Montreal Neuro to get autism research centre following $16M donation
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(CBC News) — The Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital is launching a new specialized centre for autismresearch, thanks to a major donation from the Azrieli Foundation. The $16-million donation will allow the Neuro to open up new and innovative avenues of autism research until now funded, said the institute’s director,  …

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Number of obese children jumped 10-fold since 1975
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(Meera Senthilingam/ CNN) — The number of obese children and adolescents rose to 124 million in 2016 — more than 10 times higher than the 11 million classified as obese 40 years ago, in 1975.

A further 213 million children and adolescents were overweight in 2016, finds a new study published October 10 in The Lancet. Looking  …

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Scientists link dyslexia to brain spots confusing the eye
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(BBC News) — French scientists say they may have found a potential cause of dyslexia which could be treatable, hidden in tiny cells in the human eye.

In a small study they found that most dyslexics had dominant round spots in both eyes – rather than in just one – leading to blurring and confusion.

UK experts said the research  …

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Being old and female means you’re twice as likely as a man to be poor
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(Daphne Bramham/ Vancouver Sun) — Women face economic disadvantages throughout their lifetimes, but it is near the end of their lives that it is most acute.

Nowhere is that more evident than in Metro Vancouver, which has Canada’s highest percentage of people living in low-income households. The 2016 census data for the region  …

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Quebecers say ‘racing thoughts’ stop them from getting enough sleep: study
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(Rachel Lau/ Global News) — Sleep can be an elusive concept that is often lost on Quebecers, according to a recent survey by Léger Marketing.

According to the study, conducted online from Dec. 5 to 8, 2016 with responses from 1,523 Canadians, one in four Quebecers don’t get the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep a night for adults.  …

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Children with ADHD move twice as much when learning, brain tests show
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Inattentiveness that children with ADHD show in the classroom is related to underdeveloped working memory

(CBC News) — Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder may fidget, tap and swivel around in a chair much more than normally developing children because it helps them to learn complex material, psychologists  …

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Don’t call us crazy: the language of mental illness
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(Liz Wiener/ Wisewomen Canada) — How often do the words crazy, insane or psycho pop up in your everyday vocabulary?

Last week, Lisa and I had the opportunity to reflect on the language of mental illness when we participated in a panel discussion for Bell Let’s Talk. The topic was the evolution of mental health stigma in the media. Has there  …

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Ban on accessory fees “problematic” for Quebecers seeking basic health services
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(CTV Montreal News) — The Health Minister’s ban on hospital accessory fees eight months ago has proved to be problematic for Quebecers seeking some basic health services. Earlier this year, Gaetan Barrette did away with the conventional option that previously allowed patients access to IUD’s and vaccinations in doctor’s offices.  …

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Huge drop in men’s sperm levels confirmed by new study
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(Dr. Chris Barratt/ The Conversation) — Sperm count in men from North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand declined by 50-60% between 1973 and 2011, according to a new study from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Surprisingly, the study, which analysed data on the sperm counts of 42,935 men, found no decline in sperm counts  …

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Ovarian cancer survivor’s Facebook post helps five others get diagnosed
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(Rebecca Alter/ The Loop) — People say that ovarian cancer is a silent killer because we can rarely sense it coming; its symptoms are so vague and unapparent, that by the time they’ve been noticed, it’s often too late.Cancer survivor Erin Barrett was first diagnosed with the disease after becoming incredibly sick from what she   …

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