Back in September, a few friends and I spent the weekend together in a classroom streaming the Medicine X conference from Stanford University. One of the sessions discussed patient involvement in research, and how the University of California – San Francisco can use your brain for research. . . even if you’re across the world. March is … Continue reading “Lend your brain to science, not zombies: It’s Brain Research Month!”

Sleep is essential for a person’s health and wellbeing, according to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF). Yet millions of people do not get enough sleep and many suffer from lack of sleep. For example, surveys conducted by the NSF reveal that at least 40 million Americans suffer from over 70 different sleep disorders, and 60% … Continue reading “Are you feeling sleepy? March is Sleep Awareness Month!”

Eating Disorder Awareness Month: Will You Eat It Or Not?

Posted on February 18, 2016 by admin

Trigger warning: Eating disorders. Eating disorders – such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder – are serious, potentially life-threatening conditions that affect both a person’s emotional and physical health. In the United States alone, 30 million people will be impacted by an eating disorder at some point in their lifetime. Eating disorders can include … Continue reading “Eating Disorder Awareness Month: Will You Eat It Or Not?”

Black History Month: Impact on the Health of a Population

Posted on February 8, 2016 by admin

February is Black History Month in the United States and Canada. The Centres for Disease Control categorize any Americans who have ancestry in any of the “Black racial groups of Africa” [1]. I will opt in this post to simply use the term Black to be inclusive of the diversities of this racial group, including those … Continue reading “Black History Month: Impact on the Health of a Population”

During the holiday season, TV, radio, and public spaces constantly encourage us to consider those who are living in poverty—we may give financial support to organizations volunteer our time, or donate food and gifts to those in need. However, these needs exist year-round. January is Poverty in America Awareness Month, and today on the Identity Doctor blog, … Continue reading “What does poverty look like?: Poverty in America Awareness Month”