Joyce Hollman

COVID-19 may predict a silent wave of Parkinson’s disease

What do Parkinson’s and COVID-19 have in common? Besides the loss of smell, researchers have made a connection between COVID and increased risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. It’s happened in a few patients already. Frightening, yes, but it may lead to effective treatment.

Carolyn Gretton

Can mouthwash inactivate coronavirus? Here’s the research…

We’re all wearing masks and keeping distance to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. But continued research into coronaviruses is providing new ways to keep us safer. Since the virus significantly replicates in the throat and is expelled through the mouth, an unassuming product on your bathroom vanity may help lessen the spread…

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…

Carolyn Gretton

Making your own protective face masks? This anti-viral fabric is the way to go

It looks like wearing masks is here to stay… at least for a while. So why not make the best of it? If you’re still struggling to find the perfect fabric to make your own, here’s a hint: There’s one fabric that has natural antimicrobial, antibacterial and antiviral properties and is comfortable, breathable and repels moisture — all excellent qualities for protecting against COVID-19.

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

That one public space where you shouldn’t be caught without your face mask

Face masks. No one likes wearing them, and there are so many questions about how helpful they are at stopping the spread of COVID-19. But staying healthy often means doing things that aren’t always convenient. We’re getting a heavy dose of that lesson right now. As the pandemic slogs on, we’re learning more about the sneaky ways this virus can spread…

Jenny Smiechowski

COVID-19 is now the third leading cause of death in the U.S.

COVID-19 is now beating accidents, injuries, lung disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s as a leading cause of death in the U.S. In fact, at this point, there are only two conditions that top it — heart disease and cancer. That means COVID-19 is now the third leading cause of death in the U.S — and the year is far from over…