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While the world waits for a covid19 vaccine, a nasal spray may also prevent infection according to the NY Times.

While the world waits for a covid19 vaccine, a nasal spray may also prevent infection according to the NY Times. Unless you have been living under a rock, you may have heard that both Pfizer and Moderna have a covid 19 vaccine that is being shown to be at least 90 percent effective at preventing covid19 infection. It is estimated that these vaccines may take months to produce and distribute, with the Pfizer vaccine also requiring a negative 75 degrees Celcius storage component.  This can be a problem as most placed that would administer the vaccine do not have this Read More »

When normal blood pressure isn’t.

When normal blood pressure isn’t. A recent NY Times article questions the suggested normal blood pressure of (systole) 120/80 (diastole). A few years ago, normal blood pressure was considered to be 140/80 and when the recommendations were changed, more people were taking blood pressure meds. Was this reducing risk and helping them stay healthier? The problem with protocol-driven blood pressure readings is one size does not fit all. We are all different physiologically and while our current science behind our understanding of blood pressure has reduced risk, people still die from cardiovascular disease. For years, seniors had their blood pressure Read More »

Was that covid19 positive test valid?

Was that covid19 positive test valid? By now, many of us have experienced a covid19 positive test.  The most common one is the swab placed deep in the sinus cavity. You may have taken the test because you had symptoms or perhaps, you were exposed at work and you just wanted to check and make sure you do not infect others. Covid19 has many of us on high alert since for a small portion of the population, it can be deadly.  Recently, the CDC had said that only 6 percent of those who died from covid19 may have had complications Read More »

Growing new cartilage in people with bad knees may be possible according to the NY Times.

Growing new cartilage in people with bad knees may be possible according to the NY Times. If you have bad knees and a loss of cartilage from years of abuse or improper function, your options are often limited to injections of a lubricant into the joint space which has been shown to relieve the pain for a limited amount of time or joint replacement. Researchers at Stanford University have been able to grow new cartilage in the joints of arthritic mice. Primitive cells that can be transformed into new cartilage lie dormant at the ends of bones, the researchers reported Read More »

Are we almost at Herd Immunity for Covid19? This is what scientists now believe.

Are we almost at Herd Immunity for Covid19? This is what scientists now believe. Herd Immunity means you have reached a level that protects most of us from becoming ill from a virus or other infective agents. Currently, researchers have in the past believed you must achieve immunity levels of 70% for the population to be immune. More than a dozen scientists are now rethinking this age-old idea.  There is a growing belief that Herd Immunity can be achieved at only 50% of the population developing resistance to the infective agent. In the case of covid19, we must look at Read More »