Loneliness can increase risk of heart disease by 27 percent for older women
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(Linda Searing/ The Philadelphia Tribune) — For older women, being lonely and socially isolated can increase the chance of developing heart disease by as much as 27%, according to research published in the journal JAMA Network Open.

The finding adds heart disease to a list of potential health effects of loneliness and

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Quebec lowers COVID-19 isolation period to 5 days, with conditions
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(Joe Lofaro/ CTV News) — People in Quebec who test positive or have symptoms of COVID-19 will now have to isolate for just five days under certain conditions, public health officials announced Tuesday.

The province lowered the isolation guideline, following in the footsteps of other Canadian provinces and the U.S. Center  …

Pandemic isolation magnifies risk of falls for seniors
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(René Bruemmer/ Healthing) — Harbachan Kaur Mudhar was taking a shower when her knee gave out and she suddenly found herself sitting in her bathtub, her leg bent in a peculiar way.
“I saw my leg in a different kind of position and shape,” she said. “And I thought, ‘Here we go.’ ”
There was no pain, until the paramedics came to lift
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Loneliness and social isolation increase cancer incidence in men
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(Science Direct) — Globally, cancer is the second leading cause of death. Loneliness has been suggested as a risk factor for cancer mortality. However, connections between loneliness, social isolation, and cancer are poorly understood.

In our longitudinal study (mean follow-up: 20.44 years) of 2570 middle-aged men,  …

Can virtual reality help seniors? Study hopes to find out
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(Terry Spencer/ CTV News) — Terry Colli and three other residents of the John Knox Village senior community got a trip via computer to the International Space Station in the kickoff to a Stanford University study on whether virtual reality can improve the emotional well-being of older people.

Donning 1-pound (470-gram)  …