COVID-19 can kill heart muscle cells, interfere with contraction
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(Science Daily) — A new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis provides evidence that COVID-19 patients’ heart damage is caused by the virus invading and replicating inside heart muscle cells, leading to cell death and interfering with heart muscle contraction. The researchers used   …

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You’ve got to move it, move it!
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(Science Daily) — One in four women over age 65 is unable to walk two blocks or climb a flight of stairs. Known as mobility disability, it is the leading type of incapacity in the U.S. and a key contributor to a person’s loss of independence.

Published in the February 23, 2021 online issue of JAMA Network Open, researchers  …

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Drug relieves chronic pain without the addiction risk
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(Laura Bailey-Michigan/ Futurity) — According to some estimates, chronic pain affects up to 40% of Americans, and treating it frustrates both clinicians and patients—a frustration that a hesitation to prescribe opioids often compounds.

Naltrexone is a semi-synthetic opioid first developed in 1963 as an oral alternative  …

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Pandemic has caused an increase in antidepressants use in Quebec
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(CTV News/ Associated Press) — A comparison of the consumption of antidepressant drugs between 2019 and 2020 in Quebec shows a significant increase, according to findings from pharmacists, who associate the phenomenon with the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The compilations established by the Quebec Association  …

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She was in agony since age 13. Then a hospital diagnosed her with endometriosis
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(Julie Landry/ CBC News) — Kim will never forget the moment the specialist touched her arm and believed her.

She had been living with excruciating pain for more than half her life, yet, she says, a long list of doctors had either misdiagnosed or dismissed her condition.

It was only when she was treated at a special unit of B.C.  …

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What a 3rd wave of COVID-19 could look like in Canada — and how to avoid it
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(Adam Miller/ CBC News) — COVID-19 levels are declining from the devastating peaks of the second wave across much of Canada, but experts say the threat of more contagious coronavirus variants threatens to jeopardize our ability to prevent a third wave.

Canada has close to 850 confirmed cases of the variants first identified  …

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Menopause hasn’t been taken seriously enough in workplaces
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(Beena Nadeem/ Good Housekeeping) — By the time she was in her late thirties, Lauren Chiren was a senior executive of a global financial services firm, overseeing male-dominated teams. Almost overnight, her confidence levels plummeted – unbeknown to her, she was going through the symptoms of early menopause.  …

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COVID vaccine reaction can mimic breast cancer symptoms
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(Dennis Thompson/ Health Day) — One side effect of COVID-19 vaccination is creating undue fear among women, causing them to worry that they might have breast cancer.

Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines can cause lymph nodes to swell, particularly those in the armpit on the side where the shot was received,  …

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Elderly Quebecers keen to take their turn in COVID-19 vaccination queue
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(Sean Gordon/ CBC News) — There are a great many things Guita Hyman, 86, misses about the before times, but there are a few things in particular she is looking forward to seeing once she’s vaccinated against COVID-19: her four children, nine grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and her condo in Florida.

The Montreal  …

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Developing an mRNA vaccine for cancer immunotherapy
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(Molly Campbell/ Technology Networks) — The COVID-19 global pandemic has cast a spotlight on mRNA vaccine technology, which is often referred to as part of “the new era” of vaccinology.

Prior to the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak, mRNA-based vaccines were already being developed for prophylactic and therapeutic  …

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