Health

Could a virtual walk in the woods relieve chronic pain?

When pain researcher Diane Gromala recounts how she started in the field of virtual reality, she seems reflective. She had been researching virtual reality for pain since the early 1990s, but her shift to focusing on how virtual reality could be used for chronic pain management began in 1999, when her own chronic pain became worse. Prior to that, her ...

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Can all suicides be prevented in an inpatient facility like St. Joe’s?

As St. Joe’s investigates an “extremely unusual” number of suicides among its inpatient psychiatric patients last year, it raises the question: Is it realistic to expect that no one admitted to hospital with suicidal thoughts will be able to kill themselves while they’re there? The hospital has said its goal is zero deaths, but also acknowledges the work of acute ...

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Want your partner to ‘melt’? Offer simple support rather than solitude

Offering simple support to a depressed or stressed partner, rather than backing away to provide some space to sort out feelings, can go a long way in fostering a healthier relationship over the long term, concludes a new study by Alberta researchers. Matt Johnson, an assistant professor of family science at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, researches how couples’ relationships ...

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Potential carcinogen found in water used on Coast Guard ships

Canadian Coast guard crew members are worried the water they use to cook, drink and bathe while out at sea could be making them sick. Louis Cannon, regional vice-president of the Union of Canadian Transportation Employees, said at least one of the handful of complaints about the product used to coat water tanks was prompted after one Quebec worker developed pancreatic cancer. “I’m ...

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Quadriplegic woman who seeks hunting licence among those being helped by Regina group

Kaitlyn Hoar, a Saskatchewan woman with physical disabilities, has dreams like anyone else — and one of them includes hunting. She wants get a restricted hunting licence, which might seem ambitious, considering she has cerebral palsy and is a quadriplegic. However, thanks to a Regina charitable organization called Being Astonished!, she’s well on her way to achieving that goal. “[Her family] got her into doing that,” said Hoar’s mother ...

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Health Canada warns of burn risk with menthol pain creams

Use of certain over-the-counter muscle and joint pain relievers is associated with risk of burns. Health Canada warns there’s a serious risk of skin burns associated with using some pain relievers containing menthol.  The products are sold over the counter to put on the skin and are meant to relieve muscle and joint pain.  They’re sold as creams, gels, liquids ...

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Health charities rebrand in effort to stay relevant, counter cynicism

A major Canadian diabetes charity is the latest to announce a rebranding campaign, as the health charity sector faces pressure to stay relevant amid competition from crowdfunding sites.   On Monday, the Canadian Diabetes Association became Diabetes Canada, saying the name change is part its latest campaign to end diabetes and to help people living with the disease to live free of ...

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Why heavy snowfall raises heart health warnings

Heavy snowstorms are linked to a higher risk of being admitted to hospital for a heart, especially in men, a large Quebec study suggests. Shovelling snow has long been suspected of straining the heart, partly because it combines sudden aerobic activity and a workout for the muscles during cold weather that can boost blood pressure and increase the risk of clots. ...

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Ontario commits to cleanup of mercury contamination near Grassy Narrows First Nation

The Ontario government is promising to find and remediate all the mercury contamination that continues to poison people at Grassy Narrows and Wabaseemoong First Nations in the northwestern corner of the province. “We are completely committed to working with all partners to identify all potentially contaminated sites, and to creating and implementing a comprehensive remediation action plan for the English ...

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Number of mumps cases in Manitoba doubles; outbreak expected to continue for months

Watch the video for a two-minute primer on how herd immunity works. The number of mumps cases in Manitoba has more than doubled since the outbreak started in late 2016, and the outbreak is gaining speed rather than slowing down. Between December 2016 and February 2017, 78 cases of mumps were reported in Manitoba. That brings the total number of ...

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