There should be rewards for living a long life. Yet too often in today's world there seem to be only penalties, presented with a heaping serving of disrespect or as yet another punchline to a comedian's joke. The concept of the golden years, let alone respect for one's elders, seems tarnished and transformed into visions of some loathsome ...Read more
In 2008, Science 2.0, a nonprofit blogging site for academics created to discuss science-related subject matter, posted research from Brandeis University on the current state of chaplaincy services in hospitals. The study was deemed the first of its kind to provide a systematic national overview of hospital chaplaincy and was based on the ...Read more
At University Health hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, COVID hospitalizations had been running high in January, notes Gina Kaufmann, a locally based NPR correspondent. Medical teams once again had to keep in-person contact to a minimum. For hospital chaplains, this means that their only direct contact with patients can be through in-room ...Read more
As I relayed last week, Time magazine's Angela Haupt warned in a recent report that the wave of extreme temperatures we are now experiencing are not only unpleasant and irritating but they are messing with our minds and have been linked to acts of aggression and violence.
High temperatures have historically shown to be more of a health threat ...Read more
Back in March, you might recall the rare event of a U.S. Senate united in agreement -- in this instance, calling for the end to the twice-a-year disruption caused from switching between standard and daylight saving time. It was an action that a 2019 poll revealed 71% of Americans support, according to Reuters. So, the Senate took a stand: ...Read more
The concept of public health is an interesting one. It can mean different things to different people because the health interests of the entire population make up its definition. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's health protection work includes the CDC Foundation, an independent nonprofit created by Congress to mobilize ...Read more
Though months have passed, we might never forget the heart-wrenching story of Joe Garcia, the grieving husband who, hours after placing flowers at a memorial to his wife, Irma, reportedly died of a heart attack. Garcia's wife was one of two teachers killed in the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. The story of his death ...Read more
No doubt about it, hot summer nights can make it tough to sleep. Longer daylight that runs into the evening hours can make it harder to fall asleep. We get off our bedtime schedule. We have a lot on our minds. There are so many factors that can stand between us and a good night's sleep. In today's stress-filled world, those things are taking a ...Read more
We should no longer be surprised when we hear that prolonged stress can increase the risk of health conditions such as asthma, ulcers, heart attack and stroke. Various studies over the years have suggested as much. But the idea that certain types of stress cannot only weaken your immune system but prematurely age it -- making you even more ...Read more
If you and I were to apply a medical diagnosis to the nation's hospitals and health care systems, according to current news reports, the ultimate costs as well as chances for full recovery would seem far from clear. And this holds true for both patients and practitioners.
Take for example the current state of resident doctors in training. They ...Read more
Ralph Marston, the publisher of The Daily Motivator, once inspiringly advised readers to "breathe in the sweet air of limitless possibility and make life as rich as you know it can be." It is just one example of a multitude of inspirational words written over the years based on a simple analogy about the air we take in. It is universally ...Read more
Some of you may know that I was born in Oklahoma, and that my DNA includes being one-quarter Cherokee. I am proud of it. The Cherokee are a remarkable people who have been around since time immemorial. According to the Cherokee Nation official website, today they comprise the largest tribe in the United States. An estimated 141,000 Cherokee ...Read more
It is one thing to appreciate those in the military who serve our country. It is another to provide them the support and care they have long needed and have earned. This appears to be a point upon which our political leaders in Washington agree. As reported by My Military Benefits and others, following a year of intense negotiations, on ...Read more