Health

Young Torontonians partner with CAMH to talk mental health

In just a year, the online project created by Meghan Yuri Young and Vasiliki Marapas, dubbed the Sad Collective, has connected more than 1,500 followers on Instagram, allowing them to share stories about.their struggles with mental health.  “I started wondering why it’s so taboo to admit you’re struggling,” Marapas, 25, told CBC Toronto. “Why shouldn’t it be okay to say, ‘I’m not ...

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Opioid overdose risk rises with use of anti-anxiety drugs, study finds

A California study has found opioid overdoses were more common among patients who also had prescriptions for anti-anxiety drugs. A study published in the British Medical Journal Tuesday found 30 per cent of fatal opioid overdoses in the U.S. also involved benzodiazepines, a class of drugs used to treat anxiety and sleep problems. Abuse of prescription painkillers, and the resulting potential for addiction ...

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California can demand cancer risk warning on weed-killer Roundup, judge rules

California can require Monsanto to label its popular weed-killer Roundup as a possible cancer threat, a judge has ruled. Monsanto and a group of citrus growers had fought the labelling proposal in California Superior Court, insisting Roundup poses no risk to people. Roundup is widely used in agriculture throughout North America to clear land and control weeds. The International Agency ...

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Kids’ couch potato ways develop well before adolescence, U.K. study indicates

Children may develop couch potato ways as early as age seven, contrary to the widely held view that it starts in adolescence, according to a study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine . Researchers in Glasgow and Newcastle in the U.K. sought to determine when physical activity levels start declining. The “Gateshead Millennium Cohort Study” also indicates that sedentary habits tend to ...

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Over 450 Quebec patients received medical aid in dying last year

A total of 461 patients were granted doctor-assisted death during the first year of Quebec’s medical aid in dying law, according to data obtained by CBC’s French-language service, Radio-Canada. The number of requests increased significantly in the second half of 2016. From December 2015 to July 2016, 253 patients requested the procedure, and 166 of them underwent it. Between June and December 2015, 468 people made requests for ...

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Zika outbreak in Florida more widespread than originally thought

Local transmission of the Zika virus in Florida may have occurred as early as June 15 of last year and likely infected people who lived not only in Miami-Dade County, but in two nearby counties, U.S. health officials said on Monday. The warning means that some men who donated semen to sperm banks in the area may not have been ...

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‘A significant concern’: Immunization rates in southern Alberta will mean further outbreaks, doctor predicts

Dr. Vivien Suttorp didn’t need a crystal ball back in 2013 to predict the impending measles outbreak that affected 42 people in southern Alberta — and she doesn’t need one now to know that communities across southern Alberta will likely be hotbeds for further outbreaks. One southern Alberta city, Medicine Hat, is currently seeing the second wave of a mumps outbreak in the city ...

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Why Canadians with cystic fibrosis live 10 years longer than patients in U.S.

Over the last two decades there’s been a big improvement in survival rates for people with cystic fibrosis, with patients in Canada living 10 years longer than those in the U.S. People with cystic fibrosis are living to a median age of 50.9 years in Canada, compared with 40.6 years in the U.S., according to research published in the Annals ...

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Device allows patients to work remotely with physiotherapist from comfort of home

When Virgilio Bento’s brother had to go to Cuba 20 years ago to receive cheap physiotherapy as he recovered from a life-threatening car crash back home in Portugal, he did not know it would inspire an innovation. Now, after developing technology that uses body sensors and artificial intelligence for his doctorate in electronic engineering, Bento aims to transform the way ...

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Research linking failed fertility therapy with heart issues decades later shouldn’t ‘alarm’ women

A Toronto research team has found a link between women who undergo fertility treatments that never resulted in pregnancy and heart problems later in life.  Dr. Jacob Udell has seen cases of women who have taken fertility drugs and then developed complications such as high blood pressure and diabetes in pregnancy.  In the medical literature, Udell said, women on fertility drugs have ...

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