Is it Safe for Pregnant Women to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine?

CLEVELAND – Studies show pregnant women with severe COVID-19 are at higher risk for hospitalization, ICU admission and ventilation. So, moms-to-be may wonder if they should get the coronavirus vaccine, when it’s available to them. Although, there haven’t been vaccine trials done during pregnancy, existing safety data is reassuring. “Based on peer-reviewed, vigorous scientific evidence … Read More

New Dietary Guidelines for Americans

CLEVELAND – Are you wondering what to eat and how much? New dietary guidelines recently released by the United States government may help. “They’re kind of a big deal in the sense that they help to set the structure for things like food stamps and school lunch programs and things like that,” said Kristin Kirkpatrick, … Read More

When Will We Achieve Herd Immunity for COVID-19?

CLEVELAND – As COVID-19 vaccines are made available to more people across the country, we’re beginning to work toward herd immunity. Frank Esper, MD, an infectious disease specialist with Cleveland Clinic Children’s said herd immunity happens when there’s enough protection in the community to prevent continued spread of the virus. “When you see a high … Read More

Mindful Snacking while Working from Home

CLEVELAND – Working from home can definitely have its perks – but it can also create some bad habits, like snacking throughout the day. In fact, doctors have noticed an increase in the amount of people experiencing weight gain. “It makes sense. We are just feet from our kitchen and not only that, we are … Read More

How COVID-19 Has Impacted Drinking in the US

CLEVELAND – Data shows alcohol sales have increased during the pandemic. Stress, boredom and loneliness may be driving some people to drink. But excessive alcohol use has health risks – including liver disease, heart problems and accidents. So, how do we know if we’re drinking too much? ”What we usually ask our patients is, at … Read More

Understanding COVID-19 Virus Mutations

CLEVELAND – New strains of COVID-19 are making headlines and impacting countries around the world. The virus has mutated, or changed, but what exactly does that mean and should we be concerned? “This variant is more fit, or it works better,” said Daniel Rhoads, MD, a microbiologist with Cleveland Clinic. “Naturally, there’s going to be … Read More

Pedaling Helps Woman Keep Parkinson’s at Bay (PKG)

CLEVELAND – Exercise is medicine for 62-year-old Sally Terrell of Chagrin Falls, Ohio. “I’ve always stayed committed to exercise and committed to doing what I can to keep the tremors away,” she said. Sally has Parkinson’s disease, a progressive neurological disorder causing tremors on her right side. She manages her symptoms with medicine – and … Read More