Prayers and Grief Counseling After COVID: Trying to Aid Healing in Long-Term Care

A tidal wave of grief and loss has rolled through long-term care facilities as the coronavirus pandemic has killed more than 91,000 residents and staffers — nearly 40% of recorded COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. And it’s not over: Facilities are bracing for further shocks as coronavirus cases rise across the country. Workers are already emotionally drained and exhausted after […]

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COVID-19 will have a long-term impact on rural communities

Although vaccinations against COVID-19 have begun in the UK, the effects of the pandemic on the economy and society will continue to be felt for a long time. Rural communities, in particular, will be hit hard. The closure of local hubs such as pubs and community centers in rural and remote areas has been a trend in recent years. The […]

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Electronic Cigarettes Improve Long-Term Smoking Cessation

MONDAY, Oct. 19, 2020 — Nicotine electronic cigarettes (ECs) improve long-term smoking cessation compared with nicotine replacement therapy, according to a review published online Oct. 14 in the Cochrane Library. Jamie Hartmann-Boyce, D.Phil., from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, and colleagues examined the effect and safety of using ECs to help smokers achieve long-term smoking abstinence. Data […]

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Lifting weights ‘protects the brain from long-term degeneration’

Lifting weights can help protect the brain from degeneration, and its benefits last for many months after training, according to Australian research. A study by University of Sydney researchers has found that the areas of the brain affected by Alzheimer’s disease are protected for one year after training. Research suggests we can lift our way to better brain health.Credit:Getty The […]

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We know bushfire smoke affects health, but the long-term consequences are hazy

In previous years, Australians might have been exposed to bushfire smoke for a few days, or even a week. But this bushfire season is extreme in every respect. Smoke haze has now regularly featured in Australian weather reports for several weeks, stretching across months in some areas. What we considered to be short-term exposure we must now call medium-term exposure. […]

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Researchers study the mechanisms behind learning and long-term memory in the brain

When we first purchase a smart phone, all of our settings and applications are the same. But as time passes, everyone’s phones will change drastically as we adapt them to our own individual needs and preferences. In the same way, our memories and life experiences are loaded into our brains, making one person unique from another. Even the simplest experiences […]

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Metformin may help patients maintain weight loss long-term

In the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) clinical trial and its long-term follow-up study, among the persons who lost at least 5 percent of their body weight during the first year, long-term maintenance of weight loss was more likely if they had been assigned to treatment with metformin than with placebo or lifestyle intervention. Being older and losing a greater amount […]

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Healthy meal kits can boost children’s long-term health

A scheme that helped parents plan well-balanced family dinners for three months kept their children healthier for years after, a study has found. Low-income families who were given simple recipe kits to cook five healthy meals a week decreased their children’s body mass index (BMI) compared with peers who continued their normal eating patterns. Another initiative that encouraged families to […]

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Interior seniors wait longer for long-term care than in Lower Mainland, seniors advocate says

Statistics show that how long you are likely to wait for a long-term care bed depends heavily on where in the province you live. Seniors in the interior are at a disadvantage compared to those in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley. It’s a problem the province’s seniors advocate believes could be tackled by better planning. According to the most […]

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