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Live blood analysis — by any other name, it’s still bogus

What if someone told you that with just a few drops of blood from a finger prick they could detect a range of illnesses, from diabetes to cancer? Would you be inclined to opt for this diagnostic tool rather than having to submit to having a phlebotomist extract blood from your arm? And if it […]

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Don’t rely on supplements to treat or prevent the Covid-19 virus

By Kristen Fischer Experts continue to encourage people to eat well and exercise during the Covid-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, reports claiming that supplements can prevent or treat Covid-19 have emerged. Health experts warn that relying on supplements — and taking too much of them — may do more harm than good. Still, vitamin C, D, probiotics, […]

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Solo

He was headed past the cloisters of the Governor’s Building next to Parque Calderon when I encountered the tiny boy.  Or, was he “headed” at all, I began to wonder, as those red shoe soles tapped hurriedly up and down on the dirty, rust-colored tiles.  There certainly was no mamá or papá in sight, no […]

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Can this head lice drug treat Covid-19?

Researchers testing the head lice drug Ivermectin as a possible treatment for COVID-19 have seen promising results in lab studies. But the research is in its early stages and the drug is yet to be tested on people with COVID-19. There’s so much we don’t know, including the right dose and delivery method for people with coronavirus […]

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A cardiologist asks, ‘Where have all the heart attacks gone?’

By Harlan M. Krumholz, M.D. The hospitals are eerily quiet, except for Covid-19. I have heard this sentiment from fellow doctors across the United States and in many other countries. We are all asking: Where are all the patients with heart attacks and stroke? They are missing from our hospitals. Yale New Haven Hospital, where I […]

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The public regional hospital saved my friend

By Jeremiah Reardon My friend Ramon’s wrists are secured to a side rail of his critical care bed. Perspiration trickles from his forehead to straining eyes which roll upward. I wipe his brow and hold a hand. I’m alarmed at his condition on my first visit to the hospital and pray for his recovery. A […]

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From bats to people and beyond: How the Covid-19 virus began and spreads

By Carolyn Kormann For thousands of years, a parasite with no name lived happily among horseshoe bats in southern China. The bats had evolved to the point that they did not notice; they went about their nightly flights unbothered. One day, the parasite — an ancestor of the coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2 — had an opportunity to […]

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U.S. expats will receive stimulus checks without a tax return, as U.S. Treasury reverses course

Facing stiff criticism, the U.S. Treasury Department changed course late Wednesday and announced that Social Security beneficiaries and other Americans who haven’t filed income taxes for the past two years won’t have to take any extra steps to receive one-time checks of up to $1,200 under a new economic recovery program. “Social Security recipients who are not typically […]

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