Category Archives: Health & Fitness

Douglas Todd: Boys and men disappearing from psychology

Males are disappearing from the field of North American psychology — both as research subjects and as psychotherapists. The evidence is overwhelming that psychological research is becoming heavily focused on girls’ and women’s issues, and that males are rapidly vanishing from psycho-therapeutic professions. The consequences of these dual trajectories, say specialists, is that the distinct emotional struggles of boys and

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HIV prevention project a success, based on early results: Health minister

Just over 2,000 B.C. residents have taken medication to prevent HIV in the six months since it became publicly funded, Health Minister Adrian Dix says. The treatment is taken either before or after high-risk sex and is formally called pre- or post-exposure prophylaxis. The oral medication, Truvada, or an approved generic equivalent, can be prescribed to men having unsafe sex with

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C-sections on demand: Doctors say pregnant women don’t need a valid medical reason to avoid labour

Pregnant women have a right to choose a caesarean section even if there is no valid medical reason to warrant one, Canada’s obstetricians say. In a significant softening of its long-held stance that C-sections should be reserved for pregnancies in which the health of the mother and/or fetus is at risk, the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada now

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Medical milestone: U.S. approves first marijuana-based drug, Epidiolex for seizures

WASHINGTON — U.S. health regulators on Monday approved the first prescription drug made from marijuana, a milestone that could spur more research into a drug that remains illegal under federal law, despite growing legalization for recreational and medical use. The Food and Drug Administration approved the medication, called Epidiolex, to treat two rare forms of epilepsy in patients 2 years

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Imperial Tobacco ‘shocked’ by Health Canada’s proposal for plain packaging of cigarettes

OTTAWA — Imperial Tobacco says Health Canada’s proposed plain packaging regulations for cigarettes are confusing and warns it may have to go to court if changes aren’t made. Eric Gagnon, head of corporate and regulatory affairs at Imperial Tobacco Canada, says his organization is “shocked and confused� by the proposed regulations. “There’s a number of provisions that are basically impossible

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Enemy turned ally: The dreaded Poliovirus is being used to fight deadly brain tumours

One of the world’s most dreaded viruses has been turned into a treatment to fight deadly brain tumours. Survival was better than expected for patients in a small study who were given genetically modified poliovirus, which helped their bodies attack the cancer, doctors report. It was the first human test of this and it didn’t help most patients or improve

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After stillbirth at Abbotsford Hospital comes a boost in physicians

Abbotsford Regional Hospital is hiring three more anesthesiologists to improve the safety and quality of obstetric care after a review identified a shortage of such specialists. The review was commissioned last fall following the 2016 stillbirth death of Amari Mankatala. His death occurred as a result of a delayed caesarean section on Alisha Mankatala on a Sunday when only one

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Fitness: My escape from Alcatraz

Every year, 800 or so adventurous swimmers board an early-morning ferry for the swim of their lives. The Alcatraz Sharkfest is a swim from the famous prison in San Francisco Bay to the mainland, through water known for its current, cold temperature and sharks. It’s not exactly swimmer-friendly, and yet I was registered. As Christmas presents go, it was a

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