Attention all knuckleheads. I'm talking about those cyclists and runners who have been crowding New York's parks, hanging out at California beaches or frolicking in Florida during spring break. It includes those hiking in large groups through trails and parks and those who had to be cleared out from New Orleans' Bourbon Street -- even after ...Read more
From the outset, there was consistent assurance from public health experts that stocking up on surgical masks will not reduce your chance of catching a common cold, the flu or the novel coronavirus. It was widely reported. As Dr. Pauline Jose, clinical instructor at UCLA and family medicine specialist explains to Livestrong: "There is no ...Read more
The idea of commercial airlines being vessels for the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 reminds me that in today's world of air travel, we have, for years, taken certain risks when we fly without much thought. For example, unforeseen circumstances can cause flights to be grounded anywhere and at any time without warning, stranding us. The...Read more
Something appears to be outpacing the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19, commonly known as the coronavirus: the fear of contracting it, whether well-founded or not. It seems to be spreading faster than the disease itself and is now an additional plague -- one that isn't getting nearly the attention it deserves. Within this fear can be ...Read more
I'm just guessing, but I imagine it would be hard to find a top expert in health or science who would not admit there's a lot we don't know about traumatic brain injury prevention and treatment. As defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, traumatic brain injury is any "disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be ...Read more
This past Monday was Presidents Day, a designated federal holiday where offices and many government institutions were closed. Still, a surprising number of American workers both in and outside of the office were working. Leading up to this day off, those who decided to enjoy it probably fell into the pattern of cramming in as much work as ...Read more
With the threat posed by the coronavirus outbreak dominating the news -- as it rightly should -- I thought I would offer up a familiar subject for contemplation. Something that you might take a break with as you sit back, relax and drink it in. It should not be hard to swallow.
According to the National Coffee Association, the number of ...Read more
When we look at the things we try to avoid in life, you would hope that escaping premature death would be top of the list. After all, it speaks to our basic human drive for survival. Yet, in our modern world, preventable risks posed by smoking, unhealthy diets and drug use contribute mightily to diseases and, ultimately, premature death. These...Read more
In October 2006, some 30 hours after departing Andrews Air Force Base in Washington, D.C., I stepped off a C-130 troop transport plane and on to the tarmac of Iraq's Al Asad Air Base to fulfill a long-planned visit with our troops. If I had any doubts that I was now in a war zone, they were quickly dispelled when I was ordered to put on a ...Read more
A wise man named Jules Renard once said, "It is not a question of how old you are, but a question of how you are old." No matter how we look at the issue of aging, one thing is clear: People age in different ways and at different rates. Recently, in a study conducted by Stanford University and published in Nature Medicine, scientists decided ...Read more
For more than a decade, "Dry January" has served as a resolution calling for a month-long break from alcohol. If you want to jump on this wagon, it is never too late to start by stopping. Whether you make it to the finish line or not, studies show that giving up alcohol -- even briefly -- has health benefits.
Dry January has been gaining ...Read more
While final statistics have yet to be revealed for New Year's Eve, it is a good bet that they will show a sharp uptick in emergency room visits beginning around midnight. Long before that hour, one regional facility in Madison, Wisconsin reported more people coming in with influenza or from accidents slipping on ice. On the night itself, Dr. ...Read more