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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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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What are the early warning signs of Ovarian Cancer?

(Pallavi Suyok Uttekar/ Medicine Net) — Ovaries are small glands on each side of the uterus responsible for producing eggs as well as the female hormones estrogen and progesterone. In ovarian cancer, a mutation in the genetic material of ovarian cells leads to uncontrolled, abnormal cell growth. Unfortunately, early-stage ovarian cancer often goes undetected because it rarely causes symptoms […]

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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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Cervical cancer is preventable, and Ciara Is spreading the word

(Jane McKenzie/ Glamour Magazine) — Let’s be honest: Many of us have been putting off getting Pap and HPV exams for cervical cancer because of the pandemic. We get it. But a new campaign from the Black Women’s Health Imperative, Hologic’s Project Health Equality, and Grammy-winning singer Ciara is here to put you back on schedule with your […]

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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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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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