Like you, we’re keeping an eye on news – especially the bits that could affect our health or the well-being of our families. But let’s face it, those stories don’t always get to what it means. That’s why the Premier Health Now team came up with this idea to give you more insights into the headlines you and your friends will be talking about. Whether the story is close to home or far away, whether it causes worry or makes you smile, we invite you to check in with Premier Health Now to get the "so what" behind the day’s news.

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Stories in Emotional Health

The Benefits Of Tidying Up

February 4 | Comments | Self-Improvement, Emotional Health

Marie Kondo is all about de-cluttering, yet the value in her lessons goes far beyond techniques for creating an ordered closet. To understand the deeper benefits of tidying up, Premier Health Now talked with Stephen Liptak, Psy.D., a psychologist at Upper Valley Outpatient Behavioral Health. It...

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‘This I Resolve’: Step by Step to a Healthier 2019

12/31/2018 | Comments | Fitness, Self-Improvement, Nutrition, Emotional Health, Sleep

Despite good intentions, many New Year’s resolutions – like losing weight, eating better, getting fit and quitting cigarettes – don’t survive the year. Often that’s because resolutions are unrealistic. And so general you can’t get your arms or mind around them.Dale Block, MD, of Premier Family Care...

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Homelessness Comes to Sesame Street

12/19/2018 | Comments | Parenting, Emotional Health

It’s fitting that Sesame Street Muppet Lily left the show, but now is back again. Instability is one of the realities of homelessness that Sesame Street producers hope Lily will teach viewers. Empathy and understanding of the growing issue is their overall goal. As a social worker with Samaritan...

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‘Sober’ No More: Demi Lovato’s Struggle with Addiction and Depression

7/27/2018 | Comments | Celebrities, Emotional Health

Thankfully, singer Demi Lovato survived an apparent drug overdose after she was reportedly revived at her Los Angeles home. Lovato has been open about her struggles with substance abuse and mental health issues, including an eating disorder and bipolar disorder, with its manic and depressive...

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The One Healthy Step Smart Guys Never Skip

6/25/2018 | Comments | Heart, Fitness, Illness, Cancer, Emotional Health, Sleep

At any age, men can do their older selves a huge favor by taking one smart step now: making time once a year for a checkup with their primary care provider. Dr. Aaron Block, family physician, and Dr. Douglas Gaker, urologist, review the health issues that can trip up men as they age – and how every...

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Game Over? World Health Organization Weighs in on Video Game Addiction

6/23/2018 | Comments | Brain Health, Technology, Emotional Health

As video game technology has evolved, its realistic graphics and complex story lines provide an entertaining diversion for the millions who enjoy it. However, gaming’s popularity has also drawn many even deeper into a virtual universe they might find increasingly difficult to leave. As Premier...

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Suicides Among Youth Show Alarming Increase

6/12/2018 | Comments | Parenting, Emotional Health

Suicide is now the second leading cause of death among young people between the ages of 15 and 34 in the United States. With the deaths by suicide last week of celebrities Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain it’s more important than ever to talk to our children about the permanence of suicide...

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Why Does Kate Spade’s Suicide Create Profound Grief for Some Fans?

6/7/2018 | Comments | Celebrities, Emotional Health

At age 55, popular fashion designer Kate Spade seemingly had it all: money, fame, husband, child. Her freckles and warm smile added to her happy-go-lucky persona. So when news broke of her suicide, fans were understandably shocked. But some fans’ reactions went much deeper: sobbing during TV...

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America's Loneliness Epidemic: Are You Responsible?

5/9/2018 | Comments | Relationships, Parenting, Emotional Health

Last year the U.S. Surgeon General raised eyebrows by announcing a loneliness epidemic throughout the world. But results of a recent survey by health insurer Cigna may silence the doubters. Of the 20,000 Americans who responded to the survey, nearly half indicated they sometimes or always feel...

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Painful Reality: The Impact of Opioid Addiction on Children

3/26/2018 | Comments | Parenting, Emotional Health

About twice as many children in the U.S. are now being admitted to hospitals for opioid overdoses than in 2004, according to a recent study published in the journal Pediatrics. Fortunately, that’s not the case for southwest Ohio children, despite opioid addiction and overdoses reaching...

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When Health Care Goes to the Dogs: Celebrating the Canine-Human Connection

3/22/2018 | Comments | Emotional Health

When Charles M. Schulz famously wrote in his Peanuts comic strip that “Happiness is a warm puppy,” he not only tapped in to a sentiment shared by dog lovers everywhere, but he also pointed to the idea that dogs can and do play a significant role in improving our psychological health. In honor of...

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Another School Shooting: Don't Run From the Difficult Conversation

2/20/2018 | Comments | Parenting, Emotional Health

When a school shooting like the one in Parkland, Florida, saturates the airwaves, it naturally creates anxiety in kids. And in parents. It can be tempting to deal with the anxiety by avoiding the topic. But that would be a mistake, says psychiatrist Mark Casdorph, DO, with Upper Valley Outpatient...

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Can't Stop Gaming? Soon It Will Be a Mental Health Condition

1/8/2018 | Comments | Brain Health, Technology, Emotional Health

“Gaming disorder,” an obsessive playing of video games that impairs personal, social, academic or occupational functioning, is likely to be recognized soon as its own mental health condition.  CNN recently reported that the World Health Organization (WHO) has drafted a definition of...

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Why Facebook is Scanning Your Posts for Suicidal Clues

12/8/2017 | Comments | Technology, Emotional Health

Your Facebook posts, video and live streams are now under continual surveillance, Facebook execs announced in late November. With the help of computer software, the company has begun scanning for phrases like “Are you OK?” or “Can I help?” that may indicate a Facebook user is having suicidal...

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