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Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

CBD increases lung-protective peptide in Acute respiratory distress syndrome

ARDS is a dangerous respiratory condition in which the lungs’ ability to provide the body’s organs with oxygen is diminished. In the most severe cases of COVID-19, patients can progress to ARDS. While debate continues over which drugs may help patients the most, new hope is coming from an unlikely source…

Tracey G. Ingram, AuD

Why the connection between asthma and osteoporosis?

Asthma can be deadly. The symptoms include coughing, tightness in the chest and wheezing. Because there currently is no cure for asthma, management of the condition is the best our health care providers can offer. However, recent research is proving those treatments can come at a cost…

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

Lip balm could help cut down on the spread of COVID-19 and flu

Simply talking generates droplets that can carry the coronavirus from an infected person. That’s why we’re all wearing masks. And, according to the CDC, flu spreads much the same way. Luckily, a simple drugstore item has been found to help make it four times less likely those droplets can spread…

Margaret Cantwell

The golden ticket to a fall free of allergy symptoms

If the natural world can throw allergens at us, is it surprising that the answer to taming those allergens is found in nature as well? If anyone understands the concept of balance, it’s Mother Nature. And thanks to these natural allergy relievers, you could enjoy fall without walking around in an antihistamine fog…

Jenny Smiechowski

Why getting a cold could keep you from getting the flu

The common cold is far from dangerous, but it still makes you miserable by walloping you with a cough, a headache, congestion, a low-grade fever and that awful fatigued feeling you get when you’re sick. But the next time you’re laid up with a serious cold, you have a big bright side to think about… colds may be able to prevent the more dangerous flu virus from infecting your airways…

Jenny Smiechowski

Steroids for asthma may lower inflammation but carry chronic side-effects

If you don’t have asthma, you probably know someone who does and know they keep an inhaler close by. Oral steroids can be part of asthma management, too, since inflammation is a troublesome component of the condition. But experts fear these medications are being overprescribed and are leading to some very serious side effects…


Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

Has the pandemic changed the way we get fit and lose weight forever?

Many gyms closed soon after the pandemic started, and though some are now opening, they’re finding their clients aren’t exactly sprinting back. But are Americans turning away from exercise… or just the gym? Turns out the pandemic has spurred us to better reasons to exercise, and better ways…

Joyce Hollman

How to correctly disinfect with wipes during the pandemic

Using disinfectant wipes to clean the surfaces in your home? You should know there’s more to it than just pulling one out and wiping. Follow these tips to make sure you get the most disinfecting power out of those wipes and avoid these mistakes that could cause harm…

Joyce Hollman

Broken heart syndrome doubles during pandemic — no infection required

Broken heart syndrome is caused by sudden or unexpected emotional stress, such as the death of a loved one. But other stressors are associated with this condition as well. And according to a recent study, the pandemic has led to a higher than usual number of cases…

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

The non-health related reason some men are at higher risk of coronavirus

By now, we all know that age, as well as health problems like diabetes, heart disease and cancer, can put us at high risk of dying from COVID-19. However, a new study found a shocking truth that’s leaving older men at even higher risk of coronavirus. And it has nothing to do with their health.

Joyce Hollman

Keeping cancer patients safe during COVID-19

Statistics say it’s likely every one of us knows a cancer patient. It may be a family member or a friend… or maybe you’ve been through or are going through treatments yourself. For people with cancer, navigating the landscape of the COVID-19 pandemic holds unique challenges. It’s up to all of us to keep them safe…

Joyce Hollman

9 natural allergy remedies that won’t put you to sleep

For most allergy sufferers, pollen may kick up our allergies in spring, but summer is no walk in the park. If you’re tired of antihistamines that put you to sleep, give these natural remedies a go, and watch out for this summertime factor that can make your symptoms worse…