Archive for December, 2009

What Makes Us Happy? by Joshua Wolf Shenk

Sunday, December 27th, 2009

What Makes Us Happy?

An inside look at an unprecedented seven-decade study of a group of Harvard men suggests that one thing, above all, truly makes a difference.

by Joshua Wolf Shenk

This fascinating article, published on the Atlantic Monthly in June 2009, describes the longitudinal research of Harvard men done by psychiatrist George Valliant, who underscored the importance of positive emotion and relationships (among other things) in predicting longevity and satisfaction.  A must read.

The Science of Success, by David Dobbs

Saturday, December 26th, 2009

This essay, published in the Atlantic Monthly in December, 2009, is a must read for any parent who is concerned about genetic vulnerability in his/her children, and suggests that the very genes that may confer vulnerability to psychiatric disturbances can, under the right circumstances, lead to greater adaptability and success.

The Science of Success

www.theatlantic.com/doc/200912/dobbs-orchid-gene


Top Doctors• Toughest Cases Eight of this year’s top doctors reveal the most challenging cases of their careers.

Friday, December 25th, 2009

www.westchestermagazine.com/Westchester-Magazine/November-2009/Medical-Mysteries/index.php?cparticle=2&siarticle=1


Top Doctors•˙ Toughest Cases

Eight of this year˙s top doctors reveal the most challenging cases of

their careers.

Sports Stories of 2009

Friday, December 25th, 2009

All of these articles should be read by young kids as they point out the importance of overcoming the adversity of teasing and bad breaks, and the importance of “never giving up.”  They were all published in the New York Times on 12/24/09.

Swimming:  Rewriting the Olympic Record Book
By KAREN CROUSE
In the summer of 2008, Michael Phelps captivated the world while collecting a record eight gold medals at a single Olympics.

Can’t-Miss Prospect Who Did Returns at 28
By HOWARD BECK
Jonathan Bender was a lottery pick out of high school in 1999 and drew comparisons to Kevin Garnett. Injuries forced him to retire in 2006, but he is now playing again, with the Knicks.

He Shoots, He Skis, and Europe Takes Notice
By KATIE THOMAS
Tim Burke, the first American to take first place in the World Cup biathlon standings, gives the U.S. great hopes ahead of the Olympics.



Tidings of Comfort By PAUL KRUGMAN Published: December 24, 2009

Friday, December 25th, 2009

I agree with Paul Krugman’s assertions in his 12/25/09 New York Times column about why the impending passage of health care reform is essential:

Op-Ed Columnist:  Tidings of Comfort
By PAUL KRUGMAN
Imperfect as it is, the health care reform bill, which will likely become a law, will make America a better country.

“How American Health Care Killed My Father”

Friday, December 25th, 2009

After the needless death of his father, the author, a business executive, began a personal exploration of a health-care industry that for years has delivered poor service and irregular quality at astonishingly high cost. It is a system, he argues, that is not worth preserving in anything like its current form. And the health-care reform now being contemplated will not fix it. Here’s a radical solution to an agonizing problem.

by David Goldhill

www.theatlantic.com/doc/200909/health-care

As per David Brooks’ 12/25/09 column in the New York Times, this magazine article (Atlantic Monthly, September 2009) also deserves special recognition for underscoring the need for health reform

The Cost Conundrum What a Texas town can teach us about health care. By Atul Gawande

Friday, December 25th, 2009

www.newyorker.com/reporting/2009/06/01/090601fa_fact_gawande

David Brooks described this New Yorker article as “the most influential essay of 2009.”

Patient Money: Not All Drugs Are the Same After All By LESLEY ALDERMAN There is a gnawing concern among some doctors and researchers that certain prescription generic drugs may not work as well as their brand-name counterparts.

Monday, December 21st, 2009

Patient Money:  Not All Drugs Are the Same After All
By LESLEY ALDERMAN
There is a gnawing concern among some doctors and researchers that certain prescription generic drugs may not work as well as their brand-name counterparts.

Extremely interesting article about the different between “generic” and “brand” drugs.  Salient point is that generics do not necessarily have the “exact” same quantity of the particular compound found in the “brand” version, and it may not be released in exactly the same manner.  This may make a difference for some of the medications I commonly prescribe, but this is even more of an issue for cardiac medication and anti-epileptic drugs.

When Does Death Start? By DARSHAK SANGHAVI A new approach to organ donation doesn’t require waiting until the donor’s brain death.

Monday, December 21st, 2009

When Does Death Start?
By DARSHAK SANGHAVI
A new approach to organ donation doesn’t require waiting until the donor’s brain death

To Deal With Obsession, Some Unfriend Facebook By KATIE HAFNER Recognizing that Facebook was interfering with their lives offline, some students took steps to kick the habit.

Monday, December 21st, 2009

To Deal With Obsession, Some Unfriend Facebook

I completely agree that Facebook, as well as other electronic distractions (text messaging, video games, surfing the net, instant messaging, video-chatting, etc.) can be extremely detrimental to teens today, and interfere with their schoolwork, face-to-face interactions with family and peers, and overall impair attention, especially in people who already have focusing problems.

Assessment and Thanks as Flu Wave Ebbs in U.S.

Friday, December 18th, 2009

Assessment and Thanks as Flu Wave Ebbs in U.S.
By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.
The federal health secretary said it was time to “focus on the next phase” of the virus and urged all to get vaccinated.

Substance Use Associated with Low Response to Depression Treatment Among Teens

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

www.nimh.nih.gov/science-news/2009/substance-use-associated-with-low-response-to-depression-treatment-among-teens.shtml

Non-Invasive Technique Blocks a Conditioned Fear in Humans

Monday, December 14th, 2009

Non-Invasive Technique Blocks a Conditioned Fear in Humans: Recalling Emotional Memory Opens Window of Opportunity to Re-Write It

Children on Medicaid More Likely to Receive Antipsychotics

Monday, December 14th, 2009

New York Times: Children on Medicaid More Likely to Receive Antipsychotics

Finding a Brain in the Pelvis,” Top Doctors 2009, Medical Mysteries,November 2009

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

“Preparing a Child for Sleep-Away Camp, June 2007

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

The Lower Hudson Valley’s Best Doctors 2006.

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Interviewed 12/2005 on “’Tweens.”

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

May 2005. Interviewed for article, “Tummy troubles: The Surprising Cause of Chronic Bellyaches.”

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

October, 2004. Information about Once Upon a River.

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

July 2004, interviewed for article, “How important is it to teach children obedience?” p. 26-27.

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

“Kicking and Punching to Better Behavior,” March 15, 2004.

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

March 25, 2003. Interviewed for story, “Talking War with Your Kids.”

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Dec/Jan 2003. “Tell Me Where it Hurts” mentioned in article, “Tongue-Tied about Tough Topics,” p. 28.

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

November 2003, mention of “Tell Me Where it Hurts.”

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

November, 2003. Mention of “Tell Me Where it Hurts” in “Holistic Health Round-up.”

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

November 2003, “Best Doctors,” p. 52.

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

August 12, 2003. “Kids Karate : Classes help children discover courage in themselves.” (About Once Upon a River)

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

May 13, 2003. Interviewed for article, “Lullabies in a Bottle: Prescribing for Children.”

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

March 2003. Interviewed for story on children and anxiety.

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

March 20, 2003. Interviewed for article, “Listening is a Parent’s Best Defense.”

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

January 2003. “Packing a punch: Children find order through psychiatrist’s unique treatment.” (About Once Upon a River)

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

January 2003. A New Kind of Karate Hero (About Once Upon a River)

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

December 2, 2002. Interviewed for article, “Children’s Emotional Pains Aren’t All in their Heads.”

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

November, 2002. Interviewed for short piece about “Tell Me Where it Hurts, page 20.

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Book signing and lecture at The Speakers Forum. Thursday, November 21, 2002, Brooklyn Heights Montessori School 185 Court St., Brooklyn, NY 11201

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

KHML Radio, (MN), interview 11/19/02.

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

WABJ-AM (Adrian, MI), interview on the John Sebastian Morning Show 10/31/02.

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Television Appearence in News 12 Westchester (New York) Interview 12/2/2002.

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Interviewed for story.: “Mama’s Boy? The Key to Understanding Your Sensitive Male Child.”

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

October 26, 2001, interviewed for story, “Getting Back Onboard: Doctors Discuss Ways to Get Back on Airplanes After Sept. 11.”

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

CBS Radio (NYC), “I Don’t Want to Go to School Today: How to Interpret a Child’s Aches and Pains,” interview 9/21/00.

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Television Appearence in Channel 2 News (New York): “Health Concerns” (West Nile Virus)

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Television Appearence in Fox News (“Fox on Health”), “Childhood Anxieties.”

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Television Appearence in NBC-TV, “Societal Trauma” (Kosovo), 10/8/98.

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009