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How much diabetes, smoking, and other risk factors worsen your coronavirus odds

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Doctors have been warning for months that "underlying conditions" raise your risk of getting hit hard with the coronavirus, based on the experience of other countries. But which conditions, and how much difference does each one make?

The first comprehensive U.S. numbers were published Tuesday afternoon, illustrating just how much worse the ...Read more

Out of toilet paper? We've got some solutions and some precautions

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TP or not TP?

That is the question many of are asking as we contemplate shelves empty of toilet paper.

Even though the use of toilet paper hasn't increased because of the coronavirus crisis, there's been panic buying, hoarding, empty shelves at the stores and even reports of theft from rest stops and restaurants, when they were still open.

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Q&A: Coronavirus and seniors: How to stay safe, and how to help

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LOS ANGELES -- The United States is home to roughly 49 million people who are 65 years or older. Many are at risk for severe illness with COVID-19, meaning that they must be extra vigilant to prevent being exposed to the coronavirus. Their families and caregivers must also be especially careful.

Seniors wrestle with numerous questions each day,...Read more

Was March 2020 the weirdest month of the 21st century?

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An old phrase says "May you live in interesting times," and while it sounds like a blessing, it's often thought to be a curse.

The coronavirus has upended life as we know it. Store shelves and city streets are empty; drive-thrus for both fast food and pandemic testing are essential; and distilleries are producing hand sanitizer instead of hooch...Read more

Healthy Men: April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month

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Did you know that the most common form of cancer in boys and young men ages of 15-35 is almost entirely curable if caught early? And did you know that awareness and screening are the most effective ways to fight that disease? Now that you know, how'd you like to help spread the word?

April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month, and now's the ...Read more

Should you bring mom home from assisted living during the pandemic?

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Dr. Alison Webb took her 81-year-old father out of assisted living, to live.

Coleen Hubbard took her 85-year-old mother out of independent living, to die.

With the coronavirus moving through facilities that house older adults, families across the country are wondering "Should I bring Mom or Dad home?"

It's a reasonable question. Most ...Read more

8 at-home activities that don't involve TV or books

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We're going to have to figure out more ways of having fun and being productive while practicing social distancing. It's easy to binge watch a TV show or plow through some books, but when you want a break from those things, here are eight activities to try.

--Do a puzzle

Puzzles are not only fun, they're also a great way to get your mind to ...Read more

COVID-19: Advice for caring for people with Alzheimer's disease, mild cognitive impairment

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With the COVID-19 pandemic at the forefront of daily life, how much information should you share with a loved one who has Alzheimer's disease, dementia or mild cognitive impairment? And how do you explain the necessary precautions and social distancing requirements? Dr. Joseph Sirven, a Mayo Clinic neurologist, says it depends on the person's ...Read more

White House will not reopen Obamacare enrollment for virus

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump will not reopen the Obamacare exchanges to allow uninsured Americans to purchase health care coverage during the coronavirus pandemic, a White House official said Tuesday night.

The decision comes after the president said last week he was considering a special enrollment period to allow individuals to ...Read more

Already taxed health care workers not 'immune' from layoffs and less pay

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Just three weeks ago, Dr. Kathryn Davis worried about the coronavirus, but not about how it might affect her group of five OB-GYNs who practice at a suburban hospital outside Boston.

"In medicine we think we're relatively immune from the economy," Davis said. "People are always going to get sick; people are always going to need doctors."

Then,...Read more

It's time to eat more olive oil

The Edmonton Oilers won the Stanley Cup in 1984, 1985, 1987 and 1988 with Wayne "The Great One" Gretzky as their center, and one more time in 1990 after they traded Gretzky to the Los Angeles Kings. Since then, no more Cups for the Oilers.

Maybe they could use a cup of olive oil to bolster their strength. A study by researchers from Harvard's T...Read more

Elderberry syrup and allergy

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DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 66-year-old male who lives in Louisiana. I have suffered seasonal allergies all my life. They seem to be present almost year-round as I get older. I have tried every over-the-counter medication I can find and some prescription medications, with little long-term relief.

The new rage here to combat these allergies is ...Read more

Grief, compassion and ingenuity as the coronavirus brings endless complications to one family's goodbye

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SEATTLE -- The cars streamed into the hospital parking lot close to midnight as the family of Hoang Dinh Nguyen rushed to say goodbye. At 72, he had survived war in Vietnam, a harrowing escape by boat, two strokes and cancer. Now, he seemed certain to succumb to the novel coronavirus.

Earlier this Thursday night, March 19, Swedish Medical ...Read more

Q&A: COVID-19 expert explains how the virus makes people sick

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Experts continue to learn more about SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, and how it behaves. Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and director of Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group, is answering questions about how the virus makes people sick, how it compares to influenza, and how the COVID-19 pandemic response is ...Read more

Coronavirus patients caught in conflict between hospital and nursing homes

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A wrenching conflict is emerging as the COVID-19 virus storms through U.S. communities: Some patients are falling into a no man's land between hospitals and nursing homes.

Hospitals need to clear out patients who no longer need acute care. But nursing homes don't want to take patients discharged from hospitals for fear they'll bring the ...Read more

Expert tips on decluttering your home during the coronavirus pandemic

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In a recent decluttering webinar hosted by professional organizer Fay Wolf, people all over the country signed on to Zoom to get how-to tips while sequestered at home due to the coronavirus.

"There's room in your life to do something right now," said Wolf, author of "New Order: A Decluttering Handbook for Creative Folks (and Everyone Else)." "...Read more

Fear, isolation and financial stress. How do we cope with it all?

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ST. LOUIS -- Danielle Armey, 22, of St. Louis, was diagnosed with depression and general anxiety disorder two years ago. She and her roommate are both restaurant servers and have had to file for unemployment. Her graduation from Maryville University has been canceled.

Her anxiety makes her assume the worst; her depression is triggered by ...Read more

Your teen's questions about the stay-at-home order, answered — whether they like it or not

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If you have a teenager in your house right now, this is probably NOT the most fun time you've had in the history of being a parent.

That's because, not only are you dealing with your own stresses, but you've also got a kid stuck inside your house who feels like the world is ending because all the freedoms they so recently were given have ...Read more

Get a better night's sleep and don't let coronavirus concerns run down your immune system

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Daylight savings time barely happened before the coronavirus forced Illinoisans to self-isolate. And we all can relate to how hard it is to lose an hour when the spring equinox rolls around, right?

But now that COVID-19 has shifted our immediate priorities, it may have also shifted your sleep patterns due to increased anxiety. We talked to some...Read more

How to know whether you have allergies or coronavirus

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Our unusually mild winter has led to a lovely early spring. Cherries, magnolias, and forsythias are brightening the neighborhoods where we hunker down and hope the coronavirus will pass us by. Their beauty is welcome, but for many, the annual botanical awakening brings bad news: allergies.

This year's early tree pollen season brings a new worry...Read more