We Know Pain, but What Is It Really?

February 15, 2019

According to National Retail Federation estimates, fewer people celebrated Valentine's Day this year than last, yet they spent more — in excess of $20 billion in this country. As for young [...]

The Thorny Problem of Finding Who’s to Blame for Drug Overdoses

February 8, 2019

As prescription and illicit opioid overdose deaths continue to rise in the United States, lawsuits against makers and distributors of the painkillers are also growing rapidly. According to an [...]

‘You Are What You Eat’ Has Never Been More True

February 1, 2019

As covered last week, preventable causes of death in this country have grown more common, to an all-time high. As a result, life expectancy in this country is on the decline. You have to ask [...]

Time to Reverse the Odds of Preventable Death

January 25, 2019

For the first time since records have been kept on such things, the odds of someone accidentally dying from an opioid overdose in the United States are greater than those of dying in an [...]

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 [...]