Bringing women’s heart health to the forefront
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(University of British Columbia) — According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, heart disease and stroke is the number one cause of premature death in Canadian women — and half of all women who experience heart attacks have their symptoms go unrecognized.

Dr. Tara Sedlak, a clinical associate professor of cardiology   …

Being optimistic could prevent dementia, new study suggests
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(Alice Clifford/ Independent UK) — Managing your emotions better could help to slow the ageing process, according to a new study.

Negative emotions, anxiety and depression are thought to promote the onset of neurodegenerative diseases and dementia. Scientists say that is because prolonged negative emotions can modify  …

What is postpartum psychosis, a serious mental illness impacting new mothers
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(Nathalie Slivinski/ Web MD) — It’s not uncommon for women to get the “baby blues” after giving birth. You might feel down, sad, anxious, overwhelmed, or depressed. Half or more of new mothers might go through it.

But in very rare cases, changes surrounding giving birth can bring on a very serious mental disorder called postpartum  …

Mindfulness exercises can be as effective as anxiety drugs, study shows
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(Amanda Morris/ Washington Post) — Practicing mindfulness to relieve anxiety can be just as effective as medication, new research shows.

A recent study published in JAMA Psychiatry showed that people who received eight weeks of mindfulness-based interventions experienced a decrease in anxiety that

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Having a pet keeps you smarter longer in old age, research suggests
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(Liz Braun/ Toronto Sun) — As you age, Fido can help keep you sharp.

New research from the University of Michigan has found that long-time pet owners in their mid-60s had higher cognitive scores than people of the same age group without pets.

For the Health and Retirement Study, “long-term” meant longer than five years.

“Prior  …

As menopause nears, be aware it can trigger depression and anxiety, too
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(Ritu Chaterjee/ NPR) — Teri Hines was in her mid-40s when she started to notice that her body was changing.

Her period became irregular and more intense. “It increased in frequency, it increased in intensity and it increased in duration,” she says.

She began to have hot flashes, gained weight and her energy  …

Fast food really is bad, especially for your liver
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(Karen Hawthorne/ Healthing) — How often do you line up for coffee and doughnuts in the morning or head to the drive-thru window for a quick and easy dinner?
 
That fast-food habit could be setting you up for the potentially deadly build-up of fat in your liver — a condition called non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)
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8 period myths we need to set straight for our health
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(Christal Yuen/ Healthline) — We get it. Details of blood can make anyone shy.

Remember when we got the infamous talk about sex, hair, odor, and other bodily changes that signaled puberty is coming?

I was in middle school when the conversation turned to ladies and their menstrual cycles. Somehow, one of the boys in our group  …

Abused women more likely to contract HIV: McGill study
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(Canadian Press/ CTV News) — A McGill University study has found that women who are victims of domestic violence are three times more likely to contract the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

The article published in ‘The Lancet HIV’ reveals that there is a strong link between gender-based violence and   …

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