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June 30, 2020
Joe Brady

Physical Activity, Immunity, and COVID-19

Physical activity is known to have a profound impact on the normal functioning of the immune system. Currently, no scientific data exists regarding the effects of exercise on this coronavirus, there is evidence that exercise can protect you from many other viral infections. Having better cardiorespiratory fitness and performing regular moderate physical activity has been shown to improve immune responses to disease states including cancer, HIV, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cognitive impairment, and obesity. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has raised a lot of questions regarding how exercise can protect us from infection by boosting immunity. Between the closing of gyms and canceling of exercise classes combined with social isolation can inhibit many critical functions of our immune system. under stress, our T-cells are markedly reduced, as is the ability of certain lymphocytes to recognize and kill cells in our body that have become infected with viruses. Maintaining a healthy immune response is crucial in maintaining our body’s ability to fight off infections in the lungs and elsewhere in the body. Read more and see resources for exercising safely during the pandemic.

June 30, 2020
Joe Brady

Micro biologist demonstrates just how effective masks can be

For this demonstration, Dr. Davis held agar cultures near his face and sneezed, sang, talked, and coughed at them. For one set, he wore a standard surgical mask, and for the other, he wore no mask.

Check out the video on the masking debate. We are officially living in a Parks and Rec episode.

June 23, 2020
Joe Brady

The Power of Masks

Two hairstylists in Springfield, Missouri, tested positive for COVID-19 in late May. Together they had seen 140 customers since the salon reopened. They may have been contagious the whole time. But instead of detecting a cluster of new cases, local public-health had 46 salon customers tested for the virus, not one was positive. The reason is attributed to the universal wearing of masks by both stylists and customers. The science is beginning to back up what many have known for a while, that masks are our most powerful weapon in the fight against COVID-19. 

There is a growing body of evidence that wearing face masks can slow the transmission of coronavirus and can potentially save many lives. One recent study published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society in the UK found that even adopting face masks 120 days after the beginning of an outbreak of COVID 100% wearing of masks by the public could completely stop the occurrence of further waves of coronavirus. This study and many others are showing that, when facemasks are used by the public all the time (not just from when symptoms first appear), the effective reproduction number, Re, can be decreased below 1, leading to the mitigation of epidemic spread. In other words, even at this late hour, we can stop the spread of this disease by the widespread adoption of wearing masks even before symptoms begin to show.

June 16, 2020
Joe Brady

Reduce Stress and Keep Your Mind Sharp

You can reduce stress and keep you mind sharp at the same time. According to researchers at Harvard Medical School, studies have shown that many common stress management techniques also serve to improve mental functions like memory and cognitive function and maybe even help prevent cognitive decline as we get older. In addition these have all been shown to benefit health in a wide variety of ways like:

  • staying physically active
  • getting enough sleep
  • not smoking
  • having good social connections
  • limiting alcohol to no more than one drink a day
  • eating a Mediterranean style diet.

Read on for tips from Harvard and Oxford Universities on how to keep your mind active through all the stresses and distractions that come with surviving the age of “Corona”. 

June 9, 2020
Joe Brady

Lifelong Learning is Medicine

What if instead of prescribing a pill for something like depression, a doctor could prescribe a yearlong pass to the museum or a series of art classes? Would that be as effective as a drug? Could it even be more effective? How do we keep people healthy in mind and body during these stressful times?These are fascinating questions that scientists from around the world are beginning answer.

Taking a more holistic approach to health is the concept of “social prescribing” where physicians, nurses, and integrative medicine practitioners refer patients to community-based programs that offer education, social and emotional support, exercise, and recreational opportunities in order to improve health and well being. The concept has gained popularity in the UK, Ireland, Scotland, and the Netherlands. Social prescribing interventions tend to include targeted life-style interventions like physical activity, healthy eating or cooking well as social determinants of health, activity levels, social connectivity,2 and mental health.3 

A major study just completed by an interdisciplinary team at Oxford University “Can Gardens, Libraries and Museums Improve Wellbeing Through Social Prescribing?” brings together the experience and expertise of health researchers in the University’s Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine (CEBM), general practitioners, heritage sector specialists in the University’s Gardens, Libraries and Museums (GLAM), and members of the public.