Are Whole-Body MRI Scans Too Good to Be True?
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by Christina Frangou
2M ago
Milan Frydrysek never worried much about his health. His wife worried enough for both of them. Her brother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer at age 62 and died a little more than a year later. After that, she wanted to do everything possible to stop cancer from grabbing hold of anybody else she loved.The Frydryseks heard about Prenuvo, a company that offered diagnostic body scans using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). For $2,500 per person, they could get a head-to-ankle scan that would pick up solid tumours and 400 other medical conditions, according to the company. Their family physician ..read more
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Your Liver Is a Silent Superhero—Here’s Why
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by Danielle Groen
2M ago
Liveryes, even when it’s choppeddeserves far more respect than our culture doles out. The human liver performs upward of 500 functions: It filters our blood and regulates clotting, its the first line of defence against infection, it controls the balance of hormones and fats and it transforms our food into energy, and thats just for starters. But its chief marvel lies in its power to regeneratelop off a giant chunk of a healthy liver and the damn thing will grow back. Not part of the way. Not eventually. You can lose a whopping 70 percent of your liver and, only 12 weeks later, possess a full-s ..read more
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I’m a Millennial Who’s Never Been Pregnant—Why Am I Having Pelvic Health Problems?
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by Andrea Karr
2M ago
Ive watched many of my friends make the journey into motherhood, and so Ive heard a lot about the pelvic floor. For our millennial generation, its common knowledge that urinary incontinence can be a side effect of pregnancy and labouralmost one-third of women will have bladder leaks after the birth of their first childand all my friends have prioritized pre- and/or postpartum pelvic-floor physiotherapy as prevention or treatment. Since Ive never been pregnant, I thought I was off the hook.Imagine my surprise when, the year I turned 35, I started waking up to pee multiple times in the night whi ..read more
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What’s the Deal with Ovarian Cysts?
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by Renée Reardin
2M ago
The ultrasound found ovarian cysts, I texted my friends in a WhatsApp group. It was 2014, I was in my mid-twenties, and I had gone off the pill to discover an irregular period. My friends wrote back instantlyone said she also had them and was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome. One said she was worried about whether hers would burst. Another said she had several, and asked if we, too, had been told they looked like raisins (we had not).Over the next decade, after a few ultrasounds and in my current stint as a health editor, Ive learned that ovarian cysts are not only incredibly common ..read more
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How I Got to the Bottom of My Back Pain
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by Caitlin Stall-Paquet
2M ago
The pain started in waves in my lower back and travelled down my left thigh as I worked bent over my laptop on my couchthe pandemic years had crystallized bad habits. The uncomfortable tightness turned searing over the coming days, building quickly, like Id crossed an invisible damage threshold. The sciatic nerve is the largest in the human body, two inches thick at its widest. It stretches from the lower back, down past Achilles weak spot to the bottom of the heel, creating problems for around 40 percent of usand not just, as Id always thought, for old people.(Related: Should You Use Ice or H ..read more
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Here’s a Bra That Helps You Recognize Breast Cancer Symptoms
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by Alicia Cox Thompson
3M ago
When you hear the word nude, what colour comes to mind? This is the question Chantal Carter was contemplating nine years ago while working as a wardrobe stylist in Toronto. She had noticed a lack of nude undergarments in darker skin tonesCarter personally was having to paint her bras and panties to match her own skin tone to avoid visible undergarment issues, and she knew this was a challenge for others as well.Then, an online petition caught her attention: A college sophomore in Ithaca, New York, had succeeded in having Merriam-Webster change the definition of the word nude to be more inclusi ..read more
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Are Tampons Safe? Here’s What an OBGYN Wants You to Know
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by Jen Gunter
4M ago
Scaring people about menstrual products seems to have become its own cottage industry, probably because both purity culture and chemophobia (irrational fear of chemicals) sell papers, get page clicks and generate views and likes. The way tampons especially are disparaged on social mediaand even at times in the traditional mediayoud think they were toxic death sticks or incendiary devices. I suspect menstrual cups and discs get less negativity because they have a smaller market share, so are less likely to get page clicks for negative content. For now, anyway. Cups and most discs are also reusa ..read more
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How Sexism Helped Our Species Thrive
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by Danielle Groen
4M ago
The biologically female human body is an enormously trippy thing. Set aside the whole getting-pregnant-and-giving-birth business: Some female eyes can detect 100 million distinct colours, which is 99 million more than the eyes of your average folk. The female ear hears better at higher frequencies. Female muscle fibres can endure over ultra-long distances, while female lungs and cardiovascular systems are far likelier to outrun disease. Given all that, youd think modern science might be keen to usher these bodies under a microscope. But you already know what happens instead: Its the male body ..read more
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Meet Our 2023 Health Heroes!
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by Ariel Brewster, Ziya Jones, Ishani Nath, Renée Reardin, Angela Seregnicki and Bonnie Schiedel
5M ago
Psychiatrist Allison Crawford For heading up a new suicide prevention line As of November 30, Canadians can now call or text an easy-to-remember service called 9-8-8, designed to connect people who are thinking about suicide (or worried about someone they know) to trained responders. Its free and available 24/7.Allison Crawford, a Centre for Addiction and Mental Health psychiatrist and clinician scientist, is the chief medical officer behind the new program. She and her team saw the urgent need to address suicide prevention as a public health issue, and submitted the new proposal for 9-8-8 to ..read more
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How the HIV/AIDs Epidemic in Canada Changed My Family’s Life Forever
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by Melanie Brooks
6M ago
In the 1980s and mid-1990s, few people were apologizing for their ignorant, often misguided, and cruel responses to the growing AIDS pandemic. My dad learned of his infection in December of 1985 when, eight months after his surgery, a public health official identified the blood hed been given as contaminated, and his doctors tested him to confirm the disastrous news. We lived then in a frightened society. A society that largely believed that people diagnosed with HIV were responsible for their own infection. The early days of the HIV/AIDs crisis In a feature piece in the fall of 1985, Time mag ..read more
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