How will pandemic end? Omicron clouds forecasts for endgame, experts say
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(The Associated Press/ CBC News) — Pandemics do eventually end, even if Omicron is complicating the question of when this one will. But it won’t be like flipping a light switch: the world will have to learn to coexist with a virus that’s not going away, experts say.

The ultra-contagious Omicron variant of the  …

How to talk to teens about social media and body image
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(Nora Mishanec/ Houston Chronicle) — Six years ago, Sunnie Gruwell’s 12-year-old daughter began obsessively reading recipes and food blogs, a fixation that led to a deeper struggle with body image and anorexia nervosa. During months of intensive therapy at a residential treatment center, Gruwell said her daughter   …

Quebec lowers COVID-19 isolation period to 5 days, with conditions
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(Joe Lofaro/ CTV News) — People in Quebec who test positive or have symptoms of COVID-19 will now have to isolate for just five days under certain conditions, public health officials announced Tuesday.

The province lowered the isolation guideline, following in the footsteps of other Canadian provinces and the U.S. Center  …

12 healthy New Year’s Resolutions that do not involve dieting
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(Emma Willingham/ Houston Chronicle) — It’s that time of year again! As we review the past 365 days, we contemplate how we can turn a new page and start fresh. Such reflection often results in ambitious, and unsustainable goal setting, which can set you up to fail. Common new year’s resolutions are aggressive dieting programs,  …

U.S. approves COVID-19 pill that decreases risk of hospitalization by 90%
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(The Associated Press/ CBC News) — U.S. health regulators on Wednesday authorized the first pill against COVID-19, a Pfizer drug that Americans will be able to take at home to head off the worst effects of the virus.

The long-awaited milestone comes as U.S. cases, hospitalizations and deaths are all rising and health officials  …

10 key global health moments from 2021
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(World Health Organization) — It has been a year of colossal efforts in global health.

Countries battled COVID-19, which claimed more lives in 2021 than in 2020, while struggling to keep other health services running.

Health and care workers have borne the lion’s share of these efforts but often received little recognition  …

Women and men face different mental health challenges during holidays
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(Richard Gawel/ Healio) — Despite the holiday cheer, this time of year can trigger anxiety, depression and other mental health issues — and men and women experience them differently, according to Phyllis Mogielski-Watson, MS, PsyD.

“In part, it’s the expectations we put on ourselves or the stereotypes we see, even in   …

If approved, the Novavax Covid-19 vaccine could help reduce vaccine hesitancy
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(Joshua Cohen/ Forbes) — While Novavax hasn’t yet sought approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its more conventional Covid-19 vaccine, it has recently applied for licensing its vaccine in Australia, Canada, Indonesia, New Zealand, and the U.K. This hasn’t gained much traction in the U.S. media, which  …

How you can take back control in this never-ending pandemic
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(Andrea Bellemare/ CBC News) — It can be hard to feel like you have control right now amid rising Omicron cases and difficulties in accessing COVID-19 tests and third doses of the vaccine in many parts of Canada.

The variant is extremely transmissible, and is coming at a time when most of us would prefer to be planning holiday  …

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