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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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COVID-19 with Cancer

COVID-19 with Cancer

Posted by on Jul 31, 2020 in Blog, Breast cancer, Colorectal cancer, Coronavirus / COVID-19, Hodgkin's lymphoma, Leukemia, Lung cancer, Lymphoma, Melanoma, Multiple Myeloma, Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Prostate cancer | 3 comments

Recent research presented at a virtual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research 1 indicates the need for greater care and continued social distancing for those who are in treatment for cancer and – in one study that was presented – those who have a recent history of cancer (the research looked at people from 2015 to the...

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Mask Wearing as a Political Issue

Mask Wearing as a Political Issue

Posted by on Jun 30, 2020 in Blog, Coronavirus / COVID-19 | 0 comments

The Pew Research Center released findings of a survey on mask wearing in the United States. Who could have guessed that wearing a mask to prevent illness would be made into a political issue? In answer to the question, “In the past month, how often, if ever, have you worn a mask or face covering when in stores or other businesses?” where...

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Clinical trial for Treatment of COVID-19 Cytokine Storm

Clinical trial for Treatment of COVID-19 Cytokine Storm

Posted by on Jun 27, 2020 in Blog, Coronavirus / COVID-19 | 0 comments

One of the causes of death for those infected with the coronavirus (COVID-19) is an immunological phenomenon. As you can see from the image below, this occurs in phase 3. See Reference 1 Image simplified from reference. A phase 3 randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled multi-center clinical trial to assess the efficacy and safety of Ruxolitinib...

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When Does A Pandemic End?

When Does A Pandemic End?

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

There are many states in the US that are reopening, some in a phased manner, others have just opened everything. On May 18, Massachusetts’ government unveiled a plan that stated that true “normalcy” would not really be attained until there was a treatment or vaccine. At the time of the report, there were over 86,000 confirmed cases....

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Altruism, Endemic Diseases and a COVID-19 Vaccine?

Altruism, Endemic Diseases and a COVID-19 Vaccine?

Posted by on May 17, 2020 in Blog, Coronavirus / COVID-19 | 0 comments

When Heidi Larson worked for UNICEF as an anthropologist, much of her time was spent ferreting out the rumors that influence public opinion. In 2003, she went to Northern Nigeria where political and religious leaders had decided to stop supporting the vaccination of children against polio. They told parents that the vaccines were contaminated with...

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