Organ donor numbers reached an all-time high in 2019, Transplant Quebec reports
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(Bena Oduro/ Global News) — Transplant Quebec broke records for organ donations in 2019 and the non-profit organization hopes to see the record broken again in 2020.

This is the first time in history the province’s organ donation number exceeds the number of people on waiting lists. Ten years ago, Transplant Quebec tested only 388 potential  …

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Canada preparing a Plan B pandemic response in case coronavirus containment fails
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(Kathleen Harris/ CBC News) — A top Canadian health official says that while the federal government works to stop the spread of the coronavirus, it’s also preparing a robust response plan in case containment fails.

Answering questions from MPs on the House of Commons health committee Wednesday, Deputy Chief Public Health Officer  …

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Western junk-food diet can slow down your brain and make you eat even more junk
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(Tibi Puiu/ ZME Science) — Switching from a healthy diet to a western diet (high fat, high added sugar) for a little as one week can significantly impair cognitive function and encourage people to eat more even when they’re full.

Disruption in the hippocampus, a region that is known to have a major role in learning and memory, seems to be   …

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Eating meat: links to chronic disease might be related to amino acids – new findings
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(Laura Brown and Kelly Rose/ The Conversation) — Plant-based diets have been popular in the media recently, but research shows that going vegetarian or vegan isn’t only good for the environment, but for our health, too. Meat-rich diets are linked to a range of health problems, from heart disease and strokes to type two diabetes and some  …

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The brain of a lifelong bully looks different than the general population’s
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(Ali Patillo/ Inverse) — One in four people will show patterns of antisocial behavior at least once during their childhood and adolescence. From stealing to bullying, lying, or even committing violence, most people grow out of these behaviors.

But for about 10 percent of the population, antisocial behavior never goes away, persisting  …

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Here’s how vitamin B12 supplements could be deadly
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(Seema Prasad/ Medical Daily) — Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin essential to brain and nervous system functions, which has a role to play in cell metabolism and red blood cell multiplication. The natural sources of the vitamin are non-vegetarian food and non-plant-based foods such as fish, milk, eggs and poultry, among  …

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Domestic abuse raises the risk of death by 44% finds study
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(Ananya Mandal MD/ Medical Life Sciences News)— A new study reveals that domestic abuse can raise the risk of deaths by 44 percent compared to the general population.

A team of researchers from the University of Warwick and Birmingham has confirmed what has been suspected, and they found that domestic abuse survivors are  …

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11 celebrity mamas get real about their postpartum bodies
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(Heather Marcoux/ Motherly) — For a long time the first photo the public would see of a celebrity who’d recently given birth was a carefully staged, lit and edited bikini photo under headlines about how she “got her body back.” But today, celebs are turning the tables on this old trope, sharing their bodies and stories  …

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Another win for optimism! Recovery after stroke
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(Sandee LaMotte/ CNN) — Having a stroke is no laughing matter. But if you can stay optimistic about your recovery, a new study says you may be able to speed up your healing and reduce disability.

Higher levels of optimism in stroke survivors was associated with reduced stroke severity, less physical disability and lower levels of inflammation  …

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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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