Hypnosis: What You Don’t Know

Many people have very limited knowledge and faulty understanding of hypnosis. Everyone has seen nightclub or television acts in which a hypnotist induces a trance-like state in a group of audience members and then uses the power of suggestion to have them do his bidding, often to entertaining effect. Most people have also heard about…

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Cardiovascular Health Found to Affect Cognitive Function

As medical intervention and treatment have improved and as people have become more conscientious about lifestyle factors that improve heart health, deaths from heart disease have declined. According to the American Heart Association, death rates attributable to cardiovascular disease dropped 31% from 2000 to 2010.* Nevertheless, the prevalence of heart disease and its risk factors…

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Back-to-School Anxiety: Helping Children Cope

Anxiety about the first day of school is not limited to kindergarteners and children starting a new school. Younger children, even those with a year or two of school behind them, may experience a new or repeat bout of separation anxiety, and children of any age are often apprehensive about the unknown – a new…

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Restoring Intimacy after Prostate Cancer

A cancer diagnosis is crushing and treatment is often harrowing. Yet millions of people survive cancer and resume normal lives. This is particularly true of prostate cancer which, according to the American Cancer Society, will affect one in seven American men but which when detected early, as 80% of prostate cancers are, has a five-year…

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Insomnia: Do You Need Help?

Almost everyone has occasional trouble sleeping. Stress, anxiety, something we ate, jet lag or any number of other things might keep us tossing and turning restlessly once in a while. But for 60 million Americans, sleepless nights are a regular occurrence, as are the daytime sleepiness, irritability, impaired job performance, accidents and health risks that…

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Information Overload: Memory and Focus Are at Risk

Information overload isn’t new. Starting with the invention of the printing press in the fifteenth century, scholars and scientists have predicted that each new technological advance that made information more widely available would produce an overwhelming flood that would be impossible to manage. Centuries later, according to a report published in 2009 by the University…

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Improving Children’s Working Memory

There are many reasons that children struggle in the classroom. Their ability to learn is affected by a wide range of emotional and cognitive factors and parents also struggle as they seek to help their children succeed. Some of these children may need help improving their working memory. “Working memory is like a mental workspace,”…

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Hand Washing: How Much is Too Much?

Washing your hands – often – is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of colds, flu, food-borne illnesses and other infectious diseases. But just as there are many people who would do well to consistently heed that advice, there are many who don’t need to be reminded. They are the ones who…

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