Mary Carpenter

The Complexity of Covid-19 Testing

A DC-REGION childcare worker in her mid-20s, M.R. returned to work on a recent Monday with a skeleton staff to prepare for reopening before the kids arrived. On Tuesday night, she learned a colleague had just received a positive Covid-19 test result; the center had suspended reopening—after alerting everyone involved; and she needed to get [...]

July 6, 2020

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What the Heck is Fatty Liver Disease?

Excess fat around the body’s largest organ can lead to serious consequences.

June 29, 2020

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What Would an Epidemiologist Do?

The coronavirus continues to infect. Doctors answer a survey on their personal safety choices.

June 22, 2020

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Genetics and Longevity

If you have centenarian parents, your chances of living a long life are good.

June 15, 2020

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Covid-19: June Update

We’re learning much more about how the coronavirus works. That doesn’t mean you can stop wearing masks and washing your hands.

June 8, 2020

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Our Turn

There’s a new conversation to be had about race. Listen up, talk . . . and then act accordingly.

June 7, 2020

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Zoom and the Brain

Frequent, high-intensity virtual connecting– on Skype, Zoom, etc.– can be exhausting.

June 1, 2020

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The Alzheimer-Infection Connection

New studies find a link between infection and dementia, but more research is essential.

May 25, 2020

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Relaxing Restrictions

Understanding the risks of opening up.

May 18, 2020

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Comfort Food

Feeling scared? Eating a blueberry crisp may help you feel better.

May 11, 2020

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Coronavirus Update: 5.04.2020

Contact tracing and social distancing — the only good weapons against Covid-19 until we have a vaccine.

May 4, 2020

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When Sniffles Don’t Stop

Over-the-counter treatments can help chronic runny noses.

April 27, 2020

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What’s Isolation Doing to Us?

Quarantine is hellish for some, a blessing for others.

April 20, 2020

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Covid-19 Conundrums

Questions range from mechanisms of contagion to severity, testing, and about how and when the crisis will end.

April 13, 2020

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What Your Nose Knows

Our sense of smell is under appreciated—until something goes wrong.

April 6, 2020

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Covid-19 and Pneumonia

Shortness of breath is always a reason to call your doctor.

March 30, 2020

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To Salt or Not to Salt

The jury is mixed on our favorite seasoning.

March 23, 2020

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Dysautonomia: Nervous System Disrupted

It’s difficult to diagnose and hard to treat.

March 16, 2020

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