The Long-Term Toll of Electronic Cigarettes and Regulatory Inaction

October 18, 2019

News earlier in the year by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimating that the number of middle and high school students who use electronic cigarettes has risen by more than 50% [...]

No Federal Law Regulates Tattooing; Welcome to the Wild West

October 11, 2019

A number of years ago, my wife, Gena, was given multiple routine MRIs to check on an arthritic condition. To generate a better image, a contrast dye is often routinely injected into the area of [...]

How Exercise and Movement Reduce Pain

October 4, 2019

It remains the single most common medical complaint by patients. It is sensory, emotional and perceptual — seemingly all at the same time. The way we experience it varies greatly. No two [...]

From Polypharmacy to Polypills: Where Will It Lead?

September 27, 2019

In September 2018, I talked about health issues related to "polypharmacy," a word new to me at the time used to describe individuals taking multiple medications (five or more drugs concurrently), [...]

Suicide in the Age of Unprecedented Growth of Those 65 and Older

September 20, 2019

As mentioned last week, to generate discussion and stimulate action toward resolving a major heath issue, Sept. 8-14 was designated as National Suicide Prevention Awareness Week. What I failed to [...]

Suicide Rates Rising, Prevention Needed: There’s a Lot to Live For

September 13, 2019

At times, there are issues we would rather not talk about but must. Certainly, suicide has historically been high among them. Yet it stands today as the 10th-leading cause of death for people of [...]

The Health Care Conversation Few Are Having

September 6, 2019

I'm no doctor, but I can recognize a prescription for disaster when I see one. What would you predict as the prospects of a profession where one practitioner commits suicide every day, the [...]

The Effects of Extreme Heat, Persistent Pain and an Exercise Tip

August 30, 2019

The long hot summer of 2019 is at last drawing to a close, and we already know it's one for the record books. July proved to be the Earth's hottest month on record. That said, 2019 is unlikely to [...]

Diet and Exercise One-Two Punch Against Alzheimer’s

August 23, 2019

Alzheimer's disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. Just the thought of contracting this disease — which can rob us of our ability to think, learn and remember and [...]

Tiny Drop of Blood Could Lead to Huge Alzheimer’s Breakthrough

August 16, 2019

In just the past few years, billions of dollars have been put toward ending cancer. We know the importance and urgency of achieving this goal. We accept it and support it. What we are less aware [...]

Health Measured From Head to Toe

August 9, 2019

Last week, I explored how the way we perform everyday movements and positioning of our head — without knowing it — can bring on chronic neck pain. Most neck pain is something we do [...]

Addressing Chronic Neck Pain

August 2, 2019

Throughout our lives, we are saddled with carrying around this weighty orb — about 10 to 12 pounds' worth — in a constant balancing act while we swing it this way and that. We can't [...]