New Arrivals - Medicine, health, and technology
"Johns Hopkins neuroscientist and bestselling author of The Compass of Pleasure, David J. Linden presents an engaging and fascinating examination of how the interface between our sense of touch and our emotional responses affects our social interactions as well as our general health and development. Accessible in its wit and clarity, Touch explores scientific advances in the understanding of touch that help explain our sense of self and our experience of the world. From skin to nerves to brain, the organization of the body's touch circuits powerfully influences our lives-affecting everything from consumer choice to sexual intercourse, tool use to the origins of language, chronic pain to healing. Interpersonal touch is crucial to social bonding and individual development. Linden lucidly explains how sensory and emotional context work together to distinguish between perceptions of what feels good and what feels bad. Linking biology and behavioral science, Linden offers an entertaining and enlightening answer to how we feel in every sense of the word"-- Provided by publisher.
Hari invites you to follow an easy and accessible plan to rid your body of toxins, lose weight without counting calories, and restore your natural glow in just 21 days. Includes anecdotes of her own transformation along with easy-to-follow shopping lists, meal plans, and mouthwatering recipes.
Examines "the often contradictory information that bombards us daily and delivers 175 actionable tips that [are intended to] improve every aspect of our health--body, mind, and soul. Readers will learn simple rules for getting a good night's sleep, why a daily dose of sunlight is crucial, and which toxic cosmetics and kitchen products should be tossed"--Amazon.com.
"Health-conscious Americans seek out vitamins any way they can, whether in a morning glass of orange juice, a piece of vitamin-enriched bread, or a daily multivitamin. We believe that vitamins are always beneficial and that the more we can get, the better--and yet despite this familiarity, few of us could explain what vitamins actually are. What we don't realize is that the experts themselves are surprisingly short on answers. Yes, we need vitamins; without them, we would die. Yet despite a century of scientific research there is little consensus around even the simplest of questions, whether it's exactly how much we each require or what these thirteen dietary chemicals actually do. The one thing that experts do agree upon is that the best way to get our nutrients is in the foods that naturally contain them, which have countless chemicals beyond vitamins that may be beneficial. But this is exactly what most of us are not doing. Instead, we allow marketers to use the addition of synthetic vitamins to blind us to what else in food we might be missing, leading us to accept as healthy products that we might (and should) otherwise reject. Grounded in history Vitamania reveals the surprising story of how our embrace of vitamins led to today's Wild West of dietary supplements and investigates the complicated psychological relationship we've developed with these thirteen mysterious chemicals"-- Provided by publisher.
Online health pioneer, natural medicine advocate, and bestselling author Dr. Joseph Mercola reveals the nine simple secrets to a healthier, thinner you.
"Upends the last 30 years of conventional health wisdom to offer a ... path to weight loss and fitness. In more than 100 short ... directives, [the book] shows why we should drop the carbs, embrace fat, and hang up our running shoes, with the latest science to back up its claims"--Amazon.com.
Using ancient wisdom from Master Physicians, the author offers new ways to lose weight and keep it off.
Incorporating new research, Dr. Ferber provides important basic information that all parents should know regarding the nature of sleep and the development of normal sleep and body rhythms throughout childhood. He discusses the causes of most sleep problems from birth to adolescence and recommends an array of proven solutions for each so that parents can choose the strategy that works best for them. Topics covered in detail include: Bedtime difficulties and nighttime wakings, Effective strategies for naps, Sleep schedule abnormalities, A balanced look at co-sleeping, New insights into the nature of sleep terrors and sleepwalking, Problems in setting limits, Sleep apnea, narcolepsy, bed-wetting, and head banging. Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems offers priceless advice and concrete help for a whole new generation of anxious, frustrated, and overtired parents.
A humorous "look at the eating habits of the fit and famous--from Gwyneth's goji berry and quail egg concoctions to Jackie Kennedy's baked potato and Beluga caviar regimen--Rebecca Harrington leaves no cabbage soup unstirred in her ... quest to diet like the stars"--Amazon.com.
"An internationally respected neurologist offers a revolutionary look at the brains of adolescents, providing surprising insights--including why smart kids often do stupid things--and practical advice for adults and teens. Dr. Frances E. Jensen, a mother, teacher, researcher, and internationally known expert in neurology, introduces us to the mystery and magic of the teen brain. One of the first books to focus exclusively on the neurological development of adolescents, The Teenage Brain presents new findings, dispels widespread myths, and provides practical suggestions for negotiating this difficult and dynamic life stage for both adults and adolescents. Interweaving easy-to-follow scientific data with anecdotes drawn from her experiences as a parent, clinician, and public speaker, Dr. Jensen explores adolescent brain functioning and development, including learning and memory, and investigates the impact of influences such as drugs, multitasking, sleep, and stress. The Teenage Brain reveals how: adolescents may not be as resilient to the effects of drugs as we previously thought ; occasional use of marijuana has been shown to cause lingering memory problems, and long-term use can affect later adulthood I.Q. ; multi-tasking causes divided attention and can reduce learning ability ; emotionally stressful situations in adolescence can have permanent effects on mental health, and may lead to higher risk for certain neuropsychiatric disorders such as depression"--Provided by publisher.
There is an unspoken dark side of American medicine--keeping patients alive at all costs. Two thirds of Americans die in healthcare institutions tethered to machines and tubes, even though research indicates that most prefer to die at home in comfort, surrounded by loved ones. The question How do you want to live? must be posed to the seriously ill because they deserve to choose. If doctors explain options--including the choice to forego countless medical interventions that are often of little benefit--then patients can tell doctors how they wish to spend the remainder of their lives.
In Conquering Cultural Stress, Dr. Murad shows you how to: Say goodbye to emotional, stress-based overeating to shed pounds Improve your mood and productivity Lower your Living Age by as much as 10 years Make small lifestyle changes that have a huge impact on aging and well-being Prepare easy, delicious, stress-reducing meals And best of all, by following his simple, practical, three-step plan, you can actually build youth back into your cells and function optimally physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
"Nutrition powerhouse and #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fast Metabolism Diet, Haylie Pomroy, creates a food-based, supercharged weight-loss plan for those who have hit a plateau and need to microrepair metabolic function. Readers choose which of the 3 plans and goals that suit them best--and lose up to 3 pounds in 3 days, 5 in 5, or 10 in 10"--Provided by publisher.
The creator of the DASH Diet series presents her prescription for not only losing weight but also looking younger, with detoxing tips, ideas on how to go meatless, twenty-eight days of meal plans, and more than fifty recipes.
"The definitive go-to guide for anyone looking to lace 'em up and start running. Every day, people are reaching their get-up-or-give-up moments and resolving to change. And they're realizing that running is the simplest, cheapest, and most effective way to lose weight, gain confidence, and relieve stress. For newcomers, the obstacles are fierce. There are fears of pain and embarrassment. There are schedules jam-packed with stressful jobs, long commutes, endless meetings, and sticky-fingered toddlers. The Runner's World Big Book of Running for Beginners provides all the information neophytes need to take their first steps, as well as inspiration for staying motivated. The book presents readers with tips for smart nutrition and injury prevention and includes realistic training plans that enable beginning runners to achieve gradual progress (by gearing up for a 30-minute run, a 5-K, or even a 5-miler). Above all, it will show newbies just how fun and rewarding the sport can be, thanks to the help of several "real runner" testimonials"-- Provided by publisher.
"Thousands of people have already used the online Biggest Loser Bootcamp plan to shed pounds and reshape their bodies. Now, for the first time, everything from the online program is captured offline in this easy-to-follow 8-week plan packed with diet, fitness and motivational strategies that work, including: Workouts: Fully illustrated workouts designed by star trainer Dolvett Quince use "body confusion" to keep your body and muscles working while maximizing fat loss. Nutrition: A whole-foods eating plan based on lean proteins, fruits and vegetables, whole grains and the "right" carbohydrates, with an emphasis on fueling your body. Mental Training: Guidance on how to retrain your mind to break down unhealthy patterns, take action and create a truly healthy, balanced lifestyle. No Guesswork: Clear instruction that takes the guesswork out of losing weight, so you can focus on the work and on achieving real results. The book also includes quick meal and snack ideas, detailed daily plans, advice from former contestants and much more."--Page  of cover.
"After serving a decade behind bars for a murder he did not commit, Ryan Ferguson learned that physical strength and confidence are keys to survival. Now a free man, Ryan shares his strength secrets in the smartest, realest, and most doable fitness guide you'll ever read"--Provided by publisher.
"You have the ability to change your thinking and control your actions from the inside out. Whether you have an anxiety disorder or OCD, you struggle with diet or substance abuse, or you're just unhappy with the results you're getting in life, cognitive behavioral therapy can teach you how to think and act more constructively"--Page  of cover.
"Norman Doidge's revolutionary new book shows, for the first time, how the amazing process of neuroplastic healing really works. It describes natural, non-invasive avenues into the brain provided by the forms of energy around us--light, sound, vibration, movement--which pass through our senses and our bodies to awaken the brain's own healing capacities without producing unpleasant side effects. Doidge explores cases where patients alleviated years of chronic pain or recovered from debilitating strokes or accidents; children on the autistic spectrum or with learning disorders normalizing; symptoms of multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, and cerebral palsy radically improved, and other near-miracle recoveries. And we learn how to vastly reduce the risk of dementia with simple approaches anyone can use. For centuries it was believed that the brain's complexity prevented recovery from damage or disease. The Brain's Way of Healing shows that this very sophistication is the source of a unique kind of healing"-- Provided by publisher.
Most people who suffer with an autoimmune disease use prescription medication to suppress their overactive immune systems. But the treatment is often more disruptive and harmful than the original condition. These medications lose their effectiveness over time and have severe side effects. Now, Dr. Amy Myers offers another option: The Myers Way, a natural program proven to alleviate and reverse the symptoms of autoimmune diseases.
"Just as polio loomed over the 1950s, and AIDS stalked the 1980s and '90s, posttraumatic stress disorder haunts us in the early years of the twenty-first century. Over a decade into the United States' "global war on terror," PTSD afflicts as many as 30 percent of the conflict's veterans. But the disorder's reach extends far beyond the armed forces. In total, some twenty-seven million Americans are believed to be PTSD survivors. Yet to many of us, the disorder remains shrouded in mystery, secrecy, and shame. Now, David J. Morris -- a war correspondent, former Marine, and PTSD sufferer himself -- has written the essential account of this illness. Through interviews with individuals living with PTSD, forays into the scientific, literary, and cultural history of the illness, and memoir, Morris crafts a moving work that will speak not only to those with the condition and to their loved ones, but also to all of us struggling to make sense of an anxious and uncertain time"-- Provided by publisher.
Michael S. Gazzaniga, one of the most important neuroscientists of the twentieth century, gives us an exciting behind-the-scenes look at his seminal work on that unlikely couple, the right and left brain.
"The Close sisters are descended from very prominent and wealthy ancestors. When the Close sisters were very young, their parents joined a cult called the MRA, or Moral Rearmament. The family was suddenly uprooted to a cult school in Switzerland and, ultimately, to the Belgian Congo where their father became a surgeon in the war ravaged republic, and ultimately the personal physician to President Mobutu. Shortly after the girls returned to the US for boarding school, Jessie first started to exhibit symptoms of severe bipolar disorder (she would later learn that this ran in the family, a well-kept secret). Jessie embarked on a series of destructive marriages as the condition worsened. Glenn was always by her side, going so far as to adopt Jessie's daughter when Jessie was abandoned by the child's father. Jessie's mental illness was passed on to her son, Calen. It wasn't until Calen entered McLean's psychiatric hospital that Jessie herself was diagnosed. Fifteen years and twelve years of sobriety later, Jessie is a stable and productive member of society. Glenn continues to be the major support in Jessie's life. In RESILIENCE, the sisters share their story of triumphing over Jessie's illness. The book is written in Jessie's voice with running commentary and an epilogue written by Glenn"--Provided by publisher.
"The Man Who Touched His Own Heart tells the raucous, gory, mesmerizing story of the heart, from the first "explorers" who dug up cadavers and plumbed their hearts' chambers, through the first heart surgeries-which had to be completed in three minutes before death arrived-to heart transplants and the latest medical efforts to prolong our hearts' lives, almost defying nature in the process. Thought of as the seat of our soul, then as a mysteriously animated object, the heart is still more a mystery than it is understood. Why do most animals only get one billion beats? (And how did modern humans get to over two billion-effectively letting us live out two lives?) Why are sufferers of gingivitis more likely to have heart attacks? Why do we often undergo expensive procedures when cheaper ones are just as effective? What do Da Vinci, Mary Shelley, and contemporary Egyptian archaeologists have in common? And what does it really feel like to touch your own heart, or to have someone else's beating inside your chest? Rob Dunn's fascinating history of our hearts brings us deep inside the science, history, and stories of the four chambers we depend on most"-- Provided by publisher.
Based on the most up-to-date disease management strategies, medical and research break-throughs, and latest drug therapies, Dr. Randall T. Schapiro provides the information you need to manage both the disease and symptoms, and make everday life easier. New chapters offer essential advice for those newly diagnosed with the disease, and those who experience more symptoms as they age.