COVID-19 is still with us, and is still causing serious illness and death. However, it is disproportionately affecting older people.
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COVID-19 is the third-leading cause of death in Canada, but it’s older people who are dying. That we accept this and carry on as if the pandemic is over reveals our ageism: We don’t value older people.
In this November 1918 photo, a nurse tends to a patient in the influenza ward of the Walter Reed hospital in Bethesda, Md.
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During the 1918 flu pandemic, white people died at similar rates to Black Americans, according to a new study – a very different pattern than what occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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There were deaths from COVID and deaths with COVID – but other deaths are also likely linked to the virus’s impact on our health and our medical care.
A bear eats a teenager, and inherits his memories. An ageing woman writer buys a tower of her own – where she reimagines the crone from Rapunzel. Two inventive new books resonate with our reviewer.
The subject of death can be a difficult one to broach.
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Views on death and the afterlife vary from person to person and culture to culture. This course gives US Air Force cadets a broad perspective on mortality and its effects on people and society.
Bad air pollution and extreme heat each raise health risks, but they’re worse combined.
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The worst effects are during high nighttime temperatures, something happening more often with climate change. Wildfires add to the risk.
Research shows that grandparents’ involvement in their grandchildren’s lives plays a critically important role in a child’s overall health and development.
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Models shows that some 4 million people in the US have lost a grandparent to COVID-19. But until now, there has been a dearth of research into the mental health effects of losing a grandparent.
Joe Biden is the oldest person to be sworn in as US president. New research shows politicians are likely to live longer than the populations they represent.
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The public expects transparency about politicians’ earnings, but it’s not the only area where elite groups have an advantage.
The mortality rate among young adults is higher than it should be, statistically.
The risk of dying changes over the course of a lifetime. Very high at birth, it falls and then gradually rises again… except for a peak after adolescence. Why such a statistical anomaly?
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Around half of recent excess deaths in England have been directly from COVID.
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Between May 2020 and early September 2021, over a quarter of a million more people have died from natural causes than was predicted for that time period.
While the figure of 10,000 steps a day has become a popular benchmark, new research finds we might not need to take quite so many strides to cut our chances of an early death.
Biologists and demographers are actively debating whether there is a natural cap on the human life span, and how high that might be.
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Jeanne Calment of France died in 1997 at the age of 122 years and 164 days. That record will be broken this century, statistical models suggest.
The nice way to describe a new study suggesting lockdowns haven’t saved lives is that it’s ‘brave’.
Weight loss is often recommended to type 2 diabetes patients.
‘One-size-fits-all’ weight loss advice could be inadvertently harmful to some patients.
With family together, either in person or by video, the holidays offer an opportunity for deep, personal discussions about the future.
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The pandemic is bringing up tough new questions as parents and grandparents develop advance care plans. Here’s how to start the conversation.
An unprecedented level of research has gone into understanding the novel coronavirus. Here’s what we still don’t know.
The pandemic has exposed many of us to new statistical concepts, on the news, in everyday conversations and on social media. But how many are you getting wrong?
As modern medicine improves, so too does our ability to stave off disease. But can we overcome the most inescapable of afflictions - old age? Researchers around the world are trying to find out.
Random testing conducted in Indiana gives public health officials some of the most representative and accurate data to date.
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A team of researchers from Indiana University performed random testing for SARS-CoV-2 across the state. The results offer some of the most accurate data to date about important aspects of the virus.