Study profiles the nose to predict immune response during COVID-19

Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the causative agent of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), resides in mucous membranes, making it easy to detect viral load in the nasal cavities. An international group of researchers has characterized the immunological and diagnosis characteristics of patients who may have or are confirmed […]

New study to explore how Apple Watch can provide early warning for worsening heart failure

As part of the University Health Network, renowned cardiologist Dr. Heather Ross has launched a new clinical study, in collaboration with Apple to test if remote monitoring with Apple Watch can help with early identification of worsening heart failure. In this study, data collected using an Apple Watch will be […]

Existing heart failure drug may be effective in treating postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome

In a new study out of University of California San Diego School of Medicine, researchers found a drug used for heart failure improves symptoms associated with postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, otherwise known as POTS. This complex, debilitating disorder affects the body's autonomic nervous system, causing a high heart rate, usually […]

What is Periodontitis?

Periodontitis, also sometimes referred to as pyorrhea, is a health condition that involves inflammation of the periodontium, the supporting tissues, bones and ligaments around the teeth. In severe cases, the alveolar bone in the jaw area can become degraded and, without treatment, eventually lead to the loss of teeth. Periodontitis […]

Link Between Chronic Illness and Depression

By Lana Barhum Chronic illness and pain are generally associated with increased risk for depression, and depression is a common complication of being sick and in pain. In fact, the Cleveland Clinic reports that at least one-third of people living with a serious health condition will experience symptoms of depression. […]

Antihistamine Side Effects: When to Stop Taking Allergy Medication

Skip to: Antihistamines Sedating antihistamines Central side effects Anticholinergic and alpha-adrenergic side effects Cardiac side effects Side effects with geriatric use Contraindications to sedating antihistamines Non-sedating antihistamines Conclusion Allergies have gone up by 40% in recent years, and allergy medications are being used more often than ever before. There are […]

Alzheimer’s Disease and Gingko Biloba

What is Ginkgo Biloba? Ginkgo biloba is a tree that is native to China and has been used in traditional Chinese medicine and cuisine for centuries. Extracts of Ginkgo biloba are often sold as food supplements with potential medicinal uses ranging from treating high blood pressure to altitude sickness. The […]

What is Fibrinolysis?

Fibrinolysis is the break-down of blood clots, which is a crucial part of wound healing. If fibrinolysis is not properly regulated it can lead to numerous different diseases. Fibrin and blood clots A blood clot (Thrombus) is made up of aggregated platelets, red blood cells, and a mesh of cross-linked […]