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COVID-19 One Year Later: Following And Learning From The Evidence

          On leap year day last year, I posted a blog about a respiratory-borne illness that had potential to be serious for some of those who have asthma or chronic nasal/sinus symptoms. By reviewing recommended hygienic measures, my expectations were that (a) this illness would just be a bit worse than the 1957-58, 1968, 1976 and 2009...

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COVID-19 And ‘The Vaccine’

     As 2021 starts, COVID-19 continues.  But, so does the rollout of the two vaccines—one from PfizerBioNTech and one from Moderna-- that have been developed from the messenger RNA (mRNA) of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.   The PfizerBioNTech vaccine is under emergency use authorization (EUA) for those 16 and older.  The Moderna vaccine is...

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Air Purifiers–What Should We Know?

More than a few patients ask us if buying an air cleaner or air purifier helps control allergic symptoms.  Running an air purifier can help to improve indoor air quality by filtering the air to remove odors and animal dander.  The Air Purifier Buying Guide of March 2020 from Consumer Reports states that portable air purifiers with HEPA...

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Melatonin And Immune Function: Some Light On The Subject

Last month, one of my patients who has an immunodeficiency said she takes melatonin and asked me if there is a beneficial effect of melatonin on the immune system.  The subject came up a few weeks later—around October 1st--in the media when melatonin was mentioned as part of a certain individual’s initial treatment for COVID-19.  Since...

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