Health

Opera singer Rhonda Head overcame brain tumours to reclaim her voice

Sunday January 15, 2017 more stories from this episode Opera singer Rhonda Head has had a life much like the music she loves, full of of adventure, trials and triumphs. The mezzo-soprano from Opaskawayak Cree Nation in northern Manitoba discovered opera when she left her small community to go to school in Toronto after she turned 18. Head decided that since ...

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A health care fix and tough times for vaccine proponents

This week, we’ve got an argument for transforming health care into “Right Care” as well as some troubling developments for vaccine proponents south of the border. We also look down the road, to a future where skin cells could become sperm, and our teeth could heal themselves. Want this in your inbox? Get the Second Opinion newsletter every Friday. Not too much, not ...

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‘It’s still a nightmare’: The case of jurors released with PTSD and little or no help after verdict

Dan Cozine’s service left him haunted by horrible memories. He struggled to return to his normal life. He was withdrawn at work. He was distracted and angry at home. His wife urged him to get help, so he found a therapist who quickly diagnosed him with post-traumatic stress disorder. But 39-year-old Cozine isn’t a soldier struggling to cope with the ...

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Are meditation and mindfulness all they’re cracked up to be?

Saturday January 14, 2017 more stories from this episode The billion-dollar meditation and mindfulness industry believes it has what many of us are looking for: promises of focused thinking, less stress, increased compassion and creativity abound.  It’s promises like these that make it a massively popular industry, embraced everywhere from classrooms to Silicon Valley. There are claims that meditation can ...

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Gonorrhea and syphilis infections in Alberta still at outbreak levels

Sexually transmitted infections in Alberta are still at outbreak levels and health experts want the provincial government to spend more on prevention. Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Karen Grimsrud, said health providers need to find new ways to reach at-risk groups, including young aboriginal women. “A newer way of looking at this is a more targeted approach through our community organizations … ...

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Superbug resistant to all antibiotics killed Nevada woman, doctors say

A Nevada woman in her 70s who’d recently returned from India died in September from a “superbug” infection that resisted all antibiotics, according to a report released Friday. The case raises concern about the spread of such infections, which have become more common over past decades as germs have developed resistance to widely used antibiotics. The U.S. Centers for Disease ...

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Is sugar killing us? Author Gary Taubes makes his case

more stories from this episode A new Ontario study that looked at more than 40,000 products on Canadian supermarket shelves found more than two-thirds of them contained added sugar — including baby foods and products marketed as healthy choices. From glucose and fructose to fruit juice concentrate — however manufacturers name it on the label, science writer and author of The Case Against ...

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Dozens of people fall ill after eating oysters

British Columbians are being warned after dozens of recent cases of acute gastrointestinal illness have been linked to oysters, according to the B.C. Centre for Disease Control. The organization that tracks disease outbreaks in the province said more than 70 cases of oyster-related illness have been reported in several health authority regions since early December, including Vancouver Coastal Health, Fraser Health, Island ...

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Nova Scotia study seeks ways to predict, prevent mental illness in young people

A Nova Scotia researcher is working on a study that aims to find ways to predict and prevent mental illnesses such as anxiety, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia in young people. Dr. Rudolf Uher is the principal investigator for the Families Overcoming Risks and Building Opportunities for Well-Being (FORBOW) study. The work began in 2013 but Uher said there’s still a lot of work to be done.  ...

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Marijuana’s health impacts reviewed in U.S. report

 It can almost certainly ease chronic pain and might help some people sleep, but it’s also likely to raise the risk of getting schizophrenia and might trigger heart attacks. Those are among the conclusions about marijuana reached by a U.S. federal advisory panel in a report released Thursday. The experts also called for a national effort to learn more about marijuana and its ...

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