Is My Teen Suicidal?

Learn four ways to recognize and react to warning signs of potential suicide. Evidence suggests that when a high-profile suicide occurs—think Robin Williams, Kate Spade, or Anthony Bourdain—news of the suicide can trigger suicidal thoughts and actions in others. Exposure to these stories can make teens feel suicide is an effective way to put a stop to their pain. “The most likely signs of suicide are severe isolation and making clear, suicidal statements such as those about life not being worth living,” says Grant Clowers, LCSW, Clinical Supervisor at Carson Tahoe Behavioral Health Services (BHS). “Suicidal thoughts should always be taken seriously—they’re not just adolescent angst.” Other warning signs include teens withdrawing from activities they previously loved, intense fatigue, giving …


3 Ways to Ease Stress

The stresses of everyday life can turn you into a grump, but negative emotions can actually affect your health. Buying birthday gifts, hosting guests, cooking feasts, attending work parties, and being bombarded by friends can put you in a sour mood. A pessimistic outlook, however, can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and other negative health effects that can build up over time. Whether you’re stressed or saddled with a serious case of the blues, counteract negative feelings and improve your mood with these tips: Don’t be afraid to say no. While it may seem counterintuitive, saying no to certain events or requests can help you keep a positive outlook as you handle only the tasks you can …


How Can I Get My Child to Eat Healthy Foods?

Throw the “kid cuisine” rule book away and introduce your children to an array of flavors as they cultivate their taste buds. When thinking about preparing meals for children, visions of peanut butter and jelly or macaroni and cheese may come to mind. But, this doesn’t always need to be the case. To encourage more outside-the-box munching at mealtime, try something new. Keep these tips and tricks in mind as you whip up healthy snacks and meals for your crew. It’s All About the Presentation Most kids love anything that’s colorful—bonus points if it’s fun to eat. Think bright beets, crunchy carrots, and stringy squash that’s a joy to twirl on a pint-sized fork. Get creative and experiment with different …


Benefits of Interventional Radiology

Outpatient procedures using interventional radiology often offer patients precision treatment with same-day recovery. Interventional radiology is a form of minimally invasive treatment, which uses radiologic imaging, such as CT, MRI, and ultrasound, to navigate instruments through organs and blood vessels. Through incisions a centimeter long, doctors can biopsy or treat tumors, clear blocked arteries and add stents, and address kidney or liver problems. Interventional Radiology vs. Conventional Surgery Compared to conventional open surgery, interventional radiology offers less pain, less blood loss, lower risk of infection, and faster recovery time. Those who are at higher risk from anesthesia will also benefit from interventional radiology, as interventionalists use only a moderate sedation. “The biggest benefit for patients treated by interventional radiologists is …


4 Ways to Improve Your Memory

Try some of these neuroscientist-approved ways to improve your memory. The Center for Teaching & Learning at UC Berkeley explains that the brain processes information in three steps: encoding (learning new information), storage (keeping information), and retrieval (remembering information you’ve already stored). To encode new information and retrieve it more easily: Talk with your hands. A study published in Frontiers of Psychology found that retelling stories or facts with gestures may help you remember them more easily. Your brain makes a connection between the movement and the words you speak, helping you retrieve the information. Color your world. The Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences published a study that discovered memories were easier to recall when colors were included. You can …