Is the Cup Half Empty or Half Full?

Angie Szumlinski Studies

Okay so we all know those family members and friends who are always doom and gloom right? The cup is half empty syndrome! Well it may be the perfect time to talk to them about the most recent study that identifies pessimism as not only a bummer but may also contribute to a decrease in cognitive function! Not only that …

Using Technology to Identify COVID-19

Angie Szumlinski Health, News, Studies

As with all science, new and old, there are flaws; there is no perfect science. While we navigate through the science of the COVID-19 pandemic, many new and exciting ideas are emerging. Of course, researching these ideas takes time, sometimes many years and we really don’t have that much time. Fortunately, breakthroughs happen every day. A few innovative technologies arising …

Older Happy Americans

Creating “Social Bubbles”

Angie Szumlinski Health, News, Studies

Social isolation has many adverse effects on people and can negatively impact seniors as well as young people. Detriments of social isolation are not picky- it affects everyone! Due to this, there has been research on the idea of “Social Bubbles;” so what is a social bubble? Here are a few key points: A social bubble is when two families …

COVID-19 Greatest Risk for Elderly

Angie Szumlinski Health, News, Studies

Reports of atypical presentations of COVID-19 have been emerging as the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has grown across the globe. Atypical presenting features refer to patients where the constitutional or respiratory symptoms are absent or minimal and other non-respiratory symptoms or signs are early or predominant features. Studies have shown that the greatest risk factor for severe COVID-19 is increasing age, particularly …

Parkinson’s and Physical Activity

Angie Szumlinski News, Studies

It is no surprise to most of us that physical activity has long-lasting, positive effects on the human body. But a recent study published in the Journal of Parkinson’s Disease reaffirmed this long-standing belief. The study evaluated long-distance skiers and found that although their brains may have degenerative changes associated with Parkinson’s disease, they didn’t experience the physical symptoms usually …

COVID-19 Specimen Collection – A Win-Win?

Angie Szumlinski Health, News, Studies

COVID-19 Specimen Collection – A Win-Win? Everyone is talking about avoiding being tested for COVID-19 due to the technique used to obtain the specimen. True, it is not the most pleasant experience, but the good news is there may be an alternative to the nasopharyngeal swab! On June 3, 2020, the New England Journal of Medicine reported a study on …

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Masks: So Many Choices- Which is Best?

Angie Szumlinski Studies

In a study published in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (JASA) on June 30, 2020, they discussed different types of masks and their effectiveness at preventing droplet spread. It was noted that although masks may help mitigate the risk of spreading infection via respiratory droplets, there are no specific guidelines on mask materials and designs. The study …

Cognitive Decline or Age-Related Hearing Loss?

Lisa O'Neill Health, Studies

Recent studies have shown that constant changes in the hippocampus, the area of the brain responsible for processing memory, play a role in increasing the risk of being diagnosed with dementia. In this study, it was observed that the greater the hearing impairment, the weaker the brain plasticity in the hippocampus, and the weaker the ability to change and adapt …

The Next Meal…Food for Thought

Lisa O'Neill Health, Studies

Researchers in France conducted a study focusing on diet, the combination of foods consumed, and the impact it may have on dementia. What the researchers found is that it wasn’t necessarily the quantity of food that was a determining fact in diagnosis, but rather food choices. The study participants were those living with dementia and patients with no symptoms or …

Pulmonary Emboli and COVID

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

New studies are being done on COVID patients and microthrombi/pulmonary embolism. MEDPAGE Today published on April 8th that they are noting systemic clotting problems in patients with COVID-19, even with those patients on prophylactic anticoagulation. They have noticed that the D-dimer, that checks for clotting issues, has been linked to a greater odd of death with COVID-19 patients in Wuhan, …