What Canadians can expect from COVID-19 this fall and winter
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(Marc Gollom/ CBC News) — With the beginning of fall and a more transmissible strain of the coronavirus than last year’s taking hold, Canadians may wonder about the outlook of the pandemic over the next few months.

Some epidemiologists and infectious disease specialists are expressing cautious optimism,  …

Merck says it has the first antiviral pill effective against Covid
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(Rebecca Robbins/ New York Times) — The drug maker Merck said on Friday that its pill to treat Covid-19 was shown in a key clinical trial to halve the risk of hospitalization or death when given to high-risk people early in their infections.

The strong results suggest that a new wave of effective and easy-to-use treatments  …

Can a good nap make up for a bad night’s sleep?
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(Dave Yasvinski/ Healthing) — Grabbing a nap in the middle of the day won’t undo the dangers of a restless night, according to a new study that stresses the importance of sustained shuteye on cognitive function.

The research, conducted at Michigan State University’s Sleep and Learning Lab and published in the journal Sleep,  …

COVID-19 study that turned out to be wrong spread like wildfire among anti-vaxxers
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(Adam Miller/ CBC News) — An inaccurate Canadian study suggesting an extremely high rate of heart inflammation after COVID-19 vaccines has been retracted due to a major mathematical error — but not before it spread like wildfire on anti-vaccination websites and social media.

The preprint study, which was released  …

Medical experts urge caution over use of acetaminophen during pregnancy
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(Christine Birak, Marcy Cuttler, Lauren Pelley/ CBC News) — People who are pregnant should be cautious about taking acetaminophen as it may alter fetal development, according to a coalition of international public health experts.

In a consensus statement published on Thursday in the scientific journal   …

Many women have tried cannabis to manage menopause
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(Sam Riches/ Healthing) — The results of a new study out of the University of Alberta were presented during The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

The findings show that one in three women near the menopause transition use cannabis for symptom management, according to a summary  …

More than 41 million dementia cases globally are undiagnosed
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(Andrew Gregory, Linda Geddes/ The Guardian) — More than 41 million people living with dementia worldwide have not yet been diagnosed, according to a report by Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI).

Experts say getting diagnosed with the disease is vital, enabling those affected to receive support and treatment,  …

7 ways to prevent colon cancer
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(Pamela Kaufman/ Everyday Health) — As with all diseases, prevention is the best medicine when it comes to colorectal cancer.

Colon cancer and rectal cancer, typically grouped together as colorectal cancer because they are both diseases of the large intestine, affect approximately 1 in 20 Americans.

Colorectal  …

The scientific process needs to be better explained for the vaccine hesitant
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(Marc-Antoine De La Vega/ The Conversation) — When I first wrote about the arrival of SARS-CoV-2 in early March 2020, the question was whether or not the new virus would become a pandemic. At the time, most experts believed that we had already reached the point of no return.

Today, 18 months later, the answer is clear. You don’t  …

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