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Margaret Cantwell

The vaccine that lowers Alzheimer’s risk 40 percent

For years researchers have teased us about the potential for an Alzheimer’s vaccine. So far we’ve been left high and dry, or have we? Turns out a vaccine that’s been around for decades may activate the immune system in a way that protects against the disease…

Carolyn Gretton

Your immune system is aging faster and here’s why

The body’s immune system tends to grow weaker as people age. But as the aging population grows, something stands out. In some people, this aging seems accelerated. Why? A not-so-surprising difference that makes it hard for your immune system to do its job…

Dr. Michael Cutler

Tips to treat and avoid the fungus among us

We all have yeast on our skin, and for the most part you never know it’s there. But when you do, it’s quite annoying, itchy and uncomfortable. Some can be downright deadly. So how can you avoid a fungal infection and keep it from invading your entire body?

Virginia Tims-Lawson

COVID toes may be a sign on bodies the virus couldn’t infect

The COVID toe mystery still has experts scratching their heads. Looking back they’re asking what’s really behind the phenomenon. You may find this hard to believe, but a debate has arisen as to whether COVID is even the cause of these discolored, painful toes…

Carolyn Gretton

How a zinc ‘burst’ activates the immune system

Scientists have long known that people whose zinc levels are too low have few to no infection-fighting T-cells. And their thymus, an immune system organ that generates those T-cells, starts to shrink. When corrected, their thymuses grow and start generating T-cells again. But activation needs a burst…

Joyce Hollman

Nerve pain: The latest symptom of long COVID

Following the pandemic, the effects of long COVID are slowly coming to light. Almost daily, new symptoms and conditions are revealing their strange connection to SARS-CoV-2. Not too surprising, the latest has also been linked to diabetes and the shingles virus…

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Carolyn Gretton

Broccoli: An antiviral vegetable that slows coronavirus replication

Both the common cold and Covid-19 are coronaviruses. Of course, one is much scarier than the other. But they also have something else in common: a vegetable considered the original superfood, that stands up to them and slows their attack…

Joyce Hollman

Antibiotics and the surprising threat to women’s brains

It’s no secret that antibiotic overuse is harmful. It contributes to the growing threat of antibiotic resistance that threatens us all. But for women, it’s personal. If you’re not careful, fighting a simple infection could age your brain and hasten cognitive decline…

Joyce Hollman

Our organs age at different rates and what it means

When you read about slowing aging or promoting a longer lifespan, it’s a safe bet you assumed your biological age applied to your whole body. Turns out, while our organs are busy doing different jobs, they’re also aging at different rates. What’s that mean for us?

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

COVID-19’s attack on male parts tied to ED and testicular pain

Some viruses that have a history of affecting male sexual health rarely occur in the U.S. But many men have been experiencing erectile dysfunction, testicular pain and prostate problems after a COVID-19 infection. A PET scan that showed how the virus spreads through the male genital tract explains why…

Carolyn Gretton

COVID-19: Is the end finally here?

It’s now been two years since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, and we’re all wondering when it might be over. Well, there’s good news on that front. Scientists are getting better insight into how long immunity lasts following infection…

Carolyn Gretton

The surprising way your immune system helps burn fat

You may think your immune system is only activated when you’re sick. Truth is, it remains active in your body even when you’re perfectly healthy. In fact, It has cells stationed all over the body that are busy performing vital functions, such as those related to energy production and burning fat…

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