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Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

Nitric oxide successfully treats viral lung injury

Respiratory failure due to COVID-19 pneumonia can lead to critically low oxygen levels, ventilator tubes and poor prognosis, both short and long term. But heading into cold, flu and COVID season this year, researchers found an effective treatment that battles these lung injuries…

Joyce Hollman

Popular OTC decongestants found to be ineffective

With cold and flu season approaching, you need to hear an ugly truth: That decongestant you’re depending on to relieve that all-to-familiar sinus pain and pressure may not be all you think it is, so says the FDA. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

Carolyn Gretton

The treatment study that pitted vitamin D against COVID-19

COVID-19 doesn’t strike the fear it once did, at least not for most of us. Still, no one wants to suffer through it for 10 days. During the pandemic, one vitamin kept coming to the forefront for its virus-fighting potential. Now it’s been put to the test with impressive results…

Joyce Hollman

How the right foods protect against lung infection

Broccoli is good for a lot of things. For one it supports your gut’s lining, keeping bacteria from escaping and causing harm. Turns out, your lungs have a similar barrier, designed to let oxygen in and keep viruses out. Eat the right foods and you’re all set!

Margaret Cantwell

How to prep to survive flu season

The CDC recommends flu shots by the end of October. But for the last five years of available data, vaccine efficacy hasn’t breached 40 percent, and if you’re over 50, it was even less. Hopes are higher this year, but surviving flu season is best approached from multiple angles…

Joyce Hollman

Newer cholesterol drugs linked to reduced lung function

Statins have been controversial almost from the get go. After years of use, the list of side effects has grown along with the number of Americans diagnosed with heart disease, despite the drugs. Enter a new class of cholesterol drug, but is it the same old story?


Joyce Hollman

The nutrient your lungs need before flu season

Every day we get reports about how to improve brain and heart health. But if you can’t breathe, it’s all for naught. With one of the biggest threats to your lungs around the corner, here’s the one supplement to boost healthy lung function…

Carolyn Gretton

Pneumonia: The surprising threat to denture wearers

Properly cleaning dentures is important, and not just for a fresh mouth. Like teeth, they collect bacterial plaque and may cause fungal infections. Worse, they build up a sticky biofilm that acts like a magnet for some very dangerous bacteria, in and out of your mouth, that you can breath into your lungs…

Joyce Hollman

10 minutes a day helps keep flu from turning fatal

The flu may be the furthest thing from your mind this summer. But Australia is having an intense flu season right now, an indication we may too. If you’ve got 10 minutes a day, you can start doing something now that could keep a bout of flu or pneumonia from turning fatal.

Joyce Hollman

12 surprising ways air conditioning affects us

Whether you have one in your home or not, when it’s hot, most of us certainly wish for one. But air conditioning can be a mixed blessing. In climates that are consistently hot, it can be a lifesaver. But it does have its tradeoffs. Living in a consistently air-conditioned environment can do both good and not-so-good things to your body.

Joyce Hollman

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

For most allergy sufferers, spring can be absolutely miserable. If you’re tired of antihistamines that put you to sleep, give these natural allergy remedies a go, and watch out for the dehydration factor that can make your symptoms worse…

Carolyn Gretton

The link between a hunger hormone, immune response and COVID-19

During the pandemic, a few things became clear: certain segments of the population were hit harder than others. One group was obese patients who seemed otherwise healthy. And it has shone a light on fighting leptin resistance, not only for healthy weight but for healthy immune response…