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Stroke prevention begins in the ER says Canadian study

Blood thinners are a proven medication to prevent strokes in patients who have irregular heartbeats. Emergency physicians may be in the best position to make sure patients start taking their medicine.

From zero tolerance to open dialogue: How harm reduction is shifting the conversation on drug use

A recent study in B.C., found that many teens who encountered substance use responded more positively to harm reduction approaches than a blanket don't-do-drugs edict. Harm reduction focuses not on abstinence, but minimizing harm and potential danger.
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Non-opioid pain relievers misused too says study

The risk of addiction to opioid pain relievers is well known. Turns out the misuse of two non-opioid drugs used for pain is a growing problem too.

'It was terrifying': Teen who collapsed after vaping nicotine is now warning her peers

High schooler Erin Dexter collapsed and ended up in the hospital after a morning vape in November. Health Canada is tracking cases of vaping-related severe pulmonary disease, but not lower-level incidents like blackouts or seizures that may be the result of absorbing large amounts of nicotine.
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Prenatal exposure to opioids may alter brain development: study

The opioid crisis takes a new and disturbing turn. Prenatal exposure to opioids may affect a part of the brain that regulates emotions and memories in babies.

Certain she was 'bound to die in addiction,' she's now drug-free thanks to mother-child rehab program

The Portage Mother and Child Program lets mothers bring their young children with them to residential treatment, where they can get off drugs and learn to parent.
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Obesity-related cancers on the rise in younger Canadians: study

A new study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal finds an increase in rates of cancer in Canadians under 50. Obesity is just one of several possible mitigating factors.

From victims to advocates: People with developmental disabilities are changing the health-care system

Dr. Brian Goldman explores how medicine has treated people with developmental disabilities, and what's being done to remedy the cruelty of the past.
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Why Dr. Brian Goldman bought cigarettes for his underage son who has FASD

On Friday, Dr. Brian Goldman found himself making a difficult decision: buying his first pack of cigarettes — for his 17-year-old son. He tells Metro Morning host Matt Galloway why he sees it as a means of harm reduction.

'I thought my mind would never be mine again': Author explores mental illness in new memoir

In 1998, Irish writer Arnold Thomas Fanning was diagnosed with bipolar affective disorder. He thought it would be "the end of [his] life" as he knew it. His new memoir, Mind on Fire, explores the 10 years he spent struggling with mental illness.
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Teens who visit ERs with self-harm injuries likely to repeat, new study suggests

New research has found that teens who visited the ER after self-harm were five times more likely to return than their peers who came to the hospital for other reasons, suggesting better interventions are needed to identify teens at risk of harming themselves again.

Inuit babies 'don't have a lobby': Doctor petitions to expand use of antibody against respiratory virus

A petition based on research by Dr. Anna Banerji is calling for Nunavut to expand the use of an antibody to all Inuit babies to protect them against a contagious respiratory virus. But the territory’s health department says it needs “conclusive evidence” to change its policy.
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How harassment of women surgical residents harms well-being of patients

An explosive new U.S. survey finds women surgical residents suffer more mistreatment than men. It may be linked to higher rates of burnout and depression.

How one man is speaking up for ALS patients, even without his voice

Jay DesMazes may have lost the ability to talk yet he's still able to speak up for himself when it comes to how he’s treated in our health-care system.
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Episiotomy helpful in forceps births says Canadian study

A new Canadian study challenges conventional wisdom about a common procedure performed on women in labour.

A cuddle from mum instead of morphine: How rooming in helps opioid-dependent newborns combat withdrawal

A growing body of evidence shows a rooming-in approach, which allows mothers and babies to stay together in a private room and bond through skin-to-skin contact and breastfeeding, can be as effective as drugs in combating infants' withdrawal symptoms.

Food as medicine: How this Newfoundland community got 'hooked' on plant-based eating

A growing number of people have moved away from eating meat after attending workshops in the Burin Peninsula run by two local doctors who champion a plant-based diet.
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A closer look at men who get breast cancer

You may not know this but a small percentage of men get breast cancer. A new study sheds light on intriguing findings on how men and women are treated differently for it.

It's time to break the taboo around pelvic floor health in Canada, say advocates

Pelvic floor issues are a common health problem, especially after childbirth, but patients and women's health advocates say not enough is being done to educate people.

Keeping patients from falling through the cracks in Canada's health-care system

The regulator of Ontario's doctors has new policies designed to prevent patients from falling through cracks in the healthcare system.

'The crisis is already here': Advocates say unpaid caregiving should be an election priority

Over 8 million Canadians have stepped into the breach to care for aging family members and loved ones who are chronically-ill or disabled. They are unpaid and overworked. This election, they want their work to be recognized, and to get meaningful support from the government.
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Should doctors prescribe heroin to curb opioid deaths?

Fentanyl overdoses deaths are on the rise in Canada. A new Canadian guideline calls on doctors to prescribe heroin to reduce street purchases.

Why patients are caught in the battle over treating chronic Lyme disease

Lyme disease is on the rise. Despite this, it's not well-understood and the chronic version of the tick-borne disease remains a controversial diagnosis, making it difficult for patients to get treatment. Dr. Brian Goldman examines how the so-called "Lyme Wars" developed and how patients have been caught in the crossfire.

How med schools are finding more diverse students

Med schools are seeking a new generation of doctors who connect with their patients because they come from similar financial and social backgrounds.
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Blood test offers hope for earlier lung cancer diagnosis

Lung cancer is one of the most deadly cancers facing Canadians. A new early diagnostic test may help doctors detect the cancer before it's too late, researchers hope.