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August 4, 2020
Joe Brady

Doctors Getting Better at Treating COVID-19

While waiting for a vaccine or a cure, doctors around the world are effectively getting better at treating patients with COVID-19 and saving many lives. Doctors in hard-hit areas of Europe like Italy and the UK began in late February reaching out to Doctors in China for advice on treating patients with COVID. According to Dr. Marco Rizzi at Papa Giovanni XXIII hospital, quoted in the Wall Street Journal “There was everything in there, including traditional Chinese medicine”, “now we have more cards to play”. Using their own clinical experience and by collaborating with the doctors around the world, frontline doctors now have treatment strategies that are saving many lives. Using traditional Chinese medicine herbs such as ginger, honey, and lemon tea and other herbs to support the body’s fight in those advised to treat themselves at home, even things like rice cereal to help patients keep their strength up in its fight against the disease. In patients that do end up in hospital doctors are using oxygen therapy, steroids, anti-inflammatory drugs, and blood thinners on the sickest of patients. The doctors in Europe are saving lives and reducing the number of patients needing intensive care.

July 28, 2020
Joe Brady

Keeping your brain healthy and your mind sharp

Simple steps to keep your mind sharp

My wife calls it COVID brain. After being stuck at home under stressful circumstances for so long we all begin acting dopey. Like prisoners trapped in solitary confinement, we all begin bouncing off the walls. Scientists know that social isolation contributes to “worse overall cognitive performance and executive functioning, faster rates of cognitive decline, more negative depressive thinking, heightened sensitivity to social threats, and a fear of others. There is no cure for COVID but there is a cure for COVID brain. Here are some specific, evidence-based recommendations for people to consider incorporating into their lives to maintain and improve brain health. AARP’s Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH) is an independent group of scientists, health professionals, scholars, and policy experts from around the world working in areas of brain health related to mental functioning. The GCBH and AGE UK were commissioned to evaluate the evidence for making scientifically valid recommendations on lifestyle choices intended to improve brain health.

Read on for evidence-based way’s to keep your mind healthy and sharp from Harvard Medical School and the Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH)

July 27, 2020
Jacqui Shumway

Hang on! It’s gonna be a bumpy ride

Might as well get in the driver’s seat!

These are the “dog days of summer.” Astrologically, this is the time of year when people are at their worst even without the fear of exposure to this virus. As if that is not enough, we have social unrest, political elections, and a very uncertain future for the society we once thought we knew.

Scientists actually do find some serious mental health issues that result from the heat we experience in July and August. This is evidenced by an increase in psychiatric hospitalizations during the summer months and both increased suicide attempts and acts of violence. Humans in general, are just more irritable and in an angry mood. In addition, hot weather causes people to feel tired and motivated to not do very much.

Anyway, this general mood disturbance is better managed when you know more. There is hope on the vaccine horizon and some light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel. I hope this article helps a little because we are all struggling… including me.

To make a Star Wars analogy, the COVID Death Star seems unbeatable, but like Luke, we have to “Use the Force” of science and also trust our instincts. Hang on, Hans has not abandoned us, but this ride is a bumpy one and we need to be in the driver’s seat with friends we love and trust. If you have not already done so, begin to determine who your “COVID friend pods” are. Do the same for your children because we all need support outside of our immediate family.

July 20, 2020
Joe Brady

Help on the way: Oxford Vaccine Trial Successful!

Finally some legitimate cause for hope in the fight against COVID-19. A vaccine being developed at the University of Oxford has been shown to produce a strong immune response. According to Dr. Anthony Fauci “any way you slice it, this is good news”. In a clinical trial published Monday in the medical journal The Lancet, a coronavirus vaccine being developed by the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca has been shown to be safe and generated two “strong” immune responses: the production of both antibodies and T cells, which find and attack virus cells. This means that it acts like a regular vaccine and attaches antibodies to the virus to prevent it from infecting cells but that also it produces lymphocytes that kill cells that have already been infected. This is very unusual in a vaccine in that it offers hope that it can not only prevent the disease but that it may also be used as a treatment. 

July 20, 2020
Joe Brady

Little Girl’s Meltdown Over Shutdown will Melt your Heart

We all feel like we need a meltdown right about now. Fortunately, this little girl expresses it perfectly.