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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Time to grieve: Addressing bereavement challenges during COVID-19
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(Batya Swift Yasgur/ Psychiatry Advisor) — Grief is a normal, albeit sad and challenging, part of life. All human beings will experience loss of a loved one at some point and will experience grief. Although acute grief is usually self-limited, we never fully stop grieving. But individuals whose grief remains intense and  …

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Cancer that went undetected during the pandemic an ‘impending disaster’
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(Leah Hendry/ CBC News) — Cancer specialists are bracing for a wave of patients suffering from more advanced disease due to delays in both screening and diagnostic testing during the pandemic.

About 60,000 Quebecers receive a cancer diagnosis in any given year.

But according to a report released  …

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Experimental drug reverses Alzheimer’s disease symptoms in mice
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(Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News) — Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine have designed an experimental drug that reversed key symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease in mice. The drug works by reinvigorating a cellular cleaning mechanism—chaperone-mediated autophagy (CMA)—that gets rid of   …

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Pasadena woman, 36, diagnosed with colon cancer wants earlier screening
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(Colleen Connors/ CBC News) — Stephanie Budgell does not want others to go through her experience of a Stage 4 colorectal cancer diagnosis, and is calling on health authorities to lower the age for screening.

“I want family doctors to see that it’s not an old man’s disease anymore,” said  …

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Experts warn of teenage mental health time bomb
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(Claudia Tanner/ iNews) — Oli, who did not want his surname used, says the past year during the global pandemic has really shaken his mental health.

“Before lockdown, if you’d have told me I would have most of a year off school I’d have thought that sounds amazing,” said the 17-year-old. “But it was the toughest time   …

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App helps breast cancer patients, survivors keep moving
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(Jill Barker/ Healthing) — While the survival rate of breast cancer has been on the rise since 1987, it’s still the most frequently diagnosed cancer among Canadian women and ranks second in cancer-related deaths of women.

But with 88 per cent of Canadian women now living at least five years after diagnosis, an increasing  …

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