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C-Force: The Number of Americans Living With Alzheimer's Is Growing

Health / Chuck Norris /

It is easy to lose track of other major public health concerns while the news covers the ongoing threat posed by COVID-19. Yet the list of other health threats is extensive: opioid abuse, obesity, heart disease and cancer among them. The personal and societal toll of Alzheimer's and dementia certainly requires our attention. The number of older ...Read more

C-Force: Health Threat of Extreme Heat Is a Serious One

Health / Chuck Norris /

I have been talking a lot lately about the disorders associated with exposure to constant stress. It is time we add a completely different form of stress to this list of things we must be concerned about -- heat stress. As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reminds us, exposure to extreme heat can spiral into heat cramps, heat rashes...Read more

C-Force: Swapping Skyrocketing Bad Behavior for the Joy That's Missing

Health / Chuck Norris /

Last week, I reported how what the American Institute of Stress refers to as "COVID Anger" appears to be a growing condition that is spilling out onto America's roadways in the form of dangerous, aggressive driving and road rage. It is not the only transportation sector where such bad behavior is expressing itself.

According to an Associated ...Read more

C-Force: Is Covid Anger Spilling Out Onto America's Roadways?

Health / Chuck Norris /

I hope you and your family had a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July holiday weekend. If you took to traveling the roadways, you had a whole lot of company, and I pray you navigated your travels unharmed. According to USA Today projections, nearly 48 million Americans were expected to travel between July 1 and July 5 with more than 91% of them ...Read more

C-Force: PTSD Threat Grows as Awareness Lags

Health / Chuck Norris /

In 2010, the U.S. Senate dedicated June 27 as National PTSD Awareness Day. Four years later, it decided to designate the whole month of June as National PTSD Awareness Month. If you missed the opportunity on this day, or last month, to support the effort to destigmatize and enhance awareness of this very treatable condition, you are not alone. ...Read more

C-Force: Some of What Is Known of Impact of the Pandemic May Surprise You

Health / Chuck Norris /

As I pointed out last week, we are marching through summer with two sets of habits: some good, some bad. Some of these habits existed before the pandemic and some were established during. This situation is sure to affect behavioral standards in the months and years ahead. However, at present, we cannot say exactly how. As for how the ordeal of ...Read more

C-Force: Parts of Pandemic Lifestyle Could Be Habit Forming

Health / Chuck Norris /

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

C-Force: Are We Ready to Get Real in Facing Mental Health Challenges?

Health / Chuck Norris /

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

C-Force: Meals on Wheels Deliveries Staving Off Hunger and Isolation

Health / Chuck Norris /

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

C-Force: Study Finds Trust in our Public Health System Eroding

Health / Chuck Norris /

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

C-Force: Rural Communities Left in the Lurch for Medical Assistance

Health / Chuck Norris /

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

C-Force: Shining Some Light on 'Cave Syndrome'

Health / Chuck Norris /

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

C-Force: Ways Mental Health Assistance Is Taking Off

Health / Chuck Norris /

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

 

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