Falls Are Tied to Social Isolation

Living alone or being socially isolated may increase the risk for falls in older people, British researchers report. Their study, in Scientific Reports, included data on 4,013 men and women, most older than 60, who reported they had fallen, and on 9,285 who were hospitalized after a fall. The scientists used well-validated questionnaires to assign…

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Hearing Aids Could Use Some Help

But, Dr. Lin said, “most of what you see out there — ‘$50 miracle device!’ — is complete garbage. People can’t tell which to trust.” Once federal requirements are set for over-the-counter hearing aids, however, manufacturers of quality PSAPs can apply for approval. “All the other PSAPs will go by the wayside,” Dr. Lin said.…

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Cook Through This

Good morning. How are you? It’s been nine months of this for a lot of us, and even if the vaccine news is good, it’s not like we’ll be crowding into Katz’s for pastrami any time soon. We’re exhausted. We’re exhausted by so much: anxiety, grief, employment worries, childcare issues, food insecurity, general uneasiness about…

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Leave It in ‘Early Quar’?

As the United States braces for a long Covid winter, many people have been reflecting on the early spring, when the first wave of shutdowns transformed work, leisure and social life overnight. Millions of Americans, stuck at home from mid-March through the spring, threw themselves into digital distractions and ancient hobbies, intermittently checking social media…

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Shopping for Firewood Holders

If you’re lucky enough to have a wood-burning fireplace, you can look forward to one of winter’s most enjoyable activities: spending cozy nights around the hearth. But a roaring fire requires plenty of wood, and somewhere to put it. That makes one accessory — the log holder — especially useful at this time of year.…

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