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Do you have a loved one with dementia? Do you leave a conversation with them feeling dejected, impatient and irritable?

Good news…current research provides effective ways to communicate with patients with dementia that not only improve their quality of life, but also ease the frustration of caregivers and family.

More and more efforts are being made to help caregivers with what is known as “therapeutic communication.”

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The state of prescription opioid abuse in America has steadily been on the rise. According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 2 million people had become dependent on or had abused prescription opioids in 2014. While many states have put prescription drug monitoring programs in place to combat the ongoing problem, Missouri remains the only state without one. KRCU’s Marissanne Lewis-Thompson spoke with Dr. Joel Ray, a neurosurgeon at Saint Francis Medical Center about why prescription opioid abuse has become more problematic in recent years.

You know it’s a bad habit. And yet, there you are stuck in traffic and you find yourself trimming your fingernails…with your teeth.

Up to 50 percent of us will chronically gnaw our nails at some point in our life, according to a study from the University of Calgary. But, nail biting is more than unattractive. It can carry health risks too.

The Mayo Clinic reports that nail biting can:

Have you ever been caught color coding your closet and claimed to have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder? Perhaps what you claim to be “OCD” is just a case of neatness.

While keeping all clothes sorted by color may seem strange to some, this behavior is not unusual. And, it is far removed from the true debilitating nature of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Alison Dotson, author of Being Me With OCD, points out that the illness isn’t quirky or cute. She believes using the term “OCD” correctly would help people begin to acknowledge its seriousness and complexity.

Do you only run if someone is chasing you? Are you wondering what all this couch to 5K talk is about?

Yesterday was Global Running Day. Did you miss it? Or, are you one of the many who recently joined the ranks of runners?

Recreational running became popular in the 1970s, crested, and is now experiencing another boom. Runners World magazine reports that in 1990, there were an estimated 303,000 finishers nationwide in half-marathons (a 13.1 mile distance). In 2013, there were 1.96 million who crossed a half-marathon finish line.