Elderberry syrup is all the rage right now, but does it really work? Some studies show that it can shorten the duration of a cold (by the way, is anyone else wondering why we haven't mastered the art of wiping out a cold yet?) by days, but I have a hit and miss track record when it comes to natural remedies.
If you haven't yet heard, the coronavirus is making its way across the country with as many as 63 confirmed cases reported in the United States so far. The virus, which began in China, has taken over 40 lives and affected hundreds of people so far.
When I read this story about a man who murdered his wife, then himself, after she got Alzheimer's and was too difficult to care for, I didn't feel misty-eyed like some readers. I was furious. We should live in a society that values people, no matter their abilities, and provides a safety net for care when a caregiver can't bear the burden. We should always have plans in place for people who need it.
When my kid was a toddler and had to get tested for TB, I was shocked. I always thought that tuberculosis was something in our past that wasn't anything to worry about today. After all, the most I've seen it mentioned are in fictional turn of the century TV shows and books.
Stanford researchers may have discovered a cure for the common cold in both human and mice cells. It's not even as complicated as one might think: it's simply disabling a protein in cells that causes the replication of virus. These aren't even limited to colds. The potential here could impact everything from many different diseases if the protein can temporarily be disabled.
The World Health Organization just declared an Ebola virus outbreak in the Congo an international emergency. The virus is spreading to larger cities and more than 1,600 people have died in the area, which is already considered a war zone.
As a homeschooler, I happen to know many "anti-vaxxers" who don't vaccinate their kids. While I understand their concerns, I have my own concerns on the validity of their research (remember when we used to say, "Don't believe everything you read on the Internet?" Somehow that's made a complete reversal), and personally I have witnessed so many kids saved by vaccines that I gladly make the choice to vaccinate and am grateful that I have the science and technology to do so.
While knowing we still have painful, life-threatening diseases, many of which are becoming resistant to treatments, is a sobering thought, we do live in an age where we've understood illness better than ever before. At least we don't think we get the flu because the gods are mad at us... okay, some politicians and evangelists may still buy into this but most of us get how bacteria and viruses work. What's even cooler is that there are videos of actual germs and viruses, whether animated by experts or taken in real time, to help us really visualize the concept.
It's not that I don't trust the government. OK, I really don't trust the government. We have all kinds of cover-ups, lies and misleading information as part of our history, present and surely our future. That said, I'm not an "anti-vaxxer." My child has had flu shots, immunizations, and even extra immunizations due to health conditions that she had as an infant. And as much as I want to protect her against cervical cancer, I'm just on the fence about HPV vaccines.
The rapid increase in the number of cases of autism has led scientists, doctors, parents and politicians seeking answers as to why this keeps occuring. There is a hot debate on whether or not vaccines cause autism, but what if the main cause is something that affects us whether we fight against it or not? What if the cause is air pollution?