‘They are all changed’: a year of pandemic isolation and youth mental health

  (Stephanie Liu/ CTV News) — The latest round of pandemic closures and restrictions in provinces across Canada is continuing to put children’s mental health at risk, experts say, with many students attending school virtually … Read More

This antidepressant may help dial back the body’s immune response to COVID-19
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(Claire Gillespie/ Health) — The COVID-19 vaccine rollout has been the main focus of attention over the last few months—more than 90 million doses have been administered since distribution began on December 14, at a rate of more than 2.2 million shots per day. But at the same time, scientists have continued to work hard to

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Here’s what to expect when you go to get your COVID-19 vaccine
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(Padraig Moran/ The Current) — Before she got her first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine last week, Vivian Musni was issued some strict instructions by her kids.

“They told me like, ‘Mommy, can you just take a picture? I want to see,'” said Musni, who works in administrative support at Altum  …

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COVID-19: a heavy toll on health-care workers
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(The Lancet) — The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged and, in many cases, exceeded the capacity of hospitals and intensive care units (ICUs) worldwide. Health-care workers have continued to provide care for patients despite exhaustion, personal risk of infection, fear of transmission to family members, illness
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Montreal study finds colorectal cancer on the rise among younger Canadians
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(CTV News/ The Canadian Press) — A study out of Montreal has found colorectal cancer is on the rise in younger people, a phenomenon that experts don’t really understand, but which they find concerning.

However, nutrition, inflammation and the microbiome, or the intersection between the three, may have something  …

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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.

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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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