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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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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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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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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Five reasons why COVID herd immunity is probably impossible

(Christie Aschwanden/ Nature Magazine) — As COVID-19 vaccination rates pick up around the world, people have reasonably begun to ask: how much longer will this pandemic last? It’s an issue surrounded with uncertainties. But the once-popular idea that enough people will eventually gain immunity to SARS-CoV-2 to block most transmission — a ‘herd-immunity threshold’ — […]

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How COVID-19 wreaks havoc on your sleep

(Amanda Marcotte/ CBC News) –– Leanne Thompson-Hill says she’s had a lot of sleepless nights since she got COVID-19 last year. On top of all the other terrible symptoms, Thompson-Hill said one of the most awful aspects was the havoc it wreaked on her ability to get a good night’s sleep. “I didn’t sleep. I’d just stay up. It was […]

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COVID-19 reinfection is rare, but more common in seniors

(Alison Smout/ Global News) –– The majority of people who have had COVID-19 are protected from getting it again for at least six months, a study published on Wednesday showed, but older people are more prone to reinfection than younger people. The study, appearing in the Lancet medical journal, found that just 0.65 per cent of patients tested positive […]

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Battling cancer while the world is on pause

(Luke Winkie/ Vox) — Justine Luebke, a 32-year-old teacher who lives in Montana, was undergoing chemotherapy for metastatic cancer when the pandemic hit last year. As the world shut down, Luebke was figuring out what she wanted the rest of her life to look like. “Time takes on a new meaning when you go through […]

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Long COVID is still burdening patients—and their caregivers

(Jamie Ducharme, Francesca Trianni/ TIME) — When Ghenya Grondin starts rattling off the symptoms she still experiences a year after getting sick with what she believes was COVID-19, she has to pause to consult a list she keeps on her phone for occasions like this one. Exhaustion. Fevers. Headaches. Body aches. Chest pain and shortness […]

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