A Winter’s Tale: Helping Seniors Weather the Cold

Posted on 01/23/2013 by |Volunteering | Comments

Your LifeThere’s a woman who sits in the square outside my office. Her name is Anna, and she’s 92. Her caregiver Magda wheels her there, just a couple blocks from her apartment, so she can feed the birds. Or, as Anna, a lifelong New Yorker, says, “the boyds.” Seeing Anna in the square is like seeing my friend Arthur at the theater. It’s her happy place. She could spend hours there, watching the boyds fly up to the rooftops and down …

Acupuncture Helps Ease Fatigue After Breast Cancer

Posted on 10/31/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthPersistent fatigue after breast cancer treatment is a common problem among patients, with one in three women suffering the debilitating tiredness for a year or more after their treatment ends. Older women, in particular, say their post-cancer fatigue severely affects their mood and quality of life. But a new multicenter study by British researchers finds that acupuncture may help reduce fatigue and improve quality of life in women who have had breast cancer. In the study published this week in …

Reduce Depression and Enhance Happiness with the Seven-a-Day Diet

Posted on 10/24/2012 by |Fat to Fit | Comments

Personal HealthCan peas replace Prozac pills and apples replace Abilify tablets? Hippocrates, who believed in the healing power of nature, may have been on to something when he advised us nearly 25 centuries ago to make food our medicine and medicine our food. In the intervening centuries, though, we seem to have ignored the first half of Hippocrates’s counsel—to make food our medicine—and misinterpreted his advice to make medicine our food. How else can we explain the record number of Americans …

Heart Attacks Can Cause Serious Depression — In Spouses

Posted on 08/27/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthWhile depression is common among heart attack survivors, their spouses can also be hit hard. According to a new study, spouses of heart attack victims are at greater risk of depression, anxiety or suicide, and men are more likely than women to become depressed or commit suicide, American and Danish researchers found. Even if a husband or wife survives a heart attack, the spouse suffers more than do spouses of people who survive or die from other conditions, the study …

The Takeaway: Performing Helped Bruce Springsteen Cope With Severe Depression

Posted on 07/25/2012 by |Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin Today | EntertainmentBy now, you may have heard about the New Yorker profile of Bruce Springsteen in which the now 62-year-old rocker talks about — gasp! — suffering from depression. The admission has swiftly been making the media rounds, because I guess it’s not every day that a symbol of good old-fashioned American working-class masculinity admits to something as unmanly as mental illness. And depression at that! Oh my. Generally when our rock stars have psychiatric problems, we like it to be something sexy, like drug addiction.

Depressed? Help Could Be A Phone Call Away

Posted on 06/6/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthTalking with a therapist on the phone may be more helpful for depressed patients than coming to a therapist’s office. That’s the finding of a new Northwestern University medical school study that found that patients with depression who got therapy over the phone were more likely to complete 18 weeks of treatment than those who had face-to-face sessions. “Now therapists can make house calls,” said study author David Mohr, M.D., professor of preventive medicine at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine. …