Monday, February 17, 2020

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Depression and Suicide Prevention Resources

If you, a friend or family member experiences thoughts about doing self-harm, call 911 immediately, and/or use the following resources:


Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

I’m Making a Shiva Call–What Should I Say?


According to Jewish custom, when you sit down in front of a mourner you are supposed to let the mourner begin the conversation. What would you say? Almost anything you say could be misunderstood because you don’t know what state of mind the mourner is in. Also, when speaking with a mourner you

Will They Last Forever? What to Expect From Our Mouths...

Happy new year to all my readers. As we begin 2016, it's time for dental reflection, introspection and resolutions. Was 2015 a good year for your mouth? How have your teeth been holding up as far as their health and restoration? How was your diet? Did you have good hygiene? Did you go every six months for your recommended

Is Anger a Negative Emotion?

“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

What’s With Those Wisdom Teeth?

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

Mental Health Goes Digital–and Everyone Benefits

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

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

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

Can’t Sleep? Change Your Understanding of Insomnia

(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

Mourning When Parental Relationships Are Not Like Storybooks

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

Maimonides Institute for Medicine, Ethics and the Holocaust Launches Website

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

Down With the Bad, Up With the Good

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

Guard Your Mouth From Bruxism: What You Need to Know (Part 1)

We take our teeth for granted. Day to day we truly don’t think about our mouth unless we are having a problem. We use our teeth to show off our beautiful smiles, to eat, and to help in the phonetics of our speech. We just expect them to always be there for us, in full function, doing their job, and hopefully lasting the rest of our lives.

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