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Hello, dear readers, and welcome to our first letters column of the summer. We've had a lot of mail — thank you! — so we're diving right in. - Let's start with a question regarding two … more
Unwinding with a glass of wine or a "quarantini" might seem like a good way to cope with the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic. But for some people, too much alcohol is making the ongoing health crisis … more
Q: I've heard that there's finally a test for Alzheimer's disease, and that it has to do with your eyes. What is it, and how does it work? A: Although researchers continue their search for a … more
At a time when we all feel more vulnerable than ever to the risk of disease and other ills, there's one rapidly growing branch of medicine that's focusing on unlocking the body's own remarkable … more
Hello, dear readers, and thank you for joining us for the continuation of our monthly letters column. We received so many questions related to the coronavirus and COVID-19 that we needed to address … more
Can I get COVID-19 through my eyes or ears? It's possible through the eyes, but not likely through the ears. As with the nose and mouth, doctors say the eyes may be a route of infection if … more
Q: I was recently diagnosed with chondrocalcinosis, which is quite painful. I know it's similar to gout, though it is due to calcium crystals rather than urea. What treatments can help with pain? I … more
Hello again, dear readers, and thank you for joining us for this month's letters column. It's a difficult and challenging time, and we're more grateful than ever for the community that has sprung up … more
Q: Now that it's harder see a doctor or go to the emergency room, I want to beef up our first-aid kit. What should we have on hand? A: We're big fans of maintaining a well-stocked first-aid kit … more
Q: I just read that a coronavirus vaccine won't be ready until at least next year. How do vaccines work? And why do they take so long to make? A: When measured against the catastrophe of the … more

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