Tracing COVID In Animals & Water

Tracing COVID In Animals & Water

Scientists are testing hundreds of different kinds of animals as well as waste and storm water for COVID-19, looking for reservoirs for possible mutation. They’ve learned even pets can possibly harbor the virus but probably aren’t a threat. An expert discusses how the knowledge will combat COVID variants.

The Pandemic In Historical Perspective

The Pandemic in Historical Perspective

Plagues such as COVID-19 are nothing new, and this pandemic is far from the worst the world has ever faced. A physician and historian examines COVID in comparison to other pandemics and discusses the lessons that will serve us well in the future. 

Medical Notes: Week of January 24, 2021

Medical Notes: Week of January 24, 2021

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of January 24, 2021 including: A study finding that 60 percent of all cases of COVID-19 are spread by people who have no symptoms. Then, children under age two may suffer effects from antibiotics later in childhood. And finally, new recommendations suggesting kids under age two should have no added sugar in their diet.

Medical Notes: Week of January 17, 2021

Medical Notes: Week of January 17, 2021

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of January 17, 2021 including: Glaucoma is the world’s number one cause of blindness … and those daily eye drops are not always successful. Then, the number of times a woman has given birth affects how quickly she ages. Then You can expect another decline in Covid-19 transmission as we head into spring, and finally, if you want to make shots hurt less… make the right kind of face.

Medical Notes: Week of January 10, 2021

Medical Notes: Week of January 10, 2021

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of January 10, 2021 including: Doctors consider people at high risk for a stroke if they have medical conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure. But maybe they should consider whether they’re depressed as well. Then, children under age two may suffer effects from antibiotics later on in childhood. And finally, mom may have always told you to eat your vegetables… but a little meat and dairy keep people from breaking bones.

Covid Messaging: Why Communication Is Life And Death

Covid Messaging: Why Communication is Life and Death

Poor communication and mixed messages have contributed greatly to poor acceptance of anti-coronavirus actions such as masking and social distancing, and experts fear it may be the same with the new vaccines. Experts discuss what we’ve done right in messaging and the lessons from what we’ve done wrong.

Medical Notes: Week of January 3, 2021

Medical Notes: Week of January 3, 2021

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of January 3, 2021 including: The incidence of cancer is increasing among teenagers and young adults. Then, This is the time to make new year’s resolutions… but mental health experts say this year may not be the time to make big changes. And finally… your Roomba may be spying on you through your wi-fi network.

Medical Notes: Week of December 27, 2020

Medical Notes: Week of December 27, 2020

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of December 27, 2020 including nearly 40 percent of Americans are attending family gatherings with more than 10 people this weekend, despite authorities’ continuing pleas to stay home. Then, if you have type two diabetes… drinking green tea and coffee are good for you. And finally… it’s seemingly a given that “mindful” people cope with stress better, but a new study finds that’s not true.

Medical Notes: Week of December 6, 2020

Medical Notes: Week of December 6, 2020

A look at the top medical headlines for the week of December 6, 2020 including: Doctors are continuing to find new ways among old drugs to cut the damage done by COVID-19. Then, if you live out in the quiet countryside, you may be at lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease. And finally, a study finds that, especially during the pandemic, video games can be good for your mental health and well being.

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 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.