Spring 2013 Newsletter
Experts Warn More Casinos Could Create More Gambling Problems
Almost 4 percent of the U.S. population has a gambling problem, and with more casinos coming to Maryland, some experts worry that gambling is going to become an addiction for a lot of people throughout the D.C. region. Williamsburg Wellness Founder Bob Cabaniss is featured in this video from Washington DC NBC 4 news.
New York City to Restrict Prescription Painkillers in Public Hospitals’ Emergency Rooms
Some of the most common and most powerful prescription painkillers on the market will be restricted sharply in the emergency room’s at New York City’s 11 public hospitals, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said Thursday in an effort to crack down on what he called a citywide and national epidemic of prescription drug abuse.
“Abuse of prescription painkillers in our city has increased alarmingly,” Mr. Bloomberg said in announcing the new policy at Elmhurst Hospital Center, a public hospital in Queens. Over 250,000 New Yorkers over age 12 are abusing prescription painkillers, he said, leading to rising hospital admissions for overdoses and deaths, Medicare fraud by doctors who write false prescriptions and violent crime like “holdups at neighborhood pharmacies.”
Read more about the new policies here
Prescribing Exercise to Treat Depression
By Gretchen Reynolds
Can a stroll help ease depression? That question preoccupied Dr. Madhukar H. Trivedi, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, after several of his patients, all suffering from serious depression, mentioned that they felt happier if they went for a walk. The patients in question were taking the widely prescribed antidepressants known as S.S.R.I.’s, or selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors, but were not responding fully. They remained, by clinical standards, depressed. Dr. Trivedi and his colleagues began to wonder if adding a formal “dose” of exercise would increase their chances of getting better.
Read more about treating depression with exercise by clicking here
A Healthy Choice Recipe
This month’s healthy choice recipe is delicious and best of all easy to fix and serve.
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
- 8 ounces andouille sausage, diced
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 green bell pepper, diced
- 1/2 cup diced celery
- 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- salt and ground pepper to taste
- 2 cups uncooked white rice
- 4 cups chicken stock
- 3 bay leaves
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
Heat oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Sauté chicken and andouille until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in onion, bell pepper, celery and garlic. Season with cayenne, onion powder, salt and pepper. Cook 5 minutes, or until onion is tender and translucent. Add rice, and then stir in chicken stock and bay leaves. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover, and simmer 20 minutes, or until rice is tender. Stir in the Worcestershire sauce and hot pepper sauce.