Archive for August, 2018

Barbecue better for Labor Day

Monique Tello, MD, MPH

Contributing Editor

Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer, when many of us enjoy a long weekend with friends and family and toast the season with a backyard barbecue. The traditional meat-heavy barbecue menu can be hazardous to your health, but it doesn’t have to be. Some of the most popular barbecue foods are well-known to […]

10 superfoods to boost a healthy diet

Healthy eating patterns have been shown to provide significant health benefits and reduce the risk of chronic disease. Certain “superfoods” are rich in important nutrients and will bolster your efforts to eat a healthier diet.

Travel tips: What you need to know before, during, and after you go abroad

Wynne Armand, MD

Contributing Editor

Getting ready for a big trip abroad can be a lot of work, especially for people with health concerns. Some simple travel tips can help you plan ahead and take prudent precautions while away and help you avoid unexpected health issues.

Cannabidiol (CBD) — what we know and what we don’t

Peter Grinspoon, MD

Contributing Editor

Cannabidiol (CBD) is an active ingredient in cannabis that is derived directly from the hemp plant, but it does not cause a high and is not addictive. CBD is drawing attention because it has been shown to be effective in helping people treat conditions like pain, insomnia, and anxiety.

Back to school anxiety

For some children, the start of the school year triggers back to school anxiety. This can be especially challenging for kids who already have issues with anxiety. Parents can do several things to address these issues and help their children cope better.

Safe driving protects your brain

Of course, observing safe driving habits is a common-sense practice that can help you avoid injury, but these driving guidelines can help protect your brain as well.

Home cooking: Healthy family meals

Monique Tello, MD, MPH

Contributing Editor

When families eat dinner together, the benefits to children go beyond nutrition. Family meals can lead to improved academic performance and self-esteem. Involving the kids in preparing dinner also enriches the experience.

Small study suggests benefits of computer-guided CBT for substance abuse

James Cartreine, PhD

Contributing Editor

As the need for substance use treatment continues to grow, a small study showed that a computer-guided CBT program for substance abuse was slightly more effective than the same type of therapy delivered in person by a therapist, and resulted in a higher percentage of days abstinent from drug use.

Heat related illness: How to keep your cool

Wynne Armand, MD

Contributing Editor

Prolonged periods of hot and humid weather increase the chance of a heat related illness, and you are at higher risk if you are older or spend time exerting yourself outdoors. Take precautions and be sure to hydrate wisely.

Teens and drugs: 5 tips for talking with your kids

If you are a parent concerned about teens and drugs, these tips can help you engage in a productive and positive conversation with your child about substance misuse and help you know when to intervene.