World is put on high alert over the Omicron coronavirus variant
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(Ivana Kotassova/ CNN News) — As fears mount over the newly identified coronavirus variant Omicron, governments around the world are scrambling to protect their citizens from a potential outbreak.

The new mutation, which is potentially more transmissible, was first discovered in South Africa and has since been detected in
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The science behind COVID-19 vaccines: parent FAQs
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(Healthy Children) — Since COVID-19 vaccines became available to anyone age 12 and up in May 2021, millions of adolescents have been safely vaccinated. Now, children 5 to 11 years old can get vaccinated, too.

Whether you’re the parent of a teen or a grade-school age child, you likely have questions about the vaccine.  …

Canadiens players shine a bright light on mental health issues
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(Stu Cowan/ Montreal Gazette) — Dr. Karl Looper is the head of psychiatry at the Jewish General Hospital and he’s happy that the Canadiens’ Jonathan Drouin and Carey Price both came forward to make their issues with mental health public.

Drouin left the Canadiens near the end of last season and missed the team’s  …

Long COVID gets little attention in Quebec
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(Jesse Feith/ Montreal Gazette) — Last December, when Dr. Anne Bhéreur contracted COVID-19 in the palliative care unit where she works, she expected to recover and be back among her patients within 10 days.

Nearly a year later, however, this still hasn’t happened for the 45-year-old family doctor.

Short of breath and with  …

It’s official: Science says grannies are good for you
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(Phys Org) — Scientists say they have proven what many people fortunate enough to grow up with theirs have known all along: Grandmothers have strong nurturing instincts and are hard-wired to care deeply about their grandchildren.

A new study published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B on Tuesday is  …

Canadian endometriosis patients face ‘substandard’ quality of care: experts
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(Leslie Young, Jamie Mauracher/ Global News) — Denise Nadalini said she suffered excruciating period pains for more than two decades.

“I had extremely painful periods to the point where I was on the couch in the fetal position, sweating and still, after going to the doctor numerous times, I was told to deal with it with over-the-counter  …

Pandemic left its mark on Quebec’s youngest, study concludes
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(Healthing/ The Montreal Gazette) — Quebec’s youngest inhabitants were hit hard by the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, a study by the province’s Early Childhood Observatory has found.

The study’s good news is that “the risk of hospitalization for COVID-19 is very low in children, and there have been no fatalities  …

Senior Living: COVID-19 shows need for combating ageism
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(Judith Graham/ Daily Breeze) — Earlier this year, the World Health Organization announced a global campaign to combat ageism — discrimination against older adults that is pervasive and harmful, but often unrecognized.

“We must change the narrative around age and ageing” and “adopt strategies to counter” ageist attitudes  …

I had no prostate cancer symptoms, or so I thought
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(Gogs Gagnon/ Cure Today) — I was 57 years old when my doctor delivered the devastating news confirming my prostate cancer diagnosis. It caught me totally off guard as I was healthy, fit and wasn’t experiencing any health issues or symptoms of any kind.

I had no problems in the bedroom, and I slept throughout the night.  …

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