This doctor dad and teen want you to know climate change already harms health
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(Brandie Weikle/ CBC News) — Sadie Vipond was just seven years old when she first experienced the negative effects of extreme weather, the kind expected to happen more often with climate change.

Her Calgary neighbourhood was evacuated because of severe flooding in 2013, the most destructive in Alberta’s history.  …

We still stigmatize mental illness, and that needs to stop
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(Valerie A. Lapointe, Nessa Ghassemi-Bakhtiari/ The Conversation) — Many people struggle with mental illness — in any given year, one in five people in Canada experience a mental health problem or illness — but it is still heavily stigmatized. This seems to happen because of three things: the creation of stereotypes,   …

The race to stop ageing: 10 breakthroughs that will help us grow old healthily
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(Andrew Steele/ Science Focus) — Ageing is the single largest cause of human suffering. It might sound counter-intuitive, but it makes sense when you think it through: all of the biggest killers in the modern world, from cancer to heart disease to dementia, affect older people far more often than younger ones.

We’ve even  …

Insomnia and diabetes up risk of early death: study
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(Dave Yasvnski/ Healthing) — People who struggle to get a good night’s sleep are more likely to suffer an early death, particularly if they have diabetes, according to a new study.

The research, which appears in the Journal of Sleep Research, found that people with diabetes who have trouble falling or staying asleep  …

Women’s health is better when women have more control in their society
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(Siobhan Matison, Adam Reynolds, Katherine Wander/ The Conversation) — Gender disparities in health are not a phenomenon unique to the pandemic. Long before COVID-19, women made less money than men, had more child care responsibilities and were at increased risk of gender-based violence.

But now, the pandemic has made  …

Colorectal cancer screening should start at age 45, experts recommend
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(Rob Stein/ NPR) — Routine screening for colorectal cancer should begin at age 45 instead of 50, an influential panel is recommending.

Starting routine screening five years earlier could prevent more deaths from colorectal cancer, which is the third-leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, the U.S.  …

Are generous people happier? Study says yes!
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(US News & World Report) — The key to feeling happy may be as simple as being a little generous – or even vowing to be more so, according to new research.

Researchers studied the communication between brain areas and found that those concerned about their fellow humans are happier compared to those who tend to care more about

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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  …

Here are some apps to help you quit smoking
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Quitting smoking for many people is one of the most difficult tasks they’ll ever take on, yet one of the most rewarding things you can do to improve your health and life expectancy. Your CME doctor can help you figure out a stop-smoking strategy that works for you, but there are lots of options out there. This article from Medical News Today  …