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 Fri, 29 May 2020 12:30:40 -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 af3761130648234bac82d7554b10521f Giving Lifeguards Their Due as Their Risks Increase for 05/29/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/05/20/giving-lifeguards-their-due-as-their-risks-increase Fri, 29 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Memorial Day honors those who died in active military service for our country. The weekend leading up to it also marks the unofficial start of summer for many Americans. To say that Memorial Day weekend 2020 will go down in history as a remembrance like no other hardly covers it.</p> <p>Traditional commemorations were replaced by virtual ones. Around the country, people had to think outside of the box to make sure remembrances of the sacrifices made by members of the military were observed despite the physically distant world we now live in. Many of these events also included a tribute to those who have died during the coronavirus pandemic.</p> <p>Though rain kept people inside in some parts of the country, warm weather had Americans flocking to lakes, beaches and parks. While an estimate of total beach attendees around the country is not yet available, it is safe to assume it could be 1 million or more.<p>Updated: Fri May 29, 2020</p> 38cd654999238a3524c9801d6d103104 We All Must Soldier On for 05/22/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/05/20/we-all-must-soldier-on Fri, 22 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Last week, I joined with others in concern regarding just how this intervening time of isolation has changed us and how those changes will reshape the world that awaits us post-quarantine. A primary area that should be alarming to us all has to be the state of our hospitals and medical centers. They are not only essential in protecting our health and wellness but they also constitute some of the biggest employers in many cities and states. How members of our nation's hospitals and health systems have selflessly and heroically stepped up to meet the challenges of COVID-19 cannot be overstated. Yet, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, amid the response to the pandemic, the health care sector lost 1.4 million jobs and had to lay off nearly 135,000 hospital workers across the nation in the month of April.</p> <p>According to research from the University of North Carolina's Rural Health Research Program, though rural communities have a disproportionate share of multiple chronic health issues, they had already suffered the loss of needed local medical services even before the pandemic arrived. <span class="column--highlighted-text">Already, more than 170 have closed in the last 15 years. Last year, 18 shut down. Twelve more have joined them in the first four months of this year.</span><p>Updated: Fri May 22, 2020</p> f4a83e2224e37bd7d83b3ddd84a5a80f As Lockdown Eases, Other Uncertainties Lie Ahead for 05/15/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/05/20/as-lockdown-eases-other-uncertainties-lie-ahead Fri, 15 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>After months of the pandemic lockdown, we have arrived at a decisive time. Communities around the country and around the globe are starting to take dramatic next steps as they try to move toward economic and social recovery. You cannot help but wonder how this time of isolation has changed us and how those changes will reshape the world that awaits us.</p> <p>As an example, last week, I looked at the airline industry and recent announcements of what passengers can expect as the industry tries to lure travelers back into the fold. Not unexpectedly, they are banking on plane cleanliness as the draw. A new commercial by Delta Airlines has even introduced a new slogan for their efforts &#8212; "Delta clean." As reported by the media and entertainment outlet Ozy, Bill Lentsch, Delta's chief customer experience officer, is seen walking viewers through aircraft cleaning procedures while a worker with a fogging machine sprays powerful disinfectant throughout the cabin.<p>Updated: Fri May 15, 2020</p> 23e3f93a8ee62c667ff2e036a0103436 What Airlines Post-Coronavirus Procedures Can't Mask for 05/08/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/05/20/what-airlines-post-coronavirus-procedures-cant-mask Fri, 08 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In 2018, lawmakers passed legislation calling for regulators to set more constricting rules regarding minimum leg room requirements and the width and length of commercial airline seats, as well as reducing the minimum recline pitch of seats. If you have flown coach in the past, I am guessing you may have noticed, especially on newer planes and budget airline flights.</p> <p>According to a Market Watch report, when the proposed new regulations were introduced, a lawsuit filed by passengers rights group FlyersRights.org alleged that anybody who is 6-feet-2-inches or taller, or more than 250 pounds, cannot fit into these new seats without encroaching on their neighbor or into the aisle. Some carriers have also reconfigured their planes to not only use this newfound space to cram in more seats but also to introduce smaller lavatories. If you are that 6-foot-2 individual mentioned earlier, I am guessing that means you will be forced to enter the lavatory from a seated position.<p>Updated: Fri May 08, 2020</p> daa371aabffd99d64fd6ff8d41006c93 Vaping Teens May Be Ignoring COVID-19 Risks for 05/01/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/04/20/vaping-teens-may-be-ignoring-covid-19-risks Fri, 01 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>As cited last week, a recent study published online in the Chinese Medical Journal found that, of 78 patients with COVID-19, those with a history of smoking were 14 times as likely to develop pneumonia. Many public health experts go even further and say that smokers face a much higher risk than nonsmokers of developing severe complications and dying from COVID-19 infections. </p> <p>The term "smokers" includes those who vape or smoke cannabis, as smoking in general can compromise lung function, putting those individuals at great risk to the ravages of COVID-19. As reported in the Los Angeles Times, "Smoking weakens a person's ability to fight off respiratory infections and drives up their risk of developing the types of chronic lung conditions that underlie many of the most severe coronavirus cases."<p>Updated: Fri May 01, 2020</p> 73542c6fa57deadcf0edfbb19a00fe86 Attention Smokers: Please Stop for 04/24/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/04/20/attention-smokers-please-stop Fri, 24 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>As suggested last week, adopting a healthy lifestyle can stave off chronic disease and boost a strong immune system &#8212; one that can fight off bacteria and viruses. As a recent example, a study by Harvard University published in January of people who were free of cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease at age 50 showed that they did not smoke, limited their alcohol intake, ate a healthy diet, maintained a healthy weight and exercised at least 30 minutes per day. Many participants in the study practice most, but not all, of these behaviors.</p> <p>Because the current coronavirus targets the lungs, doctors and public health officials are adding new urgency to one healthy behavior in particular: quitting smoking. As reported by Live Science, mounting evidence suggests, "Compared with nonsmokers, people who smoke cigarettes face a higher risk of developing severe complications and dying from COVID-19 infections." Those who vape or smoke cannabis are also urged to stop because smoking in general can compromise lung function. "Vaping may be particularly harmful," Dr. Dean Drosnes, the medical director of Pennsylvania's Caron Treatment Centers, tells U.S. News.</p> <p>As pointed out in a U.S. News report, "A 2018 study in the European Journal of Public Health found that smoking increased the risk of influenza hospitalization ... there is a large amount of research proving that smoking inflames the lungs and suppresses immune function. It also weakens the heart, another risk factor for severe disease." One study cited and published online in the Chinese Medical Journal found that, "of 78 patients with COVID-19, those with a history of smoking were 14 times as likely to develop pneumonia." Live Science added, "Smokers may be prone to severe COVID-19 infections, in part, because their lungs contain an abundance of entry points that the virus can exploit." <p>Updated: Fri Apr 24, 2020</p> f72f836a677649057b0cf5abd79f7044 You Are What You Eat During Pandemic Isolation Period for 04/17/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/04/20/you-are-what-you-eat-during-pandemic-isolation-period Fri, 17 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Whatever recovery looks like once the novel coronavirus pandemic eases and we begin to establish a new normal, we should all agree that things will be different. Our behaviors and rituals will have changed. Priorities will change as a nation, as they have in the aftermath of other major catastrophic events in our history. A new norm for public safety is sure to follow. In the aftermath of 9/11, the national focus shifted to counterterrorism. As others have expressed, my hope is that after COVID-19, there will be a new focus on public health. Not just on preventive treatments and measures but also on wellness &#8212; on the healing power of being in and maintaining good health.</p> <p>We have been reminded repeatedly that the simple act of adopting a healthy lifestyle can stave off chronic disease. According to a Harvard University-led study published in January, when compared with those who didn't follow any healthy lifestyle habits, those who followed four or five healthy habits bought themselves an additional decade of disease-free living. The study involved more than 30 years' worth of health data from 111,000 people who were free of cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease at age 50. The elements of their healthy lifestyle should not be surprising to anyone. They didn't smoke, limited their alcohol intake, ate a healthy diet, maintained a healthy weight and exercised at least 30 minutes per day.</p> <p>Consuming the best foods for your body can prolong your life and make you feel better. As our "busy lives" have moved into slow motion, surely there is now ample time to adopt at least a few of these healthy eating behaviors. If you are not doing this already, do it as a little experiment.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 17, 2020</p> 3b77ecf617b547452dbaf2f54fdbf568 Finding the Hero Within the Face of a Pandemic for 04/10/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/04/20/finding-the-hero-within-the-face-of-a-pandemic Fri, 10 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>As reports continue to come in of medical professionals thrust into the frontlines of the battle against the coronavirus pandemic, communities around the country have stepped up the efforts to publicly recognize these individuals for their sacrifice and courage.</p> <p>In Greensboro, North Carolina, the local Fox TV station has begun a series honoring the efforts of community members who are so selflessly putting the needs of others above their own self-interest. In one segment, they honored local Asheboro City Schools social workers for their work around the clock to ensure the most vulnerable students in their district are getting the materials, food and support they need while having to work remotely. In another, they honored the dispatchers at the Randolph County 911 Center. </p> <p>The Centre Daily Times in State College, Pennsylvania, has instituted a similar series to honor local heroes. Among those recognized is Brian Bittner, the director of emergency management for Penn State, for his efforts in leading university's response efforts.<p>Updated: Fri Apr 10, 2020</p> 013cb1a960b372a2f8e3bc907fac2514 How Shall We Honor Those on the Frontlines of the Pandemic? for 04/03/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/04/20/how-shall-we-honor-those-on-the-frontlines-of-the-pandemic Fri, 03 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Last week, I shared an opinion piece written by Gregory Jasani, an emergency medicine resident at the University of Maryland Medical Center. In it, he issued a stern warning to all who disregard social distancing mandates. "Every time we interact with an infected patient, our own risk of contracting the virus increases," he wrote. "Even if we only suffer mild symptoms, we will be forced to isolate ourselves so that we do not pass the virus to our patients. Losing medical providers at this crucial moment is something that our healthcare system simply cannot afford to do," he added.</p> <p>Other medical personnel on the frontlines of this pandemic are also starting to speak out on the need for greater compliance with the social distancing directive. In a recent investigative report by Sheri Fink, Pulitzer Prize-winning correspondent for The New York Times, she tells the story of 31 year-old Dr. Yijiao Fan, an oral surgery resident at Brooklyn Hospital Center. In good health and with no prior medical issues, he tested positive for the virus. "He had been in isolation at home all week and thought he was getting better, but began coughing blood that morning," she writes. "He was awaiting a chest scan." He had a message for a nation debating how to fight the pandemic. "It was short enough to whisper between coughing fits: Just stay home." </p> <p>In a press conference earlier this week, President Donald Trump announced a monthlong extension of federal guidelines to limit public gatherings, calling it "a matter of life and death."<p>Updated: Fri Apr 03, 2020</p> f827c6b31e6bba498837d40f78cac6d2 Dangers of Being Delusional When Sizing Up New Coronavirus for 03/27/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/03/20/dangers-of-being-delusional-when-sizing-up-new-coronavirus Fri, 27 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Attention all knuckleheads. I'm talking about those cyclists and runners who have been crowding New York's parks, hanging out at California beaches or frolicking in Florida during spring break. It includes those hiking in large groups through trails and parks and those who had to be cleared out from New Orleans' Bourbon Street &#8212; even after public health officials put out stringent social distancing guidelines with daily reminders. </p> <p>What is behind such a major decision-making malfunction by so many people? Ido Erev is a professor of behavioral science and management at Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel. Erev is president of the European Association for Decision Making. He is a specialist in research on decision-making under threat and has an idea or two on the subject. As he explained recently to The New York Times, there are large differences between individuals in terms of how they respond to threats like the pandemic we now face.</p> <p>"Everyone tends to overreact somewhat at the beginning. But then, a little experience reverses that sense in most people, and they begin to believe that 'it won't happen to me,'" Erev says. As time passes, they start to miscalculate the risk. As the Times reported, "people will self-isolate for a time and then, when nothing happens, they don't get sick, they'll begin to go out again &#8212; taking more risks than they had planned to." I would add to the list those that made the choice to ignore the warning from the outset.<p>Updated: Fri Mar 27, 2020</p> e49e54aac495e78d6adb67a838501eeb Are We Focusing on the Wrong Things in Combating the Coronavirus? for 03/20/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/03/20/are-we-focusing-on-the-wrong-things-in-combating-the-coronavirus Fri, 20 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>From the outset, there was consistent assurance from public health experts that stocking up on surgical masks will not reduce your chance of catching a common cold, the flu or the novel coronavirus. It was widely reported. As Dr. Pauline Jose, clinical instructor at UCLA and family medicine specialist explains to Livestrong: "There is no conclusive evidence that the use of face masks protects healthy people in their day-to-day life."</p> <p>Yet, the rush to buy this protective equipment has caused shelves and online outlets to be drained, causing some pharmacies to run out. The latest manifestation of this type of behavior is the panic-buying of toilet paper. What is it about toilet paper that makes people so anxious that they will buy a year's supply or more, clearing shelves faster than they can be filled? As a recent Los Angeles Times report points out, it would take a household of 15 to consume just one Costco-sized 30-pack over the course of a 14-day quarantine. For a couple, one pack can be expected to last nearly four months.</p> <p>We continue to be reassured that there is no risk to the nation's toilet paper pipeline. "It's not like suddenly all the toilet paper factories in the world are burning down," Willy Shih, a professor at Harvard Business School who studies manufacturing supply chains tells the LA Times. "They're still cranking this stuff out." Toilet paper plants can quickly increase output to meet demand when necessary.<p>Updated: Fri Mar 20, 2020</p> 808629b71deae425d7f38f3f8b0f584c Are Airlines Finally Cleaning Up Their Act? for 03/13/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/03/20/are-airlines-finally-cleaning-up-their-act Fri, 13 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The idea of commercial airlines being vessels for the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 reminds me that in today's world of air travel, we have, for years, taken certain risks when we fly without much thought. For example, unforeseen circumstances can cause flights to be grounded anywhere and at any time without warning, stranding us. The idea that air travelers might be exposed to germs and diseases when they fly is also not a revelation. Nor is the primary protective advice now being given to passengers especially new. As a primary precaution, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other public health officials, advises the public to wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, use hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available and avoid touching the face.</p> <p>"The most vulnerable area may well be your eyes," Michael Zimring, former director of travel medicine at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore and author of "Healthy Travel" told USA Today back in 2014. "Medical professionals advise not going anywhere near them with your hands, as tear ducts are a fast route for germs to the nose and throat."</p> <p>Jacqui Reilly of Scotland's Caledonian University is the lead author of a study to determine the most effective ways of reducing the bacteria count on health care workers' hands. <span class="column--highlighted-text">As she recently told The New York Times, hand hygiene remained "the single most important intervention that you can do to prevent health care-associated infection but also to protect yourself and your family from infections and viruses."</span><p>Updated: Fri Mar 13, 2020</p> 33004a5c3aa786114914007f755b11f9 Coronavirus Risks Reward Some for 03/06/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/03/20/coronavirus-risks-reward-some Fri, 06 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Something appears to be outpacing the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19, commonly known as the coronavirus: the fear of contracting it, whether well-founded or not. It seems to be spreading faster than the disease itself and is now an additional plague &#8212; one that isn't getting nearly the attention it deserves. Within this fear can be found a sad commentary on human nature and a legion of folks out there who spread false information during this growing health crisis, either as a form of sport or as profiteers.</p> <p>Just consider what is happening with the compulsion to buy surgical masks. For some time now, health officials around the world have been imploring the public to stop buying these masks if they are in good health. Exceptions would be for those who are giving care for someone who is ill, experiencing symptoms or being investigated for having the virus. Such requests have not stopped people from continuing to stock up.</p> <p>It has gotten so bad that U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams took to Twitter last weekend to warn that a run on the masks could risk a harmful shortage for public health professionals. He emphatically warned that this so-called protective measure will not help against the spread of the coronavirus but rather take away important resources from health care professionals who need them.<p>Updated: Fri Mar 06, 2020</p> a671c9d6f6e4d65b13fa47b2afb51b8a Shielding Against Brain Trauma Needs To Be a Societal Goal for 02/28/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/02/20/shielding-against-brain-trauma-needs-to-be-a-societal-goal Fri, 28 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>I'm just guessing, but I imagine it would be hard to find a top expert in health or science who would not admit there's a lot we don't know about traumatic brain injury prevention and treatment. As defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, traumatic brain injury is any "disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or penetrating head injury." Everyone is at risk for a traumatic brain injury, not just our military or athletes, especially children and older adults.</p> <p>As for our military, support for this need to enhance our knowledge of traumatic brain injury most recently came in the form of a study conducted by Duke University. <span class="column--highlighted-text">The study showed that under certain conditions, a helmet used by the French army in World War I provided better blast protection than the Advanced Combat Helmet widely used by the U.S. military. </span>Researchers pointed out that, ever since the first modern combat helmet was introduced in 1915, these protective devices have been designed to protect heads not from invisible shock waves but from shrapnel, bullets and other blunt physical objects.</p> <p>It is also noted that it was only when modern helmets were exposed to overhead blast waves that the 1915-era helmet outperformed them. The Duke researchers point to the raised metal crest running from the front to the back of what was known as the Adrian helmet (similar to a design feature also found on helmets used at the time by French firefighters) that may explain its superior protection from overhead blasts.<p>Updated: Fri Feb 28, 2020</p> b01035552992c2248034ec8eecae8dbc No Time for Downtime Anymore for 02/21/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/02/20/no-time-for-downtime-anymore Fri, 21 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>This past Monday was Presidents Day, a designated federal holiday where offices and many government institutions were closed. Still, a surprising number of American workers both in and outside of the office were working. Leading up to this day off, those who decided to enjoy it probably fell into the pattern of cramming in as much work as possible before Monday and then leaning in to catch up upon their return.</p> <p>According to a 2015 study conducted by Yesware, an email tracking and analytics company, on a holiday Monday such as Presidents Day, people only send 40% less emails than they would on a regular Monday, even though they're technically off work. On the weekdays leading up to and following a holiday, there is a noticeable bump in email volume.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Let's face it: In today's world, whether in the office or not, we are never really off the grid.</span> Nowadays, rest has been commercialized and repackaged as "leisure," and there is little time for that.<p>Updated: Fri Feb 21, 2020</p> 3f4f4dd0b2ac805ab9eb052130d6a8c7 Time to Give Coffee a Break for 02/14/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/02/20/time-to-give-coffee-a-break Fri, 14 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>With the threat posed by the coronavirus outbreak dominating the news &#8212; as it rightly should &#8212; I thought I would offer up a familiar subject for contemplation. Something that you might take a break with as you sit back, relax and drink it in. It should not be hard to swallow.</p> <p>According to the National Coffee Association, the number of Americans drinking a daily cup of coffee (or three, the average daily intake) is at its highest level since 2012. As you drop that spoon in the cup and twirl it around, know that Americans consume 400 million cups of coffee per day and that we are the leading consumer of coffee in the world. This accounts for an estimated $18 billion U.S. coffee market.</p> <p>I'm guessing that most coffee lovers &#8212; whether they prefer espressos, cappuccinos, lattes or iced coffee &#8212; probably aren't thinking about its health benefits or risks when reaching for their favorite brew. Still, whether coffee is good or bad for you is a matter of debate that continues to this day.<p>Updated: Fri Feb 14, 2020</p> cf757c8278a56da2c336e0abf678d156 Though Life Expectancy Rose Slightly in 2018, It Is Hardly Enough for 02/07/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/02/20/though-life-expectancy-rose-slightly-in-2018-it-is-hardly-enough Fri, 07 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>When we look at the things we try to avoid in life, you would hope that escaping premature death would be top of the list. After all, it speaks to our basic human drive for survival. Yet, in our modern world, preventable risks posed by smoking, unhealthy diets and drug use contribute mightily to diseases and, ultimately, premature death. These risk factors have led to a decrease in life expectancy.</p> <p>There is now at least some reason for hope. As recently reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for the first time since 2014, death rates in the U.S. declined, and life expectancy showed a modest uptick. According to its findings, life expectancy at birth in 2018 was 78.7 years, which is 0.1 year longer than the previous year. It may not seem like much, but in a nation of approximately 350 million people, the upturn in longevity reflects improvements in the lives of many Americans. </p> <p>The recent progress was driven by decreases in death rates from six of the 10 leading causes of death. As reported by NPR, in a continuation of an ongoing downward trend since the 1990s, there was a 2.2% decrease in cancer deaths. The numbers also show a 2.8% fall in deaths from unintentional injuries, which include drug overdoses. According to Kathryn McHugh, a psychologist at McLean Psychiatric Hospital and Harvard University, this represents the first positive change seen in a 20-year-long trend of drug overdose deaths. "I think these numbers suggest that some positive news is starting to come out of the many efforts to try to stem the tide on overdoses," McHugh tells NPR.<p>Updated: Fri Feb 07, 2020</p> 3293f05ba80e42565ea5f478b8c1e4ec Thoughts on Traumatic Brain Injury for 01/31/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/01/20/thoughts-on-traumatic-brain-injury Fri, 31 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>In October 2006, some 30 hours after departing Andrews Air Force Base in Washington, D.C., I stepped off a C-130 troop transport plane and on to the tarmac of Iraq's Al Asad Air Base to fulfill a long-planned visit with our troops. If I had any doubts that I was now in a war zone, they were quickly dispelled when I was ordered to put on a helmet and armored vest and invited to join my military hosts as they headed to the base field hospital to visit two Marines who had just been dispatched there, victims of a suicide-bomber attack that had demolished their tank.</p> <p>As a former airman first class in the United States Air Force, past spokesperson for the U.S. Veterans Administration and honorary member of the United States Marine Corps, I have more than passing interest in the recent news that 34 U.S. service members are said to have suffered traumatic brain injuries in Iran's missile strike this month on the same airfield I visited more than a decade earlier.</p> <p>Though much of the discussion of this report has taken a political turn, my hope is that it will also bring to light more examination of what science has learned of traumatic brain injury, which is now referred to as TBI. Back in 2006, little was known by doctors or scientists about what happens to a brain as a result of a powerful bomb blast as opposed to a car crash on a highway or a blow to the head on the football field. This has changed in recent years, as medical science has improved its understanding of TBI's effects on brain function. Medical science has made significant advances in its understanding of head trauma and how to treat it.<p>Updated: Fri Jan 31, 2020</p> fc0642340b90ddbf9e94636d51f4e083 From Old Age To New Medicine for 01/24/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/01/20/from-old-age-to-new-medicine Fri, 24 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>A wise man named Jules Renard once said, "It is not a question of how old you are, but a question of how you are old." No matter how we look at the issue of aging, one thing is clear: People age in different ways and at different rates. Recently, in a study conducted by Stanford University and published in Nature Medicine, scientists decided to take a deeper look at what is going on at a molecular level as people age. They hoped that such research might lead to a way to slow the personal aging process through medication or lifestyle changes targeted specifically to different individuals.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">The approach is consistent with what is called "precision medicine," an emerging approach for disease treatment and prevention that takes into account individual variability in genes, environment and lifestyle.</span> It stands in stark contrast to a one-size-fits-all approach, in which strategies are developed and aimed at the average person, with less consideration for differences between individuals.<p>Updated: Fri Jan 24, 2020</p> 0f99f184ebb3a4ed13e4fb86d8df2e4b Calling Off Alcohol for a Change for 01/17/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/01/20/calling-off-alcohol-for-a-change Fri, 17 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>For more than a decade, "Dry January" has served as a resolution calling for a month-long break from alcohol. If you want to jump on this wagon, it is never too late to start by stopping. Whether you make it to the finish line or not, studies show that giving up alcohol &#8212; even briefly &#8212; has health benefits.</p> <p>Dry January has been gaining traction in recent years and is international in scope. It is particularly popular in the United Kingdom. The term "Dry January" was registered as a trademark of the charity Alcohol Concern in mid-2014. In January 2014, according to Wikipedia, more than 17,000 Britons stopped drinking for that month. One study conducted in Britain with an estimated 850 men and woman who tried Dry January reported that at the end of the month, 62% said they slept better. About half said they lost weight, and many reported feeling more energetic.</p> <p>If you are interested in giving it a try, it is suggested that you have a strategy to get started. You might want to start by assessing your relationship with alcohol. How much do you drink? When do you drink? Why do you drink? It is also suggested that you do not try going it alone. Try to find a friend who is willing to abstain with you so you can hold each other accountable. Also, make your commitment clear in social situations to garner support and minimize social pressure.<p>Updated: Fri Jan 17, 2020</p>