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

Cancer cells soften as they metastasize, study suggests
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(Anne Trafton/ MIT News) — When cancer cells metastasize, they often travel in the bloodstream to a remote tissue or organ, where they then escape by squeezing through the blood vessel wall and entering the site of metastasis. A study from MIT now shows that tumor cells become much softer as they undergo this process.

The   …

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COVID-19 restrictions take a toll on brain function
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(Nancy Brassard/ The Conversation) — Confinement — which has been frequent during the pandemic — has undeniable effects on the brain. There’s the inability to concentrate enough to read or write, the lack of perseverance in tasks, agitation. All this is normal! The brain is not working the way it usually does and it’s being  …

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The promise of stem-cell cancer immunotherapy
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(Ben Ragen/ The New York Academy of Sciences) — Cancer immunotherapies utilize an individual’s immune system to fight off or even prevent cancers— shifting the paradigm for cancer treatment and providing alternatives to toxic chemotherapies.

Since the first immunotherapy cancer treatment was approved by the US Food  …

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3D-printed organs could save lives by addressing the transplant shortage
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(Saman Naghieh/ The Conversation) — Due to the global organ shortage and limited organ donors, thousands of patients are left wanting organs and tissues in cases of severe injuries, illness or genetic conditions. Many of these patients die before transplants are available.

Tissue engineering is an emerging field that  …

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1 in 10 women will have a miscarriage. They shouldn’t be told to ‘just try again.’
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(Katie Hunt/ CNN Health) — Miscarriages are common. Some 23 million pregnancies worldwide end in miscarriage every year — that’s 15% of all pregnancies or 44 each minute, according to new estimates published in The Lancet medical journal on Monday.

However, existing care and support

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A pandemic year without germs
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(James Hamblin/ The Atlantic) — Sales of alcohol surged in 2020, especially among the higher-proof varieties. But one type far outsold the others: hand sanitizer.In the heat of the pandemic, Purell poured some $400 million into expanding its production.

As anyone who resorted to bootleg hand sanitizer   …

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How to recognize and treat perimenopause and menopause symptoms
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(Dani Blum/ The New York Times) — Many women don’t know what to expect during perimenopause, which is the time period — often marked by distressing changes in the body — that leads up to menopause, or the end of a woman’s menstrual cycle and childbearing years. Those changes can come as a shock, so we broke down the signs, causes  …

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Time to grieve: Addressing bereavement challenges during COVID-19
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(Batya Swift Yasgur/ Psychiatry Advisor) — Grief is a normal, albeit sad and challenging, part of life. All human beings will experience loss of a loved one at some point and will experience grief. Although acute grief is usually self-limited, we never fully stop grieving. But individuals whose grief remains intense and  …

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Cancer that went undetected during the pandemic an ‘impending disaster’
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(Leah Hendry/ CBC News) — Cancer specialists are bracing for a wave of patients suffering from more advanced disease due to delays in both screening and diagnostic testing during the pandemic.

About 60,000 Quebecers receive a cancer diagnosis in any given year.

But according to a report released  …

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