Creative Gift Giving

Finding the perfect gift idea for an elderly family member or friend can be challenging. People in their late 70s, 80s and 90s may have downsized their living spaces or may live in group homes with limited personal space. Many times, comfort, practicality and improvement in the quality of life may outweigh novelty when picking [...]

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Sleep and weight loss: are they related?

Why is it that when we are tired or are sleeping poorly, it is so hard to lose weight? This can be a viscous cycle that many people struggle getting out of. What happens when we are tired at work or at home, we typically reach for caffeine, chocolate or foods high in carbohydrates?  We [...]

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You’ve got your connections

It is astounding to me that with 7.2 billion people on earth,  no two faces are exactly alike. They all have a nose, eyes, lips, chin, teeth, cheekbones and foreheads, but how those parts are particularly connected makes each face unique. The same can be said about the brain. While each person has a cortex, [...]

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Healthy Recipe: Cranberry Crostini

Prep time:  10 mins Cook time:  15 mins Total time:  25 mins Serves: 4 INGREDIENTS Crostini 1 small loaf of artisan whole grain bread, sliced into ½-inch thick slices 1 tablespoon olive oil 5 ounces goat cheese, preferably at room temperature (Brie, ricotta, or cream cheese would be fine substitutes) Cranberry orange sauce ½ cup [...]

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Is plastic surgery covered by insurance?

When considering plastic surgery, it is good to know that many procedures are covered by insurance and here are two examples. Breast reduction is usually covered by insurance.  Patients with pain in the back, neck, or shoulders, along with grooving in the shoulders from bra straps may be eligible for breast reduction.  Other symptoms include [...]

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Assistive devices can make a difference

What actually is an assistive device? An assistive device is any device that helps someone do something that they might not otherwise be able to do well or at all. Generally the term is used for devices that help people overcome a handicap such as a mobility, vision, mental, dexterity or hearing loss. It is [...]

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Hairpulling: Part 2 of 2

Last week, I discussed the reasons for hairpulling. In this blog, I will focus on challenges, prevention, and treatment. The hurdles The biggest hurdle in beating hairpulling is flagging motivation. In a therapist’s office, many folks with TTM believe they can conquer their habit. But sometimes the shine goes off the penny after they leave [...]

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