How to successfully handle holiday stress
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(Matthew Scult/ Psychology Today) — For some, the holidays can be the most wonderful time of the year, filled with family, celebrations, and gifts. For others, these same things can have the opposite effect causing anxiety, loneliness, and, more often than not, stress. The American Psychiatric Association recently   …

The pain gap: Women (still) aren’t taken seriously by doctors
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(Mary Elizabeth Williams/ Salon) — I’m obsessed now with just hearing women’s doctor stories,” says Anushay Hossain. “Everyone has one.”

The author of “The Pain Gap: How Sexism and Racism in Healthcare Kill Women” definitely has her own. After growing up   …

One-minute bursts of activity during daily tasks could prolong your life
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(Neuroscience News) — In good news for those who don’t like playing sport or going to the gym, new research finds just three to four one-minute bursts of huffing and puffing during daily tasks is associated with large reductions in the risk of premature death, particularly from cardiovascular disease.

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Reading for pleasure strengthens memory in older adults
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(Melinh Lai/ Medical Xpress) — Baseball may be America’s favorite pastime, but in rankings of the most popular hobbies, reading is more consistently ranked highly. It’s not hard to see why: reading is simultaneously engaging and relaxing, and it’s fun to do alone and with friends.

A team of researchers  …

Eating lots of ‘ultra-processed’ foods could harm your brain
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(Steven Reinberg/ US News) — Chips, pizza, cookies: Delicious, but a diet full of ultra-processed foods like these may contribute to brain deterioration, researchers report.

Ultra-processed foods have lots of added and unhealthy ingredients, such as sugar, salt, fat, artificial colors and preservatives. Examples

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What’s gone wrong: More than 800,000 Quebecers wait for family doctor
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(Angela Mackenzie/ CTV News) — Four years ago, the CAQ promised a family doctor for every Quebecer, but in the last election campaign, it had to admit that wouldn’t be possible, which has left many people feeling lost in the system.

Gevevieve Charrette has been on the waiting list for a family doctor for over a year,   …

Women and men may receive different advice for heart disease prevention
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(Beth Jo Jack/ Medical News Today) — The recommendations for heart health are fairly universal, but not everyone may receive the same guidance.

In fact, prior research, such as this 2020 study, suggests that healthcare professionals may treat women who’ve had a heart attack less aggressively  …

Potentially dangerous chemicals found in many cosmetic products sold in Canada
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(Jean-Benoit Legault/ CTV News) — A study involving a University of Montreal (UdeM) researcher has found that many cosmetic and personal care products available in Canada contain high levels of PFAS (Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances) that, in at least one case, far exceed Canadian regulations.

The research   …

Warmer noses are better at fighting colds: study
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(France 24.com) — Chilly weather and colds often go hand in hand. Reasons for this include people gather inside more in winter, and viruses survive better in low-humidity indoor air. But there has been less certainty about whether lower temperatures actually impair human immunity and, if so, how.

Now, a new study published  …

Missing the signs of endometriosis—new guidance for clinicians
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(University of Melbourne/ Medical Xpress) — Some cases of endometriosis in Australia are taking up to eight years to diagnose, according to new research published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ).

Endometriosis is a progressive, chronic condition where tissue that lines the uterus (the endometrium) grows  …

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