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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The overwhelming benefits of power napping

(Elizabeth Scott/ VeryWellMind) — While small children typically take naps in the afternoon, adult naps generally tend to be less frequent; however, even in those who get enough sleep (but particularly in those who don’t), many people experience a natural increase in drowsiness in the afternoon, about 8 hours after waking. And research shows that […]

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Scientist behind COVID-19 mRNA vaccine says next target is cancer

(The Associated Press/ CBC News) — The scientist who won the race to deliver the first widely used coronavirus vaccine says people can rest assured the shots are safe, and that the technology behind it will soon be used to fight another global scourge — cancer. Ozlem Tureci, who founded the German company BioNTech with […]

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App helps breast cancer patients, survivors keep moving

(Jill Barker/ Montreal Gazette) — While the survival rate of breast cancer has been on the rise since 1987, it’s still the most frequently diagnosed cancer among Canadian women and ranks second in cancer-related deaths of women. But with 88 per cent of Canadian women now living at least five years after diagnosis, an increasing […]

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3 steps to break the bad habit of worry and unhelpful thoughts

(Amina Zafar/ CBC News) — People who are anxious can rid themselves of the habit of worry by learning to recognize unhelpful thoughts and replacing them with more openness and curiosity, a psychiatrist and neuroscientist says.  Dr. Judson Brewer directs research and innovation at Brown University’s Mindfulness Center and is executive medical director at the digital health […]

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COVID-19 may trigger diabetes in some people

(Nicoleta Lanesse/ Live Science) — Emerging data hint that COVID-19 can trigger diabetes in some people, although the exact reason remains unknown. Scientists around the world noticed an uptick in new diabetes cases last year and, in particular, saw that some COVID-19 patients with no history of diabetes were suddenly developing the condition, Scientific American reported. The trend […]

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What are the known risk factors for breast cancer?

(Jaime Herndon, Healthline) — Breast cancer happens when the cells in the breast multiply and grow more rapidly than they should. The cancer cells can spread to other areas of the body through the lymph vessels and bloodstream. As with most diseases, there are risk factors associated with breast cancer. There are steps you can take […]

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7 ways to help your child’s social skills post lockdown

(Sophie Hamilton/ Hello!) — Schools have reopened and lockdown is beginning to lift, our lives are returning to some kind of normality. However, it’s been a tough year for everyone, particularly children who have largely missed out on their usual classroom education and socialising with friends. There are bound to be worries and anxieties as […]

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Hypothyroidism and anxiety: what’s the connection?

(Erica Patino/ Everyday Health) — Hypothyroidism is a condition that can leave you feeling sluggish and contribute to weight gain and mood changes, so it’s not a surprise that it can be tied to depression. But hypothyroidism symptoms can also include anxiety. In fact, a review published in June 2018 in JAMA Psychiatry found people with hypothyroidism are more than twice as likely […]

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8 common symptoms of underlying health problems women ignore

(Kalwyna Rathod/ Femina) — Ladies, just like you shouldn’t ignore instincts in life, you shouldn’t ignore what your health is trying to tell you either! A fast-paced lifestyle, busy schedule, and a laid-back attitude often make us overlook the signs and symptoms we experience. And in other cases, we end up attributing some widely common […]

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