Chuck Norris: Shielding against brain trauma needs to be a

(Getty)Op-ed views and opinions expressed are solely those of the author. 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, Read More

Chuck Norris: No time for downtime anymore

(Photo by Mychal Watts/WireImage)Op-ed views and opinions expressed are solely those of the author. 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. According to a 2015 study conducted by Yesware, an email tracking and analytics company, Read More

Chuck Norris: Time to give coffee a break

(Getty)With the threat posed by the coronavirus outbreak dominating the news — as it rightly should — 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. 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 Read More

Chuck Norris: Though life expectancy rose slightly in 2018, it

(Getty)Op-ed views and opinions expressed are solely those of the author. 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. There is now at least some reason for hope. As recently reported by the Centers for Disease Control Read More

Chuck Norris: Thoughts on traumatic brain injury

(Getty)Op-ed views and opinions expressed are solely those of the author. 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 Read More

Chuck Norris: From old age to new medicine

(Getty)Op-ed views and opinions expressed are solely those of the author. 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 Read More

Chuck Norris: Calling off alcohol for a change

(Getty)Op-ed views and opinions expressed are solely those of the author. 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 — even briefly — has health benefits. 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 Read More

Chuck Norris: Slamming doors on rural hospital care

(Getty)Op-ed views and opinions expressed are solely those of the author. While final statistics have yet to be revealed for New Year’s Eve, it is a good bet that they will show a sharp uptick in emergency room visits beginning around midnight. Long before that hour, one regional facility in Madison, Wisconsin reported more people coming in with influenza or from accidents slipping on ice. On the night itself, Dr. Kyle Martin, the medical director at SSM Health’s emergency room, estimated they would likely be about 20% busier than average before the night shift was over. At Nassau Read More

Chuck Norris: Health issues we should aim to resolve

(Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images)Op-ed views and opinions expressed are solely those of the author. If you are preparing a list of New Year’s resolutions and are looking for a starting point, the folks at the American Medical Association annually assemble a list of 10 wellness-focused resolutions that they feel could make the most impactful, long-lasting improvements to your health. You can find the list on their website. After thumbing through my C Force offerings over the past year, I submit the following additional thoughts for your consideration. DON’T SMOKE — ANYTHING For many Americans, to quit smoking Read More

Chuck Norris: Crisis of vaping among kids clouds holidays

(Getty)Op-ed views and opinions expressed are solely those of the author. During the holidays, I think we all tend to respond to the positive and inspirational stories around us. The problem is that in writing about health and wellness at this particular moment, I am staring at 6 million reasons why I must shine a light on some disturbing facts that just will not go away — if only to keep them top of mind. I am referring to the estimated 6 million middle and high school students who used tobacco products this year; that’s almost 1 in 4 American teenagers. According to Read More