Health, Mind & Body

07/22/2015 - 4:59pm
The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson

Jon Ronson sees insanity all around him. Partially that is because as a journalist he is drawn to write stories in which people engage in erratic behavior. It is also because he has learned The Psychopath Test, and he cannot stop administering the 20-point checklist to everyone around him.

Item 1: Glibness/superficial charm

Item 2: Grandiose sense of self-worth

Item 3: Need for stimulation/proneness to boredom

Item 4: Pathological lying

And, so on. From a rude concierge at a hotel to the CEO of a giant corporation, no matter where Ronson looks, everything's coming up psycho.

12/21/2013 - 3:02am
Grief at the Holidays - A SeniorNavigator e-Quicktip

The Central Rappahannock Regional Library is a SeniorNavigator Center.  Here's the latest SeniorNavigator e-quicktip:

Grief at the Holidays

"Happy Holidays!" is a greeting often heard this time of year.  However, if you are grieving over the loss of a loved one, the holiday season may be anything but happy for you.  Visit the following link for suggestions that will help you cope with grief during the holidays. 

10/13/2014 - 3:18pm
Woman using a laptop

Learn how the new federal health care law affects you at, the official site of the Health Insurance Marketplace. Created under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Health Insurance Marketplace is designed to help you find health coverage that fits your budget and meets your needs.

Open enrollment for health insurance begins on October 1, 2013, with coverage starting as soon as January 1, 2014. With one simple application, you can compare all the plans available to you and check whether you qualify for free or low-cost coverage. You may enroll online, by mail, or in person. To apply and enroll online, or to print an application form to mail in, visit Telephone assistance is available 24/7 to help you complete your application. Call 1-800-318-2596.  For in-person assistance, your librarian can refer you to the Health Insurance Marketplace Navigator and Certified Application Counselors for your locale.

06/05/2013 - 3:31am
Have You Seen Marie? cover

Have You Seen Marie? is a picture book, but it is aimed at adults. The author and illustrator created it as an attempt to help them deal with their grief, for each of them has lost a parent. 

The story is about Sandra Cisneros who suffered from depression after her mother’s death. Her doctor encouraged the author to take antidepressants, but she resisted taking medication. Her friend came to visit her and while there lost her cat, Marie. The act of trying to find her friend’s cat forced Cisneros out of the house and into the world again in order to help her friend. This picture book introduces all of her colorful neighbors as she tries to find Marie.

03/11/2013 - 3:01pm
Yale Heart Study

The Yale Heart Study is concerned with how people get medical care when they are having symptoms of a heart attack. We are asking people who have had a heart attack to share their experiences at their website:  The goal of this study is to help people get care as quickly as possible when they are having heart attack symptoms. 

The study is being conducted on the internet and takes about 30 minutes to an hour to complete depending on your experiences. Participation in this study is completely anonymous. The study has been approved by the Yale University Institutional Review Board and is funded by the National Institutes of Health. If you have any questions about this study please contact us at

If you know someone who has had a heart attack, there is a place on the website for you to invite them to participate in the study.

We hope some of you will help us to help others. The study address, again, is

02/20/2013 - 11:29am
Doctor examining a child

On Thursday, February 28, 2013, Gari Melchers Home and Studio will host the first of four free lectures on children’s health topics provided by staff from the Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU.  Dr. Jose Muñoz from the Division of Infectious Diseases will discuss steps to prevent Lyme disease and the signs, symptoms and treatment options for this tick-borne illness.

Other topics include:

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Childhood Obesity: Where Do We Currently Stand?

The problem of childhood obesity in the United States has grown considerably in recent years. Children who are overweight have an increased risk of diet-related diseases such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease and osteoporosis. Join Dr. Edmond “Trey” Wickham III, from the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, as he highlights the many causes, health impact, treatment, and prevention options for pediatric and adolescent obesity.

02/19/2013 - 12:50pm
Natural Standard logo

A lot of “natural” or complementary medicines and practices sound more appealing to patients than drugs with fancy chemical names.  But the question is—do they do any good? Do they, perhaps, rather do harm? Even seemingly harmless ingredients (grapefruit juice, green coffee extract) can have dangerous effects when combined with other necessary medications or complicating conditions. And then there’s the placebo effect, the often-studied quandary that any medicine or technique, if the patient is told it will be effective, will be for a certain percentage of the time.

The database Natural Standard (available to CRRL cardholders at takes on this dilemma and provides additional helpful information besides. According to its site’s statement, Natural Standard is impartial—not supported by any interest group, professional organization or product manufacturer. 

01/28/2013 - 1:31pm
Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation Grant

The library has new books on breast cancer, thanks to a grant from the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation.  The VBCF, founded in 1991, is a nonprofit organization “committed to the eradication of breast cancer through education and advocacy.”  For more information, visit their website at, or call 800-345-VBCF.

Check out a few of our new titles:

Betty Crocker Living with Cancer Cookbook by Betty Crocker
Over 130 recipes designed specifically for the cancer patient.  Also includes “uplifting quotes, anecdotes, and practical tips from cancer survivors.”  (catalog summary)

Breast Cancer:  What You Need to Know--Now
A concise but comprehensive guide from the American Cancer Society.

08/22/2012 - 3:31am
French Kids Eat Everything

All it takes is one picky toddler to make parents pull their hair out at the dinner table. If there is one topic that worries us the most, it’s our children’s health and what they’re eating (or not!). As a result, there are countless books on the market touting the best way to get your kids to eat more foods. From The Sneaky Chef, which advocates putting veggie purees in brownies, to 201 Healthy Smoothies and Juices for Kids, to What Chefs Feed Their Kids where chefs share their gourmet secrets, there are more than 60 titles to choose from just in our library system. Parents who are at a loss as to how to get their littlest ones (and often, their big ones!) interested in a plate of carrots can easily become overwhelmed with the advice. With the additional goals of trying to feed families with increasingly less time and high grocery bills, it’s enough to make many of us revert to pasta every night of the week.

The newest addition to the collection, however, might just change not only how you feed your kids, but also yourself. French Kids Eat Everything by Karen Le Billon is the story of one Canadian mother who moved her young family back to her husband’s native Brittany, on the coast of France. As you can surmise by the title, she discovered why French kids associate chocolate cake with pleasure, not guilt, and why they have astonishing lower rates of childhood obesity (20% in America, just 3% in France (p. 140)). She discovered why nearly half of French children eat the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables each day, while barely ten percent of their American counterparts struggle to eat the same amount (p. 117). Even their daycare menus resemble gourmet menus. One day’s lunch at her daughter’s preschool was listed as: beet salad bolognaise, roast turkey with fine flageolet beans, goat cheese buchette, and organic pear compote (p. 36). “By the time they are two years old,” Le Billon discovered, “most French kids have tried (and eaten) more foods than many American adults” (p. 120).

06/20/2012 - 2:14pm

Do any of these situations sound familiar to you?

-The phone rings at 10 p.m. notifying you that your father has fallen and rushed to the hospital with a probable broken hip.

-You call your mother several times one afternoon and evening without any answer.

-Your aunt’s neighbor calls you to tell you that the papers are piling up on the front doorstep over the past week and she is not answering the door.

Whether you live an hour away or across the country, long-distance caregiving can be a challenge for many families.


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