C Force from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/c-force Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Tue, 24 Sep 2019 01:02:23 -0700 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss C Force from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/c-force-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/c-force 6319559cee3220e8bc129c866fbccb23 Suicide in the Age of Unprecedented Growth of Those 65 and Older for 09/20/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/09/19/suicide-in-the-age-of-unprecedented-growth-of-those-65-and-older Fri, 20 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p>As mentioned last week, to generate discussion and stimulate action toward resolving a major heath issue, Sept. 8-14 was designated as National Suicide Prevention Awareness Week. What I failed to mention is that September is Suicide Prevention Month. I was reminded of this by a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs press release that encourages veterans, community leaders, co-workers, families and friends to use this month to help prevent suicide by being present, supportive and strong for those veterans who may be going through a difficult time. This campaign is tagged with the message "#BeThere." As mentioned last week, <span class="column--highlighted-text">veterans are 21% more likely to take their own lives than civilians.</span> Of the more than 45,000 Americans that die by their own hand each year, an estimated 6,000 are veterans.<p>Updated: Fri Sep 20, 2019</p> 46ed2b2e825d86b1d249a6c713d46706 Suicide Rates Rising, Prevention Needed: There's a Lot to Live For for 09/13/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/09/19/suicide-rates-rising-prevention-needed-theres-a-lot-to-live-for Fri, 13 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>At times, there are issues we would rather not talk about but must. Certainly, suicide has historically been high among them. Yet it stands today as the 10th-leading cause of death for people of all ages in the United States. It remains a major public health problem and a tragedy that warrants society-wide recognition and discussion and a public health commitment.</p> <p>To stimulate such commitment and discussion, Sept. 8 to 14 is designated as National Suicide Prevention Awareness Week. To shine a light on this crisis of global proportion, the World Health Organization designates Sept. 10 as World Suicide Prevention Day.<p>Updated: Fri Sep 13, 2019</p> ad0df4ddc73cd73010ca7d23b39dfab3 The Health Care Conversation Few Are Having for 09/06/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/09/19/the-health-care-conversation-few-are-having Fri, 06 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>I'm no doctor, but I can recognize a prescription for disaster when I see one. What would you predict as the prospects of a profession where one practitioner commits suicide every day, the highest percentage of any profession in the U.S.? More than half of those studying for careers in this profession can expect to experience symptoms of depression. An estimated 56% reported feeling "burned out" before their training was completed.</p> <p>I'm talking about medical doctors. According to findings presented in 2018 at the American Psychiatric Association's annual meeting, doctors who die by suicide often have untreated or undertreated depression or other mental illnesses. <p>Updated: Fri Sep 06, 2019</p> 5244fb94b6bcff256315ba50374e26ae The Effects of Extreme Heat, Persistent Pain and an Exercise Tip for 08/30/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/08/19/the-effects-of-extreme-heat-persistent-pain-and-an-exercise-tip Fri, 30 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The long hot summer of 2019 is at last drawing to a close, and we already know it's one for the record books. July proved to be the Earth's hottest month on record. That said, 2019 is unlikely to set a new record for the warmest year, but it is a lock for making the top five. Researchers believe there is a 90% chance that 2019 will wind up as the second-warmest year since instrumental records began.</p> <p>That our globe has been the subject of crippling heat is more than a figure of speech. As covered earlier, heatstroke becomes a primary concern during extreme heat waves. Recently pointed out by NPR correspondent Clayton Dalton, extreme cases of heatstroke can ultimately cause multiple organ failure, shock and death.<p>Updated: Fri Aug 30, 2019</p> 79832d37409a97f29b05666d1f9944f5 Diet and Exercise One-Two Punch Against Alzheimer's for 08/23/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/08/19/diet-and-exercise-one-two-punch-against-alzheimers Fri, 23 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Alzheimer's disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. Just the thought of contracting this disease &#8212; which can rob us of our ability to think, learn and remember and can eventually steal from us our very sense of self &#8212; is fear-inducing. The best way to overcome the fear and uncertainty associated with Alzheimer's is to take protective steps that might spare us from getting the disease.</p> <p>It's time we take control of what we can control. As I said last week, we should follow this prescription as if our lives depended upon it. In relation to Alzheimer's, let us focus on exercise and diet. There is good news for us to be found here.<p>Updated: Fri Aug 23, 2019</p> 203b4d3abbf843dc38035fad421c1d95 Tiny Drop of Blood Could Lead to Huge Alzheimer's Breakthrough for 08/16/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/08/19/tiny-drop-of-blood-could-lead-to-huge-alzheimers-breakthrough Fri, 16 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In just the past few years, billions of dollars have been put toward ending cancer. We know the importance and urgency of achieving this goal. We accept it and support it. What we are less aware of and engaged in is the equally vital need to find an effective treatment for another devastating disease: Alzheimer's. Each year, it kills more people than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined. Multiple trials have failed to find drugs that prevent, reverse or slow this disease. According to the Alzheimer's Association, a leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care and research, in 2019, health care costs for Alzheimer's and other dementias are estimated to reach $290 billion. If a cure or effective treatment is not found by 2050, these costs could rise to as high as $1.1 trillion. Currently, an estimated 5.8 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's. Every 65 seconds, someone in the United States develops the disease. By 2050, this number is projected to rise to nearly 14 million.</p> <p>Some good news in confronting this disease arrived last month at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference, where scientists revealed they are closing in on a long-sought goal: a blood test to screen people for possible signs of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. <span class="column--highlighted-text">A tiny drop of blood could be enough to predict the onset of Alzheimer's and facilitate better care and preventative measures. It would be nothing short of revolutionary.</span><p>Updated: Fri Aug 16, 2019</p> b115a7464548bae49b7996a1d8e78dc1 Health Measured From Head to Toe for 08/09/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/08/19/health-measured-from-head-to-toe Fri, 09 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Last week, I explored how the way we perform everyday movements and positioning of our head &#8212; without knowing it &#8212; can bring on chronic neck pain. Most neck pain is something we do not have to endure; it is within our power to address and correct it.</p> <p>This week, I believe it is time we give our hands a "hand." They are the body's unsung leading actors. Not only do they perform countless tasks every day, but they are also our most frequently used body parts. Beyond the tasks they perform, they are silent yet powerful tools for communication, expression and emotion.<p>Updated: Fri Aug 09, 2019</p> 063a2a6fe8d034cbfebe8862c39353f1 Addressing Chronic Neck Pain for 08/02/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/08/19/addressing-chronic-neck-pain Fri, 02 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Throughout our lives, we are saddled with carrying around this weighty orb &#8212; about 10 to 12 pounds' worth &#8212; in a constant balancing act while we swing it this way and that. We can't carry it low, clutching it to our chest. No, it has to be constantly at the tiptop of our body, with only our neck to support it. Is it any wonder our head can be such a pain?</p> <p>Our neck must be strong enough to support the heavy weight of our head and still allow it to tilt, turn and nod up and down easily. Without our knowing it, the way we perform these everyday activities can bring on neck pain and lead to a form of chronic pain that does not get nearly the attention it deserves.<p>Updated: Fri Aug 02, 2019</p> 702c2cb4d90f4bcbeb00a993c4239046 Heat Waves and the Risks They Present for 07/26/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/07/19/heat-waves-and-the-risks-they-present Fri, 26 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>At this point in the summer, sunburn might be among the least of our concerns. A dangerous heat wave has blanketed roughly two-thirds of the nation, and as I write this, final reports of the toll of these oppressively high temperatures have yet to come in. </p> <p>What is known is that many cities across the Midwest and Northeast will likely surpass local heat records and that the "heat dome" has spread from the middle part of the country to the Great Lakes and the East Coast.<p>Updated: Fri Jul 26, 2019</p> 3c23d7cf4f8a89bf097e9af0ac23684e The Work Ahead in Preventing Premature Death for 07/19/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/07/19/the-work-ahead-in-preventing-premature-death-22cc5 Fri, 19 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Last week, I hammered away on the concept that we are what we eat and the idea that by making better food choices we can inoculate ourselves against those things that might damage our health. Dr. Eva Selhub, an internationally recognized expert, physician, author, speaker and consultant in the fields of stress, resilience and mind-body medicine, recently provided another perspective. Writing in Harvard Health, she reminds us that our brain is always in the "on" setting. It works hard for us 24/7 and requires a constant supply of fuel. That "fuel" comes from the foods we eat, and what that fuel is makes all the difference. What we eat directly affects the structure and function of our brain and, ultimately, our mood.</p> <p>Let's say you have been given a body that is the equivalent of a Lamborghini. What are you going to put in the tank to make sure it runs at peak performance? Regular? That would be crazy, right? You're going to use premium. Premium-fuel diets have long been established. They consist of a high amount of vegetables, fruits, unprocessed grains, fish and seafood and only a modest amount of lean meats and dairy.<p>Updated: Fri Jul 19, 2019</p> c087febc4442adf7759b2a3aa1b69ab8 Food Is Medicine for 07/12/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/07/19/food-is-medicine Fri, 12 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Have you ever wondered where the phrase "you are what you eat" came from? As pointed out on the Culinary Lore website, this statement, regardless of its origin, is not just a simple observation about bad food bringing on bad health. It can mean something profound, something more philosophical, referencing food as a culture. Humans eat a great diversity of food. The food we eat, and how we eat it, says a lot about us as a people. </p> <p>The person most responsible for the use of this phrase today is English nutritionist Victor Lindlahr. According to Culinary Lore, in the 1920s, <span class="column--highlighted-text">Lindlahr proclaimed: "90% of the diseases known to man are caused by cheap foodstuffs."</span> In 1942, he parlayed this conviction into a successful book: "You Are What You Eat." According to Lindlahr, "Food is medicine." <p>Updated: Fri Jul 12, 2019</p> b8f9119fd8c14c4d0be1c7bd1395f027 Good Old-Fashioned Fun in the Age of Digital Distractions for 07/05/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/07/19/good-old-fashioned-fun-in-the-age-of-digital-distractions Fri, 05 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>I hope everyone had a safe and fun-filled Fourth. Independence Day is a time for family, friends and fireworks. It is time to maybe attend a public event, have a backyard barbecue or take a trip to the lake. As you look back at this holiday, I have an important health question for you: Did you have fun? The health benefits associated with good old-fashioned fun may be greater than you can imagine &#8212; as is our nation's need for the medicine that having fun can provide.</p> <p>We might put leisure activities somewhere down our "must-do" list, but we need to stop devaluing the importance of having fun. By its very nature, fun is stress-reducing. High levels of stress can inhibit the body's ability to fight off infection and lead to a whole host of physical and mental problems. On the prescriptive side, having fun increases your serotonin level. This chemical enhances many of our most basic processes, including sleep patterns, memory, body temperature and mood.<p>Updated: Fri Jul 05, 2019</p> 54d1eb0d8971617926141f3e153a6548 The Work Ahead in Preventing Premature Death for 06/28/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/06/19/the-work-ahead-in-preventing-premature-death Fri, 28 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In the modern world, there have been steady increases in life expectancy. It has more than doubled in the last two centuries &#8212; that is, until now. As widely reported, for the third year in a row, the U.S. death rate rose last year.</p> <p>Until recently, the big debate for demographers had to do with what the ceiling for human longevity might be. They, along with the health community, are now forced to answer a very different question: Why has life expectancy been so suddenly thrown into reverse?<p>Updated: Fri Jun 28, 2019</p> 04219b35f20283d8d22d602e01551b33 'Deaths of Despair' -- America's Unfolding Tragedy for 06/21/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/06/19/deaths-of-despair-americas-unfolding-tragedy Fri, 21 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p>As noted in a recent Chicago Tribune editorial, the term "deaths of despair" is not something that emerged from refugee camps or war-torn cities or famine-wracked villages in poverty-stricken countries. It is a term used to describe a crisis born in one of the most advanced societies on the planet, and we own it.<p>Updated: Fri Jun 21, 2019</p> cce2ab763594ac2c97b22552735737e0 What Is Driving the Rise in Mental Health Issues? for 06/14/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/06/19/what-is-driving-the-rise-in-mental-health-issues Fri, 14 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>To build a more in-depth understanding of the effects of the constant parade of fragmented, ever-shifting images that make up today's digital experience, research science needs to go beyond looking at the amount of mere "screen time" devoted to our devices. They need to dig deeper if they are to comprehend what exactly individuals are exposed to and what is problematic and for whom. There is no easy way to study this.</p> <p>That these screen experiences are causing health problems for some seems to be beyond question. The results of a study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health are a recent case in point. For the study, the researchers analyzed data of more than 1,700 adults between the ages of 18 and 65. What they discovered was that people who use dating apps seem to have substantially higher odds of having an eating disorder compared with those who do not use these apps. In the study, they found women were particularly vulnerable. On one hand, online dating helps some people connect and socialize, but on the other hand, the technology can also lead to discrimination, racism and body-shaming.<p>Updated: Fri Jun 14, 2019</p> 4c890636a3395124acc092674bb9a8c0 Selfie-Inflicted Deaths a Sign of Bigger Problems for 06/07/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/06/19/selfie-inflicted-deaths-a-sign-of-bigger-problems Fri, 07 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>By November 2013, the term "selfie" had been used so frequently that the Oxford English Dictionary chose it as its word of the year. Two years later, 24 billion selfies were posted on Google. Snapping a selfie is now a common part of daily life. It is also a common means of far too many deaths. One analysis of news reports from October 2011 to November 2017 revealed that more than 250 people worldwide have died attempting to take a selfie. The list continues to grow. A recent case in point is a report this week of a woman who lost her footing and plunged over the edge of Eagle Falls in Emerald Bay State Park near North Lake Tahoe.</p> <p>This tragedy is among the latest in an outbreak of photo-related deaths and injuries at scenic locations. As reported by The Los Angeles Times, in March, a woman was mauled by a jaguar after climbing over a barrier at the Wildlife World Zoo in Arizona to try to get a selfie with the big cat. The Associated Press reports at least one of three people to fall to their deaths at the Grand Canyon this spring was taking a photograph. It was also recently reported that a college student fell to her death after climbing the Fordham University bell tower and sending out a video via Snapchat.<p>Updated: Fri Jun 07, 2019</p> 247e83f923066a9e5f5f3c34efbcb9bc The Weighty Issues Surrounding Ultraprocessed Foods for 05/31/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/05/19/the-weighty-issues-surrounding-ultraprocessed-foods Fri, 31 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>As discussed last week, studies of our immune system continue to demonstrate its central role in heath. We have also learned that, as a rule, if we feed this system well, it will protect us well. The best way to do that is to consume whole fresh foods rather than the engineered "pseudo-foods" that continue to populate the majority of supermarket aisles.</p> <p>The pseudo-foods I am talking about are made from industrial ingredients and engineered to be super tasty and alluring as well as generally high in fat, sugar and salt. For example, you might look at the label and instead of seeing "apples" listed, you might see an additive (with an unpronounceable name) that re-creates the scent of that fruit. Such foods account for nearly 60% of total calories people consume.<p>Updated: Fri May 31, 2019</p> 9a728e98d51c16b38d25e0f9f5d3cc92 New Treatments in the Fight Against Melanoma for 05/24/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/05/19/new-treatments-in-the-fight-against-melanoma Fri, 24 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>As I noted last week, more Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer each year than all other forms of cancer combined. Even though incidence rates continue to climb, skin cancer remains one of the more survivable forms of cancer. Early detection is key. Much of what was covered last week related to nonmelanoma skin cancers such as Basal cell carcinoma, which accounts for about 80% of all skin cancers in the U.S. and is rarely fatal.</p> <p>As Skin Cancer Awareness Month draws to a close, let us not ignore melanoma, the most deadly type of skin cancer. It is estimated that more than 96,000 new cases of melanoma can be expected in 2019, taking the lives of more than 7,000 Americans. Experts believe the increased incidence is due to a combination of high levels of unprotected skin exposure, the use of tanning beds (despite warnings) and advanced-stage detection.<p>Updated: Fri May 24, 2019</p> a505c84b4a31e47d6267203fab6a6970 Beating Back Skin Cancer for 05/17/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/05/19/beating-back-skin-cancer Fri, 17 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, more Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer each year than all other cancers combined. In recognition of the scope of this problem, the month of May has been officially designated as Skin Cancer Awareness Month.</p> <p>But before we recoil at the mention of the C word, please take note that today, even though incidence rates are on the rise, skin cancer has become one of the more survivable forms of cancer. <span class="column--highlighted-text">Having skin cancer is not the terrible prospect it once was, and that is why awareness is critical. Skin cancer, when it's caught early, is almost always curable.</span> <p>Updated: Fri May 17, 2019</p> 65344d245ffed0e6f5f2ddeae03ac5c1 Age Discrimination -- Commonplace in America for 05/10/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/05/19/age-discrimination-commonplace-in-america Fri, 10 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>We see the image of a stooped-over old man, selfish, confused, disdainful about the world and snapping at everyone around him. Or the 50-something employee, technologically inept, struggling to adapt and fit in with her younger co-workers. Or a sweet little old lady, shuffling down the street, blissfully unaware of dangers around her. We see these images and we laugh as intended. But they are no joke.</p> <p>They are a few of the negative stereotypes that reinforce low expectations and opinions of people of a certain age and can bring on the social disease that is ageism, the discrimination against individuals or groups on the basis of age. <span class="column--highlighted-text">Ageism is not unlike other "isms" of the day, such as racism and sexism, and it can have similarly negative impacts on society.</span> When internalized by older adults themselves, ageist views can lead to poorer mental and physical health.<p>Updated: Fri May 10, 2019</p>