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 serotonin transporter (5-HTTLPR) has been found.
The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that about 121 million worldwide suffer from depression. WHO estimates that depression will become the first cause of disease burden worldwide by the year 2020. Disease burden is defined as the years that patients must live with a disability.
Dr. Christopher Wagener, Coordinated Health's Mayo Clinic-trained spine surgeon, will hold a free seminar, 6 p.m. March 5, Coordinated Health Allentown Campus, Second Floor, 1503 N. Cedar Crest Boulevard, Allentown.
Light refreshments will be provided.
To register: 610-861-8080, ext. 24108
An opening reception for "Edgar S. Baum: For the Love of Painting" will be held 6 - 8 p.m. Feb. 20, David E. Rodale Gallery, The Baum School of Art, 510 Linden St., Allentown.
Dr. Edgar S. Baum (1916 - 2006), was a physician, artist and resident of Allentown. The exhibition features paintings that he created during five decades. His father, Walter E. Baum, was the well-known Pennsylvania Impressionist and founder of The Baum School of Art.
Edgar was a prolific and creative painter who also expressed himself through the use of dyes, sculpture, poetry and wit.
Q. I keep hearing about how bad coffee is for you. I also hear about how good coffee is for you. What gives?
The average American drinks more than 400 cups of coffee a year, so how this popular beverage affects our health is an important issue.
Let's start with the bad part.
For the general population, the evidence suggests that coffee drinking doesn't have any serious detrimental health effects, is a summation from Dr. Rob van Dam, Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health.
The year 2012 in cinema will be remembered as one of the best ever.
Many of the Oscar-nominees pictures garnered critical and popular acclaim. Look for Oscar to spread around the gold.
Here are domestic box-office grosses, as of Feb. 17, of the Oscar picture nominees:
"Amour" - $3.9 million, four Oscar nominations
"Argo" - $126.8 million, seven Oscar nominations
"Beasts of the Southern Wild"- $12 million, four Oscar nominations
"Django Unchained" - $156.9 million, five Oscar nominations
"Les Misérables" - $145.2 million, eight Oscar nominations
"Side Effects" is a good crime thriller with a twist that you probably won't see coming.
Jude Law plays Dr. Jonathan Banks, a psychiatrist who is paid as a consultant for a pharmaceutical company that is doing trials with a new drug.
One of his clients, Emily (Rooney Mara), is institutionalized after she negotiates an NGRI plea (Not Guilty For Reasons of Insanity) plea over the death of her husband Martin (Channing Tatum).
Law consults with Dr. Siebert (Catherine Zeta-Jones), Emily's previous psychiatrist, who may or may not be withholding information from him.
An opening reception and artist talk for "Transformations: Works in Steel," an exhibit of works by sculptor Karl Stirner is 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Feb. 21, The Payne Gallery, Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus, Moravian College, Bethlehem, where the exhibition continues through April 7.
The event is free and open to the public.
"The exhibition will feature Stirner's collection of large to medium-sized steel sculpture and nearly a dozen drawings," said David Leidich, Assistant Director of Payne Gallery.
Submissions are now being accepted for the eighth annual award-winning Student Poetry Project.
In celebration of National Poetry Month in April, three poems will be selected in each of the Elementary, Middle School and High School categories and published in the April 24 and 25 Focus section in the Lehigh Valley Press newspapers.
The student whose poem is selected as the best poem in each category may have his or her photo published with the selected poem.
Here is the entry form for the Lehigh Valley Press Readers Pick the Oscar recipients contest for the 85th Academy Awards.
@$: 5 "Amour"
5 "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
5 "Django Unchained"
5 "Les Misérables"
5 "Life of Pi"
5 "Silver Linings Playbook"
5 "Zero Dark Thirty"
@$: 5 Michael Haneke, "Amour"
5 Benh Zeitlin, "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
5 Ang Lee, "Life of Pi"
5 Steven Spielberg, "Lincoln"
5 David O. Russell, "Silver Linings Playbook"