Monday, March 27, 2017

What Is the Purple Heart?

Medical practitioner Erol Onel possesses diverse experience in reproductive health, urology, oncology, and clinical research. In addition to his current work as vice president of Heron Therapeutics, Dr. Erol Onel is a philanthropist who regularly contributes to organizations such as the American Heart Association, Boys & Girls Clubs, and Purple Heart Veterans.

A medal awarded by the United States Army, the Purple Heart is a military combat decoration. Recipients of the Purple Heart include those injured by enemy weapons, as well as family members of soldiers who die of their wounds in the line of duty or are killed in action.

Recipients of the Purple Heart comprise the Military Order of the Purple Heart, which was formed in 1932. In addition, wives and daughters of Purple Heart recipients are represented by the Ladies' Auxiliary of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Both organizations are engaged in social service work for the benefit of veterans’ hospitals as well as hospitalized veterans and veterans in need of assistance. For additional information on the medal and the organizations that represent its recipients, visit

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

WWP, USAA, and NFL Treat Vets to Pro Bowl, Super Bowl Experiences

An experienced physician, Dr. Erol Onel serves as vice president of Heron Therapeutics in La Jolla, California. Apart from his day-to-day work, Dr. Erol Onel is a longtime supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP).

WWP and the United Services Automobile Association (USAA) recently partnered in an effort to serve numerous wounded veterans by giving them the opportunity to take in Pro Bowl festivities and gifted one veteran a pair of tickets to Super Bowl LI. Veterans also had the opportunity to take part in the NFL Experience, in which they were treated to free meals and the chance to meet several players. 

Through a deal with the NFL, USAA and WWP were able to send 50 veterans, as well as their families, to the Pro Bowl game in Orlando. They also provided these former servicemen the chance to network and socialize with other local veterans as a way to help strengthen their support bonds. In his comments, WWP’s CEO Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Mike Linnington thanked the USAA and the NFL for their continued support of wounded veterans. 

For more information about WWP and its efforts to help wounded veterans, visit

Monday, March 6, 2017

AHA Report Suggests Meal Timing Impacts Heart Health

Since 2016, Dr. Erol Onel has served as vice president of Heron Therapeutics, where he has spearheaded an effort to get a new non-opioid pain drug to market. Outside of his work life, Dr. Erol Onel supports numerous charitable organizations, including the American Heart Association (AHA).

According to researchers at the AHA, eating breakfast every morning and having a set plan on when to eat meals lead to healthier overall diets and a decreased risk of heart disease. This opinion was published in a recent issue of Circulation, an AHA peer-reviewed journal.

According to Columbia University nutrition professor Marie-Pierre St-Onge, PhD, the time at which a person eats each day can have an impact on heart health, given its effect on the internal clock. While eating healthy foods is still the biggest factor of cardiovascular health, studies have shown that individuals who eat breakfast every morning are less apt to experience high blood pressure or increased cholesterol levels. Conversely, those who do not eat breakfast every day are more likely to be overweight, have poor nutrition, and experience a higher risk of developing diabetes. 

There have yet to be any large-scale studies that track meal timing over significant periods of time, however. Dr. St-Onge said that more research needs to be conducted to confirm how the timing of when a person eats affects his or her health over a long-term period.