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The impressive facade of the main church at Saint Meinrad Archabbey looks like it was taken straight out of Europe. Twin steeples topped by golden crosses loom over the rural Indiana landscape.

During the holiday season, it's a place of healing, as some St. Meinrad monks help people cope with their grief.

Achieving Mental Health Parity: Slow Going Even In ‘Pace Car’ State

Sep 2, 2015
Psychologist Melinda Ginne, 65, at her house in Oakland, California on May 26, 2015.
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After the state of California fined her employer $4 million in 2013 for violating the legal rights of mental health patients, Oakland psychologist Melinda Ginne expected her job — and her patients’ lives — to get better.

Instead, she said, things got worse.

This story was produced by Kaiser Health News.

With the recent outbreak of measles originating from Disneyland, there's been no shortage of speculation, accusation and recrimination concerning why some people won't vaccinate their children.

Which is a better magic trick: turning a dove into a glass of milk, or a glass of milk into a dove? Turning a rose into a vase, or a vase into a rose?

For most people, the way these transformations go makes a big difference. In each case, they find the transformation from a nonliving object to a living thing more interesting — but why? Is it just more exciting to see a living thing appear than to have it vanish? Or is there something deeper at work?

Gratitude Is A Boost To Health

Nov 14, 2014
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While Thanksgiving may prompt formal expressions of gratitude around the dinner table, psychologists say that adopting a more universal “attitude of gratitude”—not just today, but every day—may lead to health benefits that range from improving immune system functioning and sleep to reducing anxiety and depression.

Choosing Gratitude

PET Scan For Psychotherapy

Nov 3, 2014
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A study from Harvard Medical School investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital has identified for the first time changes in the metabolic activity of a key brain region in patients successfully treated for depression with psychodynamic psychotherapy, suggesting a mechanism of action behind one of the most historically important and widely practiced forms of therapy. 

They also found evidence that pretreatment metabolism in a different brain structure might predict which patients are likely to respond to that form of therapy. 

Four years ago, Angela Stimpson agreed to donate a kidney to a complete stranger.

"The only thing I knew about my recipient was that she was a female and she lived in Bakersfield, Calif.," Stimpson says.

It was a true act of altruism — Stimpson risked pain and suffering to help another. So why did she do it? It involved major surgery, her donation was anonymous, and she wasn't paid.

"At that time in my life, I was 42 years old. I was single, I had no children," Stimpson says. "I loved my life, but I would often question what my purpose is."