Montreal researcher’s work could identify children at risk for cancer

(CTV News/ The Associated Press) — The work of a Montreal researcher could lead to identifying which children have a genetic predisposition to cancer, allowing them to be closely monitored and, hopefully, lead to an early diagnosis of the disease. There are believed to be more than 125 types of genetic predispositions to cancer in […]

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Breast cancer overtakes lung as most common cancer

(Thompson Reuters/ CBC News) — Breast cancer has overtaken lung cancer as the most common form of the disease, accounting for nearly 12 per cent of new cases each year worldwide, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday. “For the first time, breast cancer now constitutes the most commonly occurring cancer globally,” Andre Ilbawi, a cancer […]

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5 ways to make your face mask more protective

(Maria Godoy/ NPR) — It’s time to up your mask game. With new, more contagious strains of the coronavirus spreading in the U.S., and transmission levels still very high in many places, some public health experts recommend that Americans upgrade from the basic cloth masks that many have been wearing during the pandemic. “A cloth […]

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To tell or not to tell about my mastectomy

(Shakay. J. Kizirian/ Cure Today) — “My left breast comes off and at the end of the day I put it in a pretty blue box that I keep on the top shelf of my closet”. So, how is that for an opening line when you start to date someone? When I was diagnosed with […]

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How to avoid a hip fracture

(Dr. Marianne Ritchie/ The Philly Voice) — The weather outside is frightful, but don’t think that snow and ice make winter the only time of year when hip fractures occur. As baby boomers age, the elderly population increases worldwide and so does the number of hip fractures. I recently had the opportunity to speak with […]

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Lost touch: how a year without hugs affects our mental health

(Eleanor Morgan/ The Guardian) — There’s only so much a dog can do, even if that is a lot. I live alone with my staffy, and by week eight of the first lockdown she was rolling her eyes at my ever-tightening clutch. I had been sofa-bound with Covid and its after-effects before lockdown was announced, then spring […]

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Makeup tutorials aim to give cancer patients a boost in pandemic

(Marie-Louise Gumuchia/ Reuters) — Surrounded by lipstick and eye-shadow, Aisha Quashie brushes her cheek with foundation as she mirrors makeup artist Laura Hunt thousands of miles away in London. The 39-year-old, who finished treatment for lymphoma in March, is doing a private online makeup tutorial while shielding at her Mississauga, Ontario home during the COVID-19 […]

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Diet and exercise can shape how your mind ages

(Juliana DiGiacomo/ Science Worthy) — In a recent study on lifestyle and dementia, in a matter of weeks, supported lifestyle changes in diet, physical activity, and mental engagement improved demential symptoms. Dementia is a condition that many of us are all too familiar with within friends and family. Dementia itself is a blanket term that […]

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How image visualization complemented my cancer treatment

(Cure Today) — The oncologist diagnosed me with stage 3 breast cancer. I felt flung into icy waters, as cancer hyphenated my life into ‘Before’ and ‘After’ eras. ‘Before’ saw a confident, energetic 58-year-old professor traveling widely. ‘After’ saw a sick, diffident, depressed woman. The year was 2007. More troubling than the treatment comprising radical […]

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7 ways to prevent osteoporosis

(Kiersten Willis/ The Atlanta Journal-Constitution) — If you notice you’ve lost some height or your spine is curving, it could be a sign of osteoporosis. People over 50 are at a higher risk of developing the bone disease that happens when the body loses too much bone or doesn’t make enough of it. According to […]

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