Pets are a comfort in difficult times, and the pandemic is no exception. Animal shelters report a surge in pet adoptions, especially puppies, in the last six months, and veterinarians are having to adopt procedures such as telemedicine to deal with the increase while still staying safe. Experts explain how adopting and training a new pet has changed in the pandemic.
Children are living through a scary time right now and often have little understanding of why their world has been turned upside down. A noted public health expert explains what he’s found about children’s concerns of the pandemic and how parents can answer their questions.
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of September 20, 2020 including: Scientists have learned why symptoms of a Coronavirus infection includes the loss of the sense of smell. Then, a new nasal vaccine has proven effective in prompting an immune response in mice without causing illness. Then, To keep COVID-19 from spreading indoors, scientists say we may need a new generation of air conditioners. And finally… some good news if you’ve always thought that selfish jerks get ahead quicker than nice people in this dog-eat-dog world.
Psychologists say there’s more anger in our society than ever. But they say that should be no surprise, since anger is often a reaction to uncertainty and fear. Two experts discuss the genesis of anger, how it serves a purpose, and how it can be controlled.
Pharmacists are often asked to do more work in less time than they need, and some experts worry it’s causing medication mistakes. A pharmacist specializing in medication safety discusses pressures on pharmacists and what consumers can do to protect themselves.
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of September 13, 2020 including: Having COVID-19 may not provide protection against getting it again. Then, an experimental drug combination is showing some promise against ALS. Then, about 10 percent of Americans have diabetes and many of them are undiagnosed. If you’re working at home because of the pandemic, experts say there are really only two ways to handle it. And finally… the increase in states where recreational marijuana is legal is raising the alarm among physicians who say pot can cause interactions with other drugs.
Many people who are smart, talented and successful still believe they are incompetent on the inside and that others will eventually find out. This “imposter syndrome” can undermine careers and lead to psychological distress. Two noted experts in the field discuss origins and how to deal with the phenomenon.
Rising global temperatures have produced extreme weather and a rising sea level. Climate scientists fear we may soon reach the point of no return, resulting in a hothouse with large portions of the planet uninhabitable. Authors of a major report on this phenomenon explain.
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of September 6, 2020 including: A study that vaping among teenagers is a huge risk for COVID-19. Then, a study that evaluates injuries from ATV crashes. Plus, a study that shows that knowing the facts about the pandemic reduces the stress that people feel about it. And finally, you may have seen headlines recently that wearing a neck gaiter for a face mask is worse than no mask at all - a subsequent study produces evidence that they’re not so bad after all.
The next pandemic is only a matter of “When and what,” according to health security experts, who here discuss what’s needed to be ready for a variety of possible pandemics and infectious threats, both natural and terror.
Medicine in the Third World is vastly different than in the US, and American doctors sometimes run into unexpected hurdles when they try to bring modern medicine to impoverished nations. One such doctor describes his efforts.
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of August 30, 2020 including: A study that shows patients who recover from COVID-19 without ever being seriously ill may still end up with heart damage. Then, research shows evidence that a common shrub often used in Native American medicine may be the key to treating antibiotic-resistant infections. And finally… if you like pale ale or IPA beers you’re likely to be a risk-taker.
People who injure their foot often think they have a mere sprained foot or ankle when they actually have an injury that is potentially much more severe and disabling if not treated. Experts explain the Lisfranc joint and injuries that can hurt it.
With faces hidden behind masks for COVID-19, we are losing some of the visual information we depend on for smooth communication. Experts discuss the awkward encounters and specific looks we’re likely to misinterpret when we can’t see other people’s mouths.
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of August 23, 2020 including: Doctors are still learning about Coronavirus and some of what they’re finding is confusing. Then, many first responders to the 9-11 attacks in New York have brains that have aged 10 years more than normal. And finally, a study shows that people over six feet tall are at a higher risk of being diagnosed with COVID-19.