Not only does the daily news never seem good, but the bad news seems to be escalating out of control. It is constantly repeated and, as a result, worsened. I admit it is a pattern I am by no means immune to. Fighting negativism and the crisis mode we find ourselves in challenges us all. For me, being of a positive frame of mind has long been a ...Read more
As reported last week, serious depression has skyrocketed during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a report from the Kaiser Family Foundation, during the past six months, the growth of U.S. adults with mental health issues rose to 53%. From the onset of this plague, many experts feared that the U.S. could soon be facing two public health ...Read more
As I discussed last week, from the outset of this pandemic, with each day filled with isolation and uncertainty, mental health issues have continued to worsen in this country. According to a Pew Research Center report, such uncertainty has accounted for one-third of Americans experiencing high levels of psychological distress during the COVID-19...Read more
According to projections from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of new cancer cases in the United States between 2010 and the end of 2020 will have gone up about 24% in men and about 21% in women. That shakes out to about 1 million new cancer cases per year for men and 900,000 for women. The CDC goes on to say that, ...Read more
As a recent front-page Los Angeles Times report reminded us, when the COVID-19 pandemic struck America's second-largest city, its homeless population was viewed as a "time bomb" about to go off. Estimated to be more than 41,000 individuals, beyond issues of shelter and food, many suffered from health problems that predispose them to severe ...Read more
As a poor kid trying to find my way -- almost too many years ago than I care to count -- I was living for a time in Wilson, Oklahoma. Every weekday after elementary school, I would spend hours scouring the city, collecting pop bottles and cashing them in for the refund. I would pick up any scrap iron lying around and take it where I could sell ...Read more
Just like living in the pandemic, writing about it can take a toll. So, I was happy to find important health-related news to report on that required no reference to COVID-19. It comes in the form of recent findings from a new study on the science of sleep.
According to a report from Fox News, researchers at the University of California, San ...Read more
There have been emergency postponements and even cancellations of major sporting events in the past, but I think we all could agree that the global athletic hiatus we have witnessed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented, at least in modern times. So, it is good to have live, televised sporting events return. They signify at least...Read more
As recently reported by Time magazine, in addition to dwindling fare collections, tax revenues that help subsidize transit systems are taking a dramatic hit. "Perhaps nowhere is public transit more vital, or the budget crisis more serious, than in New York City," writes Time magazine reporter Alejandro de la Garza. "Ridership in the city ...Read more
On Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new data that suggests the number of people infected with the coronavirus in different parts of the United States is anywhere from two to 13 times higher than the reported rates for those regions.
"These data continue to show that the number of people who have been infected ...Read more
When we finally reach that point where we can look back with some distance and remind ourselves of what this pandemic was like, what will we think? More importantly, what will we be able to say we have learned about ourselves from this horrible human catastrophe?
There are already clues to the answer to this question in what Noam Shpancer, a ...Read more
As widely reported, last Monday marked the 28th day in a row the country's rolling seven-day average of daily new COVID-19 cases shattered all previous records. As reported by UPI, in my home state of Texas, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has surpassed 200,000, according to updated data from state health officials.
Reports UPI, Los ...Read more
Here is a recipe for a cocktail you do not want to mix during the upcoming holiday weekend. It starts with a tight, confined venue. Next, smash together a mixture of young adults absolutely unconcerned about contracting or spreading an illness. Add the final kicker of a business operator who does not give a hoot about limiting crowds or social ...Read more