Coronavirus

For many people, taking part in clinical trials or research studies can be a way to help advance science or cures, get free medical tests, and make some cash on the side. The race to find an effective COVID-19 treatment and vaccine increased the number of research studies.  However, a recent report from the FTC,
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I finally got my Coronavirus vaccination. The card indicating that has a place of honor on the fridge, plus several pix in my phone.  And a Xerox copy in my files. And in my wallet. Considering how much trouble I went through to get it, it’s worth making sure it’s not going astray. I spent
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The online world can be a wonderful place to meet people….but many find it a frustrating place where people brag about hundreds of “friends” they’ve never met. Connectivity online may not mean connections online. Forming true connections First, find people who share your interests on an online platform. This can be cooking, knitting, owning a
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With the end of the pandemic possibly in sight, and Valentine’s Day on the horizon, maybe you’ve taken a longer-than-usual look in the mirror and thought: “Oh no! I’m not ready for dinner parties/eating out/dating/seeing friends.” We get it. And we consulted two respected doctors—with no ties to companies or devices—to ask them about some
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During the worst of 2020, I had a playlist that reflected my mood.  Most of the time it was (and remains) smooth jazz because sometimes I just don’t want any words of any kind in my head…especially if the song became an earworm.  Besides that, I kept playing “The Waiting” by Tom Petty (“Every day
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With 2020 thankfully fizzling to a close, we’re all hoping 2021 will be better. If you haven’t thought about New Year’s resolutions yet, here are our 5 suggestions to make next year better for you and yours—and the planet. Bonus: we asked experts for stick-with-it tips. 1-Demand Better Health Care for All  It’s no secret
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For many of us, it’s the ”it” question of the year: When can I get the COVID vaccine? The answer to that question is a moving target. Here’s what to know about vaccine distribution and how to stay current on what’s happening in your hood. The rollout:   Days after the FDA gave emergency use authorization
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Nine months into the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccines are in sight. That’s right, plural, vaccines. Recently, three companies released some results from their Phase III studies, reporting effectiveness ranging from 70 to 95%. They are Pfizer/BioNTech, AstraZeneca and Moderna. Pfizer and Moderna have formally applied to the FDA for emergency use authorization (EUA). The FDA will
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Apparently I’m not the only one who spent time in lockdown parked in front of the TV. Popcorn and binge watching seems to be the guilty pleasures of choice among the readers who commented so far.  And some of ’em get pretty darned fancy. “I love Popcorn. Sometimes it is my meal, others my dessert.
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Of course we’ve all, since the lockdown, been dutifully sticking to our routines, getting our daily exercise, watching our diets, taking our vitamins and engaging in wholesome activities to keep our minds engaged, right? Well…. I’ll come out and say it – as long as I don’t make a habit of it – I’ll let
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As we slooooowly emerge from the pandemic, life is very gradually beginning to get back to normal.  Mostly.  Where I live, church services are curtailed,  and gatherings – like weddings – over 50 will bring the cops to break it up.  (Demonstrations are another matter.) Gyms are back with social distancing. Shopping IRL is coming
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A friend recently told me he was at the beach a few months ago, on a breezy day. He accidently strayed close to a small boy wearing a mask. The boy yelled “People!!” and ran, terrified, to his mom and dad’s blanket.  The parents gave my friend a small, sad smile of apology. The real
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People with hearing loss should take extra steps to ease the added social isolation caused by wearing masks, according to one published report. This September (Deaf Awareness Month) during the pandemic, these tips from Clearliving.com are particularly relevant.  Nearly 25 percent of those aged 65 to 74 and 50 percent of those who are 75
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We’re now in Week (cough cough) of the Lockdown. Every person I’ve spoken to in the past week has announced they are “over,” “so over” and “so incredibly over” the lockdown. People have disturbed sleep cycles, increased snack consumption, overspent on online shopping, and snapped at their spouses. I knew I was in trouble when
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By now, most people know that financial planners recommend you keep three to six month’s expenses tucked away in case of emergency or unemployment. It may be even more imperative for retirees, considering that many have not saved enough and no longer have a regular paycheck if something does happen. “Unexpected expenses still come up,”
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