Children with long-COVID symptoms get help at new clinic in Montreal
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(Cindy Sherwin/ CTV News) — When 13-year-old Charles trudged into his mother’s room one morning and said “Mom, I’m not feeling well,” Sophie Lahaie immediately thought he probably had COVID-19.

It was a natural deduction seeing as how her son’s class at school had just been cancelled due to an outbreak that affected at least  …

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Sugary soda linked to colorectal cancer in women
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(David Yasvinski/ Healthing) — Loading up on sugar-sweetened soda during adolescence and adulthood is tied to an increased risk of colorectal cancer in women under 50, a new study has found.

The research, published in the journal Gut, explored the connection between the early appearance of the deadly disease and  …

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Scientists have identified four distinct types of Alzheimer’s
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(David Nield/ Science Alert) — The more we understand about Alzheimer’s, the faster we can work towards better treatments and ultimately a cure, which makes discovering four distinct subtypes of the brain disease an important one.

Using machine learning algorithms trained at brain scans of 1,143  …

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Cancer cells soften as they metastasize, study suggests
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(Anne Trafton/ MIT News) — When cancer cells metastasize, they often travel in the bloodstream to a remote tissue or organ, where they then escape by squeezing through the blood vessel wall and entering the site of metastasis. A study from MIT now shows that tumor cells become much softer as they undergo this process.

The   …

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COVID-19 restrictions take a toll on brain function
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(Nancy Brassard/ The Conversation) — Confinement — which has been frequent during the pandemic — has undeniable effects on the brain. There’s the inability to concentrate enough to read or write, the lack of perseverance in tasks, agitation. All this is normal! The brain is not working the way it usually does and it’s being  …

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The promise of stem-cell cancer immunotherapy
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(Ben Ragen/ The New York Academy of Sciences) — Cancer immunotherapies utilize an individual’s immune system to fight off or even prevent cancers— shifting the paradigm for cancer treatment and providing alternatives to toxic chemotherapies.

Since the first immunotherapy cancer treatment was approved by the US Food  …

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3D-printed organs could save lives by addressing the transplant shortage
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(Saman Naghieh/ The Conversation) — Due to the global organ shortage and limited organ donors, thousands of patients are left wanting organs and tissues in cases of severe injuries, illness or genetic conditions. Many of these patients die before transplants are available.

Tissue engineering is an emerging field that  …

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1 in 10 women will have a miscarriage. They shouldn’t be told to ‘just try again.’
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(Katie Hunt/ CNN Health) — Miscarriages are common. Some 23 million pregnancies worldwide end in miscarriage every year — that’s 15% of all pregnancies or 44 each minute, according to new estimates published in The Lancet medical journal on Monday.

However, existing care and support

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A pandemic year without germs
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(James Hamblin/ The Atlantic) — Sales of alcohol surged in 2020, especially among the higher-proof varieties. But one type far outsold the others: hand sanitizer.In the heat of the pandemic, Purell poured some $400 million into expanding its production.

As anyone who resorted to bootleg hand sanitizer   …

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How to recognize and treat perimenopause and menopause symptoms
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(Dani Blum/ The New York Times) — Many women don’t know what to expect during perimenopause, which is the time period — often marked by distressing changes in the body — that leads up to menopause, or the end of a woman’s menstrual cycle and childbearing years. Those changes can come as a shock, so we broke down the signs, causes  …

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