Wellness in the News for May 2020


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Coronavirus lockdown damaging to mental health

If you believe as I do that mind and body are inextricably linked, then you might also agree that mental health and physical health are equally valuable.

An article from the BBC describes how the corona lockdown has taken a heavy toll on the mental health of Italians.

I recommend daily exposure to the great outdoors, as I did in this video from the first week of our lockdown.


Key nose cells identified as likely coronavirus entry points

Science Daily reports that  two specific cell types in the nose have been identified as likely initial infection points for COVID-19 coronavirus. Scientists discovered that goblet and ciliated cells in the nose have high levels of the entry proteins that the COVID-19 virus uses to get into our cells. The identification of these cells by researchers from the Wellcome Sanger Institute, University Medical Centre Groningen, University Cote d'Azur and CNRS, Nice and their collaborators, as part of the Human Cell Atlas Lung Biological Network, could help explain the high transmission rate of COVID-19. 


Autoimmunity plays a role in Parkinson's disease

Parkinson's, the "shaking disease," is one of many inflammatory brain disorders related to the modern autoimmune epidemic, according to a new study.

"Autoimmune" means the immune factors are so busy, they run out of enemies and start going after health tissue, like brain matter. The friction by hurrying and scurrying through life burns brain cells and is eventually rewarded with a loss of neurological function.

Yang must be balanced with yin, or we will pay a heavy price.


Doctors continue to push opioids

From the Mayo Clinic comes a study confirming the fact that many Medical Doctors are overprescribing opioids in frequency and potency. When the only tool you have is a sledgehammer, every problem looks like a boulder.

It's a shame, really, when you consider all the alternative treatments for pain that exist but that private insurance companies and Medicare will not pay for.


Obesity is too risky to be accepted as “normal”

Two-thirds of Americans are seriously overweight. Every day there's a new study linking this condition to some disease, like diabetes 2 or thrombosis.

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Keratin scaffolds advance regenerative medicine

Researchers at Mossakowski Medical Research Center of the Polish Academy of Science have developed a simple method for preparing 3D keratin scaffold models which can be used to study the regeneration of tissue. 

 The regeneration of tissue at the site of injury or wounds caused by burns or diseases such as diabetes is a challenging task in the field of biomedical science. Regenerative medicine and tissue engineering require complementary key ingredients, such as biologically compatible scaffolds that can be easily adopted by the body system without harm, and suitable cells including various stem cells that effectively replace the damaged tissue without adverse consequences. The scaffold should mimic the structure and biological function of the native extracellular matrix at the side of injury for regeneration of tissues.