Study finds higher viral load in young children

(Andrea Kane, CNN) — Children younger than 5 have between 10 and 100 times more genetic material from the novel coronavirus in their noses compared to older children and to adults, according to a small study published Thursday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. While the study didn’t measure transmissibility, it raises questions — just as […]

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Analysis: Quebec is facing a ‘disaster’ in cancer care, experts warn

(Aaron Derfel/ Montreal Gazette) — Three months into the COVID-19 pandemic, Quebec is facing an unprecedented crisis in cancer care, with thousands of people walking around with malignancies that have gone undiagnosed and a potential backlog of about 24,000 oncology surgeries can no longer be delayed, experts in the field warn. The crisis is all […]

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Understanding stage 0 breast cancer

(WebMD) — So the doctor says you have stage 0 breast cancer, and now you have lots of questions. What does that mean? Is it even really cancer? The truth is, doctors aren’t entirely sure either. Some experts consider it the earliest stage of breast cancer. Others think of it as a sort of precancer […]

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Antibody survey reveals ‘widespread vulnerability’ to COVID-19 across Canada, expert says

(Ivan Demeniuk/ Globe and Mail) — Fewer than 1 per cent of Canadians have had the virus that causes COVID-19, according to initial findings from the largest serological survey conducted to date across the country. The results, released Thursday, are based on 10,000 anonymized blood donations. They offer the best glimpse so far at the […]

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Coronavirus antibodies decay fast, but that doesn’t mean protection is gone: study

(Marilynn Marchione/ The Associated Press) — New research suggests that antibodies the immune system makes to fight the new coronavirus may only last a few months in people with mild illness, but that doesn’t mean protection also is gone or that it won’t be possible to develop an effective vaccine. “Infection with this coronavirus does […]

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Researchers say blood test can detect cancer years before symptoms

(Nicola Davis/ The Guardian) — A blood test can pick up cancers up to four years before symptoms appear, researchers say, in the latest study to raise hopes of early detection. A team led by researchers in China say the non-invasive blood test – called PanSeer – detects cancer in 95% of individuals who have […]

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Bad news about the pandemic: we’re not getting back to normal any time soon

(Gleb Tsipursky/Scientific American) — As the vast majority of businesses and states have tried to reopen and people rush back to public life, they’ve run headlong into the trap of “getting back to normal.” They didn’t realize we’re heading into a period of waves of restrictions once again, due to many states reopening too soon. […]

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Some midlife weight gain is due to prescribed medications

(Beth Levine/ Everyday Health) — Many women experience weight gain, especially in the abdominal area, during the menopause transition. Using data from the Women’s Health Initiative, a new study, published in Menopause on July 13, discovered that the gain is exacerbated by the medications that women are often prescribed at this time — especially antidepressants […]

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Placenta may help shield fetus from COVID-19

(HealthDay News) — Some key molecules used by the new coronavirus to cause infection aren’t found in the placenta, which may explain why the virus is rarely detected in fetuses or newborns of women with COVID-19. U.S. government researchers found that placental membranes lack the messenger RNA (mRNA) molecule required to make the ACE2 receptor. […]

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What’s a menstrual cup?

(WebMD) — There’s a lot of buzz about this eco-friendly alternative to pads and tampons. But what exactly is a menstrual cup? How Does It Work?The small, flexible cup is made of silicone or latex rubber. Instead of absorbing your flow, like a tampon or pad, it catches and collects it. Just before your period […]

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