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Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

Blood clots linked to COVID’s long-haul symptoms

While most people recover within weeks, many are left with what’s been dubbed long-haul symptoms, lasting weeks to even months beyond the initial infection. The exact cause of the condition now known as long COVID syndrome has been a mystery, until evidence pointed to the dangerous role blood clots play in symptoms that won’t go away…

Carolyn Gretton

The milk protein that’s a potential treatment for COVID-19

Even with the availability of vaccines, COVID-19 is on the rise again thanks to variants like Delta that are easier to transmit. It’s spurring researchers to find ways to more quickly identify and test potential COVID-19 treatments. And one team may have identified an inexpensive and readily available solution in milk protein…

Carolyn Gretton

Two times when COVID-19 is most likely to spread

The Delta variant is reminding us just how easy it is to catch the COVID-19 virus and transmit it. That’s why knowing exactly when someone is most contagious could go a long way toward slowing the spread. Thankfully, researchers have zeroed in on two times when it’s most critical for someone infected with COVID-19 to stay away from others…

Joyce Hollman

Can a COVID-19 infection cause diabetes?

COVID-19 hasn’t been shy about wreaking havoc on multiple organs in the body. And it’s come to light that in many cases, it goes after the pancreas. There it begins a dangerous game of cat and mouse with hormones that regulate blood sugar. In fact, there are real concerns that a bout with COVID-19 may leave lifelong blood sugar problems in its wake…

Joyce Hollman

Early signs of COVID-19 differ by age: know yours

Did you know that the earliest COVID-19 symptoms are not the same for everyone? We’ve learned a lot through the pandemic and new research shows that, depending upon your age, the early warning signs may be different from what you think. Knowing your earliest symptoms can help you protect yourself and others…

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

Will you suffer from long COVID? Count your symptoms

COVID-19 brought big and frightening surprises from the beginning. And the one that might be the most unique is the realization that once you’re supposedly over the virus, you may not be over your symptoms. Can you know if you’re more likely to suffer long COVID? Here’s exactly what to look for…

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Joyce Hollman

A glass a day beats immune-zapping inflammation

Orange juice is full of vitamin C which supports the immune system by increasing production of white blood cells that are on the front lines. But there’s more going on behind the scenes. Along with other nutrients, new research shows this old-fashioned remedy gets to the core of what leaves your body defenseless in the face of infection.

Carolyn Gretton

How age can impact COVID-19 vaccine response

If you’ve gotten a COVID-19 vaccine, you may think that it’s completely safe to resume normal life despite the rising infection rates, thanks to aggressive variants. But if you’re an older adult, you need to keep your guard up. Immune response from the vaccines seem to have a caveat — and it all has to do with age.

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

Worried about the Delta variant? Here are 6 things to know

Just when we thought we had the all-clear, we’re hesitating again. And the biggest reason for that hesitation right now is the new Delta variant our country is dealing with. That’s why we’re breaking down what experts at Yale Medicine are telling us about the variant to try to clear up some of the questions.

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

Long COVID: More common and longer than we thought

More than a year later most of us are breathing a sigh of relief. Yes, we’re still cautious but we’ve turned the corner. But what if you were infected? There’s a good chance you could be dealing with long Covid. Because healthcare workers and researchers are finding it’s much more common and may last even longer than anyone thought.

Carolyn Gretton

What your inflammation clock reveals about your immune health and aging

Aging is due in part to varying rates of immune system decline that trigger chronic inflammation. People with healthy immune systems are able to fight off this inflammation to some extent, but those whose aren’t as strong will age faster and be more prone to frailty and disease. Since inflammation is treatable, all we’ve needed was a way to measure it.

Joyce Hollman

Drugs that make antibiotics less effective when you might need them most

Antibiotic resistance is leaving us more and more vulnerable to serious disease. But overuse of antibiotics isn’t the only thing that’s causing this health crisis. Other common medications you may be using could make antibiotics less effective when you might need them most.

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