health

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 […]

Health

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 […]

Health

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 […]

Health

Is Your Blood Sugar Undermining Your Workouts?

Interestingly, their exercise resistance was the same, whether their blood sugar problems stemmed from poor diet or lack of insulin, and whether they were overweight or slimmer. If they had high blood sugar, they resisted the benefits of exercise. To better understand why, the scientists next looked inside muscles. And conditions there were telling. The […]

Health

Intermittent Fasting May Aid Weight Loss

Intermittent fasting is an increasingly popular diet technique. Now a randomized controlled trial reports that at least one version of the method — time-restricted fasting — may have benefits. In an eight-week trial, published in Cell Metabolism, scientists randomly assigned 58 obese men and women to three groups. The first ate whatever they wanted without […]

Health

Why It’s Good to Be Old, Even in a Pandemic

The older I get, the more comfortable I feel in my own skin, too — it’s at once thinner and thicker now. I’ve come to accept myself as I am, limitations and all. The umpteen uncertainties that afflict us while young — about our identities, our role in the community, our philosophy of life — […]