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

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  • Knives and Bats on Planes: Recipe for Trouble?
    Air travel is as safe as ever, but is it? On Tuesday, the Transportation Security Administration issued a statement on changes in its prohibited items list, and it's a doozy.
  • Twinkies Union Deserves Some Empathy
    COMMENTARY | Before Twinkies lovers feel compelled to stone the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union, BCTGM, for refusing to return to work by a Hostess-imposed deadline, let's consider the worker's side of the it.
  • Sununu and Cain: What Were They Thinking?
    COMMENTARY | Yesterday, retired Army General Colin Powell announced his endorsement of Barack Obama for re-election, citing concerns with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's wavering views on foreign policy.
  • Could Donald Trump Be More Irrelevant?
    COMMENTARY | On Tuesday, the man who is a legend in his own mind, Donald Trump, made an announcement that he had an announcement to make that might effect the outcome of the upcoming presidential election.
  • Roe vs. Wade Decision Not Enough to Silence Politicians
    COMMENTARY | When some politicians open their mouths, few people listen. Other elected officials can't avoid controversy; each time they speak, people are listening and, very often, shaking their heads in disbelief.
  • Where is the Line for Personal/Parental Responsibility?
    COMMENTARY | I am not unsympathetic to the Maryland parents whose 14-year-daughter died in December 2011 from heart failure caused by caffeine toxicity that negatively impacted a pre-existing condition.
  • A Kinder, Gentler America Since Obama Took Office?
    It was once thought by some that the election of the first black president in the United States might result in an increase of racial hate crimes as a backlash. The latest FBI's Hate Crimes Statistics report shows that just the opposite happened.
  • What Needs to Be Done to Increase Overall Cancer Awareness?
    October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month, as it has been for more than 25 years. Since the invasive form of this potentially life-threatening illness will strike about one in eight American women, it is an important health topic.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Emotional Survival Tips for the Holidays
    There is no other single day that brings with it the expectations that Christmas does. Take time to learn the survival techniques that will help you enjoy, not dread, the upcoming yuletide celebrations.
  • Top 5 Personal Health Plan Changes for the New Year
    I know I need to make changes to my lifestyle to become healthier. I've decided on five personal health plan changes to begin right now and carry them forward to the new year and beyond.
  • Parabens in Cosmetics and Your Health
    Parabens are a category of preservative chemicals used in a wide variety of cosmetic and skin care products. Chances are you own hair care products, shaving products, makeup or moisturizers that contain parabens.
  • Obesity Counseling to Be Covered by Medicare
    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, CMS, announced yesterday that Medicare insurance will pay for obesity screening and counseling.
  • Incremental Small Overdoses of Tylenol Shown to Be Deadly
    Health care experts have long warned consumers about the dangers of large doses of Tylenol (acetominophen, paracetamol). The drug, present in many over-the-counter medications, has been found to be even more deadly in incremental small over-dosages.
  • Advance Directives: What You Need to Know Now
    Many people are quick to take advantage of options that give them more power over their lives. When it comes to advance directives, not everyone is eager to jump on the band wagon.
  • How to Choose a Plastic Surgeon
    You're thinking about making some changes to your looks -- maybe liposuction or breast augmentation -- and you want to know where you can get the best outcome for the least amount of money. Stop right there.
  • HHS News Conference Updating Progress in Affordable Care Act
    In a press conference held Monday in Washington, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius enumerated the programs and changes being put into place 20 months after President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law.
  • Real Help for Reducing Obesity Set for Human Testing
    With nearly 34 percent of adult Americans, and 17 percent of children and adolescents, it cannot be too soon for a viable agent to be available to help reduce the condition. Researchers at MD Anderson are studying just such an agent.
  • Skin Cancer Prevention: Year Around Protection Needed
    Skin cancer is the leading type of cancer in the United States. It is also the most preventable type of cancer. You can't control risk factors such as age, skin type, or family history, but you can control your exposure to UVA and UVB rays.
  • Thoughtful Christmas Gifts for Grandparents
    I'm fortunate both to have grandparents and to be a grandparent. As such, I have firsthand knowledge of the type of Christmas gifts--or gifts for any occasion--that the older people in your life appreciate and value--and won't cost much, either.
  • What You Need to Know Now About HPV
    Many people probably don't know that HPV is now considered to be the leading cause of mouth and throat cancers among Americans.
  • Drought
    A verse about the effects of the long, hot Oklahoma summer.
  • World Class College Education Available at Your Fingertips
    Have you searched the worldwide web for online learning or courses? Do you have an interest in quality education at the college level? There is a growing resource of free, college level courses from universities worldwide available at your fingertips.
  • Oklahoma Reservoirs Unsafe for Swimming
    Blue-green algae is thriving in Oklahoma's reservoirs this summer due to the combined factors of high heat, drought, and the resulting stagnant water, reports News9.com.
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  • New Study Brings Glimmer of Hope for Type 2 Diabetes Risk
    The health care community, both the public and private sectors, have been emphasizing the health benefits of both eating a healthy diet and regular physical activity. A new study suggests an additional health benefit for strength training in particular.
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  • Day of Observance Brings Awareness of Hepatitis
    Today is World Hepatitis Day, but there won't be any ticker tape parades to attend or fireworks to admire. No, World Hepatitis Day isn't like Thanksgiving or even Labor Day.
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  • Hero Lost but Not Forgotten
    A military widow reflects on the meaning of the 4th of July.
  • Your Emergency Contact Person--More Important Than You Think
    It happens all the time; you have forms to fill out for employment, at the doctor's office and other incidences where you need to name an emergency contact person. Most of us just put in the name and phone number of a family member or close friend.
  • Disaster on the 4th of July
    You never know what moments will stand out in a person's memory of childhood. That 4th of July when I was eight-years-old started out like any other, but the day's events took an ominous turn by mid-afternoon.
  • Federal Government Updates List of Human Carcinogens
    On June 10, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the "12th Report on Carcinogens." The report adds eight additional substances/chemicals to the list of known or suspected human cancer-causing products.
  • James Arness, "Gunsmoke's" Matt Dillon, Fades into Sunset for Last Time
    Long before Luke Skywalker battled intergalactic foes with light sabers, men of the wild west kept order with a gun on their hip; one such man was fictional Marshal Matt Dillon of "Gunsmoke."
  • Best Food for Nutritional Value: The Sweet Potato
    In many American homes, this nutrition-packed food is cooked up as sweet potato casserole for holiday meals. But once you know all the facts behind this good-eating and good-for-you food, you may want to add it to your regular meal plans.
  • American Icon: Pete Seeger
    Pete Seeger never sought to be an icon or a hero, he merely followed his interests and ideals both in his music and his life.
  • Senior Population Grows, Extends
    They may not be the largest population segment, but Americans age 100 and older do comprise the fastest growing population segment proportionately. In 2009, over 70,000 people age 100+ were living in the United States, according to the U.S Census Bureau.
  • Composting: Good for Your Garden
    It's true that composting is good for the environment. Yard wastes and food scraps account for 26 percent of landfill waste. But equally important are the benefits composting can provide for your vegetable and flower gardens, even your yard.
  • Not Shiny, Not Slick: My First Bike
    I don't consider my tricycle or the little bike with training wheels to be my first bike. A bike, after all, was what the big kids rode. I was so excited when my father announced the time was right for me to graduate to a real bike.
  • Bob Seger Contemplates Retirement
    Say it isn't so! Bob Seger, rock and roll voice of a generation, is considering retirement after his current tour. The gravel-voiced native of Ann Arbor, Michigan is 66 years old and says his health is a prime consideration in his upcoming decision.
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  • Baby Boomers Have Clout in Establishing Policy
    Baby boomers represent at least 28 percent of the total U.S. population. That's impressive no matter how you look at it.
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  • Will Oklahoma Rain Water Bring Japan Radiation?
    With news reports today that rain water in Boston, Massachusetts shows low levels of radiation, likely from Japan's nuclear crisis, can any state be safe from these effects?
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  • Oklahomans Safe from New Superbug -- For Now
    The latest strain of organism giving health care officials cause for concern is carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae, or CRPK. To date, Oklahoma is not one of the 35 states where CRPK is known to be present.
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  • Changes Coming for WIC Income Eligibility
    Take heart; if you've recently applied for the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Special Supplementation Nutrition Program and were ineligible due to income, change is coming. As of July 1, 2011, income eligibility guidelines will change.
  • Sex Can Kill You
    You've been warned. As a kid maybe you heard that too much masturbation would make you go blind or make hair grow on your hands--old wive's tales meant to scare the bejeebers out of you. But now a medical study finds results that sex can kill you.
  • Look for Advancements in Treatments for Seniors
    Pharmaceutical companies are already looking ahead to the future--they have to. Putting a new product on the market often requires years of research science just to formulate what may develop into a promising treatment or cure for a medical condition.
  • Saving the Planet, One Acre at a Time
    Saving the planet is important to all of us and the generations that come after, but my way of doing it is one acre at a time.
  • FDA Changes Ruling on Drug to Treat Breast Cancer
    Avastin (bevacizumab), a medication used to treat a certain type of brain cancer and cancers of the kidney, lung, rectum and colon -- and recently breast cancer -- is being recommended by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
  • Chapped Lips: Prevention and Treatment
    Cheilitis, the term for lips that are red and sore, is most often caused by external factors such as the weather elements, dry air, or even frequent licking of the lips.
  • Exercise Benefits for Seniors
    Too many times, even when we know what is good for us, we ignore it. There can be no doubt in anyone's mind that regular physical activity promotes and maintains good health and yet America leads the world in its rate of obesity.
  • Helping Others While Helping Yourself
    At any point in time, people try to make their budgets stretch as far as possible. In order to pay utilities and other of life's necessities, often the grocery budget is the first to be downsized.
  • Bisphenol-A: What Are the Long-Term Consequences of Exposure?
    Bisphenol-A, or BPA, is a chemical that is used in the manufacture of polycarbonate plastics since the 1960s.
  • Google in the E-Book Business
    Google, a name synonymous with "search engine," has thrown its hat into the ebook store ring with the likes of Amazon's Kindle, Barnes & Noble's Nook and Sony eReaders.
  • Wanchai Ferry Spicy Garlic Chicken a Winner
    Prepackaged foods are often the go-to meals for busy people--or those who forgot to stop at the grocery store. While I prefer to home cook my meals from scratch, there are just times that prepackaged food is expedient.
  • FDA Will Review Two Medications for Prostate Cancer Prevention
    GlaxoSmithKline, manufacturer of Avodart, and Merck, manufacturer of Proscar, have requested that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration add new official information for their respective medications.
  • Cranberry: Everything You Always Wanted to Know
    Nearly everything has to be labeled with a superlative to catch the attention of American consumers, hence the term "super food."
  • EU Bans Bisphenol-A in Baby Bottles, FDA Stands Idle
    "USA Today" reports the European Union, or EU, has moved to ban the use of bisphenol-A, or BPA, in the manufacture of plastic baby bottles beginning March 2011.
  • Cigarette Smoking: Number 1 Cause of Premature Death in United States
    By now it would seem that few people in developed countries could be ignorant of the fact that cigarette smoking leads to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other health risks.
  • AIDS Prevention: Pill Approved for Use as Prophylactic for AIDS Prevention in Gay Men
    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, released trial results for the use of Truvada as an additional means of preventing infection with the AIDS virus in gay men.
  • Painkillers Darvon and Darvocet Withdrawn From U.S. Drug Market
    "The Washington Post" reports that, as of Nov. 19, 2010, Darvon was pulled from the market in response to a request by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to do so.
  • Giving Thanks in the Autumn of Life
    Thanksgiving is not only about who is here, but also the memories of those who've gone before.
  • Life in Black and White
    I was born in the 1950s -- making me just one of the many American baby boomers in current society. To hear my adult children talk, you would think that meant I grew up in the age of dinosaurs.
  • Weight Loss: The Best Way to Go is Slow
    You've decided you want to lose 10 pounds--or 40 pounds--or more. The first thing you may be tempted to do is search online for quick weight loss diets or diet aids.
  • Triglycerides and Cholesterol
    Triglycerides and cholesterol, while necessary for proper bodily function, are often found in elevated levels in the average Western diet--and in the average American.
  • Weight Loss: A Simple Mathematic Equation
    No matter how many diet fads or miracle "fat burners" come down the pike, the simple fact is that to lose weight, you have to use more energy (calories) than you consume.
  • Big Brother: Orwell's "1984" a Few Years Later
    The Canaan, Connecticut school board is in talks with a Westport security company about a pilot program designed to insert radio-frequency identification (RFID) chips to students to monitor their activity at school.
  • Write What You Know
    As writers, often times we are assigned to write about topics about which we know very little. When the opportunity arises to write about whatever we choose, it is often best to write about what we know.
  • Anti-Rape Condom to Debut at FIFA World Cup Venues
    In a country where the number of rapes reported is one of the world's highest, Dr. Sonnet Ehlers was so moved by an experience with a young rape victim 40 years ago that she has designed a method for women to help protect themselves from this crime.
  • Magic Power Coffee Receives Food and Drug Administration Warning to Consumers
    Magic Power Coffee, a relatively new product that is classified as a dietary supplement, may well have an ingredient or ingredients that make it unsafe for some consumers. The product is advertised as an aphrodisiac.
  • Laws: We Need Fewer of Them, Not More
    In the wake of news that our politicians are considering giving domain over the internet to the federal government, I have to wonder when enough is enough. When are we going to learn that legislating every detail in life isn't the answer to our problems?
  • Farmer's Markets in Oklahoma
    I'll admit it; I have the time and I have the space, but I lacked the motivation to get out there and plant a garden this year. Thanks to the many farmer's markets available throughout the area, I won't have to do without fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Internet Censorship: Is Government Control Just a Bill Away?
    Senator Joe Lieberman, has proposed legislation that would allow the federal government to take over the Internet during times of "crisis," done through a newly proposed agency, the National Center for Cybersecurity and Communications.
  • BP Oil Spill: Yet Another Threat Exists
    While British Petroleum's (BP) CEO Tony Hayward sits before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, experts and environmentalists have yet another concern to add to the list from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill--methane gas.
  • Jaycee Dugard Distances Self from Biological Father
    Jaycee Dugard endured an 18-year long ordeal as a kidnapped and captive young woman and has come out the other side, working to put together her life. Her biological father, Kenneth Slayton, now wants to become a part of that life.
  • Lyme Disease Prevention
    Blacklegged, or deer, ticks are the culprits in the transmission of Lyme disease to humans. While other ticks' bites may transmit other diseases such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tularemia and other diseases.
  • Missed Inspections on Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig
    The Interior Department's Mineral Management Services (MMS) is responsible to perform monthly inspections on all oil rigs, yet BP's Deepwater Horizon rig had missed sixteen such inspections in the last five years.
  • Women in History: Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, Part Four
    With husband Franklin Delano Roosevelt at the helm of Oval Office, Eleanor wasted no time in working to find her niche.
  • British Petroleum Has More Than One Oil Spill to Contend With
    British Petroleum--BP--has its hands full these days with the major oil spill that continues to flow in the Gulf of Mexico. Another oil spill, this one in Alaska that occurred in May 2010 also involves this corporate giant.
  • Women in History: Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, Part Three
    It would be difficult to imagine any politician, leader of industry or head of state who had a wife with any more savvy, determination and courage than did Franklin Delano Roosevelt in his wife Eleanor.
  • Kaboom Bathroom Cleaner Makes Short Work of Eliminating Soap Scum and Hard Water Build-Up
    Everyone has to deal with the problems of soap scum residue on sinks, shower doors, faucets, etc. and many people have to deal with the deposits hard water leaves behind. Kaboom Bathroom Cleaner works effectively on both of these problems.
  • Woman in Oregon Ires Neighbors with Laundry Habit
    Susan Taylor, a resident of Bend, Oregon who lives in what is termed an "exclusive neighborhood," Awbrey Butte, has incensed her neighbors by hanging out her clothes to dry.
  • Love Letters: Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton
    For the Baby Boomer generation and those who came before them, there can be few relationships comparable in memory to that of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.
  • Female Pedestrian Hit by Car Suing Google Maps
    Lauren Rosenberg, a woman in Park City, Utah and her attorney have filed a lawsuit against both the driver of the car that struck her while she was walking on State Route 224 and against Google for the walking directions it had provided for her.
  • Enlarged Prostate: Seventeen-Year Study Confirms Surgery Best Treatment to Improve Incontinence
    At the annual meeting of the American Urologic Association on May 30, 2010, the Mayo Clinic presented its findings of a 17-year long study of over 2100 men with benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH).
  • Xenical/Alli May Cause Liver Damage
    Orlistat, the generic name for the active ingredient in the medications Xenical and Alli, has been indirectly linked to severe liver damage in thirteen individual cases, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
  • Women in History: Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, Part Two
    Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, as an adult, was the sum total of her life experiences and socioeconomic background as much as any other person.
  • Hepatitis C: Experimental Drug is Proving Efficacy in Research Studies
    Hepatitis C, or HCV, is a viral infection of the liver which has no known cure. Bristol-Myers Squibb recently published its results of the data for the Phase II trial of a medication, also to treat HCV, but does so by blocking a protein, NS5A.
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