Despite reports of milder symptoms Omicron should not be underestimated
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(Linda Geddes, Nick Dall/ The Guardian) — As the world scrambles to contain the new variant, some are hopefully seizing on anecdotal reports from South Africa that it may cause only mild illness. But although previous variants of the coronavirus have been associated with different symptoms and severity, it would be dangerous  …

Doctors call for help as hospitals battle surgical backlogs, staffing shortages
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(Nicole Ireland/ CBC News) — Cheryl Sword does as many activities as she can with her husband and 11-year-old son, until she has to stop and rest.

“My abdominal pain and pressure stops me in my tracks,” Sword, 36, who lives in Sherwood Park, Alta., told CBC News.

She was supposed to have two ovarian cysts, one on  …

Why it’s normal for COVID-19 vaccine immunity to wane, and how booster shots can help
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(Julian Daniel, Sunday Willett/ The Conversation) — Vaccines are the holy grails of disease prevention. These medical marvels confer significant protection against diseases — whether a childhood infection, annual influenza or a novel coronavirus — that can easily cause undue suffering.

The polio vaccine prevents  …

Pandemic isolation magnifies risk of falls for seniors
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(René Bruemmer/ Healthing) — Harbachan Kaur Mudhar was taking a shower when her knee gave out and she suddenly found herself sitting in her bathtub, her leg bent in a peculiar way.
“I saw my leg in a different kind of position and shape,” she said. “And I thought, ‘Here we go.’ ”
There was no pain, until the paramedics came to lift
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Physical activity might help mend people with Alzheimer’s disease
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(Manuela Callari/ Cosmos) — It’s no real surprise that an active lifestyle is beneficial for people with Alzheimer’s disease. But researchers from the University of California have now added another piece to the puzzle in understanding how physical activity improves brain health and helps people with Alzheimer’s  …

Pandemic depression persists among older adults: Study
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(Laura Lawson/ Healthing) — The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the mental health of older people living in the community, with those who are lonely faring far worse, according to new research from McMaster University.
Using data from the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA), a national team of
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Canada’s doctors call for better protection from harassment, threats
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(Lisa Grant/ CityNews Toronto) — The Canadian Medical Association wants Ottawa and social media platforms to step up and protect health-care workers.

The organization says online harassment and threats of violence targetting doctors and other healthcare workers are escalating.

The CMA wants Prime Minister Justin  …

Cause of neurological COVID-19 symptoms explored
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(Timothy Huzar/ Medical News Today) — Researchers have been exploring the way COVID-19 affects a person’s nervous system, causing neurological symptoms.

This week, they presented their findings at Neuroscience 2021. This event is the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, which is the largest  …

World is put on high alert over the Omicron coronavirus variant
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(Ivana Kotassova/ CNN News) — As fears mount over the newly identified coronavirus variant Omicron, governments around the world are scrambling to protect their citizens from a potential outbreak.

The new mutation, which is potentially more transmissible, was first discovered in South Africa and has since been detected in
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The science behind COVID-19 vaccines: parent FAQs
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(Healthy Children) — Since COVID-19 vaccines became available to anyone age 12 and up in May 2021, millions of adolescents have been safely vaccinated. Now, children 5 to 11 years old can get vaccinated, too.

Whether you’re the parent of a teen or a grade-school age child, you likely have questions about the vaccine.  …

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