Wellness

  • Getting up when you’re down | Four simple ways to fight depression

    It’s no wonder nearly one in 10 Americans suffers from depression. “Top risk factors include being unable to work or unemployed; having no health insurance; suffering from obesity,” psychologist Gregory L. Jantz notes in a news release, citing a U.S. Centers for Disease Control study. “Unfortunately, those topics have dominated headlines for the past five years. What’s worse, by 2020, th.... Read More
  • Which shoes to choose | Study evaluates effect of thick-soled running shoes

    The style of your running shoes isn’t just making a fashion statement. It may be controlling the way you run and setting you up for injuries down the road. That’s what researchers at the University of Kansas Hospital found when they put a dozen high school athletes through their paces on a treadmill. When the teens ran barefoot or in flat-soled racing shoes, they generally landed on the front .... Read More
  • Lasers peel away years of skin damage

    With summer around the corner, consider this a cautionary tale – with a happy ending. Like most boomers, I spent my teen and young adult years braising in the sun. Glazed in baby oil, I lay poolside and rotated every 20 minutes, like a slab of meat on a rotisserie, to ensure even cooking. Since I lived the first half of my life in Sun Belt areas, I could maintain my shimmering golden tan year ro.... Read More
  • A heartbreaking past, a hopeful future

    It is difficult to look back 30 years to the beginning of the AIDS epidemic. It was a horrifying and heartbreaking time. I recall the frightening news in 1981 that several gay men in New York and California were stricken with unexplained cancer and pneumonia. Within a year, 452 gay men from 23 states were sick. Half of them had died. Originally this mysterious disease was labeled Gay Related Immun.... Read More
  • Case of AIDS cure leads to new hope

    The 30-year anniversary of the outbreak of the AIDS epidemic brought with it fresh hope for something that many had come to think was impossible: finding a cure. The example is Timothy Ray Brown of San Francisco, the first person in the world apparently cured of AIDS. His treatment isn’t practical for wide use, but there are encouraging signs that other approaches might someday lead to a cure, o.... Read More
  • Older AIDS survivors face challenges

    Having survived the first and worst years of the AIDS epidemic, when he was losing three friends a day to the disease and undergoing every primitive, toxic treatment that then existed, Peter Greene is grateful to be alive. But a quarter-century after his own diagnosis, the former Mr. Gay Colorado, now 56, wrestles with vision impairment, bone density loss and other debilitating health problems he .... Read More
  • AIDS, a timeline

    June 5, 1981: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention publishes a report describing cases of a rare lung infection, Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia, in five young, previously healthy gay men in Los Angeles. This marks the first official reporting of what will become known as the AIDS epidemic. July 3, 1981: The New York Times reports on cases of Kaposi’s sarcoma affecting 41 gay men i.... Read More
  • 30 years of setbacks, progress mark AIDS battle

    In early 1981, health officials began hearing reports of young men in New York and California sick with a devastating pneumonia and a rare form of cancer. On June 5, 1981, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, under the headline “Pneumocystis Pneumonia – Los Angeles,” contained case reports for “five young men, all active homosexuals,” all of the.... Read More