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 Thu, 19 Apr 2018 04:45:59 -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 c0dbf62d60131f8e7eb0ecde5450bc33 From Lonliness to Stress and Depression for 04/13/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/04/18/from-lonliness-to-stress-and-depression Fri, 13 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Loneliness is a very powerful trigger. It can trigger stress and it can trigger depression, or a depressive episode. All of these reactions, when drawn out, come with negative health consequences. For clinicians addressing these problems, it can be difficult to untangle the influence of one on the other.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Putting loneliness aside for a moment and looking at the bigger picture, what is clear is that more Americans than ever before are stressed, depressed and anxiety-ridden</span>. Though the word stress was coined only more than 50 years ago, it still lacks a definition that everyone agrees upon. According to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 8.3 million American adults suffer from serious psychological distress. This equates to approximately 3.4 percent of the U.S. population. Serious psychological distress is an umbrella term for a condition that runs from general hopelessness and nervousness all the way up to diagnosable conditions such as depression and anxiety.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 13, 2018</p> 54f68d8aca1e46ea8f1aa16076fbd48a The Fight Against Loneliness for 04/06/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/04/18/the-fight-against-loneliness Fri, 06 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Along with the isolation of our seniors, many experts believe that an across-the-board loneliness epidemic is developing in the United States. It is worth looking at what such an epidemic could mean. While research on loneliness in the U.S. remains scarce, a 2012 study found that between 20 and 43 percent of American adults over the age 60 experience "frequent or intense" loneliness. The study concluded that feeling lonely can increase a person's risk of dying early by 26 percent.</p> <p>Research on young adults and loneliness in this country is also sparse. What does exist suggests loneliness as a health crisis knows no barriers. A UCLA Berkeley study published last year found that even though adults between 21 and 30 had larger social networks, they reported twice as many days spent feeling lonely or socially isolated as adults between 50 and 70.</p> <p>Research also shows that it can be difficult for men to hold on to friendships as they age. It is a problem that begins in adolescence. In a podcast of the Hidden Brain, New York University psychology professor Niobe Way, who has spent decades interviewing adolescent boys, says that half the population &#8212; those on the male side &#8212; get the message from an early age that needing others is a sign of weakness and that being vulnerable is unmanly.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 06, 2018</p> 7bebed404f8d9a11ee7320d8495910dd Aging In Place In America for 03/30/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/03/18/aging-in-place-in-america Fri, 30 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>There is a movement afoot in this country. Some call it revolutionary. More than 110 new age "Villages" have cropped up in the United States. There are another 120 in development according to the Village to Village Network. You probably have not heard of this grassroots movement because it is the work of old people &#8212; senior citizens.</p> <p>"It's a grass-roots movement on the part of older people who did not want to be patronized, isolated, infantilized," one participant recently told NPR. "That's what we felt was out there for us. And we felt quite competent in taking care of ourselves."</p> <p>The village community model combines aging in place with an interdependent support network. This arrangement helps make aging alone possible as members progressively age and need more assistance. Older members of a neighborhood or group of neighborhoods are linked with one another as well as with a network of volunteer and paid services. It is this interdependence component that separates Villages from traditional assisted living.<p>Updated: Fri Mar 30, 2018</p> 04389a67ab5b268868b60f05db31794c New Research Shows Exercise Can Restore an Aging Heart for 03/23/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/03/18/new-research-shows-exercise-can-restore-an-aging-heart Fri, 23 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>According to the Arkansas Heart Hospital, within the average human, about 2,000 gallons of blood travel daily through about 60,000 miles of blood vessels. Because of its vastness and essential nature, the cardiovascular system is most prone to disease and a major factor in why cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States.</p> <p>As we age &#8212; even if we do so in good health &#8212; the heart becomes less flexible and not as efficient in processing oxygen as it used to be. For most people, the first signs of this change begin to show up in their 50s or early 60s. What if you could take this 50 year-old heart and transform it to that of a 30- or 35-year-old merely through exercise?</p> <p>As reported by NPR, according to recent findings published in the American Heart Association's journal Circulation, cardiologists at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center have demonstrated this possibility. They also discovered that for even a mid-lifer who has not been an avid exerciser, getting in shape now could head off decline and help restore an aging heart.<p>Updated: Fri Mar 23, 2018</p> 38abafe9a3518b6f326086123f957f3f We Are What We Eat for 03/16/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/03/18/we-are-what-we-eat Fri, 16 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>This week, on a tributary of the Amazon River deep in the jungle of Bolivia, we end our trek around the globe examining those places where people live longer and healthier. Here lives a group of approximately 16,000 indigenous people known as the Tsimane. They walk, ride bikes or canoe everywhere. Their staple foods are homegrown rice, plantains and corn. They have no electricity or running water. They catch whatever meat they eat. If they want meat, the average hunt for dinner lasts eight hours and covers 11 miles.</p> <p>According to researchers from Arizona State University, they have the lowest reported levels of coronary artery disease of any population ever recorded. According to an NBC News report, an 80-year-old Tsimane has about the same heart and artery health as the average American in his or her 50s.</p> <p>The Tsimane have been studied periodically since 2002 running scans of their arteries, testing their blood for cholesterol and glucose and measuring blood pressure. Researchers looked specifically for calcium in the blood vessels, a signal that artery-clogging fat has built up and hardened. These plaques can break off and cause heart attacks and strokes. Nearly all those studied had no evidence of calcification at all in their arteries and those who did had very little.<p>Updated: Fri Mar 16, 2018</p> a9966842a9b26feeeaf87d7faddecd45 Learning From Those Who Live Long and Well for 03/09/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/03/18/learning-from-those-who-live-long-and-well Fri, 09 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Last week I talked about the villagers of Tianna. Located in central Sardinia, their remarkably low mortality rates and high life expectancies have resulted in a percentage of centenarians three times greater than in the rest of region. Sardinia is one of five identified "Blue Zones," a registered term that applied to areas around the globe &#8212; five in all &#8212; that stand out for their extraordinarily long-living populations. While these areas are geographically diverse and seemingly disconnected, there are common denominators in the lifestyles of those living in a Blue Zone.</p> <p>They are all areas where people move naturally, where physical activity for all is part of a daily routine. These routines also include rituals that serve to reduce stress. Life in these zones also includes some form of a plant-based diet. They are communities of people where loved ones come first and are kept close; where a social network of friends surrounds them. People in these zones are connected by faith and a religious community in which centenarians are an important part.<p>Updated: Fri Mar 09, 2018</p> cb3612df3d6ca045eeeeb201a6a697c1 Thoughts On Living Long and Well for 03/02/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/03/18/thoughts-on-living-long-and-well Fri, 02 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>According to the Center for the Biology of Aging at Harvard Medical School, this particular molecule is one of the most important molecules for life to exist. Take it away and you are dead in 30 seconds. The property we are talking about is a compound called nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, or what is referred to as "NAD+." It is a molecule found in all living cells and is critical for regulating cellular aging and maintaining proper function of the entire body. </p> <p>Scientists know that levels of NAD+ in both people and animals significantly diminish over time. What if an anti-aging pick-me-up of NAD+ could be formulated to increase or restore the body's cellular levels of NAD+? Might it be our ticket to the fabled Fountain of Youth? There are many products already entering the market touting NAD+ and selling this very concept. None at present stands up to medical scrutiny.</p> <p>The results of one randomized control trial were published in November 2017 in the journal Nature. Researchers found that people who took a daily supplement containing NAD+ had a substantial, sustained increase in their NAD+ levels over a two-month period. The process of securing U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for this product as a drug to be prescribed by a doctor or purchased over the counter is considered years away. Part of the problem is that the federal agency with oversight does not consider aging a disease. Various versions of products containing NAD+ are currently being sold as a supplement. <p>Updated: Fri Mar 02, 2018</p> c4a69339d30eb5ba018c3cd5f149ef9c Depressing Takeaway from the Winter Olympics for 02/23/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/02/18/depressing-takeaway-from-the-winter-olympics Fri, 23 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>C FORCE</p> <p>BY CHUCK NORRIS</p> <p>RELEASE: FRIDAY, FEBURARY 23, 2018<p>Updated: Fri Feb 23, 2018</p> f8d9599c94cfccaaddfa6dcda5e6775e Last Word On Flu Yet To Be Sounded for 02/16/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/02/18/last-word-on-flu-yet-to-be-sounded Fri, 16 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>The Olympic Winter Games of Pyeongchang will be the first Olympic Winter Games with over 100 gold medals up for grabs, which means lots of opportunities to recognize excellence and for awarding the best. Like any event of this magnitude, its share of challenges of a non-athletic nature will be faced during the course of the 17-day event. Lurking in the background of the Games' quest to find the best is a subtle reminder of something worse.</p> <p>It comes in the form of the highly contagious norovirus. As the Games began, this virus found a home at the Olympics and spread. At last report, this vomit-inducing, diarrhea-producing stomach bug had taken down 194 people at the Winter Olympics. As I write this, no reports of athletes getting sick have been reported. Thanks to counter measures, health officials believe the virus' spread is slowing.</p> <p>Norovirus is described by one expert as the "perfect human pathogen." It thrives in both hot and cold temperatures, including freezing. The virus itself can remain infectious on surfaces for a long period of time. It only takes a few viral particles to cause infection and it is able to survive lengthy stints outside the human body. <p>Updated: Fri Feb 16, 2018</p> 6ea776355d76d4b1679df11822862d88 The Super Bowl Game Within The Game for 02/09/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/02/18/the-super-bowl-game-within-the-game Fri, 09 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>As the 2018 Super Bowl final stats are tallied and the equipment packed away, viewers are sure to be left with a lasting memory of one of the event's most competitive and dramatic start-to-finish competitions. The lasting impact of the game within the game &#8212; the battle of the Super Bowl ads &#8212; and the behaviors they designed to influence, will take much longer to play out.</p> <p>Despite the lowest ratings for the Game telecast since 2009, the Super Bowl's power as the biggest marketing event of the year is not in jeopardy. An estimated 103.4 million tuned in to the game. There is no bigger stage for advertisers. In today's multi-media coverage mix, the game averaged 106 million viewers across all platforms.</p> <p>According to an AdWeek report, NBC set one important Super Bowl record. With ads going for more than $5 million per 30-second spot, the game generated nearly $500 million in ad revenue. Approximately $350 million of this revenue came from in-game advertising. This amounts to more than any media company has ever collected in a single day, says AdWeek.<p>Updated: Fri Feb 09, 2018</p> 5f3869f581ca888e823c3b224ef74bec The Sad State Of Water, The Driver Of Nature for 02/02/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/02/18/the-sad-state-of-water-the-driver-of-nature Fri, 02 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>What can be said about water? There is so much. It is found everywhere on Earth and, wherever water flows, you will find life. Scientists call it the universal solvent. Almost every substance can dissolve in water. Many of the properties of the compound we call water remain a mystery to scientists. What they do know is that certain chemical properties of water make it indispensable for living creatures. Water's amazing dissolving properties also make it the perfect medium, or protective cradle, for transmitting substances. That is why it is known as a "cradle of life."</p> <p>The human body is made up of 60 to 70 percent water. We need to drink water to survive. How much depends who you ask. Your needed intake depends on a number of factors, including your gender, activity level and lifestyle. Some say the number could range from eight to 13 glasses daily.<p>Updated: Fri Feb 02, 2018</p> 6f5c965784a4621be33271e2a707482d The Problem With Approaching Medical Treatment Purely On Past Practices for 01/26/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/01/18/the-problem-with-approaching-medical-treatment-purely-on-past-practices Fri, 26 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>As the 2017-2018 flu season drones on, it continues to be classified as a "moderately severe" event. To date, an estimated six percent of all Americans have sought medical care for flu symptoms. We know that large numbers of Americans have fallen ill, that people across the nation have been hospitalized and people have died. Where this will stack up in the annals of flu epidemics will not be known until it is officially over.</p> <p>While deaths are widely reported and are shocking, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention points out that, even in a mild year, the flu kills about 12,000 Americans. As pointed out in a guest editorial in the New York Times by Dr. Donald G. McNeil Jr., in a bad year, influenza can kill up to 56,000 Americans. Most deaths are among the elderly. The flu also kills middle-aged adults whose health is compromised by underlying problems like heart or lung disease, diabetes, immune suppression or obesity. Flu can also claim the lives of healthy adults.</p> <p>What is known is that this year's outbreak began in Louisiana and Mississippi before spreading across Texas all the way to California and up the West Coast from San Diego to Seattle. It then moved into the Midwest. At present, the Northeast has been largely spared, as have Minnesota, the Dakotas and some Rocky Mountain states.<p>Updated: Fri Jan 26, 2018</p> 406fe14cd48dacd3567ab1d7be16e6ec From Firestorms to the Flu, We Live in a World of Extremes for 01/19/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/01/18/from-firestorms-to-the-flu-we-live-in-a-world-of-extremes Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>One thing I expect we all can say about the past year is that, from hurricanes to droughts to wildfires, 2017 is a year defined by disaster.</p> <p>In 2017, according to the National Centers for Environmental Information, at least 16 weather disasters occurred across the United States, accounting for financial losses exceeding $1 billion for each. These natural catastrophes make 2017 the most expensive year on record for disasters in the United States, according to a recent National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration report.</p> <p>Hurricane Harvey &#8212; a weather disaster my family experienced up close and personal &#8212; generated $125 billion in damage and is the year's most expensive disaster. More than 75 people died as a result of its massive flooding. We are still in the process of recovery. Much of the area underwater in late August is now being subjected to severe drought conditions. According to the most recent U.S. Drought Monitor, nearly three-quarters of the state is experiencing drought or "abnormally dry" conditions. Houston had its 4th-driest November on record, according to the Southeast Regional Climate Center.<p>Updated: Fri Jan 19, 2018</p> 196c58209a9ace54d0f35b88d35d5f1c Lettuce Stop The Rise In Memory Loss for 01/12/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/01/18/lettuce-stop-the-rise-in-memory-loss Fri, 12 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>It is always encouraging to find that a lifestyle choice you are making is a correct one when it comes to protecting health. My family and I enjoy eating salads, and most recently have become especially fond of organic kale. Then along comes new research from Tufts University that assessed the dietary patterns of 1,000 seniors and found that eating plenty of leafy green vegetables every day could ward off dementia in later life.</p> <p>The study found that those who ate around one serving of leafy greens each day had brains that were the equivalent of 11 years younger than those who never (or rarely) ate the vegetables.</p> <p>Given all that we know about the benefits of diet and exercise, we should not be surprised that adding a daily serving of green, leafy vegetables to your diet is a simple way to foster positive brain health. The important takeaway from these findings is that what we are talking about is within your power &#8212; and budget &#8212; to do to slow cognitive decline that comes with aging, decline that could lead to dementia. <p>Updated: Fri Jan 12, 2018</p> 668d69e4351f60e629f926abf0f052e0 A Crowd Of Loneliness for 01/05/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/01/18/a-crowd-of-loneliness-80eb5 Fri, 05 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>I recently touched on our fundamental human requirement for interconnectedness as something we far too often fail to see as a basic need. What David Allan, CNN editorial director of Health and Wellness, refers to as the importance of "the decency we exchange with those around us." What happens when we lose touch with this essential need for interconnectedness? What happens when we find ourselves alone?</p> <p>Numerous studies have shown that loneliness makes our bodies feel under attack. When that happens, physical and psychological stress responses are triggered. Loneliness can increase blood pressure and cholesterol. Unrelenting loneliness can suppress immune system function as well as significantly increase a person's risk of cardiovascular disease. According to a Psychology Today report, it can even cause a person's skin temperature to drop. Scientists believe that, given all the drastic ways in which loneliness impacts our bodies, it represents as great a risk for our long-term health and longevity as smoking.<p>Updated: Fri Jan 05, 2018</p> 05f1f712d73208fc7a5fe7e9396e51d6 A Sobering Assessment As We Enter the New Year for 12/29/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/12/17/a-sobering-assessment-as-we-enter-the-new-year Fri, 29 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p>As the toasts ring out for the New Year, let me add my best wishes to you for a long and happy life. When you consider this simple toast in view of life expectancy today, it is a declaration that should hold a lot of promise. Around a century ago, a person could expect to live about 47 years. Today, that number is closer to 80 years of life. </p> <p>At the turn of the last century, infectious diseases were the leading cause of death. With the development of vaccines, antibiotics and improvements to sanitation, the threat of infectious diseases are pretty far down the list of threats we face in our lifetime. The leading causes of death today are quite different. </p> <p>For more than a century, life expectancy has been on the upswing &#8212; until recently. For the first time in more than a half-century, life expectancy has fallen in this country during the last two consecutive years. Should that pattern continue, we would soon match a record three-year decline that occurred from 1916-1918, attributed to the worst flu pandemic in modern history.<p>Updated: Fri Dec 29, 2017</p> 7a07acfcb23cc2a5663260ebf56c3d92 The Season To Stress for 12/22/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/12/17/the-season-to-stress Fri, 22 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p>It should be the season to be jolly, yet sadly, too many folks are describing this time of year as more stressful than magical. Welcome to what is commonly known as the "holiday blues."</p> <p>A telephone survey conducted by the American Psychological Association recently demonstrated that &#8212; compared to other times of the year &#8212; out of 786 individuals polled, 44 percent of women and 31 percent of men felt more stress during the holidays. In addition, 51 percent of women and 42 percent of men said purchasing and giving gifts only added to their distress.</p> <p>Although the holidays continue to be a time of joy for many, we must also acknowledge that the holiday season can trigger symptoms of anxiety and depression. There are many contributing factors to such feelings. Just the time change alone is said to cause as many as a third of people with a history of a major depressive disorder to experience a worsening of their symptoms. Depression is the world's most common mental ailment, affecting approximately 16 percent of adults at some point in their lives.<p>Updated: Fri Dec 22, 2017</p> 7b903cd0a09d920e8ea0e5bfa0446950 Health Advice Seems Ever-Changing for 12/15/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/12/17/health-advice-seems-ever-changing Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Why is it that nutrition is always so confusing and conflicting? Could it be that in today's world of nutrition, everybody is selling something?</p> <p>The nutrition industry is just that: an industry. As pointed out in a 2016 U.S. News report, people in this industry are trying to make money, just like everyone else. That holds true for credible, well-educated doctors, researchers, academic institutions, dietitians, trainers and other professionals. It certainly holds true for food manufacturers with their hard-to-define labels designed to boost sales and their ability to skirt health concerns.</p> <p>Aaron E. Carroll of the New York Times recently pointed out that medical scientists and academics must publish their research to advance. Medical organizations must release health recommendations to remain relevant. News organizations feel they must report on research and recommendations as they are released; the more provocative the content the better.<p>Updated: Fri Dec 15, 2017</p> e8481a8f34a416de183d1adf15a36bd0 Does Industry Suppress News You Need To Know? for 12/08/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/12/17/does-industry-suppress-news-you-need-to-know Fri, 08 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Now playing on a device or flat screen near you is a series of ads &#8212; 11 years in the making &#8212; alerting viewers that tobacco companies designed cigarettes to make them more addictive. In addition, that there is no such thing as a safer cigarette; that smoking kills 1,200 people a day and, among other facts, that secondhand smoke kills more than 38,000 Americans each year. The folks at major tobacco companies are bringing these messages to you. Not by choice or act of conscious, but under the orders of the federal courts.</p> <p>In 1999, the Justice Department filed a racketeering lawsuit against tobacco companies seeking to force them to make up for decades of deception. In 2006, a U.S. District Judge ruled that tobacco companies named in the action would have to pay for and place ads outlining the facts of this deception. <p>Updated: Fri Dec 08, 2017</p> 184c213ac8baba4fd7b765af1f8977c7 The Hurdles To Healthy Living for 12/01/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/11/17/the-hurdles-to-healthy-living Fri, 01 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>If you were to walk through the Brooklyn neighborhood of East New York, you might happen upon something that seems completely out of place. Before you would be a thriving three-quarter-acre urban farm filled with kids picking a cornucopia of fruits and vegetables they have planted &#8212; and are now harvesting &#8212; under the watchful eye of an adult farmer. This oasis in the urban landscape is the work of the New York chapter of Slow Food USA, a nationwide network of volunteers that educates the community about the importance of reconnecting people to the food they eat through the eyes and experiences of their children. </p> <p>Later in the day, these kids will take their harvest to a cooking class and create dishes designed to make eating fresh food fun and tasty. They are encouraged to go home and start a small garden of their own. Projects like this urban farm and today's farm-to-table movement are encouraging. But the fact remains that supermarkets continue to overwhelmingly shape our understanding of food, making us less connected to and more apathetic toward the food we eat.<p>Updated: Fri Dec 01, 2017</p>