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Do Optimism and Pessimism Impact Health Outcomes?

Dov Michaeli, MD, PhD - 5/9/2020 - 10

Many scientific studies have found links between optimism and better health outcomes. The converse is true for pessimism .

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Vaping Could Put Youth at Risk for Complications of COVID-19

Mark Calarco, D.O. - 4/27/2020 - 2

Vaping can lead to irreversible lung damage in youth and young adults. This may increase susceptibility to complications from infection with COVID-19

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Can Journaling Improve Your Mental Health?

Serena Dorf - 4/11/2020 - 1

Journaling can help you alleviate mental health issues like anxiety and stress, improve your cognitive and emotional power, and explore your full potential.

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Why Some People Struggle with Addiction and Some Do Not

Thomas G. Kimball, PhD - 4/5/2020 - 2

There is no single factor that causes addiction. Rather, there are multiple contributors that are biological, psychological, and social in nature.

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Why Dogs Don’t Get Schizophrenia, But People Do

Dov Michaeli, MD, PhD - 3/22/2020 - 13

Dogs suffer from almost every psychiatric disorder that afflicts humans, except one – schizophrenia. Evolutionary genetics explains why.

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Why Pornography is So Powerfully Addictive

Thomas G. Kimball, PhD - 3/2/2020 - 10

Porn acts like a drug in the brain activating regions involved in drug, nicotine, & alcohol cravings. This is what makes pornography so powerfully addictive

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Why We Should Stop Random Drug Testing

Thomas G. Kimball, PhD - 2/11/2020 - 1

Random drug testing inflicts psychological harm on people with addiction and impedes their recovery. Here are three steps we can take to stop this practice.

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