According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, more Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer each year than all other cancers combined. In recognition of the scope of this problem, the month of May has been officially designated as Skin Cancer Awareness Month.
But before we recoil at the mention of the C word, please take note that today, even ...Read more
We see the image of a stooped-over old man, selfish, confused, disdainful about the world and snapping at everyone around him. Or the 50-something employee, technologically inept, struggling to adapt and fit in with her younger co-workers. Or a sweet little old lady, shuffling down the street, blissfully unaware of dangers around her. We see ...Read more
International researchers, policymakers and public health practitioners, I am guessing, were happy for the opportunity to gather at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Health last month for a forum. They met to identify policies and practices for enhancing something the pursuit of which is constitutionally guaranteed in our country -- happiness. This ...Read more
We live in a sometimes-crazy world that moves at lightning speed. We all know what stress feels like. I felt more than a tinge of it in reaching my deadline for this article. Stress is hard-wired within us as the body's response in the face of danger. It is the instinct that helped our ancient ancestors cope with a hazardous world. We know ...Read more
Spring has sprung. The weather is warming. The flowers are blooming. And noses are running, and eyes are watering. For the estimated 20% of Americans allergic to pollen, even under the best of circumstances, spring can feel like the end of the world as they know it. After the recent release of a dramatic aerial photo of massive clouds of ...Read more
In our nation's drug overdose crisis, a crisis that shows no sign of slowing, the U.S. Surgeon General's office estimates more than 20 million people in our country have a substance use disorder. One other thing this epidemic has made painfully apparent is that, by all accounts, there are not nearly enough physicians in this country ...Read more
In a bit of encouraging news, recent combined data from the Tobacco Products and Risk Perceptions Survey and the Health Information National Trends Survey revealed that an increasing number of American adults now perceive electronic cigarettes to be at least as harmful as regular cigarettes. The percentage of adults who believed e-cigarettes ...Read more
When an epidemic is forecast, standard operating procedure is to immediately closely monitor the situation. Communication systems, platforms and procedures are tested to assure operability. Treatments are established, along with forms of local and regional financial assistance and other needed resources. Implementation is hopefully swift and ...Read more
Hardly a day goes by when we do not read about how some juice concoction or pill or yoga pose will "boost" our immune system. Putting all such claims aside, Matt Richtel, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of "An Elegant Defense: The Extraordinary New Science of the Immune System" believes that such proclamations answer the wrong ...Read more
Correcting poor eating habits is among the great health challenges of our time. It is a root cause of death, disability and soaring health care costs and is even linked to diminished military readiness.
Recognizing the growing urgency of the problem, our nation's policymakers are beginning to act in unison. In January 2018, House lawmakers ...Read more
You may see me as "one of those health nuts." Rather than getting into that (though I might agree), let's focus on another variety of nuts -- tree nuts. According to a study by nutrition researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, if you consume such nuts regularly, you could be less likely to develop heart disease ...Read more