L.L. Woodard

L.L. Woodard

Freelance writer/editor and freelance observer of life. Three decades of nursing experience in long-term care, from development of team care planning to hands-on patient care.
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School of Practical Nursing, graduated 1978; Geriatric Certification; Liberal Studies degree, BGSU


All that evil needs to succeed is for good men to do nothing.-Edmond Burke
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  • Americans’ Cholesterol Levels Take Positive Turn
    Cholesterol, the substance that collects inside blood vessels and increases the risk of coronary artery disease, was the subject of a study that looked at Americans' cholesterol levels over a 22-year period to determine what changes had taken place.
  • Oklahoma AG Pruitt Leads the Way for Disadvantaged Homeowners
    On Monday, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt (R) announced that the first checks from mortgage payout settlements were in the mail, and one couple from Tulsa, the Zuniga's, received their $20,000 check at the AG's press conference.
  • Meningitis Outbreak Grows with No End in Sight
    The fungal meningitis outbreak in the United States has taken a twist that didn't altogether surprise health experts, but rather confirmed their fears.
  • Medicare Open Enrollment Period Begins Today
    The open enrollment period for choosing a Medicare supplement insurance or Medicare Advantage Plan begins today and ends Dec. 7. This enrollment period for those on Medicare is second in importance only to having originally enrolled in Medicare.
  • CDC Ups Figure in Meningitis Outbreak
    Earlier this week, officials from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that 13,000 people had been potentially exposed to the tainted steroid injections that are at the heart of the current fungal meningitis outbreak.
  • Oklahoma Senator Wants to Abolish Death Penalty
    The 10th annual World Day Against the Death Penalty took place on Wednesday and if Oklahoma state Senator Constance Johnson (D) can rally her senate members, Oklahoma will celebrate next year's annual observance as an active participant.
  • Disability After Hospitalization a Reality for Older Adults
    Even though a hospital is the best setting to be in when you are acutely ill, a stay in the hospital is a double-edged sword for older adults, particularly the very old or frail.
  • New Oklahoma Oil Fields Figure into Continental Resources' Future
    Portions of Carter, Garvin, Grady and Stephens counties in Oklahoma figure prominently in Continental Resources Inc. future, the company identified with the oil boon in North Dakota and Montana, according to Reuters.
  • 13,000 People May Have Been Exposed to Tainted Medication
    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and health officials in the states where known shipments of contaminated methyl prednisolone were received are working diligently to contact the 13,000 people potentially exposed to infection.
  • Oklahoma City Still Rated Nation's Top Economy
    Often, Oklahoma finds itself near the bottom of national rankings; not so with the current economy. Attorney General Scott Pruitt (R) is gaining national attention. Oklahoma residents will have to wait to know the grade their public school earned.
  • Meningitis Outbreak Linked to Contaminated Injectable Medication
    The current meningitis outbreak in the United States is caused by a fungus, one of the rarer types of the infection that affects the tissues surrounding the brain and spinal cord.
  • Oklahoma WIC Cuts Funding to Three Tulsa Programs
    Three of the Tulsa, Okla. area Planned Parenthood sites have been providing nutritional assistance for women and children for 18 years; that assistance will come to a halt at the end of 2012.
  • Oklahoma Looks to Cooler Weather to Ease Drought
    The cooler temperatures in Okahoma predicted for Thursday and the five days thereafter might put a dint in the effects of the extreme drought.
  • Use of Heart Attack Prevention Drug Questioned
    Beta-blockers, a class of medications prescribed by doctors for decades, may not be the prevention tools against heart attacks and strokes they were intended to be.
  • Driverless Cars May Save Baby Boomers' Driving Privileges
    Baby boomers and their juniors are less likely to have the need to surrender their car keys due to safety considerations as the generations before them have. It may become possible thanks to the development and legalization of the use of driverless cars.
  • Street Panhandlers Make News Again in Oklahoma
    Not to be confused with residents of the Oklahoma panhandle, the panhandlers of Oklahoma City who are again headline-worthy are of the cardboard sign-holding variety that can be seen at many of the city's busy intersections.
  • Financial Assistance Available for Baby Boomers, Seniors
    Not only are the eldest of the baby boomer generation already age 65+, 10 million boomers age 50+ are providing care for one or more of their aging parents.
  • It's Flu Shot Season in Oklahoma
    When the crimson and cream and orange and black pom poms begin to flutter, many an Oklahoman's mind and heart is turned to football. Football season is also flu season, and time for Oklahoma residents to prepare for the upcoming flu season.
  • U.S. Baby Boomers Find 'Soul Mates' in Australian Counterparts
    A study recently released in the country "down under" reveals that baby boomers there also have a high rate of obesity and being overweight and the same risks for developing chronic diseases that will impact them now and in the future.
  • West Nile Virus Claims 9th Oklahoma Victim
    John Archer, 78, of Muskogee, Okla., succumbed to the mosquito-borne West Nile virus, WNV, becoming the fourth case of the illness in Muskogee County and the ninth death in the state.
  • As Baby Boomers Age, Knee Replacement Surgery Numbers Soar
    Baby boomers requiring knee replacement surgery are merely the tip of the iceberg in the soaring increase seen in knee replacement surgeries in the last two decades for people on Medicare.
  • Arrests Two Years After Oklahoma Woman's Slaying
    On Nov. 2, 2010, 34-year-old Julie Mitchell's body was found stuffed in a closet in her Oklahoma City home. The slaying remains unsolved. On Monday, her widower and two of his sons were arrested for illegal gambling.
  • Oklahoma and National Voter Registration Day
    Oklahoma and the nation as a whole recognize today as National Voter Registration Day. The countdown to the upcoming Nov. 6 elections officially begins; election day is now six weeks away.
  • Romney Advocates Emergency Room Care for Uninsured
    On Sunday, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney appeared on "60 Minutes," granting an interview to television journalist Scott Pelley. Romney made a statement that bears further examination.
  • Oklahoma AG, Others Take Aim at Dodd-Frank Act
    The Dodd-Frank Act, a financial regulation reform measure, was signed into law by President Obama in 2010. Three states have filed a lawsuit citing the unconstitutionality of the law, with Oklahoma joining Michigan and South Carolina.
  • Obama Details Vision of Medicare for Baby Boomers
    The November presidential election looms larger daily and the candidates from both parties are sharpening their rhetoric and addressing details to their plans for the next four years. Health care is a hot topic; the future of Medicare is up in the air.
  • What's Behind Cavalier Attitudes Toward Genetically Modified Food?
    COMMENTARY | The United States used to be the "first" in many areas -- war craft and space exploration come to mine -- but in recent years the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has lagged behind its European counterparts when it comes to food safety.
  • Romney’s Supporters: Helpmates or Mates from Hell?
    COMMENTARY | In a week when Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney could use all the positive support he can get, at least two of his supporters have gained negative media attention for remarks and actions they've taken.
  • Census Bureau Report Details Oklahoma Statistics
    The U.S. Census Bureau today released the latest detailed statistics on the nation's 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, in 40 categories measuring population, housing and economics.
  • West Nile Virus: Record-Setting Number of Cases Summer 2012
    Public health officials and the general population in the United States are already looking at a record-setting number of West Nile virus, WNV, cases since 2003 and mosquito season hasn't come to its conclusion.
  • West Nile Virus Continues to Plague Oklahoma
    The mosquito-borne illness, West Nile virus, WNV, continues to make its presence known in several states, including Oklahoma. While the number of deaths attributed to the viral illness remains at eight, the total number of cases has risen to 144.
  • Romney/Ryan Might Be Comedy Team if Not so Tragic
    COMMENTARY | I'll give presidential candidate Mitt Romney this: He's not trying to deny the things he said on the recently released video. Fair enough, candidate Romney didn't know his private conversation was being taped.
  • Boomers Head into Retirement with Student Loan Debt
    Many baby boomers and some of their seniors embraced the “back to school in midlife” concept and will be paying for that privilege long into their retirement years.
  • Did a Judge in America Really Say That?
    COMMENTARY | Today I cringed at the news that Oklahoma County District Judge Bill Graves not only denied two men the right to change their names, but quoted the book of Genesis in his argument for doing so.
  • Severe to Exceptional Drought Continues in Oklahoma, Central U.S
    A glance at the U.S. national map will reveal colors of gold, orange and brown. This would be good news if those colors signified autumn color changes, but on the drought map, they represent areas of severe to exceptional drought.
  • Recession Woes Subtract Years, Medicare and Social Security Add Years
    A study published in the Sept. 2012 edition of The National Bureau of Economic Research quantifies the answers to two concerns about the American economy's effect on the life expectancy of the baby boomer generation.
  • Reverse Mortgages, Refinancing are Problem Areas for Older Adults
    The trend toward home foreclosures and the loss of retirement savings and/or investments have affected every segment of the population to some extent, but this particular combination of events has taken its toll on older baby boomers and their seniors.
  • Central Oklahoma, 'Reddest of the Red States,' Embracing Obamacare?
    Mick Cornett, Republican mayor of Oklahoma City may have had Mead's thoughts in mind when he asked for, and received federal funds from the Prevention and Public Health Fund -- a part of the Affordable Care Act.
  • Why is the American Health Care System Broken?
    The Institute of Medicine, IOM, issued a lengthy report, "Best Care at Lower Cost," on Thursday. In addition to offering potential solutions to the problems in American health care, the IOM spells out what many of us have known for years: Health care, as
  • West Nile Virus Cases Continue to Mount in Oklahoma
    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its weekly update on West Nile virus activity on Tuesday; the Oklahoma State Department of Health updated its West Nile virus information today.
  • No Definitive Answers on Organic Food Nutrition Status?
    On Tuesday the Annals of Internal Medicine published the results of a systematic review that sought to determine whether organic food was more nutritious than conventionally grown food. Media headlines indicated ideas as facts that aren't totally factual.
  • Xtandi Newest Prostate Cancer Agent
    The National Cancer Institute estimates that in 2012, more than 240,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in the United States alone. More than 28,000 men will likely die of the disease in the same time period.
  • Baby Boomers: Retirement to Rural Areas May Be Bumpy Road
    Approximately 10,000 baby boomers are retiring daily and will continue to do so for the next 19 years. Seventy-six million Americans comprise the baby boomer generation, and at least some of the boomers will choose to retire to rural areas.
  • Attention Fellas! Eating Chocolate May Be Good for You
    For a number of years, dark chocolate and cocoa have been associated with an improvement in cardiovascular health. A recent study involving more than 35,000 men found a correlation between eating chocolate and the reduced risk of stroke.
  • West Nile Virus Claims More Victims in Oklahoma
    Amid the CDC's report that 1,590 cases of WNV have been reported with a total of 66 deaths, Tulsa World advised that two more Oklahomans died this week from the mosquito-borne virus, bringing the state's total deaths from the infection to five.
  • Advertising Under the Guise of Research
    You're skimming over your favorite news source, reading headlines as you go. Your attention is caught -- briefly -- by the latest study results in one area or another of health. There are companies who hope you remember the headline, the article less so.
  • Hoping for Healthy Seniors Years? Get Fit by 50
    It seems like every time you turn around, someone else is espousing the benefits of physical activity. Here's yet another reason to get moving: your fitness level at age 50 affects both the occurrence and severity of chronic disease in later life.
  • FEMA Grants Funds to One Oklahoma County, Denies Three Others
    Oklahoma, a state where drought, heat and mosquitoes are wreaking havoc with residents, crops and livestock, experienced its share of wildfires that began July 28 and weren't extinguished until the second week of August.
  • Let's Have More Facts, Less Rhetoric in Presidential Campaign
    As the American public continues to be inundated with presidential campaign rhetoric, we are left to wonder the truth behind the statements made by the candidates and the Super PACs supporting them.
  • 'Legitimate Rape': Have We Made No Progress in Attitudes?
    Stripping aside any politics involved, merely knowing that an educated American male would have the audacity to speak the phrase "legitimate rape" in this time and place, in a public forum, is mind-boggling.
  • Seasonal Changes, Heat, Drought Bring More Health Risks
    It’s not as if the extreme heat and dryness haven’t already caused enough problems for much of Oklahoma; now the increased threat of West Nile Virus and an oft-deadly infection caused by an amoeba that thrives in warm waters are issues to be considered.
  • CDC Recommends One-Time Testing for All Baby Boomers
    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today firmed up its recommendation that all baby boomers -- those individuals born between 1945 to 1965 -- receive one-time testing for the viral infection, hepatitis C.
  • At What Cost Comes Current Oil/Natural Gas Boom?
    As America strives to increase homemade energy sources, some areas of the nation are thriving -- and even booming -- thanks in large part to the availability of oil and natural gas through the method of hydraulic fracturing.
  • Middle-Age Loneliness, Attitude Affect Health
    Research studies published June 18 in the Archives of Internal Medicine and one presented at the International Conference on Social Identity and Health on June 11 reveal how certain attitudes and feelings can contribute to physical health outcomes.
  • Baby Boomers and Drug-Resistant Gonorrhea
    Sometimes headlines in the news don't grab a person's attention because the subject matter isn't of personal interest to the reader. Baby boomers take heed, drug-resistant gonorrhea may well be a topic of interest and/or concern to you.
  • How Will the FDA React to Being 'Spanked' on Antibiotic Use in Animals?
    COMMENTARY | Wouldn't it be refreshing if all related agencies on the same level -- say, the federal level -- worked together for the betterment of life of the American citizenry?
  • Should We Legislate Against Obesity?
    Mayor Michael Bloomberg might as well have struck a match in a fireworks factory as declare on May 30 that soda drinks larger than 16 ounces would be prohibited in New York City, as reported by Gothamist.com.
  • Oklahoma Governor Signs Multiple Bills into Law
    Among the bills signed into law by the state's elected leader was a budget for the state, reforms to the Department of Human Services, and the Bridge to Literacy program.
  • Depression: It's More Than a Feeling
    Like many people, I equated people with depression as those who were weepy or lacking energy. I sometimes wondered if depressed people weren't just folks who needed to pull themselves up by the boot straps and get on with life.
  • Oklahoma Joins 13 Other States with Licensed Open-Carry Gun Laws
    Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has signed into law a licensed open carry gun law for her state, set to take effect on November 1, reported Reuters.
  • Oklahoma Legislature 'Fiddles' with Two Weeks Left to Work
    The Oklahoma 53rd Legislature must adjourn no later than Friday, May 25, but lawmakers have yet to develop a budget for the coming year or determine funding sources for a sorely needed new state medical examiner's office.
  • Will Oklahoma Pro-Life Lawmakers Learn from Court Rulings?
    COMMENTARY | In the last two months, judges within the state of Oklahoma have blocked or ruled as unconstitutional three separate laws intended to stop abortions (Personhood law) or interfere with the process for abortions.
  • Oklahoma Governor Signs Strong Anti-Meth Bill
    Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed House Bill 2941 into law on Tuesday, reported KRMG.com. The bill places further limits on the purchase of cold and allergy medicines containing pseudoephedrine, a chemical used in making methamphetamine.
  • Student Loan Bill: The Big 'Ball' in the Game of Politics as Usual?
    Both major parties strongly desire to put the football that is a student loan interest reduction bill kicked over the goal post on their end of the field, according to The Washington Times.
  • Looking for a Shining Example of Three-Branch System in Action?
    Sometimes there are actions taken and decisions made at the federal level in American government that cause citizens to question whether the check and balance function of the three branch-system works.
  • Physicians Change Recommendations for Many Medical Tests
    In an announcement that may initially seem counter-intuitive, several physician specialty groups provided lists of medical tests that they have deemed unnecessary or used too frequently as part of the ABIM Foundation's Choosing Wisely project.
  • Aging in America Conference Attendees Told Who Will 'Transform Aging'
    The Sunday general session of the American Conference on Aging 2012 answered concerns about how aging will change within this and the coming decade: Baby boomers will transform aging -- and aging will transform baby boomers.
  • Oklahoma Personhood Bill One Step Closer to Becoming Law
    The Oklahoma legislature is one vote away from doing what voters in Mississippi and Colorado were unable to do: making the concept of "personhood" law in the state.
  • Preliminary Drug Studies Show Promise for Controlling Cholesterol
    The U.S CDC tells us that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. The risk factors for heart disease include obesity, physical inactivity, and high cholesterol levels -- like health and lifestyle conditions of baby boomers.
  • 'Stand Your Ground' Laws Are Not the Problem
    COMMENTARY | To me as an average citizen, the tragic death of Trayvon Martin and the acceptance of his shooter's use of Florida's "Stand Your Ground Law" seems to be less about the law itself and more about its application.
  • Obama Oklahoma Visit Highlights Energy
    President Barack Obama is about to do something he hasn't done since taking office: He is going to visit Oklahoma.
  • Is Seniors' Health Care 'Nightmare' Close to Happening?
    Medicare has been the safety net helping senior Americans get the health care they need, but Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) has no qualms about pulling that rug out from under a vulnerable segment of the U.S. population.
  • Could Peacetime Martial Law Be Near?
    COMMENTARY || On Friday, March 16, President Barack Obama signed an executive order titled, "National Defense Resources Preparedness."
  • Oklahoma Seeks to Stem Prescription Painkiller Abuse
    According to an insurance industry website, the state of Oklahoma leads the nation in a statistic that any state would be happy in which to trail, namely prescription painkiller drug abuse.
  • Oklahoma House Considers Open Carry Gun Bill and More
    Oklahoma legislators have been busy this week addressing issues ranging from open meeting requirements for the state lawmakers to open carry laws for guns.
  • Oklahoma Women Unite to Fight Personhood Bill
    Senate Bill 1433, originally introduced Feb. 6 of this 2012 legislative session and authored by Sen. Brian Crain, R-District 39, is stirring new activity at the Capitol in Oklahoma City. The "Personhood Bill" has raised the ire of some Oklahoma women.
  • FDA Adds Warnings to Cholesterol Drugs' Labels
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has added new warnings to the statin class of cholesterol-lowering drugs and one longstanding precaution has been removed.
  • Oklahoma Criminal Justice Bill Wins Support of State's DAs
    Oklahoma lawmakers are working towards changes to the current way the criminal justice system addresses funding, improved follow-up services for all released prisoners and the addition of mental health and drug screening for anyone charged with a felony.
  • Oklahoma Leaders Applaud Pipeline Construction
    TransCanada, the corporation behind the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, announced its decision on Monday to build a southern section of the pipeline that will extend from Oklahoma to the Gulf Coast in Texas, according to the Associated Press.
  • NYPD's Stealthy Investigation of Muslims Should Alarm All Americans
    COMMENTARY | Thomas Jefferson, one of the founding fathers most often quoted said, "All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent." Imagine how Jefferson would feel about the latest covert activity of the NYPD.
  • Baby Boomers at Risk of Hidden Hepatitis C
    Due to a number of risk factors, including intravenous drug use and limited testing of the blood supply prior to 1992, as reported by CBSNews.com, those born between 1946 through 1964 -- baby boomers -- are at the highest risk for having hepatitis C.
  • Are Oklahomans Ready to Outlaw Abortion, Contraception and in Vitro Fertilization?
    Legislators in two distinctly different areas of the nation passed legislation that is as far apart in intent and content as the two states involved. The New Jersey legislators voted in favor of gay marriage while the Oklahoma Senate voted for personhood.
  • Could Proposed Amendment Put Employers in Charge of Health Services?
    Roy Blunt, R-Mo., may well be following his conscience in regards to employers -- or their health insurance companies -- having to provide birth control to employees on the basis of religious or moral conviction, but is that fair to employees?
  • Access to Money-Saving Benefits for Those 60 and Older
    It's no secret that many Americans are facing tough economic times and perhaps no segment more so than those aged 60+ who are living on reduced or fixed incomes.
  • Study Shows Inverse Link Between Brain Games and Alzheimer's Disease
    A clinical study published Monday in the online edition of the Archives of Neurology is the first of its kind to link participation in reading, brain games and writing with a decreased production of a protein that has been linked to Alzheimer's disease.
  • EPA Urged by Legislators for Valid Probe of Fracking Risks
    There's a lot at stake in the outcome of the EPA's Final Study Plan to Assess Hydraulic Fracturing: the future of the practice also known as "fracking," and the nations ability to continue to move forward toward energy independence.
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  • Joe Paterno Didn't Deserve Death with Indignity
    COMMENTARY | Joe Paterno, college football coaching great, has died reports TheWashingtonPost.com. It is a sad time for his family and friends and the many people who admired him.
  • Paula Deen Abdicated Personal Responsibility
    When Paula Deen, announced January 18 to America that not only does she have type 2 diabetes, she is going to be a spokeswoman for the pharmaceutical company who produces the diabetes medication she takes, the public was only partially surprised.
  • Sexual Activity Deemed Safe for Many Heart Patients by AHA
    The American Heart Association has released its first scientifically-based statement with recommendations for sexual activity for people with heart conditions or cardiovascular disease. The good news: Sex is safe for many people with heart problems.
  • Legislators Had Little Choice but to Respond on SOPA, PIPA
    On Wednesday, some large Internet websites delivered on their promise to "put their money where their mouth is" by blacking out their sites for 24 hours in protest of the proposed SOPA and PIPA legislation, according to NYDailyNews.com.
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  • On Tap for Oklahoma Legislature: Weapons, Texting While Driving, Smoking
    Oklahoma legislators are readying themselves for the upcoming opening on February 6 for the 2012 state legislative session, reports TulsaWorld.com. Lawmakers face a deadline of Thursday to file bills they want considered during this next session.
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  • Can Brain Games Help Baby Boomers Keep Their Minds Sharp?
    Less than two weeks ago the British Medical Journal published the Whitehall II study results that indicate memory and thinking skills actually begin to decline around age 40 rather than age 60 as had been thought.
  • Fifty and Older Americans Not Immune to HIV/AIDS and Other STDs
    Americans are enjoying longer life expectancies and active sex lives thanks to improvements in medicine and health care. An unexpected consequence of these factors is that people aged 50 and over are experiencing increasing rates of HIV/AIDS infection.
  • Will Comedy Show Us the Way?
    Politicians are elected to office to represent their constituents; comedians are self-appointed word troubadours with their fingers on the pulse of the populace.
  • Bald and Beautiful Barbie Citizen Movement Swells
    Never underestimate the power of the individual -- or the power of social media -- to make a difference. In this case, two women whose lives have been touched by cancer, are asking Barbie doll manufacturer, Mattel, to create a bald and beautiful version.
  • Central Oklahoma's Diet and Awareness Initiative Labeled a Success
    Since Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett announced his resolution on January 1, 2008 that city and area residents needed to lose weight, participants in the OKC Million program have collectively lost 1 million pounds.
  • Cholesterol Meds Increase Risk of Diabetes in Middle-Aged Women
    A group of researchers investigated the relationship between the use of cholesterol-lowering drugs, statins and the incidence of developing type 2 diabetes mellitus in postmenopausal women.
  • Who Wins in Adoption Reversal?
    Adoptions are highly emotional, no matter the circumstances. The reversal of a two-year-old adoption order not due to any wrong-doing on the part of any involved party is also deeply emotional with the return of a toddler to her biological father.
  • Learn to Express Yourself Confidently Using Assertive Communication
    There are many ways to say the same thing -- with the potential for the message to be heard differently by the listener depending on the style of communication used.
  • Eating Style Can Stave Off Alzheimer's Disease, Ease Fears: Study
    In the report of a 10 year clinical study on cognitive decline, including memory loss, published yesterday in the British Medical Journal, researchers reported their findings that such decline may begin occurring in the fourth decade of life.
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