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Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

Studying CBD’s effect on immune response and the spread of COVID-19

Numerous studies have presented information on how we might battle the virus that causes COVID-19. Many have looked at nutritional solutions since health experts were finding little help in the way of existing medications. But perhaps the non-pharmaceutical most in the spotlight has been CBD.

Margaret Cantwell

What you should know about the new COVID-19 variants

We’ve given up a lot over the past year. Is all of that behind us now as we seem to be turning the corner in the battle against the virus? Like me, and many of the people around me, you may have questions, especially about the new variants and what they may mean for us.

Carolyn Gretton

A low-dose aspirin a day may keep the worst of COVID-19 away

Aspirin has been around as an anti-inflammatory for more than a century. And new health benefits associated with this old-school medicine are still being uncovered today. In fact, researchers may have found a link between low-dose aspirin use and protection against COVID-19…

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

Imaging shows COVID-19 leads to long-term joint and muscle pain

Blood clots, loss of smell, Covid-toes and now, long-haul symptoms. COVID-19 packs a punch that keeps on giving. The latest: radiological proof it causes the body to attack itself, leaving many with joint and muscle pain for the long term.

Virginia Tims-Lawson

Spirulina may reduce severity of a COVID-19 infection

We owe a debt of gratitude to all the frontline workers who’ve taken care of the sick, and to the scientists developing vaccines so we can begin returning to some sense of normalcy. But during this crisis, it’s also been great to see research come out proving the power of nutrition.

Carolyn Gretton

Why people with blood type A may be more susceptible to COVID-19

Scientists have found that certain blood types seem to be more susceptible to COVID-19, but so far they haven’t really been sure why. A recent study may shed more light on the connection between blood type and contracting COVID-19…

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Carolyn Gretton

The not-so-sweet way fructose damages the immune system

Fructose has been a common food additive for decades, and its overconsumption is known to cause issues with the liver and insulin resistance, a precursor to obesity and diabetes. What hasn’t been as clear is how fructose impacts the immune system, and that’s a gamble with high stakes right now.

Tracey G. Ingram, AuD

Vitamin B6 joins the fight against COVID-19

Vaccines are now available for COVID-19, but many people are struggling to get an appointment. Research has explored the benefits of vitamins D and C and minerals like zinc and magnesium in fortifying the immune system against the virus. But one critical vitamin has been missing, until now.

Carolyn Gretton

Stopping COVID-19 transmission where it starts: the nose

It makes a lot of sense to target the nose if you want to cut down on COVID-19 transmission. The virus enters the human body through the nasal epithelial cells, which are meant to serve as a barrier. That’s why protection may soon be delivered through a nasal spray.

Carolyn Gretton

What triggers cold sores to flareup?

Herpes simplex virus-1, the “cold sore” virus, is extremely common. It’s believed to be present in more than half of all Americans. That doesn’t make it any easier to deal with when cold sores flareup. Gaining a better understanding of the virus may…

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

Two words on the problem with face shields: Vortex rings

While we eagerly await word from the experts on how much longer wearing a mask could be a daily part of our lives to avoid COVID-19 transmission, many have switched to clear face shields to mitigate the downsides of cloth masks. But are they as safe?

Tracey G. Ingram, AuD

Taurine: A natural ‘antibiotic’ and more

Antibiotics are lifesavers. But because we’ve relied on them too heavily, we’ve contributed to a big downside: antibiotic resistance. But scientists are finding promise in a nutrient found in many common foods that may trigger good bacteria in the body to go after disease-causing pathogens.

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