Worried about coronavirus? If your loved one is over 60, read this
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(Scottie Andrew/ CNN) — The novel coronavirus can infect anyone, but it’s older adults — ages 60 and up — who are more likely to get seriously sick from it.

Some tips are applicable to every generation, but there are specific precautions older adults should take to protect their health.

We spoke to two geriatricians and pulled guidance  …

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Gut microbes could be key to treating ulcerative colitis
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(Timothy Huzar/ Medical News Today) — A team of scientists from Stanford University School of Medicine, California, has identified a gut microbe that is missing in some people. This finding may be key to why some individuals develop ulcerative colitis.

The research appears in the journal Cell Host & Microbe.

The scientists hope  …

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Standard methods rid hospital rooms of coronavirus
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(Dennis Thompson/ HealthDay News) — Wash your hands. Don’t touch your face. Don’t grab that door handle. Put the toilet seat lid down before you flush. COVID-19 has prompted a mountain of advice about how to protect yourself against coronavirus infection, and now a trio of studies of infected patients offer very encouraging  …

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Quebec’s first specialized COVID-19 clinic opens in Montreal
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(CBC News) — The first of three planned specialized COVID-19 screening clinics has opened in the shuttered emergency room of Montreal’s Hôtel-Dieu Hospital Monday — the same day that Quebec’s fifth presumptive case of an infection has been identified.

Quebec’s Health Ministry says this fifth presumptive case  …

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Do essential oils work? Here’s what science says
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(Sabrina Stierwalt/ Scientific American — Your friend suggests that you use a lotion infused with peppermint essential oil to help combat your nausea. Your coworker insists that he has never slept so well since starting to sprinkle a little lavender oil on his pillow at night. Last year alone consumers in the United States spent $1 billion  …

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Sleepy seniors at greater risk for health conditions
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(Serena Gordon/ HealthDay News) — If you’re over 65 and sleeping well at night, yet find yourself nodding off during the day, you may have a higher risk of developing new medical conditions like diabetes and cancer.

New research found that people who were excessively tired during the day had about twice the risk of being diagnosed  …

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Study hard and you might lower your chances of dementia
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(David Chandross/ The Conversation) — Every year hundreds of elderly students gather in Toronto for convocation, in-person and online, anxiously awaiting their diplomas. Some are in their nineties; some have dementia.

One graduate, who completed 15 courses taught by Ryerson University faculty, was a former entertainment manager  …

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Masks may actually increase your coronavirus risk if worn improperly, US surgeon general warns
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(Jacqueline Howard/ CNN) — US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams not only wants people to stop buying facemasks to prevent the novel coronavirus, but warns that you actually might increase your risk of infection if facemasks are not worn properly.

“You can increase your risk of getting it by wearing a mask if you are not a health care  …

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Women’s blood vessels age more quickly, leading to earlier heart disease: study
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(Elizabeth Pratt / Healthline) — Women’s blood vessels age at a faster rate than men’s.

Researchers say this could explain why women develop different forms of cardiovascular disease at different times than their male counterparts.

Their study, published in JAMA Cardiology, found that blood pressure elevations occurred much earlier  …

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Who is vulnerable to coronavirus? So far children appear safe from COVID-19
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(Sophie Scott/ The New Daily) — As authorities prepare for the coronavirus outbreak to be declared a global pandemic, health experts say there is already good evidence about who is most at risk from COVID-19.

The good news is that children seem to be safe from severe symptoms.

Chief medical officer Dr Brendan Murphy said one of the surprising  …

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