Out with the old: Coronavirus highlights why we need new names for aging

Although largely unnoticed by mainstream media, something significant has happened with the rise of COVID-19: the marginalization of older Americans. Scorn for elders is now on full display. Some blame them for the shelter-in-place guidelines. Some even say they should be offered up as a sacrifice for the good of the country. But the coronavirus affects everyone. It’s true that […]

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Old drugs might treat COVID-19—so we’re using pieces of coronavirus to find out

Why don’t we have drugs to treat COVID-19 and how long will it take to develop them? SARS-CoV-2—the coronavirus that causes the disease COVID-19—is completely new and attacks cells in a novel way. Every virus is different and so are the drugs used to treat them. That’s why there wasn’t a drug ready to tackle the new coronavirus that only […]

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Elders in Rwanda need leaders’ support to face old age, study finds

Rwanda’s Government should investigate how leaders can honor and support older people who – despite making a valuable contribution to society across their lifetimes – face intense poverty in old age due to lack of water, food and health care, according to a new report. Rwandan elders seek a retirement as mentors, cultivators, neighbors and citizens, but face growing old […]

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Super-seniors: researchers solve the mystery of a hundred years – and that is in the cells

100 years old and still pretty fit – how do the Super-seniors? Japanese scientists have solved the puzzle, now to a large extent. A special feature in your immune system, protects the cells of the seniors in front of a fast decay and, above all, against cancer. Japan is considered the Land of the hundred-year-old. Nowhere else in the world, […]

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High cholesterol could TRIPLE old people’s dementia risk, study warns

High cholesterol could TRIPLE risk of dementia in the over-60s as doctors urge the elderly to cut down on cheese and butter to protect their brains Researchers in Indonesia said a history of high cholesterol was a ‘major risk’ Small study found people with high cholesterol had a 50/50 chance of dementia Cholesterol is raised by foods with a lot […]

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World first sees 66-year-old blocked heart cleared with a live wire

World surgical first sees 66-year-old blocked heart valve cleared with a live wire up his leg Michael Hammond, 66, of Hove, got chest flutters on holiday five years ago  Doctors discovered leaking mitral valve and said he needed open heart surgery  But he had a much more simple procedure and was out of hospital in three days Leaky heart valves can […]

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Emotional video shows 13-year-old cancer patient finishing chemo

Emotional video shows 13-year-old cancer patient crying as he rings the hospital bell to celebrate going into remission after gruelling chemotherapy George Harrison, from Doncaster, was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma He needed surgery to remove the cancer and lost his hair during chemotherapy His parents initially thought he had food poisoning when he fell ill in the spring Charlotte Harrison, […]

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Bone erosions more frequent with old age at onset of early RA

(HealthDay)—Old age at onset of early rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is associated with more frequent bone erosions, according to a study published online Nov. 11 in the International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases. Koichi Murata, from Kyoto University in Japan, and colleagues examined how old age at disease onset affects treatment and prognosis in early RA using data from the Kyoto Rheumatoid […]

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