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It's Time to Get Men Talking About Depression

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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The Stigma Against Depression Hurts Us All

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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Vitamin A Helps Reduce Death From Measles

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.
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Canada Donates To Ebola Fight

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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Treatment Centres Overflowing

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...
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121 People Dead In Ebola Outbreak

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...
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Can People Control Obesity?

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.

How Far is Canada From Being AIDS-Free?

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.

Aging in Developing Nations: Beyond Depression

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.