Lessons From Around The World On Fighting Covid’s Second Wave

Lessons From Around The World On Fighting Covid’s Second Wave

As the northern hemisphere moves into winter, coronavirus rates are rising in parts of Europe and the USA. Experts are warning of a long winter ahead as COVID-19 and influenza put the squeeze on hospitals and other healthcare facilities.

4 Reasons You Might Always Feel Cold

4 Reasons You Might Always Feel Cold

Almost all of us will complain of being cold at some point, especially as lower temperatures arrive. But some people feel cold no matter the weather – and there are a number of reasons why this might be case.

How Cigarette Smoke Causes COPD To Hang On After Smoking Ends

How Cigarette Smoke Causes COPD To Hang On After Smoking Ends

Smoking is the most common cause of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, an often fatal respiratory condition that afflicts millions of Americans. But for many patients living with COPD, stopping smoking isn’t the end of the battle.

What Is Brain Plasticity and Why Is It So Important?

What Is Brain Plasticity and Why Is It So Important?

Neuroplasticity – or brain plasticity – is the ability of the brain to modify its connections or re-wire itself. Without this ability, any brain, not just the human brain, would be unable to develop from infancy through to adulthood or recover from brain injury.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: New Evidence of Biological Causes

CFS is characterised by extreme tiredness.  (chronic fatigue syndrome new evidence of biological causes)

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) affects up to 24m people, globally, but little is known about its causes. Our latest study unravels some of this mystery. The results suggest that an overactive immune system may trigger this long-term condition.

How Do Coronavirus Researchers Avoid Catching Covid-19?

How Do Coronavirus Researchers Avoid Catching Covid-19?

Around the world, virologists in labs are constantly handling samples of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, as part of our global quest to understand, and hopefully overcome, this pandemic.

Is Reaching Zero Covid-19 Possible?

Is Reaching Zero Covid-19 Possible?

Most scientists agree that stringent control measures, involving efficient contact tracing, testing and isolation, together with social distancing and mask wearing, are required to limit the spread of SARS-CoV-2.

Why Males May Have A Worse Response To Covid-19

Why Males May Have A Worse Response To Covid-19

If you ask most women about how their male relatives, partners and friends respond to being sick, they’ll often tell you with an accompanying eye roll, “He’s such a baby.”

What Is Post-Viral Fatigue Syndrome?

What Is Post-Viral Fatigue Syndrome?

For many of us, becoming ill with a virus might put us on the couch for a week or two. It’s frustrating, but after recovering we can generally get back to the things we’re used to.

What Doctors Know About Lingering Symptoms of Coronavirus

What Doctors Know About Lingering Symptoms of Coronavirus

With over 2 million cases in the U.S. since the coronavirus pandemic began in late December, there are now many people who have recovered from COVID-19. At the same, there have been reports of people who continue to have long-term side effects from the infection.

Falls May Signal Alzheimer’s Before Symptoms Appear

Falls May Signal Alzheimer’s Before Symptoms Appear

Older people without cognitive problems who experience a fall may have undetected neurodegeneration in their brains that puts them at high risk of developing Alzheimer’s dementia, according to a study.

How The Coronavirus Spreads Through The Air

How The Coronavirus Spreads Through The Air

Scientists have been warning for months that the coronavirus could be spread by aerosols – tiny respiratory droplets that people emit when they talk or sneeze and that can linger in the air.

Depression and Dementia Are Two Sides Of One Coin

Depression and Dementia Are Two Sides Of One Coin

Every seven seconds, someone in the world is diagnosed with dementia. A typical case that I often see in my practice is as follows: A 76-year-old woman has a two-year history of progressive worsening of short-term memory and cognitive decline.

What A Smoky Room Teaches Us About The 6-Foot Rule

What A Smoky Room Can Teach Us About The 6-Foot Rule

It’s true that staying 6 feet from other people can reduce the chance of a coronavirus-laden respiratory droplet landing in your eyes, nose or mouth when someone coughs, but...

Does A Face Shield Protect Against Covid-19?

Does A Face Shield Protect Against Covid-19?

For several weeks, Victorians (the state of Victoria is home to four of Australia's 20 largest cities) been required to wear a face covering when they leave home. And while we now have a clearer path out of lockdown, it’s likely masks will be around for a while.

How Crowded Restaurants May Have Driven UK Coronavirus Spike

How Crowded Restaurants May Have Driven UK Coronavirus Spike

England is about to re-impose nationwide restrictions on gatherings to control the spread of COVID-19. This comes less than two weeks after the end of the government’s half-a-billion-pound scheme to get people to eat out in restaurants

8 Ways The Coronavirus Can Affect Your Skin

8 Ways The Coronavirus Can Affect Your Skin

As the pandemic progresses, we’re growing increasingly aware COVID-19 affects multiple parts of the body beyond the lungs. That includes the skin.

A Truly Alternative, Alternative Medicine: Ayurveda

A Truly Alternative, Alternative Medicine: Ayurveda

America is reeling from an epidemic of ill health that drives people to despair and to doctors. The litany is ­familiar: cancer, heart disease, autoimmune diseases, and digestive disturbances, with the latter two often one and the same.

How Cloth Masks Protect The Wearer

How Cloth Masks Protect The Wearer

Masks slow the spread of SARS-CoV-2 by reducing how much infected people spray the virus into the environment around them when they cough or talk.

What Will Happen If We Can't Produce A Covid-19 Vaccine?

 What Will Happen If We Can't Produce A Covig-19 Vaccine?

Even in the most promising cases, we can’t yet be sure that any vaccine will permanently prevent people from catching COVID-19 and enable the disease to be gradually eradicated or at least contained to limited outbreaks. 

Does The Common Cold Protect You From Covid?

Does The Common Cold Protect You From Covid?

An article in Science recently generated a lot of interest by providing a possible explanation of why COVID-19 can be deadly to some yet go virtually unnoticed in others.

Nearsighted People Have Common Personality Traits and Patterns

Nearsighted People Have Common Personality Traits and Patterns

From interviews of tens of thousands of nearsighted patients, I've been able to catalog patterns of personalities and their potential behaviors that can present clues to direct you into a deeper self-understanding, helping you to know who you are behind the illusionary perceptions and beliefs of your present way of seeing.

Is Psychiatry Shrinking What's Considered Normal?

Is Psychiatry Shrinking What's Considered Normal?

Psychiatric classifications catalogue the many forms of mental ill-health. They define what counts as a disorder and who counts as disordered, drawing the boundary between psychological normality and abnormality.

Is 14 Days Enough To Quarantine For Covid-19?

Is 14 Days Enough To Quarantine For Covid-19? 

How long can someone be infected with the virus unknowingly? It’s a question hundreds of thousands of people are asking themselves as they enter official or self-imposed quarantines or take contact tracing upon themselves. And the answer is now more unsettled than it was two weeks ago.

Myths and Misconceptions about Menopause and How Sasang Medicine Can Help

Myths and Misconceptions about Menopause and How Sasang Medicine Can Help

Let’s take a moment to discuss several misconceptions about menopause, aka “the change of life.” In Angeles Arrien’s book The Second Half of Life, she states, “Unfortunately, our culture’s current perspective is that the second half of life offers only decline, disease, despair, and death.”

How Deadly Is Covid-19?

How Deadly Is Covid-19?

Disease surveillance is the process by which we try to understand the incidence and prevalence of diseases across the country, often with the particular goal of looking for increases in disease incidence.

How To Help Someone You Live With Who Has Depression

How To Help Someone You Live With Who Has Depression

The coronavirus pandemic has meant sudden changes to our daily lives, with restrictions on free movement, imposed lockdowns and social distancing. Many of these measures will have taken a toll on people’s mental health.

Why The Cluster Headache Is More Than Just A Headache

Why The Cluster Headache Is More Than Just A Headache

Cluster headache is more than just a headache. It is a severe neurological condition, sometimes known as a “suicide headache” because many patients have suicidal thoughts during attacks.

Self-Suggestions To Hypnotize Yourself Out Of Pain Now

Self-Suggestions To Hypnotize Yourself Out Of Pain Now

All of us who have chronic pain know that it tends to change our personality. Over time, the continued struggle with pain tends to zap your energy and strength. Life is harder and more stressful when persistent pain is a central part of it. Fortunately, now there are...

Arthritis Diet: Eating the Right Foods Has A Major Impact

Arthritis Diet: Eating the Right Foods Has A Major Impact

Dietary practices have a major impact on arthritis. In fact, if you eat the typical American diet, it could be making your arthritis worse. The right foods can keep you free of stiff joints, swelling, and fatigue. Changing the way you eat will change the way you feel. Among the offenders are...

Beyond Prozac: Depression Can Be Treated on Numerous Levels

Beyond Prozac: Depression Can Be Treated on Numerous Levels

Since World War II, rates of depression have doubled in the U.S., and depression is now the second most disabling illness in the Western world after heart disease. I have organized a holistic program for the prevention and treatment of depression into five areas — physical self-care, mental/emotional self-care, spiritual self-care, people support, and lifestyle habits.

Are You Looking... or Seeing? Left Brain, Right Brain

Are You Looking... or Seeing? Left Brain, Right Brain

A great deal of research has been done in an effort to understand the structures and processes that are necessary for vision. What is obvious is that each eye feeds specific information through the visual pathways to the two sides of the brain.

Can Coronavirus Spread 4 Metres?

Can Coronavirus Spread 4 Metres?

Recent headlines have suggested COVID-19 can spread up to four metres, drawing into question the current advice to maintain 1.5 metres between people to prevent the spread of the virus.

Health, Cancer Prevention and Sunlight

Cancer Prevention and Sunlight

In some respects cancer is to industrialized countries today what tuberculosis was to the 18th and 19th century: a major cause of death and misery which defeats the best efforts of conventional medicine. Then, as now, all of the emphasis was on removing the manifestation of the disease and not on enhancing the patient's ability to overcome it.

Am I Crazy or Menopausal? Myths and Fallacies about Menopause

Am I Crazy or Menopausal? Myths and Fallacies about Menopause

My first thoughts were that I was going crazy. I was sure of it. After all, what else could possibly be causing the sudden and unexpected onset of memory lapses, anxiety, depression, night sweats, and phobia attacks that had completely turned my life upside down? My initial visits with my internist had turned up nothing, further convincing me that I was losing my mind...

What We Know About COVID-19's Infectivity And Viral Load

What We Know About COVID-19's Infectivity And Viral Load

As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads, it has become clear that people need to understand basic facts about SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, to make informed health care and public policy decisions.

How COVID-19 Tests Work and What's In Development

How COVID-19 Tests Work And What's In Development

One of the key factors in tackling the spread of COVID-19 across the globe is testing. In South Korea, for example, mass testing has been used to try and quickly identify and isolate those with the disease. 

Which Vaccinations Should You Get As An Adult

Which Vaccinations Should You Get As An Adult

Before vaccines were developed, infectious diseases such as diphtheria, tetanus and meningitis were the leading cause of death and illness in the world.

How To Spot Coronavirus Fake News

How To Spot Coronavirus Fake News

The proliferation of fake news about the COVID-19 pandemic has been labelled a dangerous “infodemic”.

How To Clean Your House To Kill Coronavirus

How To Clean Your House To Kill Coronavirus

Consider these expert tips for cleaning your home to kill the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19 (and the pathogens behind other deadly diseases).

4 Things To Know About Hand Sanitizer

4 Things To Know About Hand Sanitizer

As concern about coronavirus grows, hand sanitizer is in high demand. Biologist Jeffrey Gardner explains why alcohol is a key ingredient in hand sanitizer, and why he doesn’t recommend making your own supply at home.

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