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Freezing frenzy: Cryotherapy makes big promises despite dearth of evidence

When torn knee cartilage threatened a Calgary man’s career as a professional Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighter, he kept his cool, stripped down to his underwear and climbed into a metal canister chilled to -145 C. Tim Blanchard exposed his nearly naked body to temperatures lower than anything recorded in the natural world, in a controversial but increasingly popular treatment known as cryotherapy. “I popped into cryo pretty regularly ...

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SECOND OPINION | Scary cancer statistic is not personal

Hello and happy Saturday! Here’s our roundup of the week’s interesting and eclectic news in health and medical science. If you haven’t subscribed yet, you can do that by clicking here. There’s a way to cut cancer rates by 50%.  Why wasn’t that the Canadian Cancer Society headline? It’s a question we asked this week with the release of the 2017 ...

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Fentanyl spiral: How the guilt and shame of addiction stole a B.C.’s man’s life

All it took was a single beer for Murray’s Shaw life to unravel. The moment came on a bike holiday in January 2016 in San Diego while he was with some friends from the Vancouver area. After almost 20 years sober, the community college instructor from New Westminster, B.C., cracked open a cold one at the end of a long ride. ...

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Federal government announces funding for midwifery services in Indigenous communities

The federal government will launch new funding initiatives to improve access to midwifery services in First Nation and Inuit communities, federal Health Minister Jane Philpott announced this week at the International Confederation of Midwives Congress. Ottawa has allocated $6 million over five years to fund First Nation and Inuit community-based midwifery projects. The money is part of the $828 million promised in ...

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Women losing out over hormone therapy fears, some experts say

The risk of heart attack, stroke or breast cancer due to hormone replacement therapy has been overstated, and that has scared away some women who could benefit from it, the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada said at its annual conference in Ottawa this week. The SOGC says HRT is not the scourge it was once considered to be. ‘A generation ...

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Opioids prescribed for pets might be going to humans, vet warns

The association representing Nova Scotia’s veterinarians wants to find a way to keep pet owners from using opioids prescribed for their animals. Veterinarians can dispense whatever drugs they feel are appropriate for treating animals, and the registrar of the Nova Scotia Veterinary Medical Association calls the current lack of controls a “loose brick” in the medical system. “There’s no limitation or restriction ...

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Alberta Health Services employee suspended for texting racial slur to Indigenous woman

An Alberta Health Services employee has been suspended after using a racial slur to refer to a Kainai Board of Education school principal in a text message. The text sent by the employee on Monday refers to another AHS worker apparently being disciplined during a training event in southern Alberta, but was accidentally sent to the school principal. The text ...

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Hints of some steps that may boost brain health in old age

Are you seeking steps to keep your brain healthy in old age? There are no proven ways to stave off mental decline or dementia, but a new report says there are hints that exercise, controlling blood pressure and some forms of brain training might offer help. Without proof, the government should not begin a public health campaign pushing strategies for ...

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U.S. rejects UN call for access to safe abortions

New Resolution on eliminating violence against women, led by Canada, was adopted by consensus Thomson Reuters Posted: Jun 22, 2017 11:54 AM ET Last Updated: Jun 22, 2017 11:54 AM ET Related Stories The United States on Thursday rejected a United Nations resolution on the elimination of violence against women because it called for access to safe abortion for all women ...

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Doctors ‘gun shy’ to prescribe opioids hurting those in pain, say experts

A Windsor, Ont. woman who relies on prescribed narcotics to help with chronic pain believes “responsible” opioid users are being unfairly victimized in the government crackdown on drugs like Fentanyl.  Jennifer Butcher has been unable to find a physician who will refill her prescriptions ever since her family doctor retired last month. She’s not alone, according to medical professionals and other patients ...

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