Despite overcrowding issues, many beds at Montreal’s university superhospitals are empty
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(CBC News) — Several years after opening, in the midst of an ongoing overcrowding crisis in Montreal’s emergency rooms, the city’s two university superhospitals still aren’t making all their beds available.

The exact reason for the unused beds depends on who you ask. The hospitals say it’s a funding issue,  …

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Exercise your way to a better relationship
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(Scott Lear/ The Conversation) — Want to spice up your relationship for Valentine’s Day? Or maybe even start a new one off on the right foot? Go on an exercise date.

Exercise has a lot of health benefits and can also result in better connection and attraction among people. Those who exercise report higher satisfaction in their relationships.  …

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Women with high testosterone more likely to have diabetes and cancer
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(Cindy Harper/ MyHealthyClick) —Testosterone, a steroid hormone, is predominantly a male sex hormone that triggers the development of secondary sex characteristics in men.

However, testosterone is also secreted in women in small amounts. Along with estrogen, testosterone promotes the growth and repair of the reproductive organs  …

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Eating eggs may not impact heart health at all
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(Lisa Rapaport/ Reuters) — People who eat an egg a day are no more likely than those who rarely eat eggs to have high cholesterol, heart attacks and strokes or to die prematurely, a large study suggests.

“Previous studies on egg consumption and diseases have been contradictory because most of these studies were relatively small or moderate  …

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Women who have general anesthesia during C-sections are more likely to experience postpartum depression, study finds
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(Harmeet Kaur/ CNN) — Women who have general anesthesia during C-sections are significantly more likely to experience severe postpartum depression resulting in hospitalization, suicidal thoughts or self-harm, according to a study published last week.

That might be because general anesthesia can delay breastfeeding and skin-to-skin  …

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U.S. study finds ‘no clear rationale’ for 45% of antibiotic prescriptions
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(Robert Preidt/ HealthDay) — Nearly half of antibiotic prescriptions for U.S. Medicaid patients appear to be inappropriate, new research suggests.

That kind of overprescribing raises risks for everyone, experts say, as bacteria gain more chances to mutate around the life-saving drugs.

For the study, researchers analyzed 298 million  …

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Massive cancer genome study shows DNA errors can lurk for years before other signs emerge
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(Tom Hale/ IFL Science) — A gigantic new project has sequenced the genomes of dozens of cancers, revealing an unprecedented look into the fundamental nature of cancer. Among the research’s many fresh insights, it revealed that the genetic glitches responsible for cancer can sometimes appear years or decades before any other signs   …

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This is how Yale researchers say to approach the Keto diet
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(CW Headley/ Ladders) — The Keto diet has managed to break out of its label as the latest trendy diet because of its proven rate of success with weight loss.

However, a new study conducted by a team of Yale researchers addresses the potential setbacks associated with adopting the Keto diet long-term with the help of mouse models.

The report,  …

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Smart bandage changes color to indicate infection – and fights it
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(Michael Irving/ New Atlas) – Bacteria are fast evolving resistance to antibiotics, and it takes time to figure out if a particular infection is drug-resistant or not.

Now, researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences have developed a smart bandage that changes color to signal the presence of either drug-resistant or drug-sensitive  …

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Canadians seeing more doctors after hours but electronic medical-record use lags behind
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(Canadian Press) — Family doctors in Canada are providing increased access to care compared with most of their counterparts in 10 other countries but still lag behind when it comes to using electronic medical records, findings of a survey show.

The Commonwealth Fund Survey also found few doctors can share patients’ lab and diagnostic  …

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