Endometriosis and gut disorders have a genetic link
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(Emily Cooke/ Live Science) — A new study has revealed specific gene variants associated with a higher risk of both endometriosis and several digestive disorders, such as IBS and GERD.

Scientists have identified a genetic link between endometriosis and several digestive disorders, including irritable  …

Loneliness is as bad for you as smoking, research shows
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(Padraig Moran/ CBC News) — Top health officials say loneliness is as bad for your health as smoking, but one doctor warns that the stigma around feeling lonely still stops people from reaching out for support.

“Just like thirst is a signal you need hydration, loneliness is a signal you need … human connection,”  …

Anti-depressants side effects hurting intimate experiences
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(Ayeshah Haque/ Healing) — Anti-depression medications are known to cause upset stomach and weight gain, but what has scientists alarmed is the lesser-known side effect of sexual dysfunction that persists long after the patient stops taking the medication 

A growing number of patients have reported
SAD lamps: Experts explain how they help the winter blues
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(Colin Davidson, Claire Hutchinson/Medical X-Press) — Have you ever noted that you sleep more in the winter months? Or eat more carbs or have low energy? If you do, then you might be one of the around 6% of the higher latitude populations with seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

If you’ve searched the   …

WHO seeks details from China on respiratory illness outbreaks
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(Thompson Reuters/ CBC News) — The World Health Organization (WHO) has asked China for details on an increase in respiratory illnesses and reported clusters of pneumonia in children, which its China office on Thursday called a “routine” check.

Chinese authorities from the National Health Commission held  …

Seasonal affective disorder doesn’t mean you have to be SAD
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(Jocelyn Solis-Moreira/ CNN News) —  Some people might have looked forward to the extra hour of sleep after Daylight Saving Time ended recently, but for millions of people, the shorter days and longer nights are another reminder about the coming of winter (blues).

Seasonal affective disorder  …

Quebec public health director launches a new call for COVID and flu vaccination
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(Ugo Giguère/ CTV News) — Citing a “serious” circulation of COVID-19 and an imminent wave of influenza in Quebec, public health director Dr. Luc Boileau is urging people at risk to get vaccinated quickly.

Specifically, people aged 60 and over, and especially those over the age of 70, are being urged   …

It’s time to walk the dog (and yourself) for better fitness
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If you’re struggling to start or maintain a regular exercise regimen, the answer may be sitting faithfully at your feet.

Walking your dog is a fantastic way to get in shape, and it benefits both you and your pooch.

Some 69 million US households are home to at least one dog.  …

Women’s heart and brain health are at risk as inequities persist
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(Heart & Stroke Foundation) — Gaps in awareness, research, diagnosis and care threaten women’s heart and brain health according to a new Heart & Stroke report: System failure: Healthcare inequities continue to leave women’s heart and brain health behind. Many women are at further risk due to intersecting and  …

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