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The effect of COVID-19 on the brain

The effect of COVID-19 on the brain

Posted by on Feb 13, 2021 in Coronavirus / COVID-19 | 0 comments

Brain fog, hemorrhaging in the brain or in the space between the brain and skull (subarachnoid space), changes in cognition, personality and behavior: these are some of the alterations that patients who have had COVID-19 experience.  One of the changes has been onset of psychosis in people who had never had any history of mental illness. A New York Times...

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COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trials: “Part of something bigger than myself”

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trials: “Part of something bigger than myself”

Posted by on Feb 1, 2021 in Blog, Coronavirus / COVID-19, Lung cancer | 0 comments

Barry Nelson, Patient Advisor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital Center for Patients and Families participated in a webinar on January 11 organized by  The Center for Health Education Research Service in Boston, Massachusetts. [1] During the webinar, Nelson described his experience as a cancer survivor.  “I was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer...

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Resilience and Hot Chocolate

Resilience and Hot Chocolate

Posted by on Jan 31, 2021 in Blog, Coronavirus / COVID-19 | 0 comments

“…WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 AM EST TUESDAY… * WHAT…Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 14 to 18 inches. Winds gusting as high as 45 mph. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Blizzard like conditions possible Monday and Monday evening.” ~Weather Underground Looking at the weather forecast...

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Keep Wearing Masks Even if Vaccinated: COVID-19 Vaccine

Keep Wearing Masks Even if Vaccinated: COVID-19 Vaccine

Posted by on Jan 24, 2021 in Blog, Coronavirus / COVID-19 | 0 comments

On January 19, in the online news website MedPage Today, two prominent scientists debated if people should be able to go without masks 14 days after they have received their second dose of COVID-19 vaccine. The January 24, Sunday New York Times just published, Why Vaccines Alone Won’t Stop the Pandemic . The January 19 debate was between Vinay Prasad,...

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Grief and COVID-19

Grief and COVID-19

Posted by on Dec 1, 2020 in Blog, Coronavirus / COVID-19 | 0 comments

As of November 29, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused almost 1.5 million deaths worldwide just from the disease itself. That number doesn’t take into account the deaths that have occurred because people have delayed care or avoided hospitals and physicians due to the pandemic. Because of social distancing, normal interactions – like being with...

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COVID-19 and Endothelial Inflammation

COVID-19 and Endothelial Inflammation

Posted by on Nov 26, 2020 in Blog, Coronary artery disease, Coronavirus / COVID-19 | 0 comments

In May, the Journal of Clinical Medicine published an article titled “Hypertension, Thrombosis, Kidney Failure, and Diabetes: Is COVID-19 an Endothelial Disease? A Comprehensive Evaluation of Clinical and Basic Evidence.” The authors put forward a hypothesis that SARS-CoV-2 infects the lining of the body’s blood vessels. The lining...

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COVID-19 Gets Personal

COVID-19 Gets Personal

Posted by on Oct 29, 2020 in Blog, Coronavirus / COVID-19 | 0 comments

Last month, I mentioned in the Medivizor newsletter that I had lost a family member. This loved one feared seeking medical attention for a serious condition because of the risk of catching COVID-19 at a hospital or doctor’s office. Now, a dear friend’s parents received notification that they were exposed to the SARS-2 coronavirus by a...

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The Unappreciated Sense of Smell

The Unappreciated Sense of Smell

Posted by on Oct 19, 2020 in Blog, Coronavirus / COVID-19 | 0 comments

The homey aroma of fresh baked bread, the mouth-watering fragrance of chocolate chip cookies just out of the oven, the loamy scent of autumnal leaves raked into high piles: cells in our noses snatch chemicals in the air which fire neurons in a part of the brain called the olfactory bulb. From the bulb information zips to other areas of the brain. The...

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Avoiding Healthcare Due to COVID-19

Avoiding Healthcare Due to COVID-19

Posted by on Sep 28, 2020 in Blog, Coronavirus / COVID-19 | 1 comment

In June the CDC asked almost 10,000 respondents in the US the question, “Have you delayed or avoided medical care due to concerns related to COVID-19?” The survey question found that 41 percent answered yes to this statement. Twelve percent avoided urgent or emergency care and another 32 percent stated they had avoided routine care. Some of...

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Masks Work in Mysterious Ways

Masks Work in Mysterious Ways

Posted by on Aug 14, 2020 in Blog, Coronavirus / COVID-19 | 0 comments

Theories abound as we learn more about COVID-19 but one that makes a lot of sense has to do with viral dosage. There is a term “LD50” which is the virus dose at which fifty percent of those who are exposed, die. Research determining this dosage is done in experiments on animals, varying the dose of virus to calculate a dose-mortality curve. ...

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