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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.

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… […]

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Carolyn Gretton

How to help your lungs cleanse themselves

This cold and flu season is exacerbated by COVID-19, so it’s wise to take extra precautions to protect your lungs and your respiratory health. While your lungs can and do repair themselves, you can take steps to help support that process by clearing mucus so you can breathe easier and hopefully keep infections at bay. […]

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…

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