How meditation can ease depression

(Linda Rodgers/ The Healthy) — Depression is more common than you may think. Roughly 17.3 million adults over 18 experienced an episode of this mood disorder in 2017, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. When you have major depressive disorder (a depression that lasts for more than two weeks), it affects your mood, […]

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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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Is sleep a ‘magic pill’ for teen wellness in a mental health crisis?

(Asher Lehrer-Small/ The Guardian) — When parents tell Denise Pope, an adolescent well-being expert, they’re worried for their children’s mental health, she responds with a question. “How many hours are they sleeping?” Concerns for youth depression, anxiety and suicide have risen amid a deadly pandemic that disrupted schools across the country and isolated teens from […]

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An Omega-3 that’s poison for cancer tumours

(Sci-Tech Daily) –– So-called “good fatty acids” are essential for human health and much sought after by those who try to eat healthily. Among the Omega-3 fatty acids, DHA or docosahexaenoic acid is crucial to brain function, vision, and the regulation of inflammatory phenomena. In addition to these virtues, DHA is also associated with a […]

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43 summer health dangers you’re probably ignoring

(Dawn Yanek/ The Healthy) — Summer is generally a low-key time. There’s fresh air and sunshine and it’s usually a time to relax. But from the dangers of sun exposure to perils at the beach (not to mention the added risk of this year’s Covid-19 pandemic), there are all sorts of hazards that you can face in the […]

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Is there a link between sugar intake and cancer?

(Sylvia R. Karasu/ Psychology Today) — “Is everything we eat associated with cancer?” asked researchers Schoenfeld and Ioannidis somewhat provocatively years ago (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2013). These investigators selected 50 “common ingredients” from “random” cookbook recipes and surprisingly (or perhaps not surprisingly) found that 40 (80%) of those ingredients were linked in the scientific […]

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It’s not vain to care about losing your hair after cancer

(Jennifer Garam/ Allure) –– For many people, our hair is part of our identity. For me, it was one of the most challenging parts of going through treatment. For people who‘ve undergone treatments for cancer, hair loss is a common but nevertheless stressful side effect. And, contrary to popular belief, the hard part isn’t over […]

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‘Electronic nose’ sniffs out cancer in blood samples

(Steve Graff/ Futurity) — An odor-based test that sniffs out vapors emanating from blood samples was able to distinguish between benign and pancreatic and ovarian cancer cells with up to 95% accuracy, according to a new study. The findings suggest that the tool—which uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to decipher the mixture of volatile organic […]

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Science shines a light on COVID-19’s long-term health risks

(Kieren O’Dea, Dawna Friesen/ Global News) –– Saskatoon harbours one of the brightest lights on Earth. And, as a scientist in the midst of a global health crisis, Jake Pushie was drawn toward it. When the pandemic hit, Pushie was at the Saskatchewan Cerebrovascular Centre where he was studying the effects of strokes. As troubling […]

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5 breathing techniques to manage stress

(Becky Wright/ Happiful) — Stress is a normal part of our lives. The way we’re built as humans means that certain events and situations can trigger our stress response system, creating internal panic and alarming our body of danger. But, although stress is a natural, human response, if experienced regularly, this fight or flight mechanism can play […]

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