe chest pain

There are at least 50 words in the Eskimo languages for snow, 25 in mainstream Swedish, and supposedly 180 or so in the Sami language of the nomadic inhabitants of the northernmost parts of Norway, Sweden, and Finland. But there are even more words than that for “chest pain” among my patients, many of whom do not consistently or fully comprehend the English phrase, “If you have chest pain, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.” This Saturday I had three serious cases of chest pain, but o...
Tags: Health, Finland, Emergency Medicine, Norway Sweden, Conditions, Cardiology

My story isn’t Serena Williams’ story, but some things sound the same

I’m not much of a tennis fan, but I am a fan of Serena Williams. Who wouldn’t be after hearing her story? Her rise to the upper echelon of athletics was remarkable, and her longevity is incomparable. All the while, she has challenged the sporting world’s notions about who and what an elite tennis player is supposed to be. I watched her interviews after this year’s Wimbledon finals and was once again in awe. Less than a year prior to this championship, Ms. Williams delivered a baby girl and then ...
Tags: Health, Williams, Serena Williams, Conditions, Cardiology, Oncology/Hematology

These Medical Miracles Were Supposed to Happen by the Year 2000

Americans who opened the newspaper on January 5, 1961, were greeted with an article by Associated Press science writer John Barbour. He described the futuristic world of the year 2000 and the great medical advances that would be achieved by then. And quite frankly, reading about all of the medical miracles we were…Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Medicine, Cancer, Disease, Apple Watch, Associated Press, Health Care, Fitbit, Medical Devices, John Barbour, Future Medecine, Future Of Medicine, Curing Disease, Futuristic Health Care

Smoke to slowly clear from Seattle skies, but threatens return next week

The National Weather Service is keeping an eye on wildfires to the south, east and north of the Puget Sound area for a possible return of the smoke next week.
Tags: Health, Weather, National Weather Service, News, Seattle, Local News, Puget Sound

Should coffee come with cancer warnings? California says no

A Los Angeles judge ruled that coffee companies must provide cancer warnings to coffee drinkers. But a California agency has proposed a rule, being considered Thursday, declaring that not only does coffee pose no significant risk of cancer, it may actually have health benefits.
Tags: Health, Wellness, Science, News, California, Environment, Los Angeles, Food & Drink, Starbucks, Nation & World, Nation & World Politics

Don’t worry, this psychiatrist won’t analyze you

“Oh, you’re a psychiatrist? I hope you won’t analyze me!” I never know what people actually mean when they say that upon learning that I work as a psychiatrist. I think they’re saying, “I hope you’re not going to spend our time together trying to discern my flaws.” Nobody wants people to seek out, highlight, and exploit their vulnerabilities and faults, so I can understand that. Of course, that’s not what psychiatrists do. Anyway, let’s just take the statement at face value — that people hope th...
Tags: Health, Psychiatry, Physician

Forget about Falling!

B'SD 5 Elul, 5778 One of the side effects of getting older is that our bodies change without our knowledge. Somehow we begin to realize that we gain weight more easily or more slowly than before. Our sense of taste seems to dull. Eyesight does all kinds of unwanted things. Our arms and legs seem to move more slowly though we're trying to make them move faster. We become weaker and less coordinated with age.  Life seems to become a balancing act, too. We trip and fall more often than ...
Tags: Health, Diabetes, Physical Therapy, UA, Booklocker Publishing,, Yocheved Golani, Booklocker, Benefits Of Exercise, Proprioception, Balancing Act

MassChallenge Awards $510K to Eight Startups in Texas Accelerator

Austin—[Updated 2:11 p.m. See below.] MassChallenge gave out $510,000 in cash to eight startups Wednesday, including to six early stage companies from Texas.During an award ceremony in Austin, two hometown companies won $100,000 each, the top awards of the night. Environmental Quality Operations, or EQO, has developed a bioengineered diagnostic technology to “detect, monitor, and eradicate” invasive aquatic species. And Sempulse is developing a device that attaches to a person’s ear and can mon...
Tags: Startups, Accelerator, Texas, Technology, Greece, Cloud Computing, Cancer, Trends, Startup, Diversity, Crops, App, Software, Austin, Mental Health, Restaurant

Why were people thinner in the 1970s?

On July 26, Guardian columnist George Monbiot tweeted a photo of people on Brighton Beach in 1976, with the comment: In this photo, from 1976, almost everyone is what we would now call slim. So what has happened? A sudden loss of willpower, as some rightwing journos claim? No. An obesogenic environment created by junk food manufacturers and their advertisers. In this photo, from 1976, almost everyone is what we would now call slim. So what has happened? A sudden loss of willpower, as some righ...
Tags: Health, Post, News, George Monbiot, Monbiot, Brighton Beach, Evan Amos Own, Jacques Peretti

‘It feels impossible to beat’: how I was floored by menopause

For Rose George, menopause proved far worse than ‘low moods’. It felt like a derangement. And what the hell was it for?I stare stupidly at it. It’s nothing much to look at. It’s only a small pile of clothing: the shorts and tank top that I wear in bed, which I have thrown on to the floor before getting into the shower. I stare stupidly at the clump because I can’t pick it up. It’s astonishing that I managed to shower, because I know already that this is a bad day, one when I feel assaulted by my...
Tags: Health, Women, Society, Menopause, Menstruation, Rose George, Endometriosis

The Most Attractive Eye Colour

People judged pictures of models whose eyes were digitally adjusted. → Enjoying these psych studies? Support PsyBlog for just $4 per month (includes ad-free experience and more articles). → Explore PsyBlog's ebooks, all written by Dr Jeremy Dean: NEW: Accept Yourself: How to feel a profound sense of warmth and self-compassion The Anxiety Plan: 42 Strategies For Worry, Phobias, OCD and Panic Spark: 17 Steps That Will Boost Your Motivation For Anything Activate: How To Find Joy Again By Changing ...
Tags: Psychology, Jeremy Dean, Attractiveness

Tolerating the Uncertainty of Life: Can We Learn to Coexist with Ambiguity?

If you take a moment to reflect, you will notice that almost 99% of the things that “bother” you are either in the past or the imagined future. Virtually none of them are in the here and now. That’s because that which is in the here and now is available to us to interact with, encounter, know, and influence. We usually have a great sense of control about things — even problems — as long as we feel we can see and wrestle with them. Things in the past or the future aren’t available to us to wres...
Tags: Psychology, Regret, Habits, Happiness, Mindfulness, Self-help, Agitation, Fear of the Unknown, Resentment, Worry, Anxiety And Panic, Rumination, Present Moment, Ambiguity

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