Cautionary Note for Young Female Athletes

by Dr. SooMi Lee-Samuel MD

Many decades ago, organized sports were synonymous with males; athletics were mostly made up of boys, not girls. Today, teen girls participating in sports is becoming more common.  On so many levels—physical and emotional health, positive self-esteem and body image, improved brain function – this is a positive trend. Every moment a young girl is […]

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New Steps to Treat America’s Opiate Addiction

by Dr. SooMi Lee-Samuel MD

A recent article in the Chicago Tribune reported that the federal government intends to increase access to methadone and buprenorphine. These are drugs currently taken by hundreds of thousands of Americans to fight opiate addiction. These medications help control drug cravings and withdrawal symptoms. The government has spent $94 million to allow health centers to […]

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Advice for Parents with an Overweight Child

by Julie Raymond, MA, LCPC, Eating Disorder Specialist

Many parents grapple with the same question:  If my child is overweight, should I talk to her about it? A new study offers a degree of guidance regarding this issue; the conclusion is “no.” Published in the Journal Eating and Weight Disorders, the study concluded that parents’ comments regarding weight, even though well-intended, often lead […]

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Suicide in America: The Numbers Only Go Up

by Kimberly Dennis, MD - CEO & Medical Director Emeritus

The United States is arguably one of the greatest countries in the world. We live free and exist in an environment that is rife with opportunity. There is no dictator, no tyrannical government. And yet, every single day, far too many people succumb to suicide. According to a federal data analysis, suicide in our country has surged […]

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Opiate Addiction and Newborns

by Beth Tesmond, MHS, CADC, MISA, Addictions Program Coordinator

We write often about the epidemic of opiate abuse throughout our country. The mass addiction, broken families, the death toll rising. But one key group of victims that has seemingly gone by the wayside until now: babies, those unfortunate infants born to mothers who are opiate addicted and therefore, are brought into this world with […]

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Finally, Action is Taken

by TK Staff

On Tuesday, March 15, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention took an important step in combatting the deadly prescription painkiller epidemic in the United States. In a first-time move, our nation’s top federal health agency issued guidelines for the dispensing of morphine-like, addictive drugs, such as Vicodin and OxyContin. The agency directed the guidelines […]

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Bariatric Surgery: Anything but a Quick Fix

by Marge Crotty RN, MS - Director of Nursing

Bariatric surgery is becoming more and more common, with approximately 200,000 people electing to undergo this procedure each year. Bariatric surgery has one goal:  weight loss. This is accomplished primarily through restriction of gastric capacity, which means people simply cannot eat as much as before.  Another strategy is restriction combined with bypassing a portion of […]

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National Eating Disorders Awareness Week at Timberline Knolls, Feb. 21-27

by TK Staff

We know the best way to combat eating disorders is prevention through awareness and education. The National Eating Disorder Association set apart a special week in February designed to do just that: to place the spotlight on eating disorders in order to improve public understanding of their causes, dangers and treatments. This year’s theme is “3 […]

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Physicians Continue to Prescribe After Opioid Overdose

by Beth Tesmond, MHS, CADC, MISA, Addictions Program Coordinator

Abuse of control prescription drugs now exceeds abuse of all illegal drugs combined, except marijuana. Many of those in the addiction field believe that oxycontin is at the very heart of the vast opioid drug addiction epidemic currently seen in the United States. Not only is it highly addictive, but it is vastly over prescribed. […]

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No More Body-Shaming: Supermodel Emme’s #BodyBeaUtiful Social Media Campaign Lifts Off in 2016

by Kirsten Haglund - Community Relations Specialist
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“A New Year, a New You!” We’ve heard this phrase countless times, usually in the latest diet or exercise ad. There is certainly something restorative and motivating about beginning anew. However, that’s no excuse for the outrageous lengths to which the diet and beauty industry go to cash in on widespread body dissatisfaction and insecurity […]

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