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.
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of April 18, 2021 including: A new study finds COVID-19 was likely circulating undetected for nearly two months before late December 2019. Then, a study indicating weight loss surgery significantly cuts the risk of cancer in people with severe obesity and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. And finally, a small study finds that early in the lockdown, a weight gain of two pounds a month was pretty typical.
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.
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of April 4, 2021 including: One of the oldest drugs in the world, aspirin, may help prevent COVID-19 infections and make illnesses that do take place much less serious. Then, people with Crohn’s disease often have flare-ups. One reason those sores don’t heal—fungus in foods. And finally… bosses who demand that employees keep their noses to the grindstone may be hurting productivity.
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of March 28, 2021 including: About 10 percent of people will have a kidney stone at some point in their lives. When it happens, doctors may want to check for Osteoporosis, too. Then, more evidence that a vitamin d deficiency may leave you more susceptible to COVID. And finally… a lot of people take a probiotic to improve their gut health, but a new study suggests… try avocados instead.
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of March 21, 2021 including: Rich countries are buying all the available COVID-19 vaccine for themselves… leaving poor countries in the cold. Then, Have you been double masking? If you haven’t been able to get the vaccine, it could be one of the best things you can do to stay safe from COVID. And finally, you may think that loud music is distracting while you’re driving… but a new study finds that young drivers are more distracted by not having music.
A look at the top medical headlines for the week of March 14, 2021 including: Scientists have developed a urine test that’s extremely accurate at finding prostate cancer. Then, Spanking a child may be as bad for their mental health as being abused or neglected. And finally, we’ve heard about dogs that can sniff out cancer. Now we know they can sniff out COVID-19, too.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.