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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Routine blood test may predict COVID-19 hospital death risk: study

(Martin Finucane/ Boston Globe) — Massachusetts General Hospital researchers say they’ve found that a routine test of blood cells may provide a a key clue to whether patients admitted to the hospital with the coronavirus face a higher risk of dying. A standard test that quantifies the variation in the size of red blood cells, […]

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Why do we sleep? The answer may change right before we turn 3

(Nicoletta Lanese/ LiveScience) — Humans spend about a third of our lives sleeping, and scientists have long debated why slumber takes up such a huge slice of our time. Now, a new study hints that our main reason for sleeping starts off as one thing, then changes at a surprisingly specific age. Two leading theories […]

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Cancer mortality to rise in coming years because of pandemic: expert

(Aaron Derfel/ Montreal Gazette) — As many as 3,000 Quebecers may have cancer that has gone undiagnosed during the pandemic because access to medical imaging and screening was purposely ramped down during the first wave. And as cases of COVID-19 surge in the province — raising the prospect of a second wave — mammography has […]

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Inflammation: the key factor that explains vulnerability to severe COVID

(Sheena Cruickshank/ The Conversation) — The severity of COVID-19 can vary hugely. In some it causes no symptoms at all and in others it’s life threatening, with some people particularly vulnerable to its very severe impacts. The virus disproportionately affects men and people who are older and who have conditions such as diabetes and obesity. […]

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When workouts are part of the prescription

(WebMD) — When you’re diagnosed with cancer, exercise may be the last thing on your mind. You have your health, life, and family to think about instead. But research shows that physical fitness may help treat cancer and improve your quality of life. That’s where exercise oncology fits in. It uses physical fitness to help […]

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Scientists discover the microbiome’s role in attacking cancerous tumours

(Janet R. Aguilar/ TDNews) — Scientists with the Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases at the Cumming School of Medicine (CSM) have discovered which gut bacteria help our immune system battle cancerous tumours and how they do it. The discovery may provide a new understanding of why immunotherapy, a treatment for cancer that helps amplify the […]

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COVID denial? Study looks at lying about the virus

(Diana Duong/ Healthing.ca) — A friend invites you to her birthday dinner, but you’re wary about eating indoors. Plus, you’re not sure who else is going, or where they’ve been. Oh, what to do. You could ask for more detail about the other guests, and politely ask whether or not they have been taking the […]

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How using electronic devices at night may take a toll on sperm quality

(Stacey Colino/ Everyday Health) — The next time your guy tries to bring his smartphone or tablet into bed, you may want to discourage him from doing so — and not just because it kills the mood. A new study, shared at the Virtual SLEEP 2020 meeting, found a significant association between evening and late-night […]

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Vulvovaginitis: what are the symptoms?

(WebMD) — Vulvovaginitis is inflammation of your vulva and vagina. It’s also called vaginitis. It’s a common condition — as many as one-third of women will have it during their lifetime. It shows up most often during your reproductive years. Types and CausesYou get vaginitis when the normal amount of yeast and bacteria in your […]

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