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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7 ways to protect your brain — and your thinking power

(Eric B. Larson/ KP Washington Health Research Institute) — Want to maintain your thinking power over the long haul? Wearing a helmet can help prevent brain injuries that can lead to cognitive decline. But lack of exercise, poor diet, use of certain medications, and more can also put brain health at risk.  Dr. Eric B. […]

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Heart failure tied to increased cancer risk

(Nicholas Bakalar/ New York Times) — People with heart failure may be at increased risk for cancer. Cancer patients are usually monitored for heart failure because some cancer drugs can damage the heart. Now a new study suggests that heart failure patients, who may live for many years with the condition, might benefit by being […]

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7 surprising reasons to get more sleep

(Gabriella Pichardo/ Web MD) — A lack of sleep at night can make you cranky the next day. And over time, skimping on sleep can mess up more than just your morning mood. Studies show getting quality sleep on a regular basis can help improve all sorts of issues, from your blood sugar to your […]

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Sunscreen recall: cancer-causing chemical benzene found

(Sandee LaMotte/ CNN News) — The burning heat of summer has us all reaching for sunscreens. But before you slather that product on your skin, first check to see if it is part of a voluntary recall by sunscreen brands Neutrogena and Aveeno. The companies recently pulled several sunscreens from market shelves after independent testing had […]

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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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7 ways to boost your confidence during breast cancer treatment

(Alex Whitaker-Cheadle/ Healthline) — Through my battle with breast cancer, I overcame many obstacles. In the past 3 years since my diagnosis, I have learned that the mental obstacles were just as challenging to overcome as the physical obstacles. Many of the treatments and surgeries I underwent left me feeling like only a shadow of my […]

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‘Toxic’ workplace linked to a threefold increase in risk of depression

(Devrupa Rakshit/ The Swaddle) — An Australian study tracked the mental health of employees over the course of 12 months to conclude that poor mental health in employees was associated with the absence of a safe and supporting work environment in an organization. Published in the British Medical Journal yesterday, the study noted a threefold increase in […]

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13 warning signs you may be dehydrated

(USA Today) — Dehydration is the condition in which the body loses more water – whether through sweating, urinating or breathing — than it takes in. When the body needs more water, it lets you know in several ways.  If you find yourself waking up in the middle of the night with no apparent reason, […]

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5 outdoor safety tips to keep in mind as summer heat intensifies

(Tate Gunnerson/ Chicago Sun Times) — Summer is an ideal time to enjoy outdoor activities. Following some simple advice can increase the odds you’ll surf through the season without so much as a sunburn. Exercise is key to health and well-being, but too much activity when the sidewalk is sizzling can cause potentially dangerous heat-related […]

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