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
Beginning in 1999, Congress officially designated May as Military Appreciation Month. It is intended as a specified time in which we are encouraged to show our appreciation of all those who serve in one of the six branches of the United States Armed Forces. As a veteran and longtime supporter of our military, I recently posted a piece ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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