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Is Anger a Negative Emotion?

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“Hillel said: ‘Be as the students of Aharon–loving peace and pursuing peace, loving people and bringing them closer to the Torah’” (Pirkei Avos). Does this mean we should teach our children to be so peaceful that they consciously suppress their anger?

I once saw an adult patient who presented with difficulty...

What’s With Those Wisdom Teeth?

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A question that is asked almost every day in my office involves the topic of wisdom teeth. From teenage years through adulthood, these unique teeth perplex patients and doctors alike. When do we get them? Why do we have them? Why don’t some erupt? Do we need them? Can we keep them? Should they stay, or should they go? And when?

Okay, let’s begin to discuss the background of these seemingly “mysterious appendages” in our mouths. Let’s start with their name–strange that they even HAVE a name. All other large teeth in the back of our mouth are called molars, first and second. Why are these “third molars” called wisdom teeth? We know that these teeth appear after all other...

Mental Health Goes Digital–and Everyone Benefits

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West Orange native Stephanie Shapiro, as a graduate student in Wurzweiler School of Social Work, found information pertaining to the topic of mental health conditions vast and exhaustive. Having always been interested in human behavior, she enjoyed learning about all the different aspects of mental health, but found that there was no data-driven way to make a diagnosis. After asking her professors if there were any programs in existence that aggregate the data and make symptoms searchable, they jokingly challenged her to develop one herself.

Fast forward from Shapiro’s graduation in 2012 to present-day Wurzweiler, where they use an app called the Diagnostic and Symptom Calculator...

'Guard' Your Mouth From Sports–What You Need to Know! (Part II)

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Now that the kids are back to school, holidays over and sports season well under way, my office phone begins to ring with those sports-injury emergency calls. Varsity basketball games, hockey intramurals, neighborhood baseball and basketball leagues, football games or just “shooting around in the driveway,” you would be amazed at how many innocent dental accidents occur. The outcomes range from cut lips, to broken teeth, to avulsed (knocked-out) teeth, to concussions. And age does not discriminate–from pee wee leagues to adults, all are not truly thinking about potential risks of their respective sports, and how to protect themselves. Yes, accidents do happen; however, did we do...

Can’t Sleep? Change Your Understanding of Insomnia

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(BPT) – If you are struggling with insomnia, it can seem like you have many questions that are often hard to answer: “Will I ever get enough sleep? What am I doing wrong? What can I do to help get more rest?”

Scientific discoveries have shown that there are two systems in the brain that each play a role in helping us stay awake and fall asleep. The wake system sends out signals that put your brain into an alert, or awake, state. This helps you stay awake during the day. The sleep system sends signals that help you fall asleep and stay asleep at night.

When your two systems function as they should, they complement each other, taking turns being in charge and sending signals at...

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