What is toxic productivity and what are the signs?
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(Brittany Wong/ Huffington Post) — Think about your work ethic during the pandemic. Have you been more productive than usual? Do you rush to volunteer for projects at work, even when your plate is already full? Do you promise to make dinner as soon as you finish “one last thing” on your to-do list? If you answered “yes” to any

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Canada’s shameful history of medical colonialism
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(Toula Drimonis/ The Conversationalist) — In September 2020, Joyce Echaquan, a 37-year-old Atikamekw woman from Quebec’s Manawan community, livestreamed a Facebook video that showed her screaming in pain while hospital healthcare workers openly mocked her. “You’re a f*cking idiot,” “only good for sleeping around,”  …

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Depressive symptoms linked to rapid kidney function decline
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(Jeanna D. Smiley/ Medical News Today) — Scientists know that depression accelerates the progression of chronic kidney disease (CKD), but little research discusses how depression affects kidney function in the general population.

A Chinese university recently discovered a strong correlation between high depressive  …

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Nasal spray gel directly delivers Parkinson’s drugs to the brain
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(Michael Irving/ New Atlas) — Getting drugs into the brain is no easy feat, but the nose is emerging as one of the most direct routes. Now, researchers in the UK have developed a hydrogel that can be administered as a nasal spray, lining the tissue and delivering a common Parkinson’s drug straight to the brain.

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Just say no to the post-pandemic diet
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(Cynthia M. Bulik/ Psychology Today) — Since March 2020, we have been deprived of so many things: seeing family and friends, touch, travel, smiles, even toilet paper. We have missed reunions, weddings, graduations, and funerals.

Many of us are unemployed, underemployed, or burned out from added responsibilities.  …

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Skin-buzzing sensor detects psoriasis
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(Ben Coxworth/ New Atlas) — When someone has a problematic skin condition, the affected skin is typically either stiffer or softer than normal. A new sensor has been shown to detect such differences, potentially allowing doctors to diagnose problems more quickly and easily.

The electromechanical device was designed  …

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Alzheimer’s might be an autoimmune disorder, Canadian research suggests
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(Leslie Young/ Global News) — By 2030, it’s estimated one million Canadians will be diagnosed with dementia, and despite decades of research, there is still no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, which causes the majority of cases.

But a new study suggests that we may have been looking at the disease all wrong.

Researchers from  …

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New radiation drug shows improved survival in prostate cancer patients
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(Carla K. Johnson/ Global News) — Doctors are reporting improved survival in men with advanced prostate cancer from an experimental drug that delivers radiation directly to tumor cells.

Few such drugs are approved now, but the approach may become a new way to treat patients with other hard-to-reach or inoperable cancers.  …

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Electronic nose sniffs out cancer in blood samples with over 90% accuracy
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(Michael Irving/ New Atlas) — Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have developed an electronic nose (or e-nose) that may be able to sniff out signs of cancer from blood plasma samples. In tests, the device was able to detect a range of cancer types with over 90 percent accuracy.

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)  …

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Teen stress has been heightened by the pandemic. Here’s how to help them
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(John Duffy/ CNN Health) — I started working with Shannon, a high school junior, at the beginning of lockdown. Shannon has asthma, and she’s afraid of getting Covid-19 herself. She’s also afraid of making a family member or someone else sick. And she fears the pandemic will never be over, that things will never

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