Why getting a flu shot is especially important this year

As COVID-19 continues to be an ever-present concern, we are on the cusp of another more familiar virus that will soon be vying for our attention — influenza. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that over the past five years, an average of 32.6 million Americans a year had symptoms related to … Continue reading Why getting a flu shot is especially important this year

Why is laughter contagious? Plus 7 ways to lighten up your day

Have you ever bonded with someone you don’t know over something funny? Or perhaps become closer with someone after a few good laughs?  Let’s dive into what makes laughter so contagious — and so important in our day-to-day lives and relationships. The contagious effect of laughter Research has shown that the critical laughter trigger for … Continue reading Why is laughter contagious? Plus 7 ways to lighten up your day

Feeling burned out? Try these 4 strategies to re-charge your workday

In the 1970’s, Dr. Herbert Freudenberger coined the term “burnout” to describe the consequences of severe stress, exhaustion and combined physical symptoms. As COVID-19 has made its impact on a biological scale, the social implications are also becoming evident.  Workplace re-entry is becoming more common and my patients often inquire about ways to deal with employment burnout. … Continue reading Feeling burned out? Try these 4 strategies to re-charge your workday

What to consider before postponing your cancer screening

In recent months, the COVID-19 outbreak has given rise to a troubling trend: a sudden plummet in cancer diagnoses. On the surface, fewer cancer diagnoses may sound like good news, but the underlying truth is anything but positive. Fewer cancer diagnoses doesn’t mean fewer people are getting cancer — it simply means fewer cancers are … Continue reading What to consider before postponing your cancer screening

Feeling lonely? How to foster social connection during hard times

We live in unprecedented times. Social distancing guidelines have made it more difficult for loved ones to interact, co-workers to collaborate and friends to gather together. For some, this may lead to feelings of loneliness or isolation. New challenges emerge as we look for ways to stay connected while staying safe. While you may understand … Continue reading Feeling lonely? How to foster social connection during hard times