John Newman, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, Buck Institute for Research on Aging

Assistant Professor, Division of Geriatrics, UCSF Medicine

Recorded Monday, May 4th

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Join John Newman, live Monday, May 4th as he shares his perspective on how to think about, deal with, and potentially treat the COVID-19 pandemic.

John is an assistant professor at the Buck and at the Division of Geriatrics at UCSF. He is a board-certified geriatrician and practices medicine at UCSF and the San Francisco VA Medical Center. He completed his MD/PhD at the University of Washington.

The Newman lab focuses on how diet and fasting, and specifically the ketone body beta-hydroxybutyrate (BHB), regulate aging pathways. As a physician, he is focused on preventing delirium and preserving mobility in hospitalized patients. As an expert on the physiology of older adults, John addresses the particular vulnerability of those over 60 to COVID-19, and he promotes safe practices for older adults and their caregivers.

“The data confirms that older adults are disproportionally affected by COVID-19. This difference is rooted in the biology that drives aging.”

–John Newman

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In his session, John Newman will respond to the questions registered attendees sent in through this page, in the live discussion and social media.

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    How can people improve their immune systems in ways that might be specific to reducing the chance of COVID infection or minimizing symptoms. Also, is their a difference between how people of different ages should address building immunity?

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    Please clarify whether or not Ibuprofen should be avoided during the Covid19 era and explain why this is so.

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    Once the corona virus has entered the body, how long does it take to test positive? I wonder about Mike Pence’s wisdom in going maskless, even though he is tested regularly-not to mention that he is sending the wrong message.

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    How important is diet in preventing or affecting the severity of the coronavirus?

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    Can people over 60 take any preventive measures against COVID-19 now? What is your advice.

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    Could you speak about the natural remedies that are being used or studied to treat and prevent this virus?

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    Is it helpful to boost my immune system now anticipating that I may be getting Co-Vid 19 in the future? If so, how can I do more than eat right, exercise and get plenty of sleep?

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    Is there any evidence that taking turmeric curcumin capsules or elderberry supplements will increase one’s immunity to the Coronavirus?

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    How can testing for antibodies or immunities help us determine who should go back to work and who should avoid interfacing with people.

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    In a recent Newsweek (4/28) article, it reported that Dr. Fauci invested NIAID money and was doing “risky” research into bat coronaviruses; considered risky because of the possibility of releasing a pandemic “accidentally.” Can you speak to that? Thank you!

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    What kind of long term effects on the body can a person expect after recovering from the virus?

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    Washing hands with soap is highly recommended. Do all soaps have the same capacity to kill germs or are some better than others? Are bar soaps better than liquid soaps? What kind of soaps should we be using?

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    What do you think about the Covid vaccine produced by Moderna lab that is being tried on a few participants in Seattle?

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    What are the recommendation for people with a total lymphocyte count ~900/mm3 (considered being in lymphopenia) ? Considering the fact that a vast majority of people infected by Covid-19 present a progressive lymphopenia, what are the odds of not dying from Covid-19 with such numbers prior infections? (If you are aware of studies adressing this point, can you please share thoses articles?)

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    Do you recommend “intermittent fasting” for seniors; if so what benefits do you see for people who have already completed the majority of their lifespan?

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    I was diagnosed with covid19 6 weeks ago and hospitalized for a week 3 weeks ago and retested 10 days ago and the test still says COVID detected my question is will all people that get COVID build antibodies for it?