The Challenge of Making Technology Work for Us

September 14, 2018

Last week, I reflected on an idea shared by many health experts: we have become a no-vacation nation. Despite compelling health reasons for taking time off, as Americans we have convinced [...]

America Becoming a No-Vacation Nation

September 7, 2018

Another glorious three-day Labor Day weekend has passed, and I hope you enjoyed some time off. Did you feel a bit cranky on your first day back to work? You know what I mean — irritable, [...]

More on New Therapies Fighting Chronic Disorders

August 31, 2018

Last week, I raised a concern that new emerging approaches to the social and psychological aspects of medical care and treatment do not receive the funding or attention they deserve. I discussed [...]

New Therapies Show Promise in Fighting Chronic Disorders

August 24, 2018

Not long ago, the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, California hosted 54 special visitors. On arrival, these guests were escorted to a gallery closed off to other museum visitors. In this private [...]

Getting Outdoors During a Long Hot Summmer

August 17, 2018

As we count down the days of summer in what is now officially the fourth hottest year on record, it is important to remind ourselves that sweltering conditions are not just oppressive and [...]

A Healthy Approach to Enjoying the Summer

August 10, 2018

I do not want to rain on anybody's parade, but according to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 2018 is on pace to be the fourth hottest year on record. The bad news I [...]

Owning A Dog Can Make Your Life Better Right Now

August 3, 2018

I speak dog. My wife and kids are also fluent in dog. Chances are you are as well. As Jeffrey Kluger, senior editor of science and technology for TIME magazine recently reported, we have all [...]

Alcohol: That Other Substance Abuse Problem

July 27, 2018

A couple of weeks ago I reported that a large number of drug overdoses today are being attributed to new drugs, especially fentanyl-related substances. Many experts believe that the problem of [...]

New Super Heroes Need to Step Up to Defeat Superbugs

July 20, 2018

I love a good super hero movie, even if I am not in it. I am hardly alone. "Avengers: Infinity War" is said to have earned more than $1.1 billion in just two weekends. With the fate of the planet [...]

Opioid Overdose Deaths and Sky-High Deductibles

July 13, 2018

Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the US. According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, in 2015, more than 20,000 overdose deaths in this country were directly [...]

Danger Sign At The Speed Of Life

July 6, 2018

Last week I reported the news that deaths by suicide in this country are up 25 percent since 1999. According to federal data, deaths attributed to opioid overdose and alcohol abuse are now at the [...]

Suicide and The Loss of Life’s Meaning

June 29, 2018

The statistics are staggering and the recent high profile cases make them impossible to ignore. Deaths by suicide in this country are up 25 percent since 1999. According to the Center for Disease [...]