Q. Episodes of depression seem to be common over several generations in my family. Is depression genetic?
There is substantial evidence that depression is a hereditary disease. A depression gene known as 5-HTTLPR has been found.
The World Health Organization reports that more than 120 million people worldwide suffer from depression. At least 10 percent of people in the United States will experience major depressive disorder at some point in their lives. Two times as many women as men experience major depression.
Neighbors invited me and my husband to a socially-distanced dinner. Initially, we accepted. But after taking into consideration the risks involved, given factors like age and underlying health conditions, we feel uneasy and want to decline. I called our friends and told them I did not feel comfortable having dinner at their home. How do you tactfully respond to social invitations without causing offense?
Dixie Dugan White, who passed away April 18, was one of a kind.
It would be difficult to find anyone in the Lehigh Valley who was more of an activist. She worked with countless organizations for economic equality, human rights and the environment. She was determined, but she always kept her sense of humor.
Her many socially-active involvements included President, Pennsylvania Chapter, National Organization of Women; Senior Field Organizer, Chicago Chapter, National Organization of Women, and first director, AIDS Service Center of the Lehigh Valley.
In the midst of the COVID-19 health crisis, The Swain School prepares to celebrate Dr. Shannan Boyle Schuster’s leadership and welcomes Dr. Armistead Webster.
Schuster’s tenure as Head of School ends in late June, while a new Head of School chapter begins for Swain with Webster July 1.
Following the recommendation of Educators Collaborative, the national consulting firm that guided Swain’s Head of School search, Swain’s Board of Trustees appointed a Transition Committee to coordinate efforts that will ensure the succession of leadership.
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Touchstone Theatre canceled its 2020 production of “Fresh Voices.”
An article about this year’s production was published in the June 3 and 4 Focus section in Lehigh Valley Press print editions and on Lehigh Valley Press websites.
The article was published prior to the following statement received in a June 4 email newsletter from Touchstone Theatre: “In light of recent racist atrocities, our apprentices Adam and Sean, with the full support of the Touchstone Ensemble, are choosing to put this weekend’s performance of ‘Fresh Voices’ on hold.”
Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) has again updated its guidelines for visits to Family Birth and Newborn Centers.
“We will continue to update this policy based on the latest guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other professional societies,” said Amanda Flicker, MD, Chief, Division of Obstetrics.
The following updates to guidelines for visits are in effect as of June 3 for LVHN Family Birth and Newborn Centers:
Health screenings will be performed for patients and visitors before they enter the unit.
St. Luke’s University Health Network will acquire Easton Hospital, including affiliated physician practices and two physician residency programs with 36 physician residents.
The acquisition will preserve the 125-year-old hospital, ensuring jobs and bring St. Luke’s world-class healthcare to the greater Easton-area community.
St. Luke’s and Steward Health Care of Dallas, owner of Easton Hospital since May 2017, recently signed an asset purchase agreement for transfer of ownership to St. Luke’s University Health Network, effective July 1.
The Zombie apocalypse is not exactly upon us, but Musikfest is the latest, and biggest, Lehigh Valley arts and entertainment event to succumb to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic shutdown.
Officials of ArtsQuest, which presents the 10-day music and food extravaganza that attracts an estimated 1 million to the south side, and downtown and historic Industrial Area of Bethlehem, announced that Muskikfest headliners concerts at the Wind Creek Steel Stage have been postponed with one exception, which is a cancellation.