Sitting all day can raise your risk of cancer

(Katy Gillett/ The National) — It’s something many of us have heard before: sitting too much can kill us. But a new study that was published on Thursday is the first to definitively show a strong association between not moving and cancer death. That being said, the research also proved that with one small lifestyle […]

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Important message regarding VM-Med’s response to the current COVID-19 crisis

At VM-Med, the health and safety of our patients, our staff and our community are a top priority. That is why, in light of the current COVID-19 crisis, and in accordance with recommended safety guidelines, we are limiting certain non-urgent services at our clinic for an indefinite period. However, we realize that there is still […]

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COVID-19 continues to impact cancer patients and their treatments: survey

(Canadian Press) — A new survey indicates that Quebecers with cancer are still feeling the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic when it comes to services offered by the health network. The second survey by the Coalition priorite cancer au Quebec, in the works since April, reveals that one out of two respondents say their treatments […]

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How Canada could avoid a 2nd wave of COVID-19

(Adam Miller/ CBC News) — The first wave of COVID-19 is subsiding in Canada, with daily case numbers and hospitalizations falling to rates not seen since the beginning of the pandemic. Predictions on when a second wave of COVID-19 could hit have ranged from the fall and winter months of this year, when flu season […]

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Asymptomatic COVID-19 findings dim hopes for ‘herd immunity’ and ‘immunity passports’

(Emily Chung, Christine Birak, Marcy Cuttler/ CBC News) — A closer look at people who tested positive for COVID-19 but never developed symptoms has found that such asymptomatic carriers have few to no detectable antibodies just weeks after infection, suggesting they may not develop lasting immunity. There’s growing evidence that a significant proportion of people […]

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Why face mask guidance has changed so much — and how wearing masks can protect the economy

(Holly Yan/ CNN) — First, health officials said we shouldn’t wear face masks. Then, they said we should. Now, many are saying we must wear masks if we want to keep the economy open and save tens of thousands of lives. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now says everyone “should wear a cloth […]

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High-risk mammogram patients ‘hesitant’ to show up for appointments amid COVID-19

(Carolyn Ray/ CBC) — Staff at the Nova Scotia breast screening program are trying to reassure patients that it’s safe to come in after an alarming number of high-risk women skipped their mammogram. “It’s a little disheartening. If people aren’t comfortable coming, they really shouldn’t take an appointment,” said Trena Metcalfe, the program manager for […]

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Coronavirus: Warning thousands could be left with lung damage

(Jim Reed & Sophie Hutchinson/BBC News) — Tens of thousands of people will need to be recalled to hospital after a serious Covid-19 infection to check if they have been left with permanent lung damage, doctors have told the BBC. Experts are concerned a significant proportion could be left with lung scarring, known as pulmonary […]

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Strange physical symptoms? Blame the chronic stress of life during the pandemic

(Kate Harkness/ The Conversation) — During the current COVID-19 pandemic have you been wondering why you’re getting headaches more often? Or stomach aches? Or feeling itchy or getting pimples? Or why your periods are irregular or more painful than usual? Exciting recent science suggests that the answers may lie in our body’s biological reactions to […]

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Delay cancer treatment or risk COVID-19? Doctors and patients weigh the risks

(Alexandra Mae Jones and Sandie Rinaldo/ CTV National News) — An international study into the impact of COVID-19 on cancer patients has found an alarming trend: the death rate is more than twice that of other people who contract the virus, leaving doctors searching for answers on how to continue care. The study, which had […]

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