Health

Pandemic Loneliness in Late Life

By the end of June, when my husband landed in the hospital, its administrators had begun allowing one visitor per patient, much to my relief. At 92, Don had fallen and fractured a hip. He would need an operation and then rehab in a facility that responded to the ongoing coronavirus by extending its ban […]

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Gum Disease Tied to Alzheimer’s Disease Risk

Severe gum disease and tooth loss may be linked to an increased risk for developing dementia, a new study has found. Researchers looked at 8,275 men and women whose average age was 63 at the start of the study. Over an average follow-up of more than 18 years, 19 percent of them developed Alzheimer’s disease […]

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In Indonesia, False Virus Cures Pushed by Those Who Should Know Better

First, Indonesia’s agriculture minister promoted wearing a necklace containing a eucalyptus potion to cure the coronavirus. Not to be outdone, the governor of Bali, a popular resort island, pushed his own remedy: inhaling the steam from boiled arak, a traditional alcohol made from coconuts. So-called influencers and self-styled experts have also pushed their own quack […]

Science

Lizard Popsicles, Anyone? – The New York Times

Stephan Halloy was conducting surveys on plants and wildlife on the high plateaus around San Miguel de Tucumán in northwestern Argentina in the 1970s when he first encountered lizard Popsicles. The mountains around the Argentine city climb rapidly to elevations of 13,000 to 16,400 feet, packing a multitude of ecological niches into a relatively small […]

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Coronavirus Live News: World Updates

As states scramble to put out fires, Fauci and other top U.S. health officials will go back before Congress. Two days after U.S. deaths surpassed 150,000, three familiar federal health officials, including Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, will return to Capitol Hill to testify in front of a new audience: the House’s special select committee investigating […]