How COVID lockdowns messed with our brains, increasing anxiety and depression
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(Sharon Kirkey/ National Post) — Israeli neuroscientist Alon Chen can change the mood, the “mental state” of an animal. “We can make a mouse more or less anxious, more or less depressed-like, by changing the activity of specific brain areas or nerve cells,” says Chen, president of the Weizmann Institute of Science.

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Why more and more girls are hitting puberty early
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(Jessica Winter/ The New Yorker) — Megan Gray was eight years old when she got her first period. She was playing hide-and-seek with her older sister and a friend at their friend’s house in suburban Sacramento. She was wearing pink jeans, which she had saved up for a long time to buy. She tied a sweatshirt around her waist to hide  …

Workers grapple with new stresses as they return to office
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(Last summer, Julio Carmona started the process of weaning himself off a fully remote work schedule by showing up to the office once a week.

The new hybrid schedule at his job at a state agency in Stratford, Connecticut, still enabled him to spend time cooking dinner for his family  …

Racialized women face significant barriers when seeking mental health care
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(Clara Pasieka/ CBC News) — Poor access to mental health supports and cultural stigmas are holding many racialized women back from healing during the pandemic, a new study has found.

The research found the majority of respondents were already struggling with mental health before COVID-19 struck and service  …

Should public health measures like masking continue beyond the pandemic?
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(Rutvij A. Khanolkar, Eddy S. Lang/ The Conversation) —  Public health measures, such as masking and physical distancing, that have been a high-profile part of the COVID-19 response for the past two years are now beginning to lift. However, surprisingly little attention has been paid to the remarkable effects of  …

How the pandemic is changing our bodies
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(Katie Camero/ Buzzfeed News) — During the first three months of the COVID pandemic, Lexie Michel, 23, hunkered down in her California apartment with her college roommates and didn’t do much else. After graduating, she moved to Texas and continued the hermit life as a remote employee.

Fast-forward a couple of months, Michel’s  …

Two years later, coronavirus evolution still surprises experts. Here’s why.
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(Priyanka Runwal/ National Geographic) — Raul Andino knows his pathogens. For more than 30 years the University of California, San Francisco researcher has studied RNA viruses, a group that includes the virus that causes COVID-19. And yet he never imagined he’d witness a pandemic of this scale in his lifetime.

“The magnitude  …

Women with endometriosis in extreme pain due to pandemic surgery delays
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(Eva Uguen-Csenge/ CBC News) — Every morning, Keana Casault wakes up and assesses herself on a personal pain scale.

“If I say I’m at a five out of 10 of pain, that’s probably the average person’s 10 out of 10,” said the 25-year-old university student.

Where she sits on that pain scale impacts  …

What do we know about fourth doses of COVID-19 vaccines?
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(Jennifer Ferreira/ CTV News) — Those who are over the age of 60 or immunocompromised are especially at risk for severe COVID-19 disease. As provinces across Canada ease more of their pandemic-related restrictions, there are concerns that COVID-19 transmission could increase, which may lead to a rise in  …

Remember COVID? Why many of us are suffering from brain fog
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(Adam Hussain/ Healthing) — As Canada reopens amid loosening pandemic restrictions, some people are finding it hard to recall words or names or compute things in their heads. Maybe you don’t remember all the steps to your morning routine anymore or your child’s teacher’s name.
 
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