Better heart health in eight weeks? Double down on fruits and veggies

By |2020-06-30T19:59:31+00:00June 30th, 2020|

Two decades ago, the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) study tested the effects of three different diets on almost 500 participants over eight weeks. The first diet was a typical American diet, relatively low in fruits and vegetables (3.5 servings daily) and high in junk foods and sweets. The second offered more fruits and [...]

The next COVID-19 challenge: Convincing people to get flu shots

By |2020-06-30T19:34:26+00:00June 30th, 2020|

Public health officials, doctors and pharmacists who have struggled for decades to convince Americans to get the flu shot are warning it is now more important than ever to get vaccinated as the U.S. faces a potential second wave of COVID-19 in the fall. Coinciding flu and COVID-19 outbreaks could overwhelm hospitals and drain resources, threatening [...]

Heartburn medication update

By |2020-06-30T18:37:15+00:00June 30th, 2020|

Millions of people turn to prescription and over-the-counter medications to cope with heartburn from gastroesophageal reflux disease or other stomach conditions. But navigating the risks of heartburn remedies can leave a sour taste in your mouth, since some have been tied to health concerns. Here's what you need to know about two mainstays of treatment, [...]

Nearly 160 coronavirus vaccines are in the works. Here’s a closer look at the science

By |2020-06-30T03:58:09+00:00June 30th, 2020|

In the world of virology, the nomenclature of war comes easy. The human body is a citadel that relies on the immune system to defend it. A virus is an attacking army that does everything it can to overrun those defenses. Vaccines help. Though they do not prevent the virus from causing an infection, they can [...]

THE VIRUS OF DISINFORMATION: ECHOES OF PAST BIOWEAPONS ACCUSATIONS IN TODAY’S COVID-19 CONSPIRACY THEORIES

By |2020-06-30T03:45:58+00:00June 30th, 2020|

Despite its moniker, the 1918 “Spanish flu” pandemic almost certainly did not originate in Spain. The belligerents of World War I suppressed reporting on the outbreak in order to avoid harming morale, while Spain, as a neutral country, had a media free to report openly on the extent of the disease. Since most media coverage of the outbreak came [...]

Medical marijuana

By |2020-06-30T03:13:05+00:00June 30th, 2020|

There are few subjects that can stir up stronger emotions among doctors, scientists, researchers, policy makers, and the public than medical marijuana. Is it safe? Should it be legal? Decriminalized? Has its effectiveness been proven? What conditions is it useful for? Is it addictive? How do we keep it out of the hands of teenagers? Is [...]

WHO: Unsafe food continues to affect millions in Europe

By |2020-06-30T03:04:45+00:00June 30th, 2020|

The European region cannot afford to lose focus on other health threats during the coronavirus outbreak, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Officials from the WHO’s Regional Office for Europe said unsafe food is still affecting millions during the COVID-19 pandemic and the region must continue to improve food safety. It is estimated that every year, [...]

Move from response to prevention for virulent Newcastle disease (vND)

By |2020-06-29T02:11:02+00:00June 29th, 2020|

A year ago the poultry sickness that is known as virulent Newcastle disease (vND) was spreading like wildfire in California’s backyard flocks and state and federal agricultural officials were deploying tactics to limit the spread. This month, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is transitioning efforts in Southern California from response to prevention because no new [...]

6 simple steps to keep your mind sharp at any age

By |2020-06-29T02:05:56+00:00June 29th, 2020|

Everyone has the occasional "senior moment." Maybe you've gone into the kitchen and can't remember why, or can't recall a familiar name during a conversation. Memory lapses can occur at any age, but aging alone is generally not a cause of cognitive decline. When significant memory loss occurs among older people, it is generally not [...]