You are told you have cancer: five questions you should ask your oncologist

(Christopher Booth/ Toronto Star) –– “The biopsy confirms you have cancer.” Upon hearing that last word, it is almost impossible to retain anything else. Patients may hear “we will refer you to an oncologist.” In my 20 years looking after patients with cancer, I’ve learned that communication is a crucial factor in determining whether a […]

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13 practical steps you can take right now to improve your sleep

(Lizzie Thompson/ Metro) –– There’s nothing more frustrating than waking up and not feeling well-rested. Especially considering how vital sleep is for both our mental and physical wellbeing. Clare Anderson, a wellness expert and founder of Sensory Retreats, stresses the importance of getting good quality sleep. She says: ‘While we sleep, our brains and bodies complete numerous key […]

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COVID or gastrointestinal illness? Why it’s hard to know right now

(Laura McQuillan/ CBC News) — If you’ve felt green around the gills recently, or heard more tales than usual about stomach upsets, you might have wondered if Omicron or its subvariant, BA.2, are causing an increase in gastrointestinal issues. Some clinicians have also reported seeing more COVID-19 patients suffering from GI symptoms in recent weeks.  But […]

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Health habits that can help a 40-year-old increase their life span by six years

(Amanda Killelea/ Yahoo News) — Adopting a healthier lifestyle can add years to your life… even in your 80s, according to new research. Cutting back on alcohol, not smoking, losing weight and increasing sleep produce the biggest gains, say scientists. They increased longevity by six years in healthy 40-year-olds – with benefits even more prominent […]

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What to know about ruptured ovarian cysts

(Rachel Ann Tee-Melegrito/ Medical News Today) — Ovarian cysts are common in females of reproductive age. Most of these are harmless and go away naturally. However, some cysts may rupture and cause symptoms. Ovarian cysts are not uncommon. Around 1 in 5 females develop at least one mass in their lifetime. Most of these are functional and […]

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How some immunocompromised can cut Covid risk

(Berkeley Lovelace Jr., Akshay Sayal/ NBC News) — As more and more Americans doff their masks, immunocompromised individuals may be concerned about their risk levels among largely unmasked crowds. The latest change came Monday, when a federal judge struck down the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention’s rule that mandated that all travelers wear masks on public transportation, including […]

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‘Good’ cholesterol in brain may aid cognition, help prevent Alzheimer’s

(Steve Bryson/ Alzheimer’s Today) — Higher levels of small high-density lipoprotein (HDL), known as “good cholesterol,” in the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord associated with a better performance on cognitive tests in older adults, a study reported. Confirmation of a link between good cholesterol levels and cognitive outcomes in larger groups could lead […]

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What you should know about pelvic health post pregnancy

(Brooke Turner/ Women’s Health) –– Pelvic floor dysfunction is something that many women are not aware of until they may be impacted by it once they enter motherhood or menopause. Yet it is something that every woman, every trainer and every coach working with women, need to know more about!  I’m Brooke, a mother of […]

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What you should know about pelvic health post pregnancy

(Brooke Turner/ Women’s Health) –– Pelvic floor dysfunction is something that many women are not aware of until they may be impacted by it once they enter motherhood or menopause. Yet it is something that every woman, every trainer and every coach working with women, need to know more about!  I’m Brooke, a mother of […]

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COVID-19 vaccine can cause temporary delay in menstruation

(Colin Lightfoot/ News Medical Net) — There have been increasing reports of changes to the menstrual cycle of younger individuals receiving coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccinations in the United Kingdom. Notably, the majority of people experiencing these changes after immunization find that their period returns to normal by the next cycle. Furthermore, there is no […]

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