Can’t sleep? Here are some tips to tackle pandemic-induced insomnia
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(Mouhamad Rachini/ CBC News) — Performer Veronica Antipolo’s insomnia is so bad, she’s half-considered changing her work schedule.

“I actually joked with a friend the other day. I said, ‘You know, I might as well just take a night shift somewhere because I’m just up all night,'”  …

Health Canada approves Pfizer anti-viral pill for treatment of COVID-19
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(Ryan Tumilty/ The National Post) — Health Canada has approved Pfizer’s drug Paxlovid as the first take-home treatment for COVID-19.

The drug, which is a treatment involving a total of six pills taken daily for five days, has been shown to reduce the risk of hospitalization by almost 90 per cent. The course of treatment includes  …

Severe depression may affect women and men differently
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(Sci Tech Daily) — A team of Université Laval scientists may have discovered why severe depression affects women and men differently, according to a study published on January 10, 2022, in Nature Communications. The researchers examined the brains of people with depression at the time of death and discovered alterations  …

Does COVID virus or vaccine mess with the menstrual cycle?
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(Stacey Colino, Beth Levine/ Everyday Health) — It’s completely normal for menstrual cycles to vary slightly from month to month, but sometimes stress can really throw things out of whack. If you’re someone who’s usually very regular, even slight differences are noticeable.

There’s no question that the coronavirus  …

The stigma remains strong around men’s mental health
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(Zacharie Poulin/ Ottawa Citizen) — Everyone told me these would be the best days of my life. I’m 18, finishing college and the world around me seems to be imploding. I haven’t had COVID-19, I have a job and I consider myself one of the lucky ones.

But my entire college experience is a Zoom room with screens off. I’ve met only one  …

‘Cancer won’t wait’: Patients frustrated as surgeries postponed due to COVID overload
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(Elizabeth Payne, Blair Crawford/ The Ottawa Citizen) — Just weeks after learning she had an aggressive form of breast cancer, an Ottawa woman has received more shattering news: Her surgery to remove that cancer has been postponed.

The 51-year-old public health professional with the federal government is one of up to   …

Is it possible to exercise too much? How can I tell if I’m overdoing it?
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(Christie Aschwanden/ The New York Times) — You’ve probably been told countless times that exercise is good for your health and fitness, and it’s tempting to assume that more is automatically better. But as with so many other good things in life, there comes a point of diminishing returns, and it’s possible to overdo it.  …

In a first, scientists find the brain region linked to the clitoris
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(Rohitha Naraharisetty/ The Swaddle) — The joke goes that the clitoris, the body’s most sensitive erogenous organ, is hard to find in general. A familiar and sad refrain is cis-men are clueless about how to navigate bodies that aren’t similar to their own. But it turns out, science was lagging behind too, in a manner

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How to treat yourself at home if you get COVID-19
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(Sara Fraser/ CBC News) — With the Omicron variant spreading like wildfire, more people than ever are getting COVID-19 — even those who are vaccinated.

And while there are still cases of severe illness in some people who are infected with the virus, the majority of Canadians who have at least two doses  …

How will pandemic end? Omicron clouds forecasts for endgame, experts say
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(The Associated Press/ CBC News) — Pandemics do eventually end, even if Omicron is complicating the question of when this one will. But it won’t be like flipping a light switch: the world will have to learn to coexist with a virus that’s not going away, experts say.

The ultra-contagious Omicron variant of the  …

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