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Germs Public Health

COVID-19 Update #5

This week Governor Kay Ivey announced a ‘Stay at Home’ order for the entire state of Alabama. She cited Alabama’s increasing numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases.  She emphasized that previous restrictions had not been adequate, and more has to be done. Ivey and State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris issued the order for Alabama residents […]

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Germs Public Health Recipes

COVID-19 Update #4

            A reminder postcard from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was sent to homes last week.  The most important part of the message can be summed up in two sentences. “Even if you are young, or otherwise healthy, you are at risk, and your activities can increase the risk for others. It […]

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Germs Public Health

COVID-19 Update #3

            Based on recent information, COVID-19 is not the apocalypse. Granted, it’s a serious infection that could, in the short run, outpace the capacity of our hospitals.             The good news is that in China, where the problem emerged, new cases have fallen to a small number per day.  Unfortunately, this was after a significant […]

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Germs Public Health

COVID-19 Update #2

            In the news, you may see the terms coronavirus, Novel Coronavirus, COVID-19, and SARS-CoV-2 used somewhat interchangeably. Strictly speaking, the new virus is called SARS-CoV-2.  Before the medical community fully understood the virus they were dealing with, it was referred to as Novel Coronavirus.  The disease the virus causes in people (fever, coughing, shortness […]

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Germs Public Health

COVID-19 Update

            While the COVID-19 coronavirus is a national concern, it ranks in severity far below past viruses like Ebola, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome  (SARS).             Some have estimated COVID-19 to be on par with seasonal flu in terms of expected fatalities.  Others claim higher fatality rates.  Expect these fatality […]

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Cancer

Why is Cancer Still Beating Us?

While it is true that the rate of cancer deaths in the US has fallen about 25% since a peak during the early 1990s, improved treatments are not the important reason.  Far more important has been the reduction in smoking and improvements in screening. The result has been a reduction of almost 40% in deaths […]

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Diets Mind-Body Recipes Weight loss

Could a Recipe Save Your Life?

There have been many advances in medicine over the last 150 years.  Better anesthesia, safer blood transfusions, antibiotics that made amazing surgical techniques possible, and in some cases, almost routine.  Antibiotics alone have saved millions from otherwise deadly bacterial infections.  Hardly a year goes by without another advance in imaging technology, genetics, or new drug […]

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Aging Longevity

Why Do We Age?

Why we have a finite lifespan is a question that has yet to be fully answered.  While many theories have been investigated, research is now focused on a few promising theories that may provide the answer.  The big question facing researchers is an uncertainty about the number of biological processes that affect aging.  Some researchers […]

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Aging Longevity

What Are The Alternatives?

When traditional western medicine fails to provide an acceptable answer, options available from alternative and complementary medicine can sometimes provide relief and even remarkable cures.  Often these cures are based on lifestyle changes as an alternative to pills and procedures.  In other cases, the alternatives may stretch your imagination and even give you pause to […]

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Aging Humor

A Guide to the Body for Occupants

If you are interested in learning more about your body (without taking a course in anatomy), then Bill Bryson’s book, “The Body,” is a nice place to begin. For most, our body is something we take for granted until we get sick or begin to experience the curious changes that happen as we move into […]