Ectopic Pregnancy – What It Is & Common Symptoms
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by Toula Stake
1w ago
A woman in pain due to ectopic pregnancy,  in consultation with a doctor taking notes (Tina Dawn/ VM-Med) — Finding out you are pregnant can be both an exciting and unnerving time, as you can worry about your and your baby’s health. It’s important to remember that most pregnancies progress without incident, but minor or even major complications can occur for some. One of those complications is an ectopic pregnancy. If you’re pregnant, you should understand what this serious complication is, how to detect something that may be wrong, and how best to manage it. An ectopic pregnancy occurs w ..read more
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Can You Have a Sex Life After Breast Cancer? Experts Say Yes
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by Toula Stake
1w ago
Breast cancer treatment can leave you feeling like you’re living in a stranger’s body. But there are ways to get your sex life back. Photo: Pexels (Abby McCoy/ Everyday Health) — If you’ve recently gone through lifesaving breast cancer treatment, you may be looking forward to better days ahead. But as you try to get back to “normal life,” you might notice a change in your libido. “Cancer treatment across the board can take a significant toll on the body, and breast cancer is no different,” says Gabriel Cartagena, PhD, a clinical psychologist at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven and ..read more
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Women twice as likely as men to develop Alzheimer’s. New research suggests why
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by Toula Stake
3w ago
Women are twice as likely as men to develop Alzheimer’s disease. New research provides a clue about why. Photo: Pexels (Laurel Leicht, Sarah Ellis/ Health Central) — If you’re a living, breathing human being, chances are you know someone affected by Alzheimer’s disease. It is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, killing more people than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined. Currently, more than five million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, and that number is projected to grow to nearly 14 million by the year 2050. Women are twice as likely as men to develop Alzh ..read more
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How Do Thyroid Issues Impact Mental Health
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by Toula Stake
1M ago
Woman struggling with her mental health due to thyroid issues. (Tina Dawn/ VM-Med) — Your thyroid is one of the endocrine glands which make hormones to regulate physiological functions in your body. As small as the gland is, it has the power to affect you in multiple ways –including your mental health and your mood.   Not only do thyroid conditions present physical symptoms that can occasionally be hard to manage and create additional challenges for patients, but people with thyroid disorders must often tackle emotional or mental health symptoms as well. Depending on whether a person ..read more
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Rates of breast cancer are rising in younger women: Study
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by Toula Stake
1M ago
Young women are not being taken seriously after they find a lump because they are told they are too young for breast cancer. Photo: Pexels (Natasha O’Neill/CityNews Ottawa) — A new study by the University of Ottawa shows more women under the age of 50 are being diagnosed with breast cancer. The research, led by Dr. Jean Seely, was published in the Canadian Association of Radiologists Journal. The report looks at breast cancer cases over 35 years to shed light on detection in Canada. Using data from the National Cancer Incidence Reporting System, the Canadian Cancer Registry and Statistics ..read more
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Exercise is an effective treatment for depression
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by Toula Stake
1M ago
Strength training and yoga had lower dropout rates compared to active controls and were perceived as the most acceptable options. Photo: Pexels (Dr. Sushama R. Chaphalkar/ Medical Sciences) — In a recent systematic review and network meta-analysis published in the British Medical Journal, researchers determined the potentially most effective exercise regimen and dosage in managing major depressive disorder (MDD) in comparison to antidepressants, psychotherapy, and control interventions. They found that exercise, in the form of yoga, walking, jogging, or strength training, is an ..read more
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Pregnancy may speed up biological ageing, study finds
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by Toula Stake
2M ago
Each pregnancy is linked with an additional two to three months of biological ageing, researchers say. Photo: Pexels (Jamie Grierson/ The Guardian) — Pregnancy may speed up biological ageing in women, a study has found. Scientists at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in New York looked at the reproductive histories and DNA samples from 1,735 people in a long-term, continuing health survey in the Philippines to investigate the influence pregnancy has on the ageing process. They worked out participants’ biological age using six different “epigenetic clocks” – genetic tools ..read more
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Understanding the Vital Role of Radiologists
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by Toula Stake
2M ago
Radiologist holding a medical image (Tina Dawn/VM-Med) What do Radiologists Do?  Radiologists are medical doctors who specialize in detecting, diagnosing, and treating injuries and diseases using medical imaging (radiology) procedures, X-rays, computed tomography (CT scans), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI scans), nuclear medicine, PET scans and ultrasound. Radiology is essential to the diagnosis and early treatment of many diseases. The importance of diagnostic imaging in the fight against breast cancer cannot be overestimated.  While both are important and essential to the diagnosi ..read more
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Two nights of broken sleep can make people feel years older
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by Toula Stake
2M ago
Beyond simply feeling decrepit, perception of being older can affect health by encouraging unhealthy eating and reducing exercise. Photo: Pexels (Ian Sample/ The Guardian) — Two nights of broken sleep are enough to make people feel years older, according to researchers, who said consistent, restful slumber was a key factor in helping to stave off feeling one’s true age. Psychologists in Sweden found that, on average, volunteers felt more than four years older when they were restricted to only four hours of sleep for two consecutive nights, with some claiming the sleepiness made them feel decad ..read more
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Chronic pain of endometriosis often dismissed
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by Toula Stake
3M ago
The 44-year-old says for years, debilitating pain was brushed off as just being her period. Photo: Pexels (Sawyer Bogdan/ Global News) — After struggling with debilitating pain her whole life, Tara DeMerchant is grateful to finally have answers, but angry it took almost 30 years to get help. The 44-year-old from Bala, Ont., which is an hour north of Barrie, was recently diagnosed with endometriosis. DeMerchant says she struggled with pain since she was 14, self-medicating with cannabis to cope with pain that only got worse as time went on. “It’s debilitating. I have days where I can ..read more
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