Health

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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Turning 65 brings benefits–Medicare, Social Security (unless you’re a 70-or-bust holdout), maybe retiring or at least downsizing your hours. But—and there’s always that “but,” right? It’s also the age at which your doctor starts taking any symptoms with even a whiff of cardiac involvement very seriously.  He or she may have previously chalked up 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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Happy new…closet. We will all be happy to bid 2020 goodbye. A great way to have a fresh start is to take a look at what we’ve accumulated over the year   –  or years. Decluttering our spaces is incredibly freeing. Even better, it can be a way to do some good for those of us
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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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Have a question about relationships and sex for seniors?  Every month Senior Planet’s award-winning senior sexpert Joan Price answers questions about everything from loss of desire to solo sex and partner issues. Subscribe now (do it here) and don’t miss a single column. Senior Planet subscribers also get The Weekly Orbit, our newsletter with features
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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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For nine long months of COVID, we’ve done everything possible to stay safe. Many of us can say, ever so cautiously, that we haven’t been affected directly. Nevertheless, stories of hardship and loss seep through, increasing our anxiety and impacting our state of mind. How can we continue to age gratefully when our worlds remain
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If you are close to your 65th birthday, or are already on Medicare, the Medicare pitches are flooding your email, voicemail, text and old-fashioned mailbox. As you are probably well aware, it’s the open enrollment period until Dec. 7. If you have questions, you aren’t alone. Senior Planet found two independent Medicare experts and searched
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Earlier this year, when Chadwick Boseman, the 42-year-old star of the megahit Black Panther  died of colon cancer, it did not just point out the tragedy of dying young, but also the disparities in health conditions and survival among minorities. Even with presumably getting the best care, Boseman’s cancer progressed to a lethal stage IV. 
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A reader writes:  Help! I suffer from depression brought on by my work but enhanced by my wife of 37 years. I adore her, but she’s withheld sex from me for the last four years. I’ve tried to be understanding, but I can’t stand it anymore. The lack of love she shows me leaves me
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For Americans turning 65 today, there is a 70 percent chance you will need some form of long-term care at some point in your life. But three quarters of Americans don’t have a long-term care insurance policy, many because they can’t afford them. One of the problems is that the policies are cheapest when you
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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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