COVID-19 in Quebec: 1,741 new cases and 39 additional deaths, sharp increase in hospitalizations

Quebec reports 1,741 additional cases and 39 deaths, bringing the total to 167,276 infected people and 39 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

Yesterday, the province recorded 1,620 cases and 25 deaths.


  • 167,276 people infected (+1741)
  • 7571 deaths (+39)
  • 959 people hospitalized (+69)
  • 125 people in intensive care (+3)
  • The samples taken on December 13 totaled 24,200, for a total of 4,369,504
  • 298 doses of vaccine were administered yesterday

Dubai’s Emirates Literature Foundation to increase Arab authors’ visibility online

The foundation is now looking to recruit an army of volunteers to join the movement and become Wikipedia data editors.
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Dubai: Ahead of World Arabic Language Day on December 18, Dubai-based Emirates Literature Foundation, in association with Google, on Tuesday launched a new initiative to boost the visibility of Arab authors online.

Called ‘Kateb Maktub’ (the initiative), the initiative is designed to increase the number of Arab author pages on Wikipedia, one of the world’s most visited websites with more than one billion visitors per month. This was announced at a virtual roundtable on Tuesday. Arab authors currently have fewer than 1,500 pages on Wikipedia, lagging far behind author pages in languages such as English, German or French. The initiative aims to increase the number of Arab author pages ten-fold. It is expected that the goal of publishing 15,000 Wikipedia pages dedicated to Arab authors, in English and Arabic, will be reached by December 2022. The initiative has already managed to create 100 Arab author pages “internally” in two months, the virtual roundtable heard.

Seeking volunteers

The foundation is now looking to recruit an army of volunteers to join the movement and become Wikipedia data editors, gathering and sharing content about Arab authors and books so they can be known worldwide. It is working closely with the UAE User Group of Wikipedia to gather information and train volunteers. The foundation will also be reaching out to schools, universities and other establishments to recruit volunteers keen to promote Arab literature and become part of the international community transforming availability of digital information.

Unique ID

The foundation is also joining ‘International Standard Name Identifier’ (ISNI) as a Registration Agency. ISNI is a 16-digit number attributed to each author, and is key in avoiding identity ambiguity online or offline, where names can be spelled differently, including in translation. As part of the Kateb Maktub initiative, the foundation will be attributing ISNI to all authors. Online visibility results directly from the quality of the metadata, the foundation said. It will be publishing biographical information on using ONIX standards. Each author will be attributed a unique URL and each author page will be structured following international best practices, the foundation added. Wikipedia pages.

Current struggles

“We are extremely proud to launch this hugely important initiative for Arab literature,” said Ahlam Bolooki, festival director for Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. “The Middle East is the cradle of storytelling, yet today it’s hard to find information about our authors and books online. This project will put Arab authors and literature in the spotlight, positioning them on an equal platform with other major literary powers of the world.”

Backed by Google

Google will work closely with Emirates Literature Foundation to help organise a new information about Arab authors, as well as support authors in taking control of their own presence on Google Search by claiming knowledge panels and uploading videos to Google Cameo, a feature of Google Search which enables public figures to answer questions through videos that appear on the main search results page.

Basel Hijazi, project lead and Google product marketing manager, said: “We’re excited to be working with the Emirates Literature Foundation and the UAE’s Wikipedia User Groups to enrich the web with information about women and men who drive the region’s literary heritage.”

Arabic is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, used daily by more than 290 million people. World Arabic Language Day is being celebrated every year on December 18 since 2012. The date coincides with the day in 1973 when the United Nations General Assembly adopted Arabic as the sixth official language of the organisation.

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Starbucks will increase the salary of its workers to $ 15 dollars per hour | The State

The company plans for all of its employees to earn $ 15 by 2023.

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Working with minimum wage is not easy, but now things could be better for starbuck workersYes, since the company is planning to raise everyone’s salary to $ 15.

Currently, the current federal minimum wage is set at $ 7.25 per hour, a level it has been at since 2009.

While many states and municipalities have laws guaranteeing higher wages, there is still a lot of resistance from businesses, both small and large, complaining that higher wages would affect their profits.

Fortunately for Starbucks employees, this is not the case for the coffee chain, as its CEO, Kevin Johnson, said that although currently about 30% of its workers already earn $ 15 or more an hour, the company plans for everyone who works for it to earn the same over the next two to three years, as reported in Mashed.

So, if you work for Starbucks (or plan to work at one of its thousands of locations) and you are part of this 70% who earn less than $ 15 an hour, then it is very likely that you will see a salary increase any time between now and 2023 .

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Bird species can increase life satisfaction as much as pay rise 

Living near more bird species can increase life satisfaction as much as having a pay rise

  • Past research has suggested that expose to nature is good for mental health
  • German researchers analysed data on the life satisfaction of 26,000 adults
  • They compared this with the biodiversity in the areas in which the people lived 
  • They said 14 new local bird species is as good as getting £1,344 more a year

People get just as much extra life satisfaction from living in area with plenty of bird species as they do from getting a pay raise, a study has claimed.

Many past small-scale studies have suggested that exposure to nature is good for one’s mental health — and the current pandemic has raised interest in the outdoors.

Experts from Germany cross-referenced survey data on the life satisfaction of thousands of adults from across Europe with their exposure to nature.

They concluded that having 14 new bird species in the local area provides equal pleasure as been awarded a £1,344 annual raise. 

People get just as much extra life satisfaction from living in area with plenty of bird species as they do from getting a pay raise, a study has claimed. Pictured, a robin

‘Europeans are particularly satisfied with their lives if their immediate surroundings host a high species diversity,’ said paper author and ecologist Joel Methorst of the Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre.

‘According to our findings, the happiest Europeans are those who can experience numerous different bird species in their daily life, or who live in near-natural surroundings that are home to many species.’

In their study, Mr Methorst and colleagues compared data on the reported quality of life of more than 26,000 adults from across Europe with the diversity of bird species in each subject’s local area.

Birds, the researchers explained, are a good indicator of overall biological diversity and the availability of green spaces and water — and are one of the most noticeable and animate aspects of nature, especially in more urbanised settings.

‘We also examined the socio-economic data of the people that were surveyed,’ explained paper author and biologist Katrin Böhning-Gaese, also of the Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre. 

‘Much to our surprise, we found that avian diversity is as important for their life satisfaction as is their income,’ she added.

In fact, the team found that having 14 additional bird species in the local area gave as much satisfaction as an annual salary raise of £1,344 raise would to someone on a annual income of £13,380.

Nature, the researchers conclude, is important to the public’s well-being.

‘Biological diversity is currently undergoing a dramatic decline. This poses the risk that human well-being will also suffer from an impoverished nature,’ noted Mr Methorst. 

‘Nature conservation therefore not only ensures our material basis of life, but it also constitutes an investment in the well-being of us all,’ he concluded.

The full findings of the study were published in the journal Ecological Economics.


Towards a “3 to 5%” increase in food prices in 2021

The price of food will be higher for Quebec families next year, notably as a result of the impacts of the pandemic. The grocery basket bill could register its biggest increase in more than a decade, according to a report.

On Tuesday, Dalhousie University, University of Guelph, University of Saskatchewan and University of British Columbia will release the 11e edition of Canadian Food Price Report.

According to researchers’ forecasts, a family of two adults (31 to 50 years old) and two children, a boy (14-18) and a girl (9-13), will have to pay $ 695 (not counting the expenses in the restaurants ) more to eat next year than in 2020.

This is a record since the first draft of this report. The average bill for this household is expected to be $ 13,907.

The report mentions that overall food prices are expected to increase across the country by “3% [à] 5% ”, among other things, due to the continuing effects of COVID-19 on the agri-food chain.

For Quebec, in 2021, researchers estimate that the price increase should be “around 4%”. The food inflation rate should therefore once again exceed that of general inflation.

“More and more people are going to have to spend more of their budget on food. We are leaving an era of affordable food, ”says the director of the Laboratory in Agri-Food Analytical Science at Dalhousie University, Sylvain Charlebois.

“Yes, it is worrying,” he continues, also fearing the impacts of possible tax hikes to fill government deficits on families’ wallets. “They’re going to be thirsty for income,” he says.

It is meat lovers who will have to dip more into their pockets in 2021. The jump in the bill should vary from 4.5% to 6.5%. A similar increase is planned for vegetables. Bakery products are also expected to be more expensive (3.5% to 5.5%).

“It’s very rare that we see poultry, pork and beef be affected in the same year. This was the case in 2020 and it will not stop in December. On the bakery side, wheat is currently more expensive, ”explains Mr. Charlebois. “For fruits and vegetables, this is mainly due to climate change and fires in California,” he adds.

Digest badly

According to Annie Mondou, who lives with her partner, their four children and also her mother, the new increase in the grocery basket is poorly digested, even if she claims not to “deprive herself” to eat well.

She spent $ 800 on food this week, more than usual due to the holiday season. “I’m at the end of the line,” she reacts. “If everything increases, for sure we will have to change some habits. At some point, you have to save a little, ”she adds.

It must be said that in the space of 20 years, the typical Canadian grocery bill has increased by approximately 170%.

In addition to the impacts of COVID-19 and climate change, Mr. Charlebois believes that the growth of e-commerce platforms, the closure of restaurants, the ban on certain single-use plastics and the arrival of ‘a new president from our neighbors to the south should influence the cost of food in the coming months.

The price of meat has exploded

In 2020, lockdowns, sanitary measures, plant closures due to COVID-19 cases, the challenge of foreign workers, the oil price war between Russia and Saudi Arabia and the fall of the loonie will have had both positive and negative impacts on the grocery cart.

According to the report, the average increase in the cost of food between October 2019 and September 2020 was 2.7%, and it was the price of meat that drove this percentage up. It exploded by 6.1%, that of dairy products, by 3.1% and that of bakery products, by 2.2%.

◆ The 11e Canadian food prices report includes more foods. The basket has been adjusted compared to previous years.

– With the collaboration of Julien McEvoy

The impacts of the pandemic on groceries

Five questions to the director of the Laboratory in Agri-Food Analytical Science at Dalhousie University, Sylvain Charlebois, also responsible for the 11e edition of Canadian Consumer Food Price Report.

In 2021, do you think that supermarkets will resume with a discount offer similar to the one before the pandemic?

“The discounts have never stopped. There are less. To get more, you have to relearn how to become compulsive buyers. Here we are quite mechanical. We follow our list for food. Before COVID-19, we bought a lot of things [dont] we didn’t need to. “

Do you believe that online grocery shopping will become a permanent tool for consumers?

“I wouldn’t be surprised to see a lot of grocery stores close due to people’s interest in shopping online. In Canada, it is believed that there could be between 300 and 350 stores that could close within two years. In Quebec, we could talk about quarantine. The big banners plan to spend more than $ 12 billion over the next five years to develop their online business. ”

Could we review buying panic, like in the spring?

“I asked myself the question and we haven’t seen him this fall. There is nothing to indicate that the consumer is going to start buying in panic again. “

Will the sensitivity for local products remain?

“I think it will stay. […] Food self-sufficiency will develop further over the next few years. “

Do you think companies like HelloFresh and GoodFood, which offer boxed meals, will gain in popularity?

“I have a feeling they are going to have more competition. Grocers will begin to further develop their ability to deliver pre-cooked meals. There is money to be made. “

Increases in all food categories:

  • Bakery: 3.5% to 5.5%
  • Dairy products: 1% to 3%
  • Fruits: 2% to 4%
  • Meats: 4.5% to 6.5%
  • Others: 2% to 4%
  • Catering: 3% to 5%
  • Seafood: 1.5% to 3.5%
  • Vegetables: 4.5% to 6.5%
  • Total expected increase: 3% to 5%

Source: Canadian Food Prices Report


Schools, work, hospitals: an “alarming” increase in cases

The recent increases in confirmed cases of COVID-19 are alarming, and their presence in all age groups, in workplaces, in schools and in the most populous regions of Quebec makes the situation even more difficult for them. public authorities.

• Read also: COVID-19 in Quebec: 1,577 additional cases, 22 new deaths and sharp increase in hospitalizations

“What is most disturbing is that beyond Saturday’s more publicized situation [une hausse de 2000 cas], it has deteriorated for a few weeks ”, notes Dr Gaston De Serres, doctor-epidemiologist at the National Institute of Public Health of Quebec (INSPQ).

This may seem like an outrageous situation for someone who works remotely and hasn’t seen family and friends for months. But the explanation is known to specialists.

The Dr De Serres identifies the four wheels of this “transmission loop”: Workplaces, schools, healthcare settings (hospitals, CHSLDs) and the families of infected people.

The most recent data from the INSPQ shows that the manufacturing sector remains by far the most affected in the workplace (46% of confirmed cases), followed by retail trade, wholesale trade and construction. In these places, the spread is mainly explained by a failure to respect the ground rules, he says.

“Each of the age groups has a fairly similar proportion of cases, and it is observed in several populous regions, Montreal, Laval, Estrie, Capitale-Nationale, Montérégie. It will be difficult to change the course of things. You cannot act on one place, one region, one environment, ”says the epidemiologist.

A second break?

The Legault government for its part still relies on the goodwill of Quebecers to curb the spread of the pandemic, even if the rate of reproduction of cases has been on the rise since mid-November.

Roxane Borgès Da Silva, professor at the School of Public Health at the University of Montreal, however, believes, like dozens of other experts, that Quebec must be put “on pause” during the holiday season.

“We cannot enforce public health directives in the workplace. In this context, it is necessary to confine in order to breathe new life into the health network, ”she says.

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The 8 foods that most increase abdominal fat | The State

Today it turns out more relevant than ever follow all measures that relate to a lower body weight and a better health, that is why the good balance between diet, physical activity Y stress levels, seem to be the perfect formula for long-term results.

The truth is that there are many people who are extremely disciplined in its physical activity routine, they get frustrated when not getting the expected results and this is directly related to the type of diet they follow. That is, the more exercise a person does, if they consume foods that are simply not healthy These will end up being reflected in a storage of fat in the abdominal area short term No matter how many abdominal exercises you do!

Regardless of the aesthetic aspect, excess abdominal fat in the long run it is related to various conditions that deteriorate health. It is because of that waist circumference is considered an indicator for detect possible health risks, in such a way that measuring the body mass index (BMI) is a key concept, which in most cases indicates conditions such as the overweight, the obesity, heart diseases, hypertension, diabetes and conditions digestive and liver.

While abdominal fat it will never look good, it’s a way of measure actual health status of a person. In fact, this type of fat tends to become internal, that is, it becomes visceral fat that covers the most important organs of the body and increases significantly the risk of contracting diseases.

Based on the above, we took on the task of selecting the 8 worst foods for abs, its recurring consumption is derived in a fat gain which deteriorates physical and mental health considerably. Take note.

1. White bread

If you use eat white bread as part of daily feedinga, it’s time to avoid it. to get started white bread is a highly processed product, which belongs to the carbohydrates refined and that is characterized by its high glycemic index; which tends to lead to worrying increases in the blood sugar levels. What is more worrying is that normally refined carbohydrates, do not burn properly in the body and usually become abdominal fat. This does not mean that bread is the enemy, on the contrary, there are very healthy variants of bread full of health benefits; choose those that are made with whole grains or wheat, are rich in fiber and other nutrients that accelerate metabolism.

White bread. / Photo: Pixabay

2. French fries

Probably the French fries are on the list of less healthy foods of the planet and curiously they are also one of the more accessible, practically everywhere you get a bag of this crunchy snack. In fact, they are considered one of the snacks that once you start eating, inexplicably you cannot stop. And yes, they are on the list of the worst foods for abs and without a doubt it is related to your high in saturated fat, which is derived from the use of hydrogenated oils and which are associated with serious consequences In the health. It is very difficult for the body burn all fat that they contain and in a way it stays stuck at the waist. Another of his great defects is related to his high sodium content, which directly promotes inflammation and fluid retention.

Potato chips
Potato chips. / Photo: Pixabay

3. Diet foods with sweeteners

The recommendation is very simple: avoid any processed food, especially those sold as versions “Light”. Yes, this includes everything product that baked like the biscuits or cereals, yogurts Y desserts. That is why one of the best health recommendations is based on always reading the labels of the products we purchase, if you see an artificial sweetener in the list of ingredients, forget about acquiring it. It has studies in which the consumption of Artificial sweeteners have been related to Abdominal fat. In such a way that the assumption saving calories and sugar that sell this type of product, they are very far from offering benefits for body weight and health.

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4. Dried fruit

The dry fruits or dehydrated They are a food that without a doubt can be quite misleading and that on many occasions we usually consume thinking that being fruits are healthy. However, the elaboration process to obtain whats nuts, is based on strip them of the water they contain, leaving a lot of sugar in its final composition. In such a way that nuts have a high fructose content, which I know metabolizes in the liver, and when you consume a large amount of fructose. Hence the liver breaks it down into glucose Y grease, which easily becomes Abdominal fat. The lesson here: it is always better to consume fresh fruit Y seasonal, is the right way to get its immense nutritional power in vitamins, minerals and fiber.

Dried fruit. / Photo: Shutterstock

5. Frozen pizza

In the whim par excellence of the weekendsa, without a doubt is a steaming pizza with the cheese dripping and it is true that consuming it very occasionally it does not symbolize a big problem. However, get used to integrating as part of the weekly dinners frozen pizzas, is a terrible eating habit, since it is a highly processed product that provides more sodium and carbohydrates than recommended in one day. The consequences of recurring consumption of this type of food are obvious: significant weight gain, increased swelling Y Abdominal fat.

Frozen pizza./Photo: Pexels

6. Ice cream

Impossible to resist a chocolate ice cream ball as dessert or afternoon craving, and it is somewhat sad to know that it is not one of the better foods to health. While everything in moderation is good, when it comes to lose belly fat ice cream is not a good option. Especially the variants that are distinguished by their high caloric intake and its contribution in fats Y sugars. The good news is that today we have a wide range of healthy ice creams, which are made with vegetable milks, nuts Y Natural fruits, for the days of craving they will always be a much healthier alternative Y nutritious. And remember, all in moderation.

Ice Cream./Photo: Sebastian Coman Photography / Pexels

7. Processed snacks

Everything processed food will have different consequences on healthd, such is the case of the wide range of commercial snacks among which the salty snacks How French fries, pretzels Y sweets. These types of products usually have a high calorie content, preservatives Y sodium. Its recurrent use is related to weight gain, increased accumulation of body fat (especially abdominal), increased swelling and fluid retention, which is also associated with an increased risk of suffer hypertension Y long-term heart disease.

Pretzel./Photo: Pixabay

8. Fast food

The fast foods are the most radical end of the natural food and integral. A complete fast food [de una hamburguesa, papas fritas y refresco] is the perfect combination to deteriorate health and body weight: contain lots of calories, sodium, and carbohydrates. When consumed frequently, they can cause a considerable weight gain and they are one of the causes that are most related to Abdominal fat. At the same time they relate to negative consequences in cardiovascular health, the state of mind, physical and mental performance, they alter the nervous and reproductive system.

Fast food. / Photo: Caleb Oquendo / Pexels



COVID-19: record increase of more than 2,000 cases in Quebec, 48 more deaths

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Just 3 sunbed sessions a year could increase women’s risk of endometriosis

Just three sessions a year on a sunbed could be linked to a higher risk of women developing endometriosis as well as skin cancer, scientists revealed.

Sun beds and exposure to UVA ultraviolet light not only increase the chances of developing malignant melanoma – the most dangerous form of skin cancer – but can also be linked to a greater risk of developing endometriosis, according to new research.

The study found that the risk of endometriosis increased the more young women used tanning beds, got sunburnt or used sunscreen during their teenage and young adulthood years.

But conversely, researchers also discovered that women living in areas with high levels of natural UVB ultraviolet light throughout the year were less likely to be diagnosed with endometriosis.

The long-term condition is often painful and involves tissue similar to the lining of the womb starts to grow in other places like the ovaries and fallopian tubes.

Symptoms include lower stomach, back or pelvic pain, severe period pain and pain during or after sex.

Women who lived in the sunniest areas at birth, at age 15 and at 30, had a 19 per cent, 21 per cent and 10 per cent reduced risk of endometriosis respectively compared to women living in parts of the US with the least annual sunshine.

Sunbeds can also increase york risk of skin cancer

This means that four women in 100 might develop endometriosis if they lived in parts of the country with the highest UV levels at the age of 15, compared to nearly six in 100 if they lived in areas with the lowest UV levels, researchers found.

But crucially, natural sunlight is mainly UVB rays, which boost vitamin D leading to better immunity and suppresses inflammation.

Tanning salons are mainly UVA rays, which are known to damage cells and adversely affect immunity.

After adjusting their analyses to take account of factors that might affect the results, the researchers found that compared to women who never used tanning beds, those who used them six or more times a year when they were teenagers and young adults had a 19 per cent increased risk of endometriosis.

If they used them six or more times a year between the ages of 25 to 35, they had a 24 per cent increased risk, and if they used tanning beds three or more times a year throughout both periods of their lives, they had a 30 per cent increased risk of endometriosis.

This means that around five women in every 100 might develop endometriosis over an average follow-up period of nearly 14 years per person if they had never used tanning beds as teenagers, young adults or between the ages of 25 to 35, but nearly seven women in 100 would develop it if they used tanning beds more than three times a year, researchers said.

Professor Leslie Farland, an assistant professor at the University of Arizona College of Public Health (USA), who led the research, said: “Prior research into the long-term health consequences of endometriosis has suggested that women with endometriosis are at greater risk of melanoma.

“While the exact mechanisms underlying the association between endometriosis and melanoma are not known, several studies have found a greater risk of endometriosis in women who are sensitive to sunlight, don’t tan easily and have red hair, light eyes, freckling or a high number of moles.

Symptoms include lower stomach, back or pelvic pain, severe period pain and pain during or after sex

“These associations may reflect a common genetic background between endometriosis and melanoma, or an underlying association between sun exposure and risk of endometriosis.”

Prof Farland and her colleagues at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and the French National Institute for Health and Medical Research (INSERM), Universit Paris-Saclay, studied 116,429 white women who joined the US Nurses’ Health Study II in 1989 when they were aged between 25 and 42 years.

Every two years, up until June 2015, the participants completed questionnaires that asked about their medical history and their exposure to risk factors for several chronic diseases, including their tendency to sunburn, the number of moles on their legs, and their number of severe sunburns between the ages of 15 and 20 years.

In 1993 they gave updates on their use of sunscreens and in 2005 reported on their use of tanning beds during their teenage and early adult years and between the ages of 25 to 35 years.

From 1993 onwards, the participants were also asked whether they had endometriosis, diagnosed by laparoscopy, which is the gold standard for correctly diagnosing the condition.

Their home addresses were updated every two years and linked with data on annual ambient ultraviolet A and ultraviolet B light for the area.

Among the 95,080 women included in the analyses, there were 4,791 cases of endometriosis diagnosed with laparoscopy over the follow-up period, the study found.

Professor Stacey Missmer, a professor at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and co-lead author of the study, said: “We know very little about ways to modify behaviour in order to reduce risk of developing endometriosis.

“There is still a lot we don’t understand about the relationship between recreational and residential sun exposure and risk of endometriosis.

“However, our findings suggest that avoiding excessive recreational sun exposure and tanning beds may reduce your endometriosis risk.”

A history of five or more sunburns between the ages of 15 to 20 was associated with a 12 per cent increased risk of endometriosis compared to women who were never sunburnt, the study discovered.

Compared to those who never used sunscreen, which the researchers used as an indicator of time spent sunbathing or taking part in other outdoor activities, those who used it all the time had a 10 per cent increased risk of endometriosis.

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The absolute risk of developing endometriosis among women who were sunburnt five or more times a year between the ages of 15 to 20 was too small to show a difference between the two groups.

Prof Farland said: “Over the past 30 years, more people have been diagnosed with skin cancer than all other cancers combined.

“From a public health perspective, we already know women should avoid tanning beds to reduce their risk of melanoma.

“This study reinforces the advice to avoid using tanning beds and suggests that there may be an additional benefit of reducing the risk of endometriosis.

“Women should follow the health advice never to use tanning beds, to avoid being sunburnt, and to protect your skin from exposure to the sun by covering up, seeking the shade, and by using a broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen.”

The study was published today (Weds) in Human Reproduction, one of the world’s leading reproductive medicine journals.

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Gatherings despite the increase in cases

While cases remain at a high level in Quebec, we feel that measurement fatigue is setting in. Despite the bans, many rallies have taken place in the past few hours.

• Read also: COVID-19: 1,395 new cases and 12 more deaths in Quebec

• Read also: If the rise in cases continues, no Christmas gatherings

The photo of a dinner that took place in Beauce was widely shared on social media.

You can see about twenty guests gathered around a table. People are giving “the Arruda government” a finger.

Screenshot, TVA News

Even though the people present seem to defy the sanitary rules, the Sûreté du Québec is unable to say whether there will be an investigation.

In Saguenay, police had to put an end to two illegal gatherings in residences. Four reports of infections were submitted.

In Quebec, hundreds of demonstrators appeared in front of parliament on Saturday without masks and without distancing. 34 offense reports were issued for non-compliance with sanitary measures.

In the Montmorency Falls area, the police dismantled a gathering of young people who were about to have a party. The young people cooperated and no findings have been made.

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