Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Opioid Medication Controversy

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) wants greater restrictions on prescribing the most commonly used opioid drugs: those containing  hydrocodone, of which the most well-known is probably Vicodin.

The change would stop doctors from writing prescriptions for more than one month's supply at a time or calling in new prescriptions without seeing their patients.

Kolodney, who leads Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing.wants the Food and Drug Administration to rewrite the labels on all opioids to say that doctors should write prescriptions only for severe pain and at much lower doses, and that patients should be kept on the medications for no longer than 90 days at a time.


Tuesday, January 15, 2013


Hair Pulling - Skin Picking

Take Back Your Power from Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors

Joan Kaylor, MSEd, NCC, LPC, DCEP

March 2, 2013
For anyone who has ever been touched by pulling or picking has experienced the pain and devastation of not being able to stop, or of not being able to help a child, spouse, partner or loved one suffering with these problems.

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Our Health Magazine Bedside Manner Awards

Congratulations to

All Award Winners



Steve Strosnider - 1st Place

Emily DeFrance - 2nd Place tie

23 PHR Clinicians - Honorable Mention


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Religion & Football

Beneath Touchdown Jesus, who towers over the Notre Dame football stadium, there is a longstanding yet evolving set of religious practices unique in the world of high profile sport.
In the Wall Street Journal (Jan. 3, 2013), Kevin Helliker reports:
Notre Dame is so nonpromotional that players of other faiths feel welcome on the team, never receiving so much as an invitation to convert, let alone pressure to do so. As a result, many feel comfortable participating in distinctly Catholic rituals. As a Notre Dame football captain during the 2002 season, Gerome Sapp had no qualms about leading theteam in the Hail Mary, a prayer utterly alien to his Southern Baptist upbringing. "That prayer was just one tradition in a school rich with tradition," says Sapp, now a retired NFL player."

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Why Me? Explaining Anxiety in the Brain
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
7:00 pm EST / 6:00 pm CST / 5:00 pm MST / 4:00 pm PST
The speaker will be Catherine Pittman, PhD, a licensed clinical psychologist and an associate professor of psychology at Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana.  
She is a co-author of the book Extinguishing Anxiety: Whole Brain Strategies to Relieve Fear and Stress, which offers tactics to control anxiety.
A live 35-minute PowerPoint presentation with an expert will be followed by a brief Q&A session.
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