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Q: Everybody is talking about the coronavirus right now, but I still don't really know what a virus is. How do they work? Why don't antibiotics kill them? A: You're far from alone in your … more
The isolation and fear all of us are experiencing these days is all too familiar to the millions of people struggling with a substance use disorder. The difference is that while we readily empathize … more
While the masses hunt for toilet paper, Caroline Gregory and other people with diabetes are on a different mission: scouring stores for the rubbing alcohol or alcohol swabs needed to manage their … more
BOSTON — Neil Diamond posts a fireside rendition of "Sweet Caroline" with its familiar lyrics tweaked to say, "Hands ... washing hands." A news anchor asks when social distancing will end … more
Working from home during the coronavirus pandemic — and generally hunkering down amid stay-at-home orders — mixes multiple aspects of life. That can be a recipe for stress. For those … more
Q: Why do you have to wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds? Are they not getting clean if you've only got cold water? And why is 20 seconds the magic number? What about … more
WASHINGTON— In a matter of days, millions of Americans have seen their lives upended by measures to curb the spread of the new coronavirus.Normally bustling streets are deserted as families … more
NEW YORK — Liam Elkind's big heart and his break from college was a highlight of 83-year-old Carol Sterling's week.The retired arts administrator has been sheltering at home during the … more
Q: Our dad is 78 years old, and he has started spending a lot more time indoors and on his recliner. He's in good health, but he says he's getting too old for exercise to matter. What can we say to … more
Is it the flu, a cold or the new coronavirus? Patients and doctors alike are parsing signs of illness to figure out who needs what tests or care and how worried they should be. "You have three … more

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