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Sound Body is a weekly program of information to help you manage your overall health and well-being. Topics have included Migraines & other headaches, Diabetes diagnosis & tips; Dental Health; Mental Health & Aging; Lowering Cholesterol; The Elephant Cure; Nutrition & exercise; Health Care Proxies and Living Wills.

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The Essential Guide to Medicare is a consumer guide to Medicare. It includes sections on the history of this single-payer government program, how and when to apply  for Medicare, what is included in the different parts of Medicare, decisions for choosing the correct plans, how Medicare compares to other plans around the world, and links to government help services.

Artificial Intelligence applications are creating algorithms for detecting eye diseases, detecting a cough from someone who has Covid-19 but is asymptomatic, and for other health-related diagnosis. Smart health devices have come a long way from just counting steps - they now can track sleep cycles, monitor EKG, oxygen saturation, and blood glucose levels, as well as providing many other fitness and health related data. Also, an article on the veracity and usefulness of Covid-19 testing.

Researchers are finding that Autism Spectrum Disorder may be linked to - or even cause by - irregularities in the microbiome found in the human digestive tract. The microbiome may also play a role in all kinds of brain disorders, including schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and depression.

The human immune system might be better at fighting off Covid-19 than some studies may lead us to believe. Also, a look at how nanoscopic pathogens other than the coronavirus can make you sick.

The Bill of the Month is an ongoing collaboration between Kaiser Health News and NPR. This crowdsourced investigation dissects and explains medical bills every month in order to shed light on U.S. health care prices and to help patients learn how to be more active in managing costs.

Medieval Europeans didn’t understand how the plague spread. Their response to this threat wasn’t so different from our response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Also, an article from Scientific American on how Covid-19 death counts are tabulated.

Soap and water are good at destroying the coronavirus, but also destroy microorganisms that are beneficial to humans. In this book review from the New Yorker magazine, two books about the living and permeable ecosystem of our skin are explored in a way that could make some people a little squeamish.

People with poorly controlled diabetes are more susceptible to more severe infection, whether it’s Covid-19, influenza, or tuberculosis. Elevated blood sugar directly impairs immune function. Also, going for regular eye exams is important for people with diabetes. Articles from the October 2020 issue of Diabetes Self-Management magazine.

Human behavior, including the wearing or shunning of masks, will determine the Covid-19 pandemic’s ultimate toll. To understand different behavioral choices a New England Journal of Medicine article looks at scientific mistrust and free-market principles, the polluted information environment, how beliefs shape our personal identity, the health fallout of economic devastation, and tribal norms.  Also, an article on how the pandemic has changed our beauty habits in ways that can be better for skin, hair and nails.

Mushrooms have been used medicinally for centuries, and now they may provide us with innovative environmental solutions as well. Fungi including Reishi, lion’s mane and Chaga are gaining popularity in the wellness world

Real Simple magazine offers tips on how to relax and find ways to keep calm during these turbulent times. Also, a quick look at the difference between Covid-19 symptoms and seasonal influenza.

Consumers hope dietary supplements will keep them healthy, and they also believe they’re protected from unsafe products. A Consumer Reports special investigation, however, shows that the FDA’s oversight of the industry is dangerously insufficient.

A personal essay written for Time magazine that describes why kindness toward people with disabilities is complicated. Also, the pandemic has made work and social life more accessible for people with disabilities.

A former corporate propagandist for a large health insurance company admits that he sold Americans a lie about Canadian medicine, in order to prevent the formation of a single-payer system. He believes that his lies are responsible for thousands of Covid-19 deaths already.

ALS, or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.  The conclusion to the Wired magazine article “My Friend Was Struck by ALS. To Fight Back He Built a Movement”. Also, an article about Stephen Hawking and how he was able to live for over 50 years with ALS.

ALS, or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.  Wired magazine profiled one  particular man who used his lifetime of experience and connections to give help and hope to fellow sufferers after getting his own diagnosis of ALS.

Restless Legs Sydrome is commonly known as a sleep disorder, but it is characterized as a neurological sensory disorder. A look at the symptoms, causes and treatments for Restless Legs Syndrome. Also, four non-arthritic conditions that can cause leg pain while walking.

Lyme disease, like Covid-19, has mushroomed into a global epidemic. It is the most common vector-borne illness in the United States, with 30,000 cases reported to the CDC each year. Experts believe that the real number of cases is more likely 300,000.

Some studies have shown that Type O blood has a protective effect, while another suggested that people with Type A blood may have a higher risk of catching Covid-19. Other studies do not show any significant differences related to blood type. Also, the American Red Cross is in critical need of blood donations. A look at different types of blood donation. Also, how to stop “doomscrolling” or over-focusing on doom and gloom news.

Confronted by rare illnesses that most scientists overlook, four families create their own extraordinary approaches to finding treatments.  The New York Times reports on the overwhelming toll of caring for individuals with rare diseases while trying to connect with other families and create cures. Also, how toxic positivity can make it harder instead of easier to cope during a pandemic.

Good Health and a healthy gut go hand in hand. When all goes well our digestive system transforms food into nutrients that develop, repair and maintain our bodies. Researchers have found an association between an unhealthy gut microbiome and many digestive disorders.

Digestive problems appear to be more common than they were years ago. Digestion is a critical function the body must perform in order to survive and thrive. Also, making the decision to see a doctor for non-critical appointments or elective procedures during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Whether you are pitching in the big leagues or glued to your keyboard, repetitive stress injuries can be very debilitating. Also, a quick look at the man who pioneered the study of stress.

Skin is our largest organ - we each have approximately 8 pounds and 22 feet of it. Skin is a conduit to your bloodstream, and acts as a waterproof shield for the rest of the body. Readings include: how sweat affects skin health, what it is like to have a skin disease known as “Butterfly Skin”, health risks from using sunscreen, what are skin tags, and, do detox foot pads really work

While most are focused on the mysteries of the novel coronavirus, both the New York Times and the Washington Post publish “medical mystery” columns. The Washington Post explores why a family had continuous strep throat infections. The New York Times solves the problem of gastrointestinal distress in an immune-suppressed patient. Also, how to re-enter society without anxiety after being under coronavirus lockdown .

:   A New York Times article comparing the risk of dying from Covid-19 to the risk of dying from driving to work every day, skydiving, or being a soldier in a war. Also, Consumer Reports looks at paying for healthcare during the coronavirus pandemic - assessing health care plans available to people who have lost employment, and offering suggestions on how to get help if  you receive a surprise medical bill.

Sound Body #2023: Eating Plastic 06/05/20

Jun 1, 2020

Consumer Reports suggests that we may be ingesting as much as a credit card’s worth of plastic every week. Also, of all the plastic ever produced, more than 10 billion tons of it - less than 10 percent has been recycled.

Anne Boyer, a poet and essayist, writes an unflinching personal essay on becoming a cancer patient.

Copper has been exploited for health purposes since ancient times to reduce the spread of germs and cure infections. While the SARS-CoV-2 virus endures for days on plastic or metal, it disintegrates soon after landing on copper surfaces. Also, an article on how to make a bad day better, and an article on ways to support front-line healthcare workers during the pandemic.

The music industry is working to help musicians and their on-the-road colleagues who face unique challenges in addressing addiction and mental-health issues.