Seeing Dog Days Ahead for Science

February 3, 2023

American humorist Dave Barry once observed that "you can say any foolish thing to a dog, and the dog will give you a look that says, 'Wow, you're right! I never would've thought of that!'" And [...]

Dry January Leaves Behind Sobering Thoughts

January 27, 2023

For those of you who have successfully navigated Dry January without a slip up, your liver, heart and skin all thank you. Dry January is said to be an observance gaining in popularity during the [...]

Still Falling Short on Meeting the Health Needs of Veterans

January 20, 2023

As a U.S. Air Force veteran, past spokesperson for the U.S. Veterans Administration and Veteran Foundation's Veteran of the Year Award recipient, I will always have unwavering regard for those [...]

Unseen Effects of Witnessing Damar Hamlin’s Traumatic Injury

January 13, 2023

"Where were you on the evening of Monday, Jan. 2?" This may be a question that hangs around for quite some time. The full story of the evening's massive impact is yet to be fully played out. For [...]

Resolving Nursing Shortage Critically Important in 2023

January 6, 2023

The news report seemed hardly new, and I suspect it is not all that surprising. "Nursing is in crisis, fueled by burnout (and) exhaustion," reports New York Times health and science reporter [...]

New Year Gets Chilling Reception

December 30, 2022

As the holiday season draws to a close, we have moved from a holiday based on gratitude to a celebration of the birth of Christ (and other religious-based holidays) to settle on a time for [...]

Christmas Togetherness: Why It Matters

December 23, 2022

That advice last week about getting out and enjoying the great outdoors? You may want to put a check on that for a while. "Chicago residents yearning for a snowy white Christmas are likely to get [...]

Taking Flight From Holiday Stress

December 16, 2022

The refrain "It's the most wonderful time of the year," forever associated with the song by Andy Williams, has become an enduring holiday standard. But a lot of folks in today's world find their [...]

The Time Has Come to Walk It Off

December 9, 2022

From Little League to the big leagues, from Pop Warner to the pros, when an athlete has a minor tweak or injury, or is frustrated or dejected, common advice is for them to "walk it off." Says the [...]

Food Without the Stuffing

December 2, 2022

With Thanksgiving behind us and the remainder of the holiday season quickly approaching, it seems like a perfect time to talk about a seasonally popular subject matter: food. Michael Pollan, the [...]

Cigarettes and Their Substitutes Court a New Generation

November 25, 2022

I think we all could agree that preventing an addictive habit before it begins is the best course of action you can take. The problem is, when it comes to young people, there is so much working [...]

Drinking and Smoking to Relieve Stress Stir Up Health Concerns

November 18, 2022

It may not be surprising to learn that deaths caused by alcohol use in the United States spiked during the COVID-19 pandemic. As reported by CNN and others, the Centers for Disease Control and [...]