Announced last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and reported by NBC News (among a multitude of other news outlets), America's drug epidemic has taken the deadliest turn in our nation's history. Overdose deaths have nearly doubled over the past five years. In a 12-month period alone that ended in April, the number of ...Read more
In the journal JAMA Network Open, research on the long-term effects of contracting COVID-19 shows that at least 50% of COVID-19 survivors experience numerous physical and psychological health issues lasting six months or more after their initial recovery. According to The Washington Post, while the adverse health effects vary from person to ...Read more
As reported last week, the American Academy of Pediatrics, along with the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Children's Hospital Association, have responded to a shocking rise in families seeking urgent mental health help for their children by referring it, not just a crisis, but a national emergency. What this suggests ...Read more
There is no shortage of news, seemingly daily, of new or continuing human problems that have reached the crisis point. Beyond the pandemic, there is the supply-chain crisis, a global energy crisis, the boarder crisis, a hunger crisis. This list goes on. I keep thinking that there has got to be a threshold where our minds just can't take on the ...Read more
Get ready for some new old news. As reported by Forbes, a recently released study from the Commonwealth Fund foundation shows that 23% of Americans 65+ who needed help with the activities of daily living during the pandemic did not receive such help because caregiving services were cancelled or extremely limited. We are talking about things such...Read more
As widely reported in a series of articles in the Wall Street Journal titled "The Facebook Files," leaked documents from Facebook show that the company has known in acute detail for at least two years that its Instagram app is making body image issues worse for teens, particularly girls.
Bryn Austin, an eating disorders expert with the Harvard ...Read more
I really don't like the idea that my smart phone is smarter than me -- that it can do all these things that I can't either imagine or figure out. It leads me to think that maybe it's too darn smart for its own good. What happened to phones? Now, I'm reading that being able to carry and use a digital version of your driver's license on your phone...Read more
As reported by Reuters News Agency, a trial involving four large pharmacy chains was to begin last Monday as the Ohio counties of Lake and Trumbull seek to convince jurors of the pharmacy chains' responsibility for flooding their communities with addictive pain pills and thus contributing to the current deadly U.S. opioid epidemic. To date, more...Read more
As if a cup of coffee wasn't expensive enough, a recent Associated Press report says the industry is predicting its cost will go up even more by the end of the year. Numerous reasons are listed. A sustained drought in Brazil followed by July frosts impacting coffee output. COVID-related disruptions to the supply chain and other production issues...Read more
Recently installed on a large grassy expanse of Washington D.C.'s National Mall near the Washington Monument is a sight that is hard to ignore. Covering the area, there are more that 600,000 small white flags. They comprise what ABC News' Michelle Stoddart refers to as a "chilling exhibition" by artist Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg called "In ...Read more
With lessons learned from 9/11 so widely, recently and painfully recounted, the story of suffering and loss that continue for more than 100,000 fellow Americans must not be forgotten. We cannot lose sight of it as if seeing it through a rear-view mirror, fading in the distance. We need to keep these fellow citizens front and center.
According ...Read more
A recent news release by strategic consulting and market research firm BlueWeave Consulting reveals that the global processed snacks market was worth $390.3 billion in U.S. dollars in 2020. The market research firm reports that despite the growing adoption of healthy eating habits, the industry's growth is projected to reach $493.8 billion by ...Read more
I have written a lot about the debilitating and often accelerating effects of anxiety created by the world we now occupy, as well as generalized anxiety disorder, PTSD and other mental health threats that require acceptance and proper care. According to a survey on mood disorders published recently by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, ...Read more