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Hair loss part I: The trouble with wigs

Cairo Gregory was just 15 when she got ovarian cancer. Chemotherapy meant she lost her long curly hair, just when she started to love it. She struggled to find a suitable wig through the hospital and says the healthcare system must do more to help women deal with hair loss, especially young Black women like her.

What do I need to know about heart disease in women?

Heart disease is a leading cause of death for women in North America — and yet, it’s still sometimes thought of as a man’s disease. Cardiologist and women’s health expert Dr. Beth Abramson talks about the differences in heart disease between women and men and why women need to pay attention.
The Dose

How does wildfire smoke affect long-term health? Researchers are trying to find out

As Canadians learn to deal with the immediate health effects of wildfire smoke, researchers are gradually learning more about the long-term impacts smoke exposure could have on the body. 

Brain surgeon Henry Marsh on what it felt like to receive his own bad cancer news

Noted neurosurgeon Henry Marsh, currently in remission, chronicles his own cancer diagnosis in his new book.

How do atmospheric pollutants affect my health, especially around wildfire smoke?

Wildfire smoke is becoming a bigger source of air pollution for all Canadians. What’s in wildfire smoke that makes it bad for your health, and who is most at risk? Epidemiologist and public health researcher Sarah Henderson shares what you need to know.

Family medicine for all: Community health centres serve their neighbours, but capacity issues remain

Family docs at community health centres care for anyone. Advocates say they could help fix a primary care crisis. Now, though, much like health care offices across the country, they are contending with capacity issues of their own.

It took 60 years, but RSV vaccines are just around the corner — and could make a big difference

A newly approved vaccine for older adults, as well as other potential treatments to protect infants, could make a monumental difference in the number of people being hospitalized and dying from RSV, infectious disease and public health experts say. 

What do I need to know about ticks?

Ticks are appearing earlier in Canada and sticking around longer, thanks to climate change. And that means cases of Lyme disease are rising. Infectious diseases physician Dr. Isaac Bogoch walks us through what we need to know about Lyme disease and how to avoid and detect tick bites.

Sports betting is easier than ever and gambling addiction experts are worried

These days it’s hard to avoid sports betting ads. That has addiction experts concerned that loosened sports betting laws and the accompanying ads could create challenges for current problem gamblers, and create new problem gamblers from a young age.
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Melanoma can be deadly. But experts say it's easy to protect your skin and catch it early

Rates of melanoma are going up in Canada, but experts say this type of skin cancer is highly preventable if you protect yourself from sun exposure and check your skin for irregular moles. 
First Person

I'm the last surviving member of my family. It's a different grief than I've ever known

After losing his sister, Joanne Orliffe, in January which left him the last surviving member of the family he grew up in, Dr. Brian Goldman reflects on his experience and coping with grief.
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Is coffee good or bad for you? That may depend on your genes

Coffee — more specifically, caffeine — can be a great way to feel more alert and awake. But what else is that cup of coffee doing to our health?

Meet the 'previvors': Women who have an increased risk for cancer

What would you do if you found out you had a hereditary gene that increased your risk for cancer? For some individuals, it's a difficult decision. For others, preventative surgeries are the only option.
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You may not have heard of fatty liver disease. Experts say you need to know

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease happens when fat builds up in the liver. Experts say it’s hard to say what exactly causes it, but it’s associated with poor diet and not enough exercise. 

What do I need to know about taking care of my vision?

Regular eye exams can help screen for symptoms of serious eye diseases. And you should be getting them even if you see well, and don’t wear glasses or contacts. Ophthalmologist Dr. Lesya Shuba from Dalhousie University explains why, and what else we can do to take care of our vision.
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You may have asthma and not even know. Here's why

Asthma may be one of the most common chronic diseases in Canada, but experts say it can be tough to diagnose — including in adults.

Alberta pharmacists lead Canada in filling care gap

Alberta pharmacists have been able to prescribe since 2006, providing a useful test case for the rest of the country.

ENCORE: Paramedic house call ride along

In Ontario’s Renfrew County, one in four people don’t have a primary caregiver. But an innovative program where community paramedics do house calls is helping take care of patients so they don’t need to go to the ER. And it just got permanent provincial funding.

What should I know about UTIs?

There are a lot of myths out there about urinary tract infections or UTIs. We want to debunk some of those myths, so this week Dr. Peter Lin, a family physician based in Toronto, addresses what you should know.

How an autism diagnosis helped this resident doctor find her place in medicine

Despite previous success in school, Dr. JJ Mráček struggled to find her footing in medicine. Then, just before she finished med school, Mráček got a diagnosis at age 32 that felt like a puzzle being finished: she is autistic.

This U.K. team brings hospital care into homes. Could more of these programs help Canada?

Health-care teams in the U.K. are providing hospital-quality care for people in their homes to help ease systems facing a shortage of hospital beds. And while versions of these programs exist in Canada, some experts say we need more of them.

What do we know about the health effects of the keto diet?

The keto diet is one of the most popular diets out there, and has been for several years now. Proponents love it, but every so often concerns are raised. Registered dietitian Andy De Santis shares what you need to know.
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You probably eat twice the recommended salt per day. Here's how to cut back

A recent report from the WHO said that Canadians, on average, are consuming 9.1 grams of salt per day — nearly twice that recommended amount. And more than 75 per cent of that salt is coming from restaurant meals and processed foods, dietary experts say. 

U.K. health-care crisis lessons for Canada

In England, overcrowded ERs are groaning with patients, there aren’t enough hospital beds and people are paying for some elective surgeries at private facilities. Health-care workers are striking. Dr. Brian Goldman takes a guided tour of a hospital in Reading, England to hear their lessons for Canada.

Want to feel better after clocks change this weekend? Here's what sleep experts suggest

Making small, manageable changes to your sleep schedule and spending time outside will make it easier to get some shut-eye.