ParticipACTION and YMCA offer free workout videos to get Canadians moving
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(Sydney Morton/ Global News) — Working out from home just got easier and more affordable thanks to a partnership between the YMCA and ParticipACTION to boost Canadians’ mental and physical health in an approachable online platform.

“ParticipACTION is just something that really is there to help people to get moving,”   …

Pandemic stress saw increase in potentially addictive behaviours: study
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(Michael Lee/ CTV News) — A recent study with a Canadian connection has found that people gamed, overate and shopped more often — among other potentially addictive behaviours — as a result of the initial stress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The study by the University of Guelph, as well as the Humboldt University of Berlin’s  …

New patent-free COVID vaccine developed as “gift to the world”
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(Rich Haridy/ New Atlas) — A new COVID-19 vaccine, developed by researchers from the Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine, is being offered patent-free to vaccine manufacturers across the world. Human trials have shown the vaccine to be safe and effective, with India already authorizing its use as  …

Covid-19: Can ‘boosting’ your immune system protect you?
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(Zaria Gorvett/ BBC News) — “Spanish Influenza – what it is and how it should be treated,” read the reassuringly factual headline to an advert for Vick’s VapoRub back in 1918. The text beneath included nuggets of wisdom such as “stay quiet” and “take a laxative”. Oh, and to apply their ointment liberally, of course.

The 1918  …

Health Canada approves Pfizer anti-viral pill for treatment of COVID-19
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(Ryan Tumilty/ The National Post) — Health Canada has approved Pfizer’s drug Paxlovid as the first take-home treatment for COVID-19.

The drug, which is a treatment involving a total of six pills taken daily for five days, has been shown to reduce the risk of hospitalization by almost 90 per cent. The course of treatment includes  …

Does COVID virus or vaccine mess with the menstrual cycle?
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(Stacey Colino, Beth Levine/ Everyday Health) — It’s completely normal for menstrual cycles to vary slightly from month to month, but sometimes stress can really throw things out of whack. If you’re someone who’s usually very regular, even slight differences are noticeable.

There’s no question that the coronavirus  …

The stigma remains strong around men’s mental health
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(Zacharie Poulin/ Ottawa Citizen) — Everyone told me these would be the best days of my life. I’m 18, finishing college and the world around me seems to be imploding. I haven’t had COVID-19, I have a job and I consider myself one of the lucky ones.

But my entire college experience is a Zoom room with screens off. I’ve met only one  …

‘Cancer won’t wait’: Patients frustrated as surgeries postponed due to COVID overload
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(Elizabeth Payne, Blair Crawford/ The Ottawa Citizen) — Just weeks after learning she had an aggressive form of breast cancer, an Ottawa woman has received more shattering news: Her surgery to remove that cancer has been postponed.

The 51-year-old public health professional with the federal government is one of up to   …

How to treat yourself at home if you get COVID-19
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(Sara Fraser/ CBC News) — With the Omicron variant spreading like wildfire, more people than ever are getting COVID-19 — even those who are vaccinated.

And while there are still cases of severe illness in some people who are infected with the virus, the majority of Canadians who have at least two doses  …

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  …

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