Grieving Losses Other Than Death

Thinkstock Grief is the natural reaction to loss in any form — not just death. For many, the word “grief” comes with a big, looming assumption: death. Grieving the death of a loved one is a universally painful and emotional journey, one which has inspired my own grief counseling business as well as my book, […]

A Medical Student’s Perspective On Medicaid

I recently co-authored a study, published in the Surgery edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA Surgery), which compared how differences in Medicaid expansion in three states affected hospital lengths of stay following trauma. We found that the number of days patients with Medicaid insurance stayed in George Washington University Hospital’s trauma […]

How Brain’s ‘Helper Cells’ Could Contribute To Schizophrenia

Problems with the brain’s “helper cells” may contribute to schizophrenia, a new study in mice suggests. The study focused on glial cells, which provide support for the neurons that do the “signaling” within the brain. For instance, glial cells help organize the connections among neurons and produce myelin, which acts as insulation around the brain’s nerve […]

Suicide ‘Clusters’ May Appear In Army Units

(Reuters Health) – One suicide attempt in an army unit may foreshadow attempts by other soldiers in the same unit, suggests a new study from the U.S. military. “Clusters do occur, and if there is a suicide attempt in an Army unit there is likely to be another attempt in the unit,” said lead author […]

‘Yeah, It’s Chill’ Creator Talks About The Body Hair Comic That Went Viral

The Instagram account Yeah, It’s Chill will make anyone who is ambitious, but a little lazy, feel better about themselves. It’s also a body-positive account that covers everything from the right shade of makeup to dealing with anxiety or sweating, according to its creator, Christine, who describes herself as a 20-something woman living in NYC. […]

I’m Mentally Ill. Stop Calling Me Crazy.

I remember it like Groundhog’s Day yesterday. On a 1990s winter’s afternoon in New York my boyfriend and I were having a silly fight over something or another—the subject matter now eludes me. We were in a homey Greenwich Village coffee shop in warm clothes and scarves and Robert was telling me his side of […]

Just A Small Amount Of Exercise Can Improve Body Image

RyanJLane via Getty Images Need a little confidence boost? Grab your sneakers. A small study published this month in the journal Psychology of Sport and Exercise found that just 30 minutes of exercise can have a positive affect on a woman’s body image. Women felt both slimmer and stronger immediately after they finished their workout and […]