Archive: April, 2014

Are You a Cyberchondriac?

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 by Hale Dwoskin

More than 6 million Americans search online for medical advice every day, according to the Pew Internet & American Life Project. This is usually harmless and can even be helpful if it leads you to engage in a productive dialogue with your doctor. Of course, it can also be taken too far.

‘Cyberchondriac’ is a relatively new term used to describe people who surf the net incessantly for health information, then believe they have a certain disease they read about online. Suddenly a pimple begins to look like skin cancer, a sore knee is a sign of arthritis and a scratchy throat is cause for alarm.


How to Release Anger

Saturday, April 5th, 2014 by Hale Dwoskin

Suppressed anger is damaging to your relationships, your health and your peace of mind.

Anger is such a damaging emotion that, if left unchecked, it can lead to depression, substance abuse and other problems. Anger is also a form of stress, and stress is responsible for 75 percent to 90 percent of Americans’ doctor visits, according to the American Institute for Stress.


A Better Night’s Sleep: Sleep Tips

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 by Hale Dwoskin

Most experts say the ‘magic’ sleep number is between seven and nine hours a night. Get this amount, and you’ll bounce out of bed refreshed, chipper and ready to take on the day. In reality, most Americans do not get even eight hours of sleep a night (only 26 percent do, according to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF)) and this lack of sleep is affecting our lives.