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'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...

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...

Mourning When Parental Relationships Are Not Like Storybooks

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It is a hard problem for people to mourn the loss of a parental relationship, to say Kaddish and recite Yizkor when they are overwhelmed by negative memories and feelings and experienced the relationship as unsatisfying. The loss of a satisfying relationship is easier to mourn than the loss of an unsatisfying relationship. Mourning never occurs in discrete, successive stages that are neatly laid out. Mourning an unsatisfying parental relationship is like untying a difficult knot. The goal of therapy is to help people sort through their confusion and navigate this personal and arduous journey.

Parent-child relationships, like all relationships, are never perfect, but some are less perfect...

Maimonides Institute for Medicine, Ethics and the Holocaust Launches Website

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The Maimonides Institute for Medicine, Ethics and the Holocaust (MIMEH), a nonprofit organization committed to preserving the memory of those whose lives were irrevocably changed during the Holocaust, has officially launched a website dedicated to that purpose. Its goal is to explore the ethical implications of the medical community’s participation in the labeling, persecution and eventual mass murder of millions deemed “unfit” during WW II for modern scientific theory, medical practice, health care policy and human rights endeavors.

The Holocaust is a unique example of medically sanctioned genocide. The ethical transgressions perpetrated by physicians during World War II...

Down With the Bad, Up With the Good

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A few weeks ago, after undergoing foot surgery, I received some helpful advice from an experienced physical therapist about how I might tackle walking stairs most comfortably and safely. “Down with the bad, up with the good,” she said. Her words could well serve as an analogy for the way each of us should approach life, moving forward step by step, “down with the bad, and up with the good.”

With the Yamim Tovim recently behind us, memories of the enhanced thoughts, actions and relationships of those awesome days remain still fresh in our minds, capable of inspiring corresponding fresh ideas on how to move forward. Sharing these ideas with family and friends may, indeed, help each...

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