10 types of meditation and how they can help you

(Arrica Elin Sansone/ Prevention Magazine) — Ask ten people what meditation is, and you might get ten answers—but they could all be right. It’s a practice that dates back thousands of years and has been part of so many cultures that there are now dozens of ways to do it. Still, they share an underlying similarity: “It’s […]

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How music therapy soothes patients

(Jessica Jainchill/ COMO Magazine) — “Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak,” William Congreve penned in 1697. In modern times, doctors at Columbia’s MU Women’s and Children’s Hospital have also found that music works as therapy for patients.  Music therapy is a young field, and the music […]

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Why women are bearing the brunt of COVID-19 vaccine side effects

(Katie Dangerfield/ Global News) –– Since countries have started rolling out COVID-19 vaccines, more women than men have reported side effects, such as blood clots and allergic reactions, and according to experts, this is not surprising. If anything, it shows the shot is working. Whether mild or severe, data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), […]

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Breast cancer screening gap worries specialists

(Elizabeth Payne/ Ottawa Citizen) — Three hundred thousand fewer women were screened for breast cancer in Ontario last year than in 2019, a dramatic drop that some fear will lead to a post-pandemic crisis of more serious, later-stage breast cancers. Doctors say they are already seeing women arriving with more advanced cancers that have gone […]

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Can’t sleep? Expert offers tips to combat pandemic insomnia

(Anna Junker/ Edmonton Journal) — Having trouble sleeping during the COVID-19 pandemic? A University of Alberta expert says you are not alone and there is help to combat sleep disruption. Cary Brown, a sleep researcher and occupational therapist, said a study out of the United States had more than 40 per cent of participants reporting […]

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How stress can increase women’s risk of coronary heart disease

(Jennifer Huizen/ Medical News Today) — The relationship between psychosocial stress and CHD seems to be stronger in women than in men. It may also vary depending on the type of stress or stressor. However, it is unclear how different types of psychosocial stress impact women’s risk of developing CHD. For this reason, a research team from […]

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WHO’s plans to create a ‘cervical cancer-free future’

(Cancer Research UK) — Last year, the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced an ambitious plan: to create a ‘cervical cancer-free future’. The potential reward is huge. If we succeed, cervical cancer will become the first cancer to be ‘eliminated’ on this scale. But right now, around the world, someone dies every 2 minutes from cervical […]

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Dementia: 25 grams of processed meat per day may raise risk

(James Kingsland/ Medical News Today) — A new study from scientists at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom suggests there is a link between eating processed meat in particular and an increased risk of developing dementia. Processed meats include products such as sausages, bacon, salami, and corned beef. That said, the research also […]

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Pandemic linked to 6 unhealthy eating behaviours

(Dave Yasvinski/ Healthing) — The sustained stress of the pandemic has been linked to six unhealthy eating behaviours, including an unsettling increase in eating disorders, according to a new study. The research, conducted at the University of Minnesota Medical School and published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders, sought to shine a light on the role stress, […]

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The overwhelming benefits of power napping

(Elizabeth Scott/ VeryWellMind) — While small children typically take naps in the afternoon, adult naps generally tend to be less frequent; however, even in those who get enough sleep (but particularly in those who don’t), many people experience a natural increase in drowsiness in the afternoon, about 8 hours after waking. And research shows that […]

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