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Eight years ago, I didn't know much about depression. Seven years ago, I wanted nothing more than to escape it's pain, and I tried to take my own life. The worse part is, my story is not unique. I, like many men, found depression too hard to talk about. When I began to realize something more serious was going on with my health, I was too ashamed to admit I needed help. All over the world, boys learn that men don't cry, that men don't ask for help, and that real men don't need help anyway.
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A Students For Liberty activist carries a protest sign at the World Health Organization's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control 7th Annual Conference of the Parties in New Delhi, India. DELHI - It's...
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Excessive noise in a health-care environment is not just annoying but studies have shown that it adversely affects patient healing. A U.S. study found the average noise level in hospital wards to be close to 95 decibels -- 10 decibels beyond the noise level at which U.S. federal law requires ear protection for prolonged exposure.
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Talking about mental health, especially depression, is still highly stigmatized. In a society that values achievements as a sign of success, tackling the topic of depression seems daunting to many of us. In the public's mind, it is connected to ideas of weakness and laziness. Those suffering from depression are aware of this too -- which often keeps them from seeking help.
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Imagine a not-too-distant future where the survival of mankind hangs in the balance because modern medicine's frontline defenders -- antibiotics -- are being outsmarted by deadly microscopic enemies. I'm talking about the emergence of so-called "superbugs." They're real, they exist, and if you eat non-organic chicken, then you're all the more at risk.
The World Health Organization is pulling out all the stops in its effort to turn public opinion against the tobacco industry. Its campaign will launch "monitoring centres" in cities across the world, tasked with unmasking the tactics of the tobacco industry and its attempts to "interfere" with public health policy.
"The fact is, with 60 million people now displaced worldwide, the UN's humanitarian agencies are almost as starved for international support as are the people they are trying to help."
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Tests on a 22-year-old woman who died earlier this month in Sierra Leone's north proved positive for the virus.
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Fossil fuel companies have not managed to get a much coveted seat at the actual negotiating table during COP decision-making. But they are lobbying so hard that they hope politicians will come up with pro-industry solutions. A growing number of public interest groups want the fossil fuel lobby barred from the UN process.
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They put processed meat into Group 1 -- "exposures known to be carcinogenic to humans." But categorization caused misunderstandings. The report simply put processed meat in the same category (Group 1) as cigarette smoking, but did not claim it was as dangerous as smoking.
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I really detest the saying "everything in moderation" because my moderation is different from yours, and neither of us knows what the outcomes will be of our choices. We don't eat nutrients, we eat foods and for many different reasons.
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The World Health Organization has just declared that asbestos, tobacco, your bacon cheeseburger, and that ham sandwich you're about to eat are all going to kill you. This is the first time in history that any organization has made such an aggressive declaration against meat. But is it true? Are processed meats definitely carcinogenic?
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When you read that processed meat has "Grade 1" status, just like cigarette smoking, arsenic, or asbestos, it just means that the WHO is confident in the relationship between processed meat and cancer - NOT that processed meat is as likely to cause cancer as cigarette smoking is.
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If you follow my 80 twenty rule and eat healthy foods such as vegetables, beans and lentils, fruit, nuts and seeds, fish and lean poultry 80% of the time, you can have some of the less healthy options 20% of the time. Whether it's sugar or bacon, no diet is 100% perfect.
They determined red meat is probably cancer-causing, too.
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In line with the hippocratic oath, we physicians-in-training make a formal request to our colleagues and mentors, we call upon the Canadian Medical Association, MD Financial, the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada to divest from fossil fuels.
WHO recommends vitamin A supplements to improve child survival. Vitamin A supplements have been shown to reduce the number of deaths from measles by 50 per cent, in populations with vitamin A deficiency. For children who are vitamin A deficient or undernourished, it would seem a simple solution -- immunization against measles and better nutrition -- to save lives.
TORONTO - Canada appears to have used a loophole — a rather large one — to justify to the World Health Organization its decision to stop issuing visas to residents and nationals of Ebola-affected coun...
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TORONTO - Canada is contributing an additional $30 million for the international Ebola containment effort, Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose said Friday.The announcement comes the day after UN Secr...
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The experimental Canadian Ebola vaccine that has been donated to the World Health Organization will be shipped to Geneva on Monday, the agency said today. The final legal agreement was signed earlier...
Questions remain over why a made-in-Canada experimental Ebola vaccine is still sitting in a Winnipeg laboratory instead of being dispensed in West Africa, with a scientific journal suggesting that an...
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DAKAR, Senegal - The World Health Organization says beds in Ebola treatment centres in West Africa are filling up faster than they can be provided.Spokesman Gregory Hartl said in Geneva Friday that th...
LONDON - Bacteria resistant antibiotics have now spread to every part of the world and might lead to a future where minor infections could kill, according to a report published Wednesday by the World...
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DAKAR, Senegal - The World Health Organization says an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa has been linked to the deaths of more than 120 people.As of Monday, the organization recorded a...
An outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in the west African nation of Guinea has revived fears of a global contagion, but infectious disease experts say Ebola poses little threat to travellers. Althou...
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As a dietitian and health counselor, I have no problem with declaring obesity a disease, especially considering the complexity of potential causes, some of which are indeed beyond an individual's control. Having said that, I also believe that the only appropriate response to illness is to make every effort to overcome it as quickly possible.
Despite record-high spending on medical services, people get sicker everywhere in greater numbers. According to the World Health Organization, more people die every year from so-called non-communicable diseases like obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer than ever before, and the trends are worsening.
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Adhering to medications has the potential to bring about very positive results in the overall population. The thinking is that if you increase the number of HIV-positive people on treatment, you lower the total amount of virus circulating in a community and, ultimately, reduce the number of new HIV infections.
Go see your parents -- you only have a limited number of visits before they die. That's the morbid, yet heartwarming message the creators of 'See Your Folks' want to send. The site will helpfully tell...
LONDON - Two respiratory viruses in different parts of the world have captured the attention of global health officials — a novel coronavirus in the Middle East and a new bird flu spreading in China.L...
The topic of links between chemicals found in household products and cancer was brought to the world stage this week. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) relea...
The concept of "age-friendly," coined by the World Health Organization , stresses the need for communities to develop transportation, streets, housing , and social engagement for seniors to remain happy, active members of society. But in developing nations, the issue goes far beyond building better sidewalks and housing.