Cancer Death Rates Dramatically Decline

January 18, 2019

Reminders of progress made in advancing public health are always important to acknowledge, if only as a reminder of how much more we can accomplish. A new report from the American Cancer Society [...]

E-Cigarettes Fueling a Dangerous Turn in Tobacco Use

January 11, 2019

If you are currently serving in the military or you are a veteran, you are more likely to be a cigarette smoker than a civilian is. The likelihood is even greater if you are (or have been) [...]

The Price of Teenage Cool: Nicotine Addiction

January 4, 2019

Not surprisingly, most top resolutions for the coming year remain relatively unchanged from previous years'. They revolve around health, such as exercising more, eating healthier and, for many [...]

E-Cigarettes and Nicotine for a New Generation

December 28, 2018

We have reached that point in the year when we are taking stock of the things we have to be grateful for as well as the things we resolve to change. On the thankful side, according to an annual [...]

Weighing a Doctor’s Advice on Nutritional Supplements

December 21, 2018

Last month, I reported on vitamin and mineral supplements that roughly half of all Americans routinely take and are said to make up 5 percent of all grocery sales in the United States. When faced [...]

Sounding the Snooze Alarm on the Sleep-Deprived

December 14, 2018

I left off last week's conversation with the mention of some of the results of the largest experimentally controlled study on sleep deprivation to date. Developed by Michigan State University, [...]

A Wake-Up Call for the Sleep-Deprived

December 7, 2018

What is a person to do when two essential habits of busy health-minded Americans come into conflict every weekday morning? Time does not allow for both. One has to give. Does one get a healthy [...]

Thanksgiving Has Passed; Will Gratitude Live On?

November 30, 2018

My hope is that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day, a day so steeped in tradition. A day centered on the communal meal, the joining of family and friends old and new. A day set aside for [...]

Vitamins — Nothing Like the Real Thing

November 23, 2018

What's on the menu for discussion today? The more than 90,000 dietary supplement products for sale. They make up a market valued at an estimated $35 billion annually in this country. We are [...]

Dietary Supplements and the Search for the Magic Pill

November 16, 2018

In the 1985 Academy Award-winning film "Cocoon," three residents in a retirement home discover that swimming in a pool containing the pods of an alien life form allows them to absorb alien [...]

Where Is the Plan to Ease the Pain?

November 9, 2018

Pain can take many forms. There is throbbing pain, stabbing pain, phantom pain, acute pain and chronic pain. Regardless of what we call it, we all know what it feels like. Pain can be both [...]

The Case of the Stress-Filled Shrinking Brain

November 2, 2018

I told myself I needed to move on. I'd covered the issue of stress numerous times in the past, most recently in April. Then I read the following news: According to a recently released study [...]