Why the Delta variant is spreading COVID-19 so quickly

(Lauren Pelley/ CBC News) — It’s the word on everyone’s mind right now when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic: Delta. The highly contagious variant, which was first discovered in India in late 2020, has spread around the world and now accounts for the majority of cases in Canada and various other countries. The recent spread in […]

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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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More pregnant women hospitalized with COVID-19 variants

(Parris Kane/ ABC News) — Over the last two months, hospitals across the state have seen more pregnant moms being hospitalized due to COVID-19. Dr. Nirvana Manning, chair and service line director for Women’s Health at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, said they’ve been testing all of their patients for COVID-19 since early on in […]

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Long Covid: will I ever get better?

(Lucy Adams/ BBC News) — I am 44 years old and in my mind I’m a journalist, a mother, a wife, a cyclist, a mountain climber, a wild swimmer and an adventurer – just like I was 16 months ago. But in my body, I’m like someone twice my age. Most days I wake up […]

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Most people with cancer respond well to COVID-19 vaccines

(Liz Highleyman/ Cancer Health) — Most cancer patients with solid tumors had good antibody responses after receiving COVID-19 vaccines, but the response rate was lower for those with blood cancers, such as leukemia or lymphoma, according to study findings published in Cancer Cell. People with severe immune suppression, including cancer patients who use immune-suppressing therapy and transplant […]

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Breast and cervical cancer screenings fell sharply during COVID-19 crisis

(Liz Highleyman/ Cancer Health) — Breast cancer and cervical cancer screening fell by more than 80% in a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) program for low-income women during the early days of the COVID-19 crisis, according to a recent study. This could lead to more diagnoses at advanced stages of cancer and worse outcomes—especially for women of color. “This […]

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Depression, anxiety exhibited by COVID-19 survivors

(Emerald Bensadoun, David Lao/ Global News) — The list of COVID-19 symptoms has been expanding as scientists learn more about the virus, ranging from feeling feverish to a loss in taste and smell. According to a new study, neurological symptoms like depression and anxiety are also showing to be common in those who have contracted COVID-19 — even […]

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Feeling ​insecure about returning to a post-pandemic social life?

(Rinna Diamantakos/ CTV News) — Mandatory lockdowns, remote work and learning, and limited in-person social interactions have resulted in an increase in self-esteem issues over the course of the pandemic, psychologists say. Time spent alone has increased the opportunity for self-critical thinking, which lowers self-esteem and confidence. But psychologists say that there are ways to […]

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Anxious over COVID-19 weight gain? Experts say go easy on yourself

(Antonia Reed/ CBC Health) — Of the many experiences during the pandemic, tight pants are low on the list of serious complaints. But for many people, the prospect of returning to normal life could bring with it anxiety about weight gain and how they look.  It’s something Gillian Turnbull, a 42-year-old writer and university professor in […]

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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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