C-Force: The Shameful Treatment of Teens' Troubling Mental Health

Health / Chuck Norris /

What is it about our high school years that make them remain so fixed in our minds as we age? Why are these three or four years among all the years that came before and after so worthy of unprompted reflection? The replay of the painful and pleasurable moments, of thoughts of the foolish things we said or did, of regrets and successes. As a ...Read more

C-Force: For the Pandemic, the Numbers Don't Tell the Full Story

Health / Chuck Norris /

A couple of weeks ago, the Associated Press and others predicted that in a matter of weeks, the U.S. death toll from COVID-19 would surpass 1 million. That it has taken longer than expected to reach this heartbreaking milestone does not soften the blow. But for many of us, the reality of it may feel less impactful than it should.

"We're dealing...Read more

C-Force: Stress Is Taking a Toll. Will It Result in Lasting Damage?

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In late 2021, inside Cleveland Clinic South Pointe Hospital, one room outside the intensive care unit had been prepped for a special kind of healing. According to a post on the Cleveland Clinic website, once a clinic worker stepped inside, they found a room decorated with a "massage chair, foot massager, sound machine, salt lamp, yoga mat and ...Read more

C-Force: Indicators Facing Wrong Direction for the Health Care Industry

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As I reported a couple of weeks ago, a recent NBC News investigation revealed that regulatory filings and internal documents show that an estimated "40-plus percent" of the country's hospital emergency departments are now overseen by for-profit health care staffing companies owned by private equity firms. It is a developing trend that is raising...Read more

C-Force: Pets as a Prism for Viewing Our Mental Health

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In an opinion piece earlier this week in the Los Angeles Times, author Malathi Raghavan, a clinical associate professor at Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, writes about the daily images of "a population in motion," as the horrifying Russian invasion of Ukraine enters its second month. As more than 4 million refugees and 6.5 ...Read more

C-Force: Why Doctors and Nurses Need Our Support More than Ever

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Dr. Richard E. Besser is president and chief executive of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Princeton, New Jersey, and previously the chief health and medical editor at ABC News. In a recent analysis posted by the network, he applies a career filled with facing numerous health crises in making an important and astute observation: "We enter ...Read more

C-Force: US Mental Health Continues Its Decline

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Imagine that, in addition to weathering the constant stream of crises that have befallen folks over the last two years, circumstances ratchet things up to a level higher than any individual could be expected to bare.

That is what came to mind when I read the story of Sean Deines, whose troubles only started with the loss of his job when the ...Read more

C-Force: Time to Shed More Light on the Health Hazards of Permanent Daylight Saving Time

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I admit that when I wrote last week complaining about the public health downsides created by the annual switch to daylight saving time, I was unaware of the Sunshine Protection Act, even though this bill calling for a permanent switch to daylight saving time (to take effect in November 2023) was about to unanimously pass the Senate. The law, ...Read more

C-Force: World Events, Time Change and Anger Piling on Pandemic Pressures

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Don't care much for the constant mid-March ritual of moving our clocks ahead one hour? According to Beth Ann Malow, a professor of neurology and pediatrics at Vanderbilt University, 63% of Americans would like to see it eliminated.

The thing is, daylight saving time represents much more than a disruption to daily routines. Given the stresses ...Read more

C-Force: The Search Goes on for New Ways of Treating Brain Conditions

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Among the military veterans interviewed for a recent Kaiser Health Network story on the role service dogs have played over the years in helping veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder was Air Force veteran Danyelle Clark-Gutierrez. She recounts how, after her diagnosis, doctors at Veterans Administration hospitals prescribed her a deluge of...Read more

C-Force: We Were Already Angry and Burned Out -- Now What?

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According to a January 2021 Psychology Today report, while being hit the hardest during the first year of the COVID-19 breakout, research showed older Americans responded by being psychologically resilient. Some even labeled this phenomenon of older adults coping well as a unique form of "crisis competence."

That was then. Now, "even those who ...Read more

C-Force: Canines Providing Much More Than Comfort

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Dog days are here -- and I am not talking about the weather. Just look around. As confirmed by a recent report, pet ownership has soared during the pandemic. Despite the economic setbacks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. pet industry had a record year, posting $107 billion in 2020, according to U.S. Pet Market ...Read more

C-Force: Putting the Brakes on E-Bike Riders' Dangerous Need for Speed

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Just another brief news item of yet another traffic collision. This one happened on a busy San Diego County street on a Thursday evening around 5 p.m. last December. A 17-year-old boy on an electric bike traveling at an unknown speed in a designated bike lane collided with a delivery truck as he entered an intersection. It is possible he could ...Read more



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