What is toxic productivity and what are the signs?

  (Brittany Wong/ Huffington Post) — Think about your work ethic during the pandemic. Have you been more productive than usual? Do you rush to volunteer for projects at work, even when your plate is … Read More

Allergies or COVID-19? The symptoms to look for
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(Christy Somos/ CTV News) — As temperatures gradually rise and spring begins, another seasonal visitor looms on the horizon – allergies.

While Canada continues to implement measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and the virus variants, Dr. Jason K. Lee of the Toronto Allergy and Asthma Clinic says it’s paramount to   …

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Life delayed: Why ‘languishing’ is a pandemic thing
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(Alexandra Mae-Jones/ CTV News) — Grieving? Traumatized? Depressed? Unmotivated? Burnt out? It’s difficult to put a single word to the general malaise many people have been feeling during the pandemic.

But “languishing” is a pretty good fit.

First applied to our global mood last month, in a widely shared New York Times  …

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COVID-19: Will my sense of smell ever return?
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(Joanne Silberner/ NPR) — About 25 years ago, after a particularly bad cold, I suddenly lost my sense of smell — I could no longer sense the difference between sweaty tennis shoes and a fragrant rose. Since then, my olfactory discernment comes and goes, and most of the time it’s just gone. I always figured there wasn’t  …

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Covid anxiety syndrome: the symptoms and how to treat it
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(Julia O’Driscoll/ The Week) — The easing of lockdown measures and rollout of vaccines is generating widespread relief but for people battling Covid-related anxiety, the health crisis is far from over.

The pandemic has “triggered a surge in health anxiety”, with increasing reports of what is commonly  …

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Does the COVID-19 vaccine affect your menstrual cycle?
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(Kate Dwyer/ Women’s Health) — Over the past few months, a number of people have taken to social media to report heavy, painful periods, saying they believe their menstrual cycle was disrupted by the COVID vaccine.

To track this phenomenon, Dr. Kate Clancy, a biological anthropologist and associate professor at  …

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Some blood pressure pills could increase skin cancer risk in older adults
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(Saba Aziz/ Global News) — Some common pills used to treat high blood pressure may cause an increased risk of skin cancers in people aged 66 and above, according to a new study.

The peer-reviewed research published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) on Monday found that the prolonged  …

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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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