Worried about a shortage of children’s medications? What you need to know
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(Laura McQuillan/ CBC News) — Amid a nationwide shortage of children’s pain and fever medications, Health Canada was due to speak with manufacturers on Thursday to discuss ways to boost supply.

Parents across the country have noted empty shelves where they had hoped to find pediatric acetaminophen or ibuprofen  …

BBQs can be hazardous to health, environment, experts warn
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(Saba Aziz/ Global News) — A popular summer past time, barbeques are in full swing in Canada – but is your grill putting you and others at risk?

With more people gathering in backyards and parks this year after two seasons of COVID-19 restrictions, experts say Canadians should not take the impact on their  …

Polio largely vanished thanks to vaccines. So why is it now back in more countries?
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(Lauren Pelley/ CBC News) — Polio, a potentially disabling virus that’s long been forgotten in many parts of the world, is now circulating in parts of the U.S. and U.K., on the heels of an outbreak in Israel — prompting health officials to launch vaccination campaigns to ensure the public is protected.

Even in Canada,  …

Ants can learn to ‘sniff out’ cancer in patients
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(Chris Melore/ Study Finds) — Ants may be the answer when it comes to creating an affordable test for diagnosing cancer. Researchers in France say they have successfully trained these ordinary insects to sniff out cancer cells. In lab experiments, the tiny cancer screeners could actually tell the difference between the  …

15 ways to stay healthy in retirement
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(Melinda Ratini/ Web MD) — When you retire, you don’t just leave a job. You enter a new stage in your life. If you do something you find meaningful, you’ll be happier and healthier. Volunteer at a hospital or library. Take part in projects at your house of worship. Tutor kids who need help in school. Care for animals in a shelter.  …

Do I need surgery for my hernia?
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(Sabrina Felson/ Web MD) — A hernia occurs when fatty tissue or an organ pushes through a weak place in the surrounding connective tissue or muscle wall. Hernias usually don’t get better on their own. They tend to get bigger. In rare cases, they can lead to life-threatening complications. That’s why doctors often recommend  …

Music has benefits for people with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers
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(Zachary Swegger/ Futurity) — The room transformed as an older woman danced around the skilled nursing care unit to rock ‘n’ roll hits from her youth. Her husband later took her hands and joined her in a two-step tour of the space. First-year Penn State College of Medicine medical student John Bufalini watched in awe as the  …

Women choosing to have kids later in life stigmatized by medical guidelines
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(The Canadian Press/ CTV News) — As more and more Canadian women choose to have children later in life, a recent study suggests that pregnant women aged 35 and older tend to be stigmatized by medical guidelines and public policies.

“There’s a lot of emphasis on biomedical risks,” said research co-author  …

1 in 8 adults end up with long COVID, new Dutch study finds
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(Aya Al-Hakim/ Global News) — A Dutch study released on Saturday reports that one in eight adults who are infected with COVID-19 experience long-term symptoms or what is often known as long COVID.

Long COVID refers to any of more than two dozens symptoms that linger, recur or first appear at least one   …

7 things you should never say to someone trying to lose weight
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(Lauren Del Turco/ Prevention) — Navigating conversations about weight, exercise, and food is about as tricky as walking a tightrope blindfolded. One wrong sentence and you’re plummeting toward awkwardness and insult. Even the most well-intentioned of compliments or questions can go south quick; after all, our relationships  …

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