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.

Broke: Patients Open Up About Money Woes

Broke: Patients Open Up About Money Woes

Millions of Americans are in financial straits due to COVID layoffs and furloughs. A doctor describes how he gets patients to talk about why they’re in trouble and what they do about it to create an eye-opening portrait.

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.

Navigating A Covid Christmas

Navigating A Covid Christmas

This holiday season will be unlike any we’ve ever had before, with “loss” as a major theme—loss of little things such as routines as well as big ones. Two experts weigh in on how families can navigate this season while keeping it festive.

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.

Where Can We Gather? The Zoom Thanksgiving

Where Can We Gather? The Zoom Thanksgiving

Getting together with family and friends over the holidays will be different this year due to COVID-19 precautions for families and governmental restrictions on restaurants and bars. The hospitality industry complains it’s unfairly targeted, but data shows it’s a COVID hotspot. Yet families in homes can repeat some of the same errors. Experts discuss how to keep gatherings safe and the consequences if we don’t.

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.