What are the best foods to promote bone health? A healthy balanced diet, combined with proper exercise, is recommended to promote bone health from childhood to old age.1 Maintaining a healthy body weight is recommended to avoid being exposed to higher risk of bone fractures.1 In particular, the NHS recommends calcium, vitamin D to promote
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Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a dermatological condition that can cause skin to become dry, inflamed, and itchy.1 In the long-term, these symptoms can impair the health and functionality of the outer layer of our skin, which serves as a protective barrier.2 As a consequence of having a compromised skin barrier, greater levels
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As we get older, it is thought physical activity helps prevent pathological aging and dementia. Animal models suggest that physical activity promotes growth of new neurons (through the expression of growth factors), cell survival, and synaptic plasticity, while human studies propose a more indirect method where physical activity is reducing cardiovascular risk factors. It has
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What is resistance training? Resistance training is a type of anaerobic physical activity that consists in performing repeated sets of exercises against a resistance. The resistance is commonly represented by the oppositional force of equipment or the body itself. It is beneficial in increasing strength and muscle size. Examples of resistance training include high intensity
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The pandemic may not have brought many positive developments, but there are a few bright spots. Telehealth, for example, has grown by leaps and bounds over the past couple of years, and this has been directly related to the unique situation caused by COVID-19. Now that restrictions are easing up, though, telehealth is continuing to
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Bones have various roles: providing structure, protecting organs, anchoring muscles, and storing calcium. Bones are in a constant cycle of being broken down and reformed; this process, known as bone remodeling, requires sufficient levels of certain nutrients. Bone strength is dependent on bone density and quality. It is extremely important to eat foods that provide
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Sleeping is an essential part of our health and overall function, allowing us to refresh our minds and bodies. The average adult should aim to sleep seven or more hours per night on a regular basis to achieve optimal health and to feel well rested. 1 Difficulty waking up is a common experience based on
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Blood pressure is the force that carries blood throughout our body.1 It is made up of two different numbers and presented as a fraction.1 The top number is known as systolic pressure and the bottom number is known as diastolic pressure.1 Normal blood pressure is defined as having a systolic blood pressure under 120 and
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A new study investigated whether the COVID-19 pandemic influenced creativity changes in a population of French-speaking individuals. What is creativity?  The concept of creativity is multifaceted, and people perceive it in different ways. For example, one source describes it as the ability to come up with and recognize useful ideas and alternatives.1  According to another source,
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Since COVID-19 took the world by storm, healthcare professionals have been tasked with finding ways to manage it. Along with vaccines against the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the virus that causes COVID-19, researchers are working towards alternate prevention methods. A recent study shows that naturally sourced ionophoric polyphenols with metal ions have the potential to significantly reduce
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A recent study has reported insignificant impact of e-cigarette use on cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk.1 The study was published in the American Heart & Stroke Foundation’s journal, Circulation.   Specifically, for those who have supplemented some of their conventional (or combustible) cigarette use with e-cigarette use, and now “dual use”, their risk for developing CVD
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Many adults regularly experience problems sleeping. The American Sleep Association estimates that 50 to 70 million U.S. adults currently suffer from sleep disorders.1 When deep sleep is affected, this may decrease the body’s ability to function normally. What is deep sleep? During deep sleep, slow waves are detectable within the brain.2 The time spent in
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Like all organs in the human body, our bones are constantly undergoing remodelling.1 This process is mainly mediated by cells known as osteoclasts and osteoblasts.1 Osteoclasts are responsible for the breakdown of bone while osteoblasts function to build bone by producing key components, particularly hydroxyapatite.1 Up to 70% of bone contains hydroxyapatite, which is a
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As of May 2022, COVID-19 restrictions continue to ease, with reduced mask mandates in public spaces and increased vaccination rates. So far, approximately 81% of the Canadian population and 66% of the U.S. population are fully vaccinated.1 According to recent studies, these vaccines have significantly reduced risk of hospitalization and death from SARS-CoV-2 infection.2,3  However,
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Running can have multiple health benefits and is one of the most common physical activities practiced around the world. However, running-related injury can sometimes occur. Unfortunately, the drawback is that multiple factors may contribute to causing a running-related injury. Some risk factors for injury can include demographics, lower limb anatomy, training behaviour and the type
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