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Federal government won’t decriminalize other drugs besides cannabis

Federal government won’t decriminalize other drugs besides cannabis

The federal government says it is not interested in decriminalizing any drugs beyond marijuana, despite calls from Canada’s two largest cities to consider the measure. As the opioid epidemic washes…

Treating a cellphone addiction: Can we crowdsource more solutions?

Treating a cellphone addiction: Can we crowdsource more solutions?

A few weeks ago I wrote an article in the Toronto Star on reducing cellphone addiction. I shared how I was addicted to this tiny little rectangle glued to my…

Your earliest memory might never have happened

Your earliest memory might never have happened

This is an excerpt from Second Opinion, a weekly roundup of eclectic and under-the-radar health and medical science news emailed to subscribers every Saturday morning. If you haven’t subscribed yet,…

Medicinal marijuana users worry as condos rush to ban pot smoking ahead of legalization

Medicinal marijuana users worry as condos rush to ban pot smoking ahead of legalization

Gerald Major goes out on the back balcony of his condo several times a day, leaning against the wall and smoking or vaping medicinal cannabis to ease the pain and…

Genetics with a kick, a soccer injury sparks a genetics education

Genetics with a kick, a soccer injury sparks a genetics education

By Luis Nunez, Marketing Intern — Genetics Club  I have always loved to play soccer. At a young age I trained daily, but as I grew older I realized it took…

Some heart, high blood pressure drugs containing valsartan recalled due to cancer risk

Some heart, high blood pressure drugs containing valsartan recalled due to cancer risk

Several heart and high blood pressure drugs that contain valsartan are being recalled because of a substance that can cause cancer. Health Canada says the medications were supplied by Zhejiang…

Swimming pools, hot tubs more likely than lakes to make you sick: Studies

Swimming pools, hot tubs more likely than lakes to make you sick: Studies

Taking a cool, refreshing dip in a lake or swimming pool is one of summer’s enjoyments and sometimes a necessary escape from the stifling heat. But two recent federal health…

Life on streets ‘a killer’: New hospice offers end-of-life care to the homeless

Life on streets ‘a killer’: New hospice offers end-of-life care to the homeless

Pandora was raped at 15 and, ashamed to face her father, never went home again. Living on the streets, she struggled with mental health and addiction issues — and a medical…

New Study Finds Genetic Associations for Neuroticism

New Study Finds Genetic Associations for Neuroticism

Researchers identified more than a hundred genetic regions associated with neuroticism, a trait used to gauge personality that is also associated with risk factors for depression and schizophrenia. For this,…

Exercise should work out the brain and the body

Exercise should work out the brain and the body

By Prof. Darlene ReidSpecial to the Star Mon., June 18, 2018 Research shows Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease — or COPD — can affect more than your ability to breathe. It…