As stated by Wendy Wood, a research psychologist at the University of Southern California, and reported by the Washington Post, we carry two sets of habits with us as we take one step closer to resuming our pre-pandemic lives. They consist of those that existed before the pandemic and those that were established during. The question is which ...Read more
When Naomi Osaka, the No. 2 ranked woman in the world in tennis, refused late last month to participate in post-match news conferences at the French Open because those conferences contributed to her depression and anxiety, many were critical of her actions. Tennis officials threatened to suspend her and fined her $15,000. She later withdrew from...Read more
In the residential neighborhood of Berwick on the east side of Columbus, Ohio, lives 88-year-old Deloris Harrington. Harrington has lived alone since her husband passed away in 2016. She now finds herself suffering from the effects of undergoing chemotherapy treatments for cancer. Last month, the Columbus Dispatch reported that, not unlike other...Read more
According to a new February report from the Urban Institute and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, "36% of nonelderly adults and 29% of children in the U.S. have delayed or foregone doctor care" during the COVID-19 pandemic. As noted by Healthcare Dive's Ron Shinkman, "of those who put off care, more than three-quarters had one or more chronic ...Read more
Some of you may remember a little film from 30 years ago starring Michael J. Fox called "Doc Hollywood." In it, he plays a hotshot young physician driving his Porsche cross-country to an awaiting job as a Beverly Hills cosmetic surgeon. His plans hit a detour while driving through a small South Carolina hamlet when he crashes into the handmade ...Read more
Before antibiotics, sunlight was used to speed up the healing of wounds, according to the Sunlight Institute. "All nature including humanity is solar-powered," they go on to remind us. "Sunlight is man's primary source of vitamin D, the 'sunshine vitamin'. You get only a quarter of the vitamin D you need from your diet with the rest coming from ...Read more
Beyond her job as chief medical correspondent for ABC News, Dr. Jennifer Ashton maintains a daily medical practice where she sees patients ranging from teenagers to women in their 80s. As explained in an interview with Ridarswear news, in the past year, her patients have begun to open up more and more about the effects stress and uncertainty ...Read more
As I recently reported, though older people have borne a higher burden of illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19, surveys over the last year are showing people aged 50 and over experience more positive emotions each day and fewer negative ones than other demographics during the pandemic.
In this run-up to the post-pandemic world ahead...Read more
As we emerge from the closeted lives we have been living for the past year, trying to shed light on what the post-pandemic world will be like, we must start with a fundamental question: What will we be like? From a mounting number of public health professionals, the prognosis is not especially encouraging.
There are psychological and ...Read more
A few weeks ago, I wrote about a report by The Zebra, the nation's leading insurance comparison site, on the growing threat posed by extreme speeding on the nation's roadways. The report spoke of how, during the pandemic, some drivers have become more likely to rage-drive as a form of stress relief, while others seek an adrenaline rush by ...Read more
There is no way around it. During the isolating environment of the past year, we have all developed some bad habits. They have developed out of necessity -- like relaxed at-home eating habits while sitting on the couch and binge-watching TV, or sitting in bed with one hand scrolling your phone and the other "zombie eating."
Susan Albers, a ...Read more
As reported in The Washington Post, a teenage pedestrian died in August after being hit by two cars along a portion of Indian Head Highway bordering Washington, D.C. It took place a few miles from where another pedestrian was killed in an incident with a vehicle the same month. In September, the driver and passenger of a speeding Toyota Supra ...Read more