Category Archives: Health

How to Talk About Mental Illness in a New Relationship

Elizabeth Yuko | Lifehacker Dating can be tricky for anyone, but for those living with mental illness things can get a little more complicated. Putting aside how having an anxiety disorder makes the whole process much harder—you’re deliberately introducing new … Continue reading

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International Suicide Prevention Day

September 10th is International Suicide Prevention day. If you need to hear the following, know that you are never alone, no matter how undeserving you feel. Also, there are compassionate and skilled people ready and able to listen and help, … Continue reading

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Suicide Prevention

September 10th is International Suicide Prevention day. If you need to hear the following, know that you are never alone, no matter how undeserving you feel. Also, there are compassionate and skilled people ready and able to listen and help, … Continue reading

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The Pandemic Is Taking a Heavy Toll on Our Mental Health, Study Finds

An interesting survey study published in September of 2020 examined the prevalence of depression symptoms among US adults during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic compared with before the pandemic. – cPaul Ettman, Abdalla et al. | jamanetwork.com Prevalence of … Continue reading

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How to Train to Hold Your Breath for a Very Long Time

Joel Cunningham | lifehacker As a lifelong asthmatic, I am the least-likely person to win a breath-holding contest (which is fine because it means I am also the most likely to win the “coolest person you know” contest, because there … Continue reading

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How the Pandemic Defeated America

A tour-de-force article by Ed Yong in the Atlantic: Ed Yong: “COVID‑19 is an assault on America’s body, and a referendum on the ideas that animate its culture. Recovery is possible, but it demands radical introspection. America would be wise … Continue reading

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Disrupting death: Could we really live forever in digital form?

Virtual reality, robots, chatbots and holograms could allow us to exist perpetually. Whether we should choose the option is a different story. Alison DeNisco Rayome | c/Net In 2016, Jang Ji-sung’s young daughter Nayeon passed away from a blood-related disease. … Continue reading

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The COVID-19 Pandemic is giving people vivid, unusual dreams. Here’s why.

By Rebecca Renner | National Geographic – Science Researchers explain why withdrawal from our usual environments—due to social distancing—has left dreamers with a dearth of “inspiration.” Ronald Reagan pulled up to the curb in a sleek black town car, rolled … Continue reading

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Does the Increase in Public Awareness and Education About Mental Illness in Canada Change Stigma?

While I’m pleased to see any positive focus on public awareness and education around the topic of mental illness, I wonder about the real effect that Bell Media’s “Let’s Talk” awareness campaign has on reducing stigma where the proverbial “rubber … Continue reading

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Cancer and Heart Disease Could Be Contagious

“Nobody has proposed the concept before, and it warrants a closer look.” It’s a science lesson you probably learned in grade school: You can only catch certain illnesses, like the flu, from another person. But a new paper argues that … Continue reading

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The Road to Resilience

The American Psychology Association has put together an informative brochure about Resilience. “How do people deal with difficult events that change their lives? The death of a loved one, loss of a job, serious illness, terrorist attacks and other traumatic events: … Continue reading

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The Leading Contenders to Kill us all

Yay. Disease will likely win out over nuclear war or an asteroid as the cause of humankind’s ultimate demise. (But mostly I re-posted this due to the National Post gratuitously using images taken from Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s 16th Century … Continue reading

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Did we used to have two sleeps rather than one?

Around a third of the population have trouble sleeping, including difficulties maintaining sleep throughout the night. While night time awakenings are distressing for most sufferers, there is some evidence from our recent past that suggests this period of wakefulness occurring between two … Continue reading

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Dogs Recognize Dog and Human Emotions

Published January 1, 2016 @ The Royal Society https://doi.org/10.1098/rsbl.2015.0883 The perception of emotional expressions allows animals to evaluate the social intentions and motivations of each other. This usually takes place within species; however, in the case of domestic dogs, it … Continue reading

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