BRCA Gene Testing for Women with Ovarian Cancer

A recent study out of McGill University Health Centre suggests that all women with ovarian cancer should be tested for the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, regardless of family history. But this study confirms what is already known and practiced in the U.S. It wouldn’t change current guidelines here in the …

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Acupuncture – A Complementary Therapy With Promise

Acupuncture is an ancient practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) involving thin, flexible needles inserted at certain points along the body – typically called ‘meridians’. The idea being that the insertion of these needles at these predetermined points can help restore the optimal flow of energy – called ‘qi’ (pronounced: …

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Donating Life: What you need to Know about Organ Donation

In the USA today, more than 123,000 men, women and children are currently waiting for lifesaving organ transplants. Every 10 minutes another name is added to the national organ transplant waiting list. Tragically, there are not enough available organs to meet this demand, which results in an average of 21 …

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Holistic Health: Treating the Whole Person

You may know the term best as “alternative” medicine, but this moniker is no longer accurate. Better described as holistic health, naturopathic or even complementary, this form of integrative medicine has become more mainstream. Rather than looking at just specific symptoms, holistic health is more comprehensive. Practitioners look at the …

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The Link Between IBD and Anxiety

Chalk another one up to the mind-body connection. Researchers out of the University of Toronto have discovered that people who have inflammatory bowel disease — inflammatory conditions of the colon and small intestine– like Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis have twice the odds of having a generalized anxiety disorder at …

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5 Reasons To Have an Orgasm Today

You exercise, brush your teeth and get enough sleep. You try to eat right, you take your vitamins and you manage your stress. Your health is a priority to you and you are doing all you can to keep on top of it. But have you considered having more sex? …

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The Surprising At-Home Solution to Relieve Your Chronic Pain

Today’s statistics are alarming. Women are in pain, and a lot of it. According to the National Center for Health Statistics Report, more than a quarter of Americans age 20 years and over suffer from chronic pain, with more than half feeling they have little or no control over it. …

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Sleep Loss Linked To Obesity And Diabetes

Nighttime snacking and junk food cravings may contribute to unhealthy eating behaviors and represent a potential link between poor sleep and obesity, according to a study by University of Arizona Health Sciences sleep researchers. The study was conducted via a nationwide, phone-based survey of 3,105 adults from 23 U.S. metropolitan …

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How Women Can Enjoy Life More As They Age

I attended a special event with my mom a few weeks ago. As we were getting ready in the hotel, we were complaining about the dry air and how it affected our skin. Mom didn’t care for the itchy feel. I was bemoaning the way it made a “new” wrinkle …

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Glucocorticoid: New Treatment For Severe Asthma?

Researchers from McMaster University and the Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, together with colleagues at other partnering institutions, have developed a new method to treat severe asthma. In a study of over 200 participants with severe asthma, the new treatment was shown to have improved …

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