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Is It Long COVID, or Dementia, or Both?

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Scientists are starting to confirm what doctors, patients, and their families can already see: Older patients who have had COVID-19 have a higher risk of getting dementia.

Health care focus of NDP byelection rally

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With Grace Hospital as their backdrop, Manitoba’s official Opposition held a weekend rally in Kirkfield Park to harp on the health-care staffing crisis under the current government — the NDP’s strategy to win over voters in the upcoming byelection.

Struggling to Focus? Try Video Games

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You may know that video games can help kids with ADHD, but growing research suggests they could aid attention and working memory for just about everyone.

Why Some Groups Vaccinate Less

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Misinformation could lead to widening vaccine disparities in babies and toddlers. Here’s what parents need to know to protect their kids.

A Day in My Life With Inoperable Lung Cancer

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A woman diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer recounts how she maintains the normalcy of her family and work life while also adjusting to the new normal of living with lung cancer.

Early Diagnosis and Why It Matters

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For most types of inherited retinal dystrophy, there is no cure. Find out why early diagnosis is still critical for your quality of life.

How Genetics Are Involved

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Inherited retinal dystrophies are disorders passed down through families. Learn how this affects which one you may have, diagnosis, and possible treatment.

Talking to Your Kids

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If you have ADPKD, it’s important for your children to know what to expect. Learn how to have those conversations.

Help Others Understand Your Diagnosis

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Learn how to share news of your HER2-positive breast cancer diagnosis with family, friends, and others and get the support you need on your own terms.

Everyday Pain Relief: High Blood Pressure

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Learn about pain relief medications and the risks they may pose risks for people with high blood pressure. Some OTC pain relief medications can increase blood pressure.

everyday-pain-relief-ulcers

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If you have an ulcer, many over-the-counter drugs like aspirin and Advil can cause unwanted side effects that may make your ulcer worse. Here’s what you need to know about each drug type.

Mental and Emotional Effects of Colorism Are Often Hidden

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In our new docuseries, “Color by WebMD: WebMD’s Exploration of Race and Mental Health,” we look more into the mental health implications of experiencing colorism, often from those closest to you, as well as how to overcome the trauma that can come along with these painful encounters.

Are You Overusing Nasal Spray?

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Nasal sprays may ease nasal congestion, but overusing them can backfire into a condition called rhinitis medicamentosa.

You Are Your Own Best Advocate

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With type 2 diabetes, it’s vital to know the facts and communicate with your care team, especially when you face care disparities.

Elementary School Kids Offer Encouraging Words — and a Pep Talk

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Two art teachers in Healdsburg, CA, set out to create a hotline for anyone in their small wine country town in need of a mental health lift this past March. Cleverly known as PepToc, a call into the number features seven options of pre-recorded bilingual messages from joyous elementary school children.

Our Food Is Getting Sweeter, Changing Appetites

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The food supply has more added sugar and sweetener than many of us realize. While there’s no sugarcoating the reality that our bodies crave sweets, we don’t need as much as we’re getting.

Education and democracy go hand in hand

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Saving democracy and renewing education go hand in hand. Op-ed writer Sandra Yaffe, in Time for next steps in democracy’s evolution (Oct. 31), suggests democracy’s continued health rests on two conditions: actively engaging and involving people in social decisions, and actively involving people where they live in political decisions affecting their lives and their communities.

What Parents Should Know About RSV

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RSV is sweeping through children and crowding hospitals and outpatient pediatrician offices. But children are still sick with colds and other infections and viruses. Parents should understand the critical signs of when their child needs medical attention right away, and when it’s safe to stay home.

7 Best Natural Ingredients for Your Skin

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The beauty world has many high-tech devices and cutting-edge ingredients. But sometimes, simple, natural things might work just as well as those created by scientific engineering.

What’s Medical about Marijuana?

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A majority of states have approved cannabis to treat 42 diseases and conditions. And yet it remains a federally designated Schedule I drug (for now), with “no accepted medical use” and “high potential for abuse.” So, is it a scourge, a savior, or something in between?

How B-Cell Therapy Affects MS

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B-cell therapy treats MS by targeting cells that can damage nerves in your brain and spinal cord. Learn more about this promising MS treatment.

Vitiligo: Facing the Doubt

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It can be tough to learn to live with vitiligo. But there are ways to accept it and gain self-confidence. Here are ways to cope and conquer the doubt.

Apps for Depression

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Online therapy and mental health apps can help treat anxiety, stress, and depression.

Colorism: How Skin Color, Race Create a Toxic Mix for Health

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In our new docu-series, “Color by WebMD: WebMD’s Exploration of Race and Mental Health,” we’ll start off addressing colorism – the silent nemesis of people of color – and the costly mental health effects of dealing with this phenomenon.

The Truth About Fat

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Body fat isn’t just about your size or how you look. It’s crucial to your body’s function and overall health.

10 Anti-Aging Hair Care Tips

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Hair experts share their best anti-aging hair care tips and tricks to keep your strands looking healthy and youthful to represent your individual style.

Sex After a Hysterectomy

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Sex after a hysterectomy is a major concern for many women considering this surgery, but it doesn’t have to be.

A Swimsuit Model Shares Her Mastectomy Scar

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Kelly Crump never expected to be a model in this year’s Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, and she definitely never thought she would be the first-ever cancer patient to show a mastectomy scar in its pages.

Adults With Chronic Acid Reflux Rarely Get Recommended Test

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People with GERD are at risk for Barrett’s and cancer of the esophagus. Yet in a survey of 472 adults with GERD, only 13% had ever been advised by their doctor to undergo screening endoscopy and even fewer actually had the imaging test.

Facing Vision Problems Head-On

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Diabetic retinopathy can be a challenge, but with the proper treatment and preventative care (including eye exams) it can be managed. Here’s an inside like at what day-to-day life with this condition is like.

Which Atopic Dermatitis Treatments Work Best?

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What’s the best treatment for atopic dermatitis? What if it’s mild AD? What if it’s severe AD? What’s most effective? How long can I use medication for AD? Learn about different treatments for atopic dermatitis, which treatments are most effective, and how to use them.

What’s Behind “Lockdown Nostalgia”?

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With coronavirus stubbornly lingering, pandemic fatigue has fueled widespread longing for the perceived simplicities, innocence, and sense of togetherness of the early days of COVID-19.

The Importance of Starting ART Right Away

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When you’re diagnosed with HIV, your doctor will want you to start antiretroviral therapy (ART) as soon as possible — even the same day, if you can. Find out why it’s important to start treatment immediately.

Biologics for Psoriasis

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Biologic treatments for psoriasis can help clear your skin and ease symptoms, but there are some risk factors to consider. Here’s what you need to know.

Staying Active With Prostate Cancer

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When you have prostate cancer, exercise can improve your strength, stamina and mood. Find out the benefits of exercise for men with prostate cancer.

Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids: Research, Then Shop

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This past Monday was the long-anticipated debut of over-the-counter hearing aids, the day they could be sold at stores, pharmacies, and online after the FDA signed off on these less expensive options that require no health care professional’s input.

You Could Have Thyroid Eye Disease

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Are your eyes dry, uncomfortable, and bulging? You could have thyroid eye disease, especially if you already have Graves’ disease. Learn more about TED.

Advice to Adjust to Life

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If you have idiopathic hypersomnia, you might need medication, talk therapy, or lifestyle changes. It can be a challenge to adjust to life with IH. But there are strategies that can help.

Puzzling Causes

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If you live with idiopathic hypersomnia, you’d probably like to know what’s causing it. Unfortunately, that’s not something experts have figured out yet.

Long COVID Experts: ‘So Incredibly Clear What’s at Stake’

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It’s estimated that more than a third of people who have had COVID-19 experience neurological complications such as brain fog that persist or develop 3 months after infection. And two thirds of so-called long haulers still have neurological symptoms after 6 months.

Is It Dry Skin or Atopic Dermatitis?

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Is your dry skin actually atopic dermatitis? How are they different? Do you treat them the same way? Learn how to tell if you have atopic dermatitis, why the right diagnosis is important, and what to do about it.

Health Advisories

Unauthorized injectable drugs and medical devices seized from Vivian Spa in Mississauga, ON, may pose serious health risks
Health Canada has seized several injectable drugs and medical devices, including products labelled to contain botulinum toxin type A or hyaluronic acid from Vivian Spa, located at 11-3415 Dixie Road, Mississauga, Ontario, because they are unauthorized and may pose serious health risks. These products may have been administered as treatments for cosmetic purposes.
Ombrelle Garnier Complete Dry Mist Spray sunscreen recalled due to elevated benzene levels
Ombrelle Canada is recalling all lots of Ombrelle Garnier Complete Dry Mist Spray sunscreen, SPF30 and SPF 60, due to elevated levels of benzene. Frequent and long-term exposure (e.g., through the skin and by inhalation) to elevated levels of benzene may pose serious health risks.
Two lots of Novo-Gesic Forte/Acetaminophen recalled due to labelling error that may lead to overdose and in the most severe cases, death
Teva Canada is recalling two lots of Novo-Gesic Forte/Acetaminophen tablets, sold in 500 mg tablets, due to a labelling error that could result in a person exceeding the maximum daily dosage for acetaminophen.