Modern Western medicine has gotten very good at treatments that are reactive. Dealing with broken bones, the flu and other viruses and even asthma and heart attacks is the basis of that practice. But what do we really know about chronic illnesses like heart disease, cancer and diabetes?
It has been pretty widely accepted that cognitive ability declines as we age. If you ask most people, including most doctors, if alcohol consumption is good for cognitive function, they’d likely say no. But are they right? Does alcohol consumption speed age-related cognitive decline?
In 2019, over 67,000 Americans died from drug overdoses. Nearly 15 million abused alcohol regularly. Substance abuse isn’t going away. The COVID-19 pandemic has made the situation worse. But can we predict who will have a substance abuse disorder? Can we use such information to tailor prevention strategies that work?
Many American states, along with countries around the world, chose to shut down their economies and ask their citizens to stay at home to fight COVID-19. This social distancing and isolation may have led to the “perfect storm” of conditions to create another, longer-lasting health crisis.
When the COVID-19 coronavirus hit American shores, there were testing issues and little was known about asymptomatic and alternatively symptomatic people. Now, Penn State University epidemiologists believe these factors led to an infection rate 80 times higher than originally estimated.
Is it possible to have COVID-19 coronavirus and not even know it? Yes. Of greater concern to scientists is what may be happening to those asymptomatic carriers and how many people they may be unwittingly infecting. The numbers may be higher than we previously imagined, according to a new study.
Dr. Anthony Fauci and numerous other public health experts told us that lockdowns and stay-at-home orders were the best path to mitigation for COVID-19 coronavirus. But did they consider the health risks of those lockdowns. A new study reveals an unintended consequence: higher childhood obesity rates.
Most research into COVID-19 coronavirus is focused on what it is and how to stop it. Virtually all of that research was on live subjects. Now, a team at The Mount Sinai Hospital is looking at the dead to help them better understand COVID-19’s broad impact on the human body.
During the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, there has been some controversy around the wearing of masks or face coverings. We were alternately told to wear them and not wear them. But does wearing a face covering reduce transmission of the virus? A new study seeks to answer that question.
Polls of Americans show that many don’t trust the reporting of the number of COVID-19 deaths in the US. Stories continue to appear about suicides and murders being reported as COVID deaths. Now, it appears that news out of Colorado may back up those suspicious of inaccurate death counts.