Covid-19

Carolyn Gretton

The cell in your body that may cause COVID-19 blood clotting

SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, attacks the body in a number of ways. One of the most insidious is the way it causes blood clots in the arteries, veins and microscopic blood vessels. Researchers are now pointing to a process in the body that could be causing these clots to form…

Carolyn Gretton

Why vitamin D keeps taking the spotlight in the pandemic

As the pandemic heats up, researchers strive to uncover all there is to know about COVID-19. A recent study has found a common vitamin deficiency among 80 percent of those infected in one hospital. And this connection isn’t the first. Growing evidence keeps placing vitamin D squarely in the pandemic spotlight…

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.

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…

Carolyn Gretton

The heartburn medication linked to a four-fold increase for COVID-19

Heartburn is common… and so are the medicines used to treat it. Proton pump inhibitors are especially popular, but there could be a surprising side effect associated with regular use that could land you in serious danger…

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

Why blue light blockers may be the easy fix for better sleep

Have you been spending more time on your laptop or smartphone or binge-watching your favorite shows since the COVID-19 lockdowns began? If so, you could be setting yourself up for a danger no one expected from a pandemic. Here’s how those screens are putting your health at risk, along with a simple solution for better sleep and sight.