Tips On Fostering Healthy Sibling Relationships

Do you want specific suggestions for engendering friendship among siblings? Parent educator and author Mary Sheedy Kurcinka (“Kids, Parents and Power Struggles, HarperCollins, $23) and Myrna B.Shure, Ph.D., a developmental psychologist in Philadelphia and author of “Raising a Thinking Child” (Henry Holt, $23) offer these tips for fostering healthy relationships among siblings: (more…)

April 26th, 2012 - Posted in Relationships | | Comments Off

Treatment. Part 2

A person who constantly weighs herself may try not weighing herself for increasingly longer periods of time (e.g., at first a few hours, then a day, and so on). Encouraging pleasurable behaviors that make a person’s body feel good is another important treatment intervention. Teaching relaxation skills is another important element of the treatment. This gives individuals skills they can use when the urge to engage in body-image behaviors strikes. (more…)

April 20th, 2012 - Posted in Medicines | | Comments Off

Treatment. Part 1

The overall treatment goal is to help individuals who have negative body image become comfortable with their body’s appearance. This includes not letting any negative thoughts or feelings change their behaviors and interfere with their daily life. As discussed earlier, behaviors do not occur in isolation. (more…)

April 20th, 2012 - Posted in Medicines | | Comments Off

Fuel for the Fire of Hot Flushes

Stress can “add fuel to the fire” of hot flushes. When women feel stressed in some way, they may experience the physical manifestations associated with the hot flush (such as warm, visible flushing or sweating) that cause additional stress or give others the exaggerated appearance that we are not in control.
But how is stress associated with hot flushes? The temperature controlling, or thermoregulatory, centers in a woman’s brain area are in close proximity to estrogen receptors, as well as epinephrine and norepinephrine receptors. During stress, your body undergoes various degrees of the “flight or fight” response, and releases both norepinephrine and epinephrine. These contribute to heightened attention and anxiety, as well as an increased pulse rate as our bodies adjust to deal with the stressful event. (more…)

April 18th, 2012 - Posted in Medicines | | Comments Off

Rheumatoid Arthritis Research Update

Exciting new research is expanding the understanding and treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Early and aggressive treatment is today’s philosophy, and results show researchers and doctors are on the right track. (more…)

April 10th, 2012 - Posted in Medicines | | Comments Off

Coping With Teen Acne

Acne can be tough on teens — and it can be pretty rough on their parents and other family members, too.

“Acne can profoundly affect a teen-ager’s self-esteem and confidence at a sensitive time in their personal growth and development,” said Donna Ford, president of the American Counseling Association, a private nonprofit organization for professional counselors. (more…)

April 9th, 2012 - Posted in Acne and Pain | | Comments Off

Paddle With the Current Simplify Your Life

I have a confession to make. Although I assist others in uncluttering their lives, simplifying my own life remains a “work in progress.” Almost outside of my awareness, my “To Do” list takes on a life of its own. I wake up most Saturday mornings already overwhelmed by what the day has in store for me.
I am happy to report, however, that I am making progress! I have learned that simplifying my life isn’t so much about working faster or finding shortcuts. And I probably don’t need to move to a cabin in Idaho to achieve it. In fact, I would be just as adept at complicating things in Idaho! (more…)

April 2nd, 2012 - Posted in Relationships | | Comments Off