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Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

Lip balm could help cut down on the spread of COVID-19 and flu

Simply talking generates droplets that can carry the coronavirus from an infected person. That’s why we’re all wearing masks. And, according to the CDC, flu spreads much the same way. Luckily, a simple drugstore item has been found to help make it four times less likely those droplets can spread…

Tracey G. Ingram, AuD

Vitamin D, COVID-19 and the president’s treatment cocktail

Vitamin D is sharing the spotlight with COVID-19 once again, as it was recently revealed President Trump was supplementing it, along with a special treatment cocktail. But it’s not the first time the sunshine vitamin has been connected to patient outcomes during the pandemic. It’s no wonder, considering the importance of vitamin D to our overall health…

Tracey G. Ingram, AuD

What garlic can do for the common cold

Garlic has been used for centuries in various ways to combat infectious diseases. And as the years of interest in garlic have ticked on, modern research has found garlic to be effective against many strains of bacteria. But what about the virus behind the common cold? Let’s see what the research has to say about how it stacks up…

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

This listeria danger (and possible cure) from fish

Everyone knows that eating fish is good for you. There’s the brain- and heart-healthy omega-3s, good fats and protein, not to mention the vitamins and nutrients many of us don’t get enough of, like iodine and vitamin D. But before you put fish on the table, there’s a growing risk you need to consider — and help from a surprising source…

Carolyn Gretton

Is your immune system causing your depression?

When you hear the words “immune system,” you probably think immediately of your body’s defense against seasonal maladies like cold and flu. A strong immune system is definitely an asset in protecting you from these and other invaders. But it turns out the immune system does a lot more than protect against microbes and infection.

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

Keeping warm this winter could make avoiding flu and COVID harder

We’ve heard the warnings. The fall and winter months are expected to be rocky with the combined COVID-19 threat and a potentially nasty flu season. If there was ever a good time to consider the status of your immune system and mitigate your exposure, it’s now. Especially since homes and offices may have a built-in super-spreader threat…

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Carolyn Gretton

Making your own protective face masks? This anti-viral fabric is the way to go

It looks like wearing masks is here to stay… at least for a while. So why not make the best of it? If you’re still struggling to find the perfect fabric to make your own, here’s a hint: There’s one fabric that has natural antimicrobial, antibacterial and antiviral properties and is comfortable, breathable and repels moisture — all excellent qualities for protecting against COVID-19.

Margaret Cantwell

The golden ticket to a fall free of allergy symptoms

If the natural world can throw allergens at us, is it surprising that the answer to taming those allergens is found in nature as well? If anyone understands the concept of balance, it’s Mother Nature. And thanks to these natural allergy relievers, you could enjoy fall without walking around in an antihistamine fog…

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

Alert: Taking a Z-pack with these medications could lead to heart attack

When you’re feeling sick and just want to find relief, you trust that the prescription your doctor sends you home with is not only going to help you feel better but that it’s also safe. But a word of caution… there is a common antibiotic you need to think twice about if you take other medications regularly, even if your doctor says you need it, or you could end up with a heart attack.

Jenny Smiechowski

Why getting a cold could keep you from getting the flu

The common cold is far from dangerous, but it still makes you miserable by walloping you with a cough, a headache, congestion, a low-grade fever and that awful fatigued feeling you get when you’re sick. But the next time you’re laid up with a serious cold, you have a big bright side to think about… colds may be able to prevent the more dangerous flu virus from infecting your airways…

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

That one public space where you shouldn’t be caught without your face mask

Face masks. No one likes wearing them, and there are so many questions about how helpful they are at stopping the spread of COVID-19. But staying healthy often means doing things that aren’t always convenient. We’re getting a heavy dose of that lesson right now. As the pandemic slogs on, we’re learning more about the sneaky ways this virus can spread…

Jenny Smiechowski

COVID-19 is now the third leading cause of death in the U.S.

COVID-19 is now beating accidents, injuries, lung disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s as a leading cause of death in the U.S. In fact, at this point, there are only two conditions that top it — heart disease and cancer. That means COVID-19 is now the third leading cause of death in the U.S — and the year is far from over…

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