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 Sat, 19 Aug 2017 10:48:46 -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 103e8602efe9ea75e2c10a847ef42f02 Add Aging Next To Death And Taxes As A Guarantee Of Life for 08/18/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/08/17/add-aging-next-to-death-and-taxes-as-a-guarantee-of-life Fri, 18 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>During the current century, worldwide number of older adults will surpass the number of children. There are now more Americans age 65 and older today than at any other time in U.S. history. This number will swell to more than 98 million by 2060. And it is not as if we didn't know this "boom" was coming. Yet responsive aging policies to ensure that longer life spans are valued remain in short supply.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">If we are going to address our needs as a nation today and into the future, then we need to start with a big attitude adjustment.</span><p>Updated: Fri Aug 18, 2017</p> c260ff23e41d4deb6fb56d3ceba6fb60 The Preventable Death We Don't Talk Enough About for 08/11/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/08/17/the-preventable-death-we-dont-talk-enough-about Fri, 11 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Approximately 20 veterans die every day from suicide in America. By now, you have certainly heard some form of this statistic. This disturbing and unacceptable fact has become a rallying cry during the past decade in marshalling support for efforts to bring an end to veteran suicide in America. It has generated numerous grassroots groups around the country in support of this effort, such as Mission 22, an organization created to link military veterans together in an effort to raise awareness and enlist support in completing this most important mission. And while millions of dollars have been spent by the government toward understanding what causes the post-war surges in suicides, a clear answer has yet to emerge.</p> <p>The fact that many veterans returning from the war zone are at risk of taking their own lives can never be in dispute &#8212; it is at least 21 percent higher than civilian adults. When these service members leave the military, they can become even more vulnerable. But the perception that these warriors are damaged individuals, that suicidal tendencies point to an extremely abnormal condition may not only be a false perception, but part of the problem. <p>Updated: Fri Aug 11, 2017</p> 24e18659788d8d9cc63d988d8abe050c It's Time We Talk About Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for 08/04/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/08/17/its-time-we-talk-about-hyperbaric-oxygen-therapy Fri, 04 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>By now you may be familiar with the story of Eden Carlson, the two-year-old who was found last year face down in the family swimming pool, barely clinging to life. Rushed to Arkansas Children's Hospital, she spent nearly two hours without a heartbeat and it would take constant CPR at both the house and the emergency room to get a return of circulation. Initial hospital tests showed she had suffered severe brain damage.</p> <p>As chronicled in a report published in the July issue of the journal Medical Gas Research, over the next two months, Eden progressively lost muscle control as well as her ability to speak, walk and properly react to commands. Unresponsive to all traditional approaches, at the two-month mark, hyperbaric oxygen therapy was recommended and Dr. Paul Harch, Clinical Professor and Director of Hyperbaric Medicine at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine was brought in.<p>Updated: Fri Aug 04, 2017</p> 5471d56127cbea3b872efb2eb30b5634 Dementia Considered Century's Greatest Challenge For Health for 07/28/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/07/17/dementia-considered-centurys-greatest-challenge-for-health Fri, 28 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Though the terms may seem interchangeable, dementia and Alzheimer's disease are not the same. Dementia is the name for a group of brain disorders of which Alzheimer's disease is but one, though it is the most common type of dementia. It's estimated that somewhere between 60 to 80 percent of people who have dementia have Alzheimer's.</p> <p>I point this out because in the past week or so there has been a lot of breaking news about both dementia and Alzheimer's.<p>Updated: Fri Jul 28, 2017</p> acc36d1c177e684d8965363d95db8c04 Unleashing The Body's Ability To Heal Itself for 07/21/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/07/17/unleashing-the-bodys-ability-to-heal-itself Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In recent weeks, my focus has been on modern medical practices in America. What I haven't mentioned is it's a field dominated by chronic and complex diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer's. They account for roughly three-quarters of our current health care spending while lacking a clear link to a cause and cure. Today, no drug has proved to be completely safe and effective against Alzheimer's or in combating obesity &#8212; diseases that, to a large extent, have been shown to be preventable, or slowed, or even reversed through lifestyle change.</p> <p>Alternate medical practices that focus on unleashing the body's ability to heal itself have been slowly working their way into mainstream medical care. Today, wellness programs designed to ease stress and encourage healthy behaviors abound and are being seen by many clinicians and medical institutions as an important tool in slowing the growing epidemic of chronic disease.<p>Updated: Fri Jul 21, 2017</p> 8d0f89a8d5b846d513344881b327eb2f Making A Case For Alternative Medicine for 07/14/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/07/17/making-a-case-for-alternative-medicine Fri, 14 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Dr. Keith D. Lindor is Executive Vice Provost and Dean of the College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University. He is an international authority on liver disease, current president of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, and a former editor in chief of the preeminent journal, Hepatology. He is also the former dean of Mayo Clinic School of Medicine. Dr. Lindor is but one of an impressive list of prominent doctors who have long shared a positive view of the benefits of alternative medicine and therapies. </p> <p>Dr. Lindor's views were shaped early in his career, working alongside a Native American medicine man at a reservation clinic. "I had been trained to aggressively treat patients with drugs that often only made them even more ill," he told David E. Freeman in 2011. "But he could often do much better with just a press of his hand."</p> <p>In his new role with Arizona State's College of Health Solutions, Dr. Lindor emphasizes a holistic approach to treatment in preparing the next generation of health professionals for entry into a quickly evolving health care system.<p>Updated: Fri Jul 14, 2017</p> 4d0f2ce880d1ffc93e178da066a2171a Time To Get Serious About Drug Side Effects for 07/07/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/07/17/time-to-get-serious-about-drug-side-effects Fri, 07 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>I wrote last week about the harrowing, near death experience my wife Gena endured, triggered by a contrast dye called gadolinium, commonly used during Magnetic Resonance Imaging procedures. An estimated 30 million MRI scans are performed each year in this country. A third of these patients are injected with gadolinium, a heavy metal used by Radiologists to generate a better image. Doctors and drug makers have long insisted that gadolinium, a Food and Drug Administration approved drug, is quickly expelled from the body following this procedure. While this may be generally true, it is not the case with all patients. For them, "approved" doesn't mean safe.</p> <p>Before a drug can come on the market, clinical evidence that the drug has the therapeutic effect it's supposed to have and is safe must be provided. Once the basic questions of safety and effectiveness are settled, the agency will approve the drug if it deems that its benefits outweigh its risks. Meaning, there are always risks. We are all different and drugs work differently on different people. It's an accepted fact by the Food and Drug Administration that not everything is known about a drug's side effects until after it enters the marketplace and more people start using it. It's also true that all drugs come with side effects. Many are minor; some are seen as inconvenient, while others can be serious.</p> <p>The Food and Drug Administration's stamp of approval is considered the last word on safety, yet we've recently learned that nearly a third of the drugs the agency approved between 2001 and 2010 were involved in some kind of safety event after reaching the market. According to the report, which appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association, 222 new drug therapies were approved during that period. Of these, 123 post-market safety events were reported involving 71 products requiring Food and Drug Administration action. Three were withdrawn from the market.<p>Updated: Fri Jul 07, 2017</p> 81465f8b234f67ee4bd62e445f08eb88 How Magnetic Resonance Imaging Treatments Nearly Killed My Wife for 06/30/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/06/17/how-magnetic-resonance-imaging-treatments-nearly-killed-my-wife Fri, 30 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It may be little known that most people will receive an incorrect or late medical diagnosis at least once in their lives. According to a 2015 report by the National Academy of Medicine, about 12 million people are misdiagnosed annually. A more recent report out of the Mayo Clinic published in the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice found that more than 20 percent of patients who asked specialists to review their cases had received incorrect diagnoses. Such diagnostic errors often produce serious consequences and may even lead to the patient's death, leaving loved ones feeling confused, angry, desperate and absolutely helpless.</p> <p>It is a feeling I have come to know well.<p>Updated: Fri Jun 30, 2017</p> 20a49d79fb49b6aaad6e0087d45d8256 'Lead Free' Needs To Be Applied To Food for 06/23/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/06/17/lead-free-needs-to-be-applied-to-food Fri, 23 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>What do we think should be the allowable levels of lead in baby food? How about none? It shouldn't even be a point of discussion. Zero should be the goal. Unfortunately, according to a new report from Environmental Defense Fund, an analysis of 11 years of federal data found detectable levels of lead in 20 percent of 2,164 baby food samples. </p> <p><i> Not to worry, </i> we're told. None of the baby food samples appear to exceed the Food and Drug Administration's allowable levels of lead. As pointed out by the Gerber Products Company in comment &#8212; a company which in no way was singled out in this report &#8212; samples of its baby foods and juices "consistently fall well within the available guidance levels and meet our own strict standards." And samples of Gerber juices were all below the Environmental Protection Agency standard for drinking water.</p> <p>For years, pediatricians and public health researchers have been hammering away at potential lead exposure risks for children from sources such as paint chips and contaminated drinking water. It now appears we have to add processed foods for children to the list. It starts to add up.<p>Updated: Fri Jun 23, 2017</p> 016d655904c86807e6d8b41861fe4f75 Study Finds World Is Overweight Or Obese And We're Leading The Way for 06/16/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/06/17/study-finds-world-is-overweight-or-obese-and-were-leading-the-way Fri, 16 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>I have written on the health issues caused by obesity many times in this space. It's hard to talk about issues related to health and not reference this growing global problem. So when headline grabbing news on the issue was released this past week, it was hard to ignore and impossible not to comment.</p> <p>According to a paper published in the current edition of the New England Journal of Medicine, a staggering one-third of world's population is now overweight. The study reveals that the number of obese people has doubled since 1980 in 73 countries. The U.S. is at the head of the pack with more than two-thirds of Americans now overweight or obese. Despite all efforts to confront this growing worldwide health crisis, the problem is on the rise across most countries studied. </p> <p>According to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, whose researchers led the study, more than 2 billion adults and children globally are overweight or obese and suffer health problems because of their weight. According to the report, the United States has the greatest percentage of obese children and young adults at nearly 13 percent of the population. Across the globe, the rate of obesity is increasing faster among children than adults.<p>Updated: Fri Jun 16, 2017</p> e6bf7871ee8ab62e97b7b707497c0e7b Are We Doing Right By Our Military Veterans? for 06/09/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/06/17/are-we-doing-right-by-our-military-veterans Fri, 09 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Beyond designated holidays and formal observances, it's important that we continue to ask whether we, as a nation, are doing right by our military veterans. The Veterans Administration is considered the largest integrated health care system in the country. Today, half of all health centers are said to be certified by the Veterans Administration. </p> <p>This is not meant to in any way disparage the important work they do. It's simple to stress the importance of continuing to do all that is possible to deliver the best health outcomes possible for our vets. This is especially true when it comes to behavioral health conditions; an area where far too many veterans still do not seek help when needed.</p> <p>A federal government report released last year found that among those veterans who received care through the Veterans Health Administration, nearly 40 percent were diagnosed with a mental health or substance abuse condition. The overwhelming diagnoses were for depression, followed by post-traumatic stress disorder. <p>Updated: Fri Jun 09, 2017</p> 49063b028f5c395e72f5cd49a7f2b164 Virtual Reality May Be Real Deal in Preventative Health Care for 06/02/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/06/17/virtual-reality-may-be-real-deal-in-preventative-health-care Fri, 02 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Sandra Goldsmith, 74, a member of the congregation at South Los Angeles' Holman Unified Methodist Church, clips a glasses-like device onto a smartphone and peers in. Instantly she sees herself standing in the middle of a kitchen. On the counter before her sits a range of food products &#8212; from black beans to salmon to gumbo to lasagna to fruit smoothies. As she focuses in on each item, a header containing the sodium content of the item pops up above it. When she looks down, she is transported to a 3-D rendering of the inside of a human body &#8212; her virtual body &#8212; and a time-lapse representation of a pumping heart as it deteriorates from the effects of years of high blood pressure. </p> <p>Welcome to the world of virtual reality devices as applied to pre-emptive healthcare.</p> <p>In the past decade, doctors across the country have used virtual reality in a number of innovative ways; from practicing surgeries, to teaching families about complicated medical treatments, to treat stress, and, most recently, to treat pain. According to the Los Angeles Times, the test project underway with Goldsmith and other congregation members of Holman Unified Methodist Church represents a new evolution to explore how virtual reality might work as a form of healthcare intervention outside a hospital or a doctor's office.<p>Updated: Fri Jun 02, 2017</p> f21f18410719ff429f0d5da7aa5e9b67 A Yawn, A Sneeze And A Crack Of The Knuckles for 05/26/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/05/17/a-yawn-a-sneeze-and-a-crack-of-the-knuckles Fri, 26 May 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>We all share certain reflex behaviors in common that to this day remain little understood by science. Take yawning, for example. A yawn, we know, is a sign of boredom. But a yawn can also be triggered by sleepiness or hunger. It can be brought on by anxiety and stress. Concert violinists often yawn as they get ready to go on stage to play a concerto. So do Olympians before a race, or paratroopers getting ready to do their first jump. Some recent research has also concluded that the purpose of yawning is to cool the brain.</p> <p>We now know these things thanks to a dedicated form of study that's been with us since the early 1980s known as "yawn science." And, as I write this, researchers continue to busily engage in debate on the significance and origins of yawns. While they all appear to agree on what can trigger a spontaneous yawn, it seems none can yet tell us exactly what a yawn accomplishes. One line of thinking is that the yawn is designed to perk us up by increasing heart rate, blood pressure and respiratory function. <p>Updated: Fri May 26, 2017</p> 5e12e9744c76cc25cb514318a1be2e10 Access To Healthy Food Spoiled For Too Many for 05/19/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/05/17/access-to-healthy-food-spoiled-for-too-many Fri, 19 May 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Famous Louisiana chef Paul Prudhomme once said, "You don't need a silver fork to eat good food." The problem is, when we start equating "good" food with "healthy" food, fulfilling this decree starts to get more than a little complicated.</p> <p>According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is responsible for one in four deaths in the United States. Among the top risk factors for heart disease are obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and poor diet. Factors one through three are undeniably linked to number four &#8212; poor diet.<p>Updated: Fri May 19, 2017</p> 9a6363b622edf6e27628e7c74148acfc Coffee is Good, Soda is Bad for 05/12/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/05/17/coffee-is-good-soda-is-bad Fri, 12 May 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>According to a recent report from the National Coffee Association, sugary drinks aren't the only beverages of choice currently on the rebound. After four years of decline, consumption of coffee is said to be up five percentage points from last year. It's nothing near the peak year of 1946, when the nation was consuming about 46.4 gallons of coffee per capita a year. Today, 64 percent of Americans now drink at least one cup a day and the United States remains the largest coffee consumer in the world.</p> <p>This trend is occurring despite persistent, time-honored doctor warnings that coffee might be hard on the body; that we ought to avoid coffee because it might increase the risk of heart disease, stunt growth, or even have damaging effects on the digestive tract. <p>Updated: Fri May 12, 2017</p> 6929624c44ae1b6fd7baedca0fc7d34e The Resurgence of Sugary Drinks for 05/05/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/05/17/the-resurgence-of-sugary-drinks Fri, 05 May 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>As revealed by new data released a few months ago by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the promising trend over the last two decade of Americans abandoning sugary drinks seems to be stalling out. The new data shows that it has nearly flat lined since 2009. In 2003, for example, children on average consumed about 220 calories per day from such drinks. It has settled at about 145 calories a day from 2011-2014. </p> <p>In 2010, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans estimated that 4-to-8-year-old boys and girls need 1,200 to 1,400 calories a day if they are sedentary, and 1,400 to 1,600 calories daily if they're moderately active. Though this may look like progress, guidelines recommend that no more than 10 percent of a person's daily calories should come from any form of added sugar covering all foods and beverages consumed. Add to this the fact that approximately one-third of all children in the United States are either overweight or obese and you have a troubling trend. </p> <p>Meanwhile, regulation of the marketing of these beverages to young people seems to be missing in action. According to a report from Science in the Public Interest, in 2013, beverage companies spent $866 million to advertise such drinks, many of them directed at young people. According to a Federal Trade Commission report, youth consumption of carbonated beverages increases by almost 10 percent with every 100 additional television ads viewed.<p>Updated: Fri May 05, 2017</p> c9b6bbdc61ea5d9bcc921fb8ab4a8208 Keeping On The Sunny Side for 04/28/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/04/17/keeping-on-the-sunny-side Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The concept of light and darkness as opposing forces of nature has been infused in human text since our earliest beginnings. The Bible's divine proclamation of "Let there be light" is one example that comes immediately to mind. Such imagery is often utilized in literature to contrast good and evil, knowledge and ignorance, love and hate or happiness and despair. Medical science might soon start to call upon such literary reference points as the role of light and darkness as its relation to human health takes on new meaning. </p> <p>A recent example of this is found in a small study conducted by the Laboratory for Sleep & Consciousness Research at the University of Salzburg in Austria. It was found that shining bright lights on patients could have served to help some to awaken from a coma. In this study, scientists discovered they could induce increased levels of consciousness in comatose patients after a treatment with carefully timed bright lights. This therapy was intended to trigger circadian rhythm activity and natural daily body-temperature fluctuations. Circadian rhythms are found in most living things. These rhythms represent physical, mental and behavioral changes that follow a roughly 24-hour cycle that tell the body when to eat, sleep or wake. They are calibrated primarily by light and darkness in an organism's environment and essentially keep a person's internal clock aligned with the environment.</p> <p>While the findings (published in the journal Neurology) are considered very preliminary, it is hoped that they may one day serve as a diagnostic tool to monitor a comatose patient's chance for recovery.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 28, 2017</p> 7384fde722ff0a2d2a1b365ac7a7d6b6 Spring As A Prescription To What Ails Us for 04/21/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/04/17/spring-as-a-prescription-to-what-ails-us Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>For some folks the sounds of spring is not that of a songbird, a babbling brook or the wind in the trees. For many, it is more closely aligned with a sneeze, a cough and a sniffle.</p> <p>According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 20 million adults and 6.1 million children suffer with seasonal allergies. And, as news reports tell us, allergy season seems to begin earlier with each passing year and stretch out longer. And with this annual news comes the reminder of the usual remedies of over-the-counter medicines from antihistamines, steroid nasal sprays, eye drops and saline rinses.</p> <p>There is no question that this is a newsworthy issue that affects the quality of life of a great number of people. It can be an especially troubling time for asthma sufferers whose condition is often worsened during the season. Yet there is another health message of spring that also needs be heard among the headlines &#8212; perhaps now more than ever. One that I believe is sadly missing.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 21, 2017</p> e0f7b760b0efa01da56898a88d36aa92 Does The Mind Rule The Body Or Vice Versa? for 04/14/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/04/17/does-the-mind-rule-the-body-or-vice-versa Fri, 14 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Bill Kochevar, 56, fed himself a pretzel and then took a drink of water. You may have heard about it. It made the news. As a result of an accident that occurred more than eight years ago, Kochevar has been unable to move any part of his body below his shoulders &#8212; until recently. As outlined in a video produced by Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, and through an experimental project the University has worked to perfect for more than a decade, Kochevar has gained some use of his hands and arms once again.</p> <p>By implanting two electrode arrays in his brain as well as electrodes in the precise muscles that control his arm and hand movements, these muscles were once again able to decode his thoughts. He can now will his arms and hands to move. <p>Updated: Fri Apr 14, 2017</p> 96c99e06fdbdb47f489f8f904aa5dccf Smell the Roses, Blow Out The Candle for 04/07/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/04/17/smell-the-roses-blow-out-the-candle Fri, 07 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>C FORCE</p> <p>BY CHUCK NORRIS</p> <p>RELEASE: FRIDAY APRIL 7, 2017<p>Updated: Fri Apr 07, 2017</p>