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Speaking of Wellness: Can’t ‘Snap Out’ of Post-Covid Depression? You’re Not Alone

Covid-19 has certainly affected many of us psychologically, but those who have had the disease are almost 40 percent more likely to suffer from depression than those who haven’t...

Speaking of Wellness: A Diet Tailored to Your Own Particular Biology

Imagine being able to hit a perfect dietary bullseye—learning exactly what foods you in particular should eat, and in what proportions and at what time of day, both to...

Speaking of Wellness: Covid-19, the Next Stage

Remember SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome), the deadly coronavirus illness that was first reported in the U.S. in early 2003? SARS killed fewer than 1,000 people in 29 countries...

Speaking of Wellness: Can Getting Covid-19 Take the Place of Getting the Vaccine?

A question I continue to get: “Why should I get the Covid-19 vaccine? I’ve already had Covid, so I’m immune.” And that query's sister question: "Why should I get...

Speaking of Wellness: What If You’re 65+ and Get a Breakthrough Infection?

A few weeks ago, I was talking with a friend who was in the throes of a breakthrough Covid-19 infection. He was pretty sick with a high fever and...

Speaking of Wellness: Coping With Covid-19 During the Holidays

Something great happened in late October. My 11-year-old granddaughter, for whom vaccinations had not yet been approved, wanted to spend the night with us, and we were able to...

Speaking of Wellness: Remembering Kirk Smith, 1947-2020

“Some have greatness thrust upon ’em,” Shakespeare wrote in Twelfth Night. Others have greatness thrust two flights up. I was in the latter group. The office of Kirk R. Smith,...

Speaking of Wellness: The Continuing Quest for a Cold Vaccine

With all the focus lately on a vaccine against the coronavirus that causes Covid-19, many people have asked me why there’s still no vaccine for the common cold. After...

Speaking of Wellness: The Doctor Will ‘See’ You Now

Telehealth, also called telemedicine, has been available for some years now—I practiced it myself about 15 years ago with a patient who lived 300 miles away in a rural...

Speaking of Wellness: Where Are All the Women?

Nearly 30 years ago, the Revitalization Act of 1993 established legal requirements and guidelines to ensure that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) include women in its clinical research...