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Joyce Hollman

Is the air in your home safe for post-pandemic indoor gatherings?

As we begin hosting indoor gatherings, experts say we need to stay aware that SARS-CoV-2 and its mutants are still among us. For large gatherings, air circulation is vital for minimizing the risk of viral transmission. How can we be sure our homes and gathering places are safely ventilated?

Carolyn Gretton

Sore throat? OTC cold remedies won’t help and may harm

Catching a cold is a drag and little is worse than a sore throat. Every swallow reminds us of the misery, which is why we turn to over-the-counter cold remedies to ease the discomfort. But not only have they been shown to do little good, they harm upper respiratory cells…

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

Air pollution: What you should know about this silent threat

Air pollution has not only been associated with asthma and lung diseases but also diabetes and heart attack. Research shows that in the U.S. alone 50,000 people will die this year due to one particular type of air pollution, a silent killer known as PM2.5. Here’s how to protect yourself…

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

Probiotics may keep respiratory infections away

As they say, prevention is the best medicine. And one of the most promising ways to avoid illness is to shore up your immune system by promoting a healthy and balanced gut microbiome. By far the easiest way to do that is with probiotics.

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…

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.


Virginia Tims-Lawson

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.

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…

Joyce Hollman

6 proven ways to quit smoking this year

Smoking is bad for you. No news there. But now we know that smoking also makes your lungs a target for the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19. Here are six proven stop-smoking methods you can use to make 2021 the year you quit.

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…

Carolyn Gretton

COVID-19 vaccines and allergies: What you need to know

As the COVID-19 vaccines become available, there are questions about its safety, especially for people with certain allergies. After all there are people who can’t take the flu vaccine. So, allergy experts are taking a close look at this issue and, along with the CDC, have information that can help you know what to expect. […]

Carolyn Gretton

Does COVID-19 really cause complications? A study confirms it

As we enter the winter months, COVID-19 infections are skyrocketing, and a lot of people are experiencing complications they’re attributing to the virus. However, much of the evidence of complications has so far been anecdotal. This has led researchers to broaden their studies to formally nail down exactly which complications can be blamed on COVID-19… […]