Alcohol’s busiest season is here: How to avoid binge drinking during the holidays
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(Saleen Martin/ USA Today) — The holiday season brings a lot of joy, stress and for some, an unhealthy temptation to drink – a lot.

While some people drink to celebrate, others drink because it helps them feel less depressed, less alone, or less bored, said Thomas Britton, CEO and board member at American Addiction  …

How to talk about miscarriage
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(Chantelle Pattemore/ Shondaland) — An estimated one in four pregnancies ends in miscarriage. Earlier this year, mine became one of them. From the moment I knew what was happening, everything felt overwhelming. I retreated to the sofa for 48 hours to rest my body and numb my thoughts with Netflix while my husband   …

Yoga may lower blood pressure, Quebec study finds
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(Jean-Benoit Legault/ CTV News) — Yoga appears to reduce blood pressure more effectively than simple stretching when combined with a regular physical activity program, a three-month pilot study involving a Quebec City researcher shows.

The addition of yoga lowered systolic pressure, reduced resting heart rate and  …

How to successfully handle holiday stress
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(Matthew Scult/ Psychology Today) — For some, the holidays can be the most wonderful time of the year, filled with family, celebrations, and gifts. For others, these same things can have the opposite effect causing anxiety, loneliness, and, more often than not, stress. The American Psychiatric Association recently   …

The pain gap: Women (still) aren’t taken seriously by doctors
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(Mary Elizabeth Williams/ Salon) — I’m obsessed now with just hearing women’s doctor stories,” says Anushay Hossain. “Everyone has one.”

The author of “The Pain Gap: How Sexism and Racism in Healthcare Kill Women” definitely has her own. After growing up   …

One-minute bursts of activity during daily tasks could prolong your life
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(Neuroscience News) — In good news for those who don’t like playing sport or going to the gym, new research finds just three to four one-minute bursts of huffing and puffing during daily tasks is associated with large reductions in the risk of premature death, particularly from cardiovascular disease.

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Reading for pleasure strengthens memory in older adults
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(Melinh Lai/ Medical Xpress) — Baseball may be America’s favorite pastime, but in rankings of the most popular hobbies, reading is more consistently ranked highly. It’s not hard to see why: reading is simultaneously engaging and relaxing, and it’s fun to do alone and with friends.

A team of researchers  …

Eating lots of ‘ultra-processed’ foods could harm your brain
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(Steven Reinberg/ US News) — Chips, pizza, cookies: Delicious, but a diet full of ultra-processed foods like these may contribute to brain deterioration, researchers report.

Ultra-processed foods have lots of added and unhealthy ingredients, such as sugar, salt, fat, artificial colors and preservatives. Examples

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What’s gone wrong: More than 800,000 Quebecers wait for family doctor
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(Angela Mackenzie/ CTV News) — Four years ago, the CAQ promised a family doctor for every Quebecer, but in the last election campaign, it had to admit that wouldn’t be possible, which has left many people feeling lost in the system.

Gevevieve Charrette has been on the waiting list for a family doctor for over a year,   …

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