Amit Sood shares four-step guide to happiness

ORLANDO – Stress affects one in five Americans, sending many people to a therapist’s office to address the problem. But what if people could prevent stress on their own? That was the focus of the “Science of Stress” session at the Association of Healthcare Journalists conference on April 20, 2017 led by Dr. Amit Sood. Sood, a professor of medicine at…

Debunking the myths of obesity treatment

By Jing Ren ORLANDO —Weight loss isn’t easy, especially considering that many people would rather watch Netflix with a bowl of snacks than get up off the couch and go for a run. But another major reason that people have a difficult time losing weight is that they don’t know how, said Magdalena Pasarica, associate professor…

Aging Baby Boomers will need “age-friendly” cities

By Catherine Wheeler ORLANDO — Public transportation, access to health care, and walkability. Those are just a few things older Americans should consider when looking for a place to live. As the Baby Boomer generation ages, more people are thinking about how cities can meet the needs of older Americans. “Age-friendly cities” are cities that offer accommodations and…

Teenaged cancer patients need to know there’s more to life than the hospital

CLEVELAND –Being a teenager is hard enough. Add in a cancer diagnosis, and an already-difficult time can feel unbearable. Three doctors at an Association of Health Care Journalists conference panel in April agreed that many teenagers need more psychological support than they’re currently getting during cancer treatment. “Mental health is absolutely the most critical need for this age…

Traveling the gender spectrum: Making healthcare accessible to the transgender community

By Marlee Ellison Healthcare providers need to know that gender isn’t a male-female binary . However, many providers aren’t aware of the unique needs of transgender patients. According to Lambda Legal’s Health Care Fairness Survey, 65.2 percent of transgender or gender nonconforming people felt that a medical care provider was unaware of their health needs. 26.7…