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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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How bacteria can provide a barrier against pneumonia

Respiratory infections are serious business. We knew that long before COVID-19. Even with the flu, the difference between a mild case and possible hospitalization is the development of pneumonia. Just in time, researchers have identified one more way to reduce your risks for a lung infection.

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Carolyn Gretton

Higher omega-3 levels may lower COVID-19 death risk

Combatting inflammation is important in treating COVID-19. But many of the anti-inflammatories tested by researchers either don’t help or can actually worsen the condition. One hopeful sign is a connection between reduced mortality risk from the virus and an essential nutrient that douses killer inflammation…

Carolyn Gretton

The surprising way melatonin may block COVID-19

Studies have shown melatonin may reduce the chances of a positive SARS-CoV-2 test, but it hasn’t exactly been clear why that is. Now, researchers may have uncovered exactly how melatonin can help stave off COVID-19…

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The honey+ ancient seed combo that may speed COVID-19 recovery

It’s been almost a year since COVID-19 went through my household, and the virus is still sweeping across our nation. But thanks to ground-breaking research there may be a natural way to dramatically speed recovery time in moderate to severe cases of the illness.

Carolyn Gretton

4 Conditions that may impact your response to the COVID-19 vaccine

The COVID-19 vaccine is here, but there are a lot of questions as to whether people with underlying medical conditions should take it. Agencies like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are examining the data. Here’s what to know if you fall into these four categories…

Joyce Hollman

COVID-19’s effect on the brain looks like stroke damage

COVID-19 is primarily a respiratory disease. But it presents odd neurological symptoms like cognitive dysfunction and the loss of taste and smell. Researchers looking at the brains of those worst hit saw a big clue to why: brain areas that appeared stroke damaged.

Tracey G. Ingram, AuD

The symptoms COVID-19 Long Haulers can’t get rid of

As more information has become available, scientists realize Covid is a multi-system disease that can potentially affect any organ. And the impact of that can linger for weeks and months. Here’s what you should know about the long haul symptoms…

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