Avoid all social gatherings as COVID-19 community transmissions rise, health minister urges Quebecers

(Colin Harris/ CBC News) — Health Minister Christian Dubé appealed to Quebecers to cancel all their plans to gather with friends and family over the next few weeks — including Thanksgiving dinner. He said the … Read More

Chemicals found in fast-food wrap linked to weight gain in women
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(Amanda MacMillan/ Time) — Chemicals known as perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)—used frequently in fast-food wrappers and other products for their oil- and water-repellant properties—have been linked to hormone disruption, immune dysfunction, high cholesterol and even cancer. Now, a new study suggests that exposure to the chemicals  …

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Almost 1 million Canadians give up food, heat to afford prescriptions: study
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(CBC News) — Nearly one million Canadians spent less on necessities like food and heat to afford their prescriptions in 2016, according to a new study.

The paper, published Tuesday, found that 730,000 people skimped on food and another 238,000 spent less on heating their home — a total of 968,000 people.

“We knew lots of Canadians  …

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Study suggests eating more slowly may help you lose weight
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(Amanda MacMillan/ Time) — People looking to lose weight might try all kinds of ways to eat fewer calories. Now, a study in BMJ Open sheds some light onto which of those strategies actually work: Based on data from nearly 60,000 people, three behaviors—eating slowly, cutting out after-dinner snacks and not eating within two hours  …

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Can dim light make us … dim?
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(ANI News) — WASHINGTON: Did you know dim light could make you dumber?

According to a new study, spending too much time in dimly lit rooms and offices may actually change the brain’s structure and hurt one’s ability to remember and learn.

The Michigan State University researchers studied the brains of Nile grass rats (which,  …

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Quebec MRI machines underused despite long wait times: report
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(Raquel Fletcher/ Global News) — Quebec’s health minister came under fire for the third day in a row during question period on Thursday, this time over a report in the French-language newspaper La Presse, which found that MRI and CT scan machines are widely underused in hospitals, despite long waiting lists.

The La Presse report  …

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What STIs can you get from oral sex?
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(Zawn Villines/ Medical News Today) — Some people mistakenly believe that it is rare or impossible for sexually transmitted infections to be spread through oral sex.

However, it is possible to get a sexually transmitted infection (STI) from oral sex; in fact, some STIs, such as genital herpes and gonorrhea, are more commonly  …

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University program focuses on mental health benefits of physical fitness
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(Kelly Steele/ Windsor Star) — The University of Windsor has kicked off a program designed to get students struggling with mental health issues into a physical fitness routine.

“We certainly know all of the issues with students getting in to see counsellors, the wait time, the prevalence of mental health issues on university   …

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Your weight loss efforts are contagious
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(Maria Cohut/ Medical New Today) — Many of us take the steps to shed those extra pounds because we want to live a healthier life or fit into our favorite outfit again. But could our efforts actually bring health benefits to our loved ones, too?

Finally enrolling in that weight loss program or adopting a more balanced diet is something  …

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A big step toward a blood test for Alzheimer’s
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(Bret Stetka/ Scientific American) — For the most part, clinical trials in Alzheimer’s disease have been woefully disappointing—failed drug after failed drug. Even colossal drugmaker Pfizer announced earlier this month that it will stop pursuing treatments for the disorder out of scientific and financial frustration.   …

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