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What are bunions?

Hallux valgus or bunions occur when the big toe slants towards the second toe causing inflammation and pain.1 The development of this condition occurs slowly and sometimes without any painful symptoms.1,3 In extreme cases, the big toe may overlap the second toe. The rotation of the toe causes the nail of the big toe to […]

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E-cigarette use among youth and young adults

The increasing volume of research on the harmful effects of e-cigarettes and vaping products, especially among youth and young adults, raises public health concerns. In 2016 the ban policy was adopted nationwide by the FDA, followed by 8 out of 10 Canadian provinces during 2015-2017, and nationwide since 2018. Online surveys revealed an increase in […]

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Does UV light inactivate SARS-CoV-2?

A new study investigates whether UV light can inactivate SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19. SARS-CoV-2, which is the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, has had a significant global impact throughout the pandemic.  In order to reduce the risk of future adverse events related to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to know how the […]

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How long does Restylane last?

Restylane is an injection that acts to “fill in” wrinkles. Restylane contains Hyaluronic Acid, a compound naturally found in connective tissues, around joints, and cartilage.1 Injection of Hyaluronic Acid promotes the formation of collagen – a connective tissue – on the skin, which bridges the gaps between skin to fill in wrinkles. Juvéderm and Perlane […]

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What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common heel conditions in adults. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the thick tissues of the heel are inflamed.1 Plantar fasciitis is mainly caused by collagen degeneration in the plantar fascia.2 Its symptoms include pain in the heel during the morning and in the afternoon due to more activity.1 Ten […]

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Can exercise reduce anxiety?

Exercise has a variety of health benefits, but can exercise be associated with a reduced risk of anxiety disorders? Regular exercise can positively affect physical health by improving cardiovascular and lung health, building lean muscle mass and strong bones, and promoting healthy weight management.  Studies suggest that daily physical activity may help reduce the risk […]

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What is Vicoprofen?

Vicoprofen is the brand name for an oral analgesic medication. It is prescribed for short-term management of acute pain, such as post-surgical pain or active cancer treatment, generally for less than ten days.1 Vicoprofen is a fixed-dose combination of hydrocodone bitartrate and ibuprofen. Hydrocodone bitartrate is a semi-synthetic opioid.2 Its immediate-release (IR) form is commercially […]

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Chemical peel for acne scars

Chemical peels are a widely used procedure for the management of acne scars. Also known as chemexfoliation, chemical peels for acne scars involve applying one or more chemical agents, of variable strength, to the skin’s surface. The process creates a controlled chemical-induced injury to the skin. Wounding promotes epidermal and dermal regeneration and tissue remodelling […]

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Morning sickness at night

The term ‘morning sickness’ has been the phrase used to describe nausea and vomiting that is associated with pregnancy for roughly the past 200 years,1 but can be misleading, because ‘morning sickness’ can also occur at night, or any time of the day. Nausea and vomiting occur in up to 74% of pregnancies, with 50% […]

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Predicting which COVID patients will need a ventilator

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University have developed an integrated clinical and CT-based AI nomogram (CIAIN) to predict which COVID-19 patients need a ventilator. CIANE can more precisely identify patients at an earlier disease presentation who may need intubation and invasive mechanical ventilation. The novel approach would decrease disease progression and mortality. The study included a […]

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Can receding gums be reversed?

Receding gums are gums that have pulled away from the teeth, exposing their root surfaces. This leaves the teeth at risk of decay, infection, and loss. If the recession is severe, it can cause symptoms, such as tooth sensitivity, pain, or infection. Can this process of gum receding be reversed? The gums (gingiva) form the […]