Health

Europe’s new heroes aren’t actors, musicians or politicians. The new celebrities are epidemiologists and virologists. These are the people who are drawing huge virtual crowds around the world during their regularly scheduled briefings. There’s a good reason for their popularity. COVID Heroes: Scientists are the new rockstars! In a time of...

We’ve lived through some tough times. Many of us remember the way the Vietnam War, and Watergate tore our country apart. The 2008 recession eliminated many small businesses, and it took a few years for the rest of us to get back on our feet and begin to prosper. And...

Hundreds of thousands of Americans’ lives have been ruined by opioids From 1999-2017, nearly 400,000 people died from an overdose involving an opioid. On average, 130 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. There are other opioid users who are fighting agonizing, lonely and often losing battles with their addition. An...

I recently came across David Brooks’s column in The New York Times asking his readers to define their purpose in life. While many were overachievers with lofty themes about changing the world, others found fulfillment in simply living and creating small, happy lives. I have always wanted to be kind One story...

For therapist Andrew Bryant, last October’s UN report on climate change introduced a disturbing new mental health concern to his patients. “I remember being in sessions the next day with patients who had never mentioned climate change before. Some expressed anxious feelings, and we kept talking about it over our next...

Meet Wisconsin pulmonologist, Dr. Lynn D’Andrea. She knew something was wrong when three teenagers with mysterious, dangerous lung injuries came into the hospital gasping for air during a 4th of July weekend. Dr. D’Andrea noticed that those alarming cases followed those of another teen with matching symptoms. Her experience, along...

A new year is the time to see what’s trending and what’s fallen from favor. There is nothing scientific about this list. It’s gathered from a range of publications that claims to be in the know about what’s hot or not across a wide range of topics. Consumers are embracing sustainability Happily,...

Called candida auris, this fungus is highly contagious, drug-resistant, and it’s plaguing nursing facilities. Half of the patients who contract this disease die within 90 days. It’s so difficult to eradicate that many facilities have stopped accepting patients infected with it. Public health officials struggle to contain the pathogen, while...

Many of us are caring for--or know someone who is caring for--a family member, often an aging parent. With 10,000 baby boomers turning 70 every day, caring for this demographic is a growing health care matter, and it’s only time before it becomes a political issue. Let’s take a look...

Anyone who relies on prescription drugs or cares for someone who does knows that drug prices are soaring. The average annual cost of a brand-name drug has more than tripled in the past decade. Older adults take an average of 4.5 medications each month, which can add up to a...

I had a doctor who used to tell me that a certain amount of stress was good for me. And I have to agree. I like the adrenalin rush of working on a deadline, of juggling priorities to meet objectives and the exhilaration of making it all work. Stress keeps...