Why new COVID-19 variants are on the rise and spreading

(Sara Otto/ The Conversation) –– A new variant of coronavirus has swept across the United Kingdom and been detected in the United States, Canada and elsewhere. Scientists are concerned that these new strains may spread more easily. As an evolutionary biologist, I study how mutation and selection combine to shape changes in populations over time. Never before […]

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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 the number of appointments at our clinic for an indefinite period. Previously Scheduled Non-Urgent Appointments: If you […]

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11 signs of thyroid problems that women should know

(Leslie Goldman/ Woman’s Day) — Lisa Haber, now 41, struggled with weight issues, fatigue, and dry skin as a teenager. She visited an endocrinologist, who said her thyroid was not to blame. But in 2013, when she was 37 and trying unsuccessfully to get pregnant, she went to her internist and had her thyroid retested. She found out that it […]

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Your sexual health as a cancer survivor

(Coleen Moretti/ Cure Today) — Many survivors experience sexual side effects due to cancer treatments, but there are steps they can take to improve the health and safety of their sexual encounters, says Dr. Mindy Goldman from the Gyn Center for Cancer Survivors and At-Risk Women from UCSF. “I am really happy to be here […]

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New mammogram measures of breast cancer risk could revolutionize screening

(Imaging Technology News) — World-first techniques for predicting breast cancer risk from mammograms that were developed in Melbourne could revolutionise breast screening by allowing it to be tailored to women at minimal extra cost. Published in the International Journal of Cancer, the University of Melbourne-led study found two new mammogram-based measures of risk. When these measures are combined, they […]

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Pandemic tougher on mental health for women than men

(Robert Preidt/ Health Day News) — The COVID-19 pandemic may be taking a bigger toll on women’s mental health than on men’s, new research suggests. For the study, researchers examined the results of an online survey of 112 men and 459 women in Canada. The survey took place between March 23 and June 7, 2020. During that time, schools […]

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Oral contraceptive pills may protect against ovarian and endometrial cancer

(Lindsay Carlton/ Very Well Health) — New research is reiterating oral contraception is more than just a helpful family planning tool. Scientists are studying the pill’s preventative effects against some types of cancer—and on the flip side, the link between hormonal contraceptives and risk of breast cancer. A December study, published in Cancer Research, looked at […]

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Increased breast cancer risk in obesity linked to fat cell chemicals

(Medical XPress) — Obesity increases the release of tumor-promoting molecules from fat tissue and is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer, according to a study published in Endocrine-Related Cancer. The study found that fat tissue from people with obesity released increased amounts of extracellular vesicles (EV’s) enriched in harmful and inflammatory molecules into the […]

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The problem of ‘long haul’ COVID

(Carolyn Barber/ Scientific American) — It was just a couple of months into the pandemic when patients in online support groups began describing the phenomenon. In some emergency departments, they said, their complaints were largely being dismissed—or at the very least diminished—by health care professionals. The patients felt they were not being heard, or perhaps […]

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Mindfulness might help ease the pain of breast cancer survivors

(Neuroscience News) — A study led by University of Ottawa researchers provides empirical evidence that mindfulness has a significant impact on the brain of women suffering from neuropathic pain related to breast cancer treatment. The researchers showed that mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) helps modulate neuropathic pain. Their findings could make a difference in the lives […]

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