Yearly Archive for 2010
This month, United States Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin released her first report on the effects of tobacco smoke. (This is Dr. Benjamin’s first such report, but it is the 30th in a series of similar reports since 1964.) The 700-page report outlines, in much detail, the effects that cigarettes and smoking have on a person’s body. It is the first report to claim that even one cigarette is enough to cause cancer, heart attack, and other organ damage.
Sherry Gaba is best known from her role as the psychotherapist on VH1's hit-show Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. Having earned her Masters of Social Work from the University of Southern California and with over thirteen years of experience as a clinician, she recently authored The Law of Sobriety as a "guide to life." I asked Gaba for her take on addiction in America and her approach to addiction recovery. We also discussed Janice Dickinson's full-blown panic attack that aired on Celebrity Rehab.
The early stages of a new, romantic relationship are associated with feelings of euphoria, which likely arise from brain mechanisms responsible for sensations of pleasure or reward. Imaging studies have shown that viewing pictures of a new, romantic partner elicits brain activity in multiple reward processing centers in the brain. Interestingly, these findings have now been replicated in a sample of Chinese participants, suggesting that patterns of brain activation elicited by viewing pictures of a romantic partner may be universal.
Low-carbohydrate diets have been among the most popular weight-loss strategies of the last several decades. But, new research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine indicates that the type of low-carbohydrate plan one chooses affects not only the waistline, but the risk of mortality.