Tag: health

The Day After

by Volume 14, Number 8 How you feel today about what happened yesterday can affect your health ten years from now. This is the conclusion of a study recently published in Psychological Science by investigators from the University of California,…

Celebrity Health Advice

by Volume 14, Number 5 Whether we like it or not, endorsement of a health-related product or process by a celebrity affects consumer behavior, for good or ill. Katie Couric’s televised colonoscopy in 2000 was followed by a subsequent increase…

Numbers

by Volume 12, Number 4 Paying attention to numbers is pervasive in matters pertaining to health, especially in interactions with physicians. Height and weight, waist circumference, blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose (HbA1c for persons with diabetes), and other measures are…

Life Satisfaction

by Volume 11, Number 8 Dissatisfaction or discomfort is often the impetus for making a change. This can be as simple as adjusting one’s physical position, or as significant as changing jobs. Dissatisfaction regarding one’s health is often a motivator for…

Walking Speed

by Volume 11, Number 7 In my teaching with medical students and residents, I emphasize talking less and listening more. At least with behavioral matters, patients themselves have much more knowledge about their own habits, challenges, environment, motivation, and concerns…