The Downside Of “Springing Ahead”

The Downside Of “Springing Ahead”

The annual switch to Daylight Saving Time brings more accidents, heart attacks, and other health effects. Surprisingly, they don’t completely go away until we go back to Standard Time in the fall. Experts discuss health and mental effects of body clocks not being in synch with the actual time, and how year-around consistency would help. But should it be Standard Time or DST? Experts discuss alternatives.

The Increase In Sexually Transmitted Diseases

The Increase in Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Despite social distancing, experts say people are increasingly “hooking up.” Sexually transmitted diseases are growing as a result. An expert discusses STDs in a pandemic.

Medical Notes: Week of March 7, 2021

Medical Notes: Week of March 7, 2021

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of March 7, 2021 including: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says in the first half of 2020, overall American life expectancy dropped by a full year. Then, a new study finds that one third of Americans are anxious and depressed today. And finally… one way to reduce all that anxiety—listen to 80’s music.

How Hormones Control Our Lives

How Hormones Control Our Lives

Hormones were unknown until a little more than 100 years ago, and experts admit we still have a lot to learn. An expert author details the discovery of hormones and how our growing knowledge has shaped treatment of many diseases and conditions.

Covid’s Effect On Women In The Workplace

Covid’s Effect On Women In The Workplace

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected women’s employment much more dramatically than men, especially women of color, both because of the fields they work in and the need to take care of children who are distance learning. Experts discuss how this affects families, the workforce overall, and what can be done to ease the problem.

Medical Notes: Week of February 28, 2021

Medical Notes: Week of February 28, 2021

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of February 28, 2021 including: A new survey shows that most of us will continue with health precautions even when Covid is behind us. Then, a study showing that Pregnant women who’ve had the coronavirus pass antibodies to their babies. Then, a study shows that bleeding of the gums as well as bleeding in the eye are associated with low levels of vitamin c. And finally… people blame short sleeping on a lot of things, but apparently they should also blame the moon.

Ending Parkinson’s Disease

Ending Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease has become one of the fastest growing diseases and causes of disability in the world. Evidence shows that environmental toxins such as pesticides play a role. Experts discuss what we know about Parkinson’s and how we could curtail its rise, saving lives and restoring quality of life.

Genetic Testing For Drug Effectiveness

Genetic Testing For Drug Effectiveness

People suffering from mental illnesses often go through a number of medications before they find one that works. A genetic test seeks to discover this information right away, so patients don’t have to wait. One of the test’s developers discusses its uses.

Medical Notes: Week of February 21, 2021

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of February 21, 2021 including: A study finds that schizophrenia is the second biggest risk factor for dying of Covid, second only to age. Then, scientists have discovered that a lack of a specific fatty acid in body tissues may trigger multiple sclerosis. And finally, a study recommending a calming influence for everyone... getting a cat.

Covid And Crashes

Covid And Crashes

The number of cars on the road has been dramatically lower during the pandemic, yet the number of crash deaths has actually increased. That means the number of crashes and traffic deaths per mile driven have skyrocketed. Experts discuss this unprecedented scenario and what we can do about it.

Vaccine Passports

Vaccine Passports

Proof of having received COVID-19 vaccine may soon be required for boarding a plane, going to a ball game, going to school, having a job or eating in some restaurants. An expert involved in the design of a passport app discusses how it would all work.

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of February 14, 2021

Medical Notes: Week of February 14, 2021

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of February 14, 2021 including: A study shows that the Covid-19 virus may hide in the body and become activated again much later. Then, Scientists have engineered a killer t-cell in the blood that attacks other t-cells causing diabetes. And finally… as the pandemic drags on, a new study is showing that people under age 30 aren’t weathering the strain as well as older people.

Superstitions In Sports

Superstitions In Sports

Professional athletes are among the most superstitious of all people. While we may be tempted to think these rituals have no effect on performance, psychologists say that if an athlete believes it helps, then it actually does. Experts explain how superstitions work in sports and in life.

Exhaustion On The Covid Front Lines

Exhaustion On The Covid Front Lines

Healthcare workers in ER’s and ICU’s are in their 11th month of fighting COVID-19 and its exhaustion and depression. Two front line doctors describe how they’re managing to stay optimistic amid so much chaos, and how the vaccine has given them a goal keeping them afloat.

Medical Notes: Week of February 7, 2021

Medical Notes: Week of February 7, 2021

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of February 7, 2021 including: New statistics from the American Cancer Society show that cancer deaths are continuing to drop. Then, a study finds that reopening schools doesn’t increase hospitalizations for Covid-19… at least not in areas where hospitalizations are low. Then, a new study showing that saliva tests are just as accurate and much more convenient than nose swabs. And finally… If you’ve received cosmetic facial fillers… there’s a slight chance the Covid-19 vaccine may cause a reaction to them.