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World COPD Day: It’s Not Too Late to Make a Change

Today is World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Day. Organized by the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD), it is a day to raise awareness and improve care of COPD, which is a group of lung diseases where progressive damage to the airways compromises the ability to breathe. COPD is the fourth leading cause of death worldwide and the third leading cause of death in the United States. This number is projected to increase in the coming years, especial… [Read More]

Choose Your Friends—and Your Words—Wisely. Say “No” to Bullying

Last month was National Bullying Prevention Month in the United States; this week is Anti-Bullying Week for our friends and colleagues in the UK. The fact that we have to have these awareness months and weeks means this problem is clearly out of control. In fact, the CDC says bullying is so widespread that is has become a public health problem.   Words Do Hurt   We've all heard the phrase "sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me." Well… [Read More]

Standing Up for My Health: How a New Work Station is Changing My Work Habits

The chorus of infographics and articles and posts about our sedentary desk jobs had finally become overwhelming. Sitting all day is killing us. And so, I invested in a giant, black, desktop contraption that allows me to adjust from sitting to standing with minimal effort.   I'm standing at my desk as I write this. My two monitors are arrayed in front of me, my desk chair is pushed to the side, and my elbows are bent at a comfortable 90 degrees. I'm aware of the muscles… [Read More]


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