Medical Notes: Week of November 29, 2020

Medical Notes: Week of November 29, 2020

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of November 29, 2020 including: Two COVID vaccines showing a better than 90-percent effectiveness rate now have the data to seek emergency approval from the FDA. Then, a study shows that signs of concussion can be detected in a person’s saliva. And finally, a new study finds that deflating soccer balls just a little could cut concussion injuries in the sport.

Medical Notes: Week of November 22, 2020

Medical Notes: Week of November 22, 2020

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of November 22, 2020 including: Scientists say they’ve come up with a simple skin test that can accurately diagnose Parkinson’s. Then, a new Covid-19 test could be coming that requires you to simply gargle with a sterile saltwater solution. Then, a study shows that a single dose of sub-anesthetic ketamine can treat lazy eye. And finally… a study that shows how smog generates plastic trash.

Medical Notes: Week of November 15, 2020

Medical Notes: Week of November 15, 2020

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of November 15, 2020 including: A study finds that some occupations may be more at risk of getting seriously ill. Then, a new study shows that men in jobs with hard physical work have a 55 percent higher risk of developing dementia, compared to men doing more sedentary work. And finally… it’s no secret that alcohol consumption has gone up in the pandemic. But a recent survey has quantified some of the results.

Medical Notes: Week of November 8, 2020

Medical Notes: Week of November 8, 2020

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of November 8, 2020 including: One of the biggest questions about the coronavirus is whether people who are infected are immune from reinfection… and if so, for how long. Then, wildfires this year have generated respiratory and circulatory illnesses costing more than 1.3 billion dollars. And finally, fast fashion means more plastic pollution of both our water and land.

Medical Notes: Week of November 1, 2020

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of November 1, 2020 including: The official death toll in the United States from COVID-19 is around 230,000. But a new study shows that the real number could actually be much higher. Then, Covid’s effects on virtually every organ of the body have been noted for months… And a new study shows that its effects on the brain can be profound. Then, a study shows that a new experimental technique can regenerate the cartilage that cushions joints. And finally, marijuana use in pregnancy is on the rise… but a new study finds that children born of pot-smoking moms are more likely to have mental health issues.

Medical Notes: Week of October 25, 2020

Medical Notes: Week of October 25, 2020

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of October 25, 2020 including: A new study shows our diets are suffering as a result of stress from Coronavirus. Then, a study finds that when teachers are having a bad day, students pick up on it and are more likely to behave badly. And finally… eye doctors say they’re getting an influx of patients asking about eye irritation called “mask eye.”

Medical Notes: Week of October 18, 2020

Medical Notes: Week of October 18, 2020

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of October 18, 2020 including: The leaders of two of the nation’s leading science advisory groups are warning about what they call “Alarming political interference” in the government’s response to COVID-19. Then, one reason people oppose action on climate change is that it’s more expensive than doing nothing, at least in the short term. And finally… if you plan on having any trick or treaters this year… a word of warning about black licorice, especially if you figure on eating the leftover candy yourself.

Medical Notes: Week of October 11, 2020

Medical Notes: Week of October 11, 2020

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of October 11, 2020 including: A group of Black physicians has created a task force to vet government decisions about COVID-19 including treatments and a possible vaccine. Then, a study showing that many youths don’t understand just how strict social distancing has to be in order to work, or that restrictions are more than a short-term requirement. And finally, migraine headaches are the third most prevalent illness in the world, but exposure to the right kind of green light can make sufferers feel much better.

Medical Notes: Week of October 4, 2020

Medical Notes: Week of October 4, 2020

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of October 4, 2020 including: Wearing a face mask may give people a sort of immunity to serious cases of COVID-19. Then, one more reason to save honeybees—their venom is a powerful chemotherapy agent against so-called “triple negative” breast cancer. And finally, a study finds thick thighs save lives when it comes to high blood pressure.

Medical Notes: Week of September 27, 2020

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of September 27, 2020 including: Most of what we’ve heard about delays at the postal service have had to do with the election…but delays could also keep millions of people from getting their medications. Then, a new study finds that two-thirds of the plastic waste in the United States comes from other things like electronics, consumer products and cars. And finally, if bosses want to curb fraud and unethical behavior among employees, encourage them to put up family photos at work.

Medical Notes: Week of September 20, 2020

Medical Notes: Week of September 20, 2020

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.

Medical Notes: Week of September 13, 2020

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.

Medical Notes: Week of September 6, 2020

Medical Notes: Week of September 6, 2020

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.

Medical Notes: Week of August 30, 2020

Medical Notes: Week of August 30, 2020

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.

Medical Notes: Week of August 23, 2020

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.