Young athletes may need one-year break after knee surgery

After surgical reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament, young athletes are now recommended to undergo at least a year’s rehab and thorough testing before resuming knee-strenuous sport. Research shows that those who return to sport relatively soon after surgery incur a highly elevated risk of a second ACL injury. “What’s absolutely essential is to let the rehab take time. Every […]

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90 Day Fiancé Star Loren Brovarnik Finally Feels 'Free' Living with Tourette Syndrome

When Loren Brovarnik first revealed to the world that she had Tourette Syndrome on TLC’s 90 Day Fiancé in 2016, just talking about it was tough. Now, as an ambassador for the Tourette Association of America, she no longer feels the need to hide her symptoms. “I’m ticking in front of you, I’m twitching in front of you. I don’t care because it’s part […]

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Lawson study will examine how smart technology can serve those with mental illness

London, Ont. researchers may soon offer a glimpse into the future of mental health care. A newly-announced study from the Lawson Health Research Institute will look into how smart technology can serve those with mental illness. Researchers will outfit eight affordable housing units from the Canadian Mental Health Association (CHMA) and the London and Middlesex Community Housing (LMCH) in the […]

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Home-schoolers see no added health risks over time: Better sleep, diet habits help counter shortfalls in formal exercise

Years of home-schooling don’t appear to influence the general health of children, according to a Rice University study. A report by Rice kinesiology lecturer Laura Kabiri and colleagues in the Oxford University Press journal Health Promotion International puts forth evidence that the amount of time a student spends in home school is “weakly or not at all related to multiple […]

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United Way Halton and Hamilton launch Period Promise initiative and product drive

A new campaign has been launched to help give vulnerable people access to menstrual products. The United Way Halton and Hamilton (UWHH) has started the Period Promise initiative to highlight the struggle that people living in poverty face when it comes to affording menstrual hygiene products. Brenda Hajdu, Vice President of Marketing and Communications for UWHH, says it’s a problem […]

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How to live longer – the 50p fruit you should eat every day to avoid heart attacks

Eating a healthy, balanced diet – including at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day – could lower your risk of an early death, according to the NHS. You could also boost your lifespan by doing regular exercise. It’s the “miracle cure” we’ve all been waiting for, it said. Making some small diet or lifestyle changes could help to increase your life […]

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Snakebites kill around 200 people per day — now the WHO plans to tackle the problem

The World Health Organization says it plans to reduce the number of deadly and disabling snakebites by half by 2030, something that experts say is ambitious but could be done. In Canada, snakebites are relatively rare, with only about 100 people bitten per year and no deaths, according to one journal article. Related Snakebites kill around 100,000 per year worldwide. […]

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Defects in heart valve cilia during fetal development cause mitral valve prolapse

Genetic variation in heart valve cells of the developing fetus create the blueprint for the later development of mitral valve prolapse, according to the cover story of today’s Science Translational Medicine. The mutations cause defects in antenna-like cellular structures called primary cilia that previously had no known function in the heart valves. These findings were made possible by an international […]

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