Is your memory normal for your age?
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According to Toronto Star medical columnist Dr Nicole Anderson, many older adults mistakenly interpret normal effects of ageing on memory for the onset of Alzheimer’s. While forgetting the names of one’s loved ones may be a sign of dementia, forgetting the names of acquaintances is pretty normal for anyone over 40, she writes.  …

Why do summer colds feel so much worse?
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According to Time Magazine, the reason why a summer cold may feel so much worse than the winter variety is mostly psychological.

“My view is that severity [of a summer cold] is perceived as worse than a winter cold because summer colds are not so common,” says Dr. Ronald Eccles, professor emeritus and former director of the Common Cold Centre  …

Quebec hoping to make generic drugs cheaper
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The province is hoping to save Quebec prescription drug users $300 million a year by forcing manufacturers to pitch their products to the health ministry rather than to individual pharmacies, CBC reports.

“We think that we’re paying too much for generic drugs in Canada,” Quebec Health Minister Gaétan Barrette  …

Canada food guide to get major overhaul
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“Amid criticism that Canada’s Food Guide was influenced too heavily by industry and too little by solid research,” the Canadian Nurse website notes that “Health Canada is conducting a comprehensive revision of the guide as part of a broader strategy for healthy eating in Canada.”

“The current food guide  …

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